10 Ways to Treat Your Dog Like Royalty

But on a Peasant's Income!

With a little imagination and perhaps a bit of elbow grease, you can spoil your dog with commonplace items found around the house, materials bought at a yard sale or just a good old big hug and a kiss. Here are 10 ways to help you spoil your dog.

1. There are many things that you probably already have around the house that will make a first-rate shampoo for your dog. A little bit of Aloe Vera gel in water works well for instance. It is very gentle on your dog’s skin and leaves their coat reasonably shiny. You can dilute a handful of Aloe Vera gel with water and then work the shampoo into your dog’s coat (it is best to apply this to a dry coat). Rinse thoroughly with warm water. If you prefer to have a frothy shampoo just add a little bit of baby shampoo to the mixture.

2. Doesn’t your dog deserve a festive season dog house party with some friends? You can bake doggie friendly treats, play games and hand out homemade gifts. Any season can be celebrated, Easter, Thanksgiving etc. Have a dog treat hunt and hide doggie treats around the yard or hide a piece of rawhide in the house so your dog can find it.

Dog Food SECRETS™ contains plenty of recipes you can use for a great party food.

3. Are you a firm believer in everything having its place, and that includes your dog’s meal time? Lay a vinyl or plastic placemat under the dog bowls. This not only identifies the doggie dining room but it also minimizes the quantity of food bits that land on the uncovered floor.

4. If you have the space, why shouldn’t your dog have a room of their own? This could be a small closet or a large spare bedroom. Why not turn that spare space into the dog’s room complete with all of their toys, their bed and somewhere to store anything else they have.

5. Provide your dog with a toy chest. You can use an oversized basket, an old fruit crate or even an old laundry hamper. Get your dog’s toys and place them in the toy chest. Your dog will quickly learn that toys come from a particular area in the house. You might be taking on too much if you think you will be able to train them to put the toys back though but it does cut down on lost toys and mess in the long run.

6. If we can have indistinguishable food made to look better by a pretty plate, why can’t our dogs? Finding good china that’s suitable and strong enough to be pushed around the floor can be a challenge though. You should be able to find something at a thrift shop, a church bazaar or a garage sale. You’ll be pleasantly surprised with the range of nice tableware that can be found at such places.

7. Do you have photo albums? Your dog is part of the family so what about combining family photos with dog photos or even devoting an entire album just to your dog? Which ever way you look at it your photos will be preserved and ready for viewing whenever you want to look at them.

8. Another time of year when you should involve your dog is during the festive season. Whether you exchange gifts all in one day or you span it out for a week, why not include your dog in the festive giving. You can prepare a stocking filled with treats, little toys and a new leash.

9. Although this is not a substitute for you physically being there, by leaving the radio on while you are out helps to reassure your dog that he is not alone. With a little experimenting with the radio dial, you are bound to find a radio station that your dog will enjoy.

10. Patios are great. You can sit outside, have a bite and watch the world go by. Many restaurants with patios will allow you to bring your dog, call ahead to make sure that a particular restaurant’s patio is dog friendly. When you find a place, take your dog and enjoy a meal in the great outdoors together.

With a little thought and inventiveness you can build on these tips and come up with your own ways to spoil your dog while preserving the cash in your wallet.

Dog Food SECRETS™ has lot's of recipes and advice for a healthy dog -- your dog really treats you like royalty every day, so treat them with your greatest respect in return..

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May your dog have a long and happy life,

Andrew Lewis

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