Where Dog Grooming Costs Less: Your House!

By Amy Loeffler

Luxe doggie day spas now dot the country, ensuring there’s always a place for pooches who need a hot-oil treatment, a blueberry facial or a nail-color freshening. (Yep, seriously.) And while some menu items smack of silliness they do have the right idea: your dog must be groomed for health and hygiene reasons, but doesn’t he also deserve a bit of indulgence? Without the $100-plus price tag, of course. Before making your dog-park debut this spring, slough off your dog’s winter blahs with some serious pampering right at home. Save some cash—and time—by creating your own DIY dog spa.

Start the grooming by giving your pet a brushing to get rid of dirt and loose hair. This will alleviate clumping when the lathering begins. The Drs. Foster and Smith catalogue has lots of inexpensive brushes for all hair types. Try the Furminator tool for dogs to keep skin healthy and coats tangle free.

Now you're ready for washing. It’s better to use products specifically made for dogs when shampooing. They have a lower pH balance and tend to suds less. For convenience try Cain & Able’s Soap-on-a-Rope for dogs. The minty oatmeal blend hangs around Fido’s neck for hands-free lathering. Canines with a metrosexual bent will enjoy the uber-trendy Pet Head line (from the makers of Bed Head haircare for humans): Life's An Itch for sensitive skin, Dirty Talk deodorizing shampoo, Spoil Me conditioning creme rinse, and Furball detangling spray. To bathe, use lukewarm water and dot your pets back with shampoo. Lather from the back to the front being careful not to get soap in your pet’s eyes.

Dry your fur-kid, first using a towel, and then blow dry using the appropriate brush for your dog's hair length. Dogs have thinner skin than humans so it is important to gauge temperature using your wrist first. Anything that’s too hot for your wrist is too hot for your pet. And if you’re truly taking it all the way, wrap the lucky guy up in one of Cain & Able's thirsty dog robes (photo).

Finish your day at the chez toi spa with a "pet"-icure. Always use nail polish made for dogs. Human nail polish contains formaldehyde and other chemicals which are dangerous for your pet. To avoid smudging, make sure your dog is relaxed, and lying down when painting his or her toes.

And if you want to save cash on grooming, but aren't ready for the DIY dog spa, check out the dog coupons in redplum.com's pet section!

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