Have you ever noticed how your dog picks up on your emotions and that often we pick up on theirs?  I know that seeing my dogs happy makes me feel great.  So it stands to reason that making our dogs feel better will make us all happier.  In the interest of making our part of the world a better place, here are our top 10 tips for pampering your dog.
  1. Give your pup a belly rub. Most dogs love a nice, soft massage that moves the skin around. You'll know when you hit the spot and the leg starts going. You may also want to give her a professional massage, especially if they're older or recovering from an injury.
  2. Teach your dog to dance. Trip the light fantastic with the most enthusiastic dance partner in the world. Just Google Canine dancing for an idea of what's available.  If you get really good, you might even win some competitions.
  3. Give your dog a good grooming, by you or a professional. Not only will she feel good having all those mats brushed out, it's healthy and simply good doggie hygiene.
  4. Make your dog your exercise partner. Unlike your human companions, you won't get whining excuses like, "But I exercised last month..." There are a lot of physical activities you can do together.   Take a nice long walk or go for a swim.  
  5. Be the Alpha Dog.  Being pack animals most dogs feel happiest and most secure when there is a strong alpha and that should be you.  If you're not sure how to do that contact a professional trainer.
  6. Rent old Rin-Tin-Tin and Lassie movies.  While watching those old movies, let your dog sit where the cat usually does. She'll get a kick out of the novelty of being a diva. Of course, you'll have to make it up to your cat at some point. Losing her space is one of the cat's pet peeves.
  7. Celebrate your dog's birthday. Did you adopt a shelter dog and are not sure when it is?  Make it up.  Or celebrate the day you brought your dog home and call it Gotcha Day. 
  8. Go to a dog park. There are plenty in our area.  If you don't know where they are simply ask around.  Exercise, fresh air and lots of space to run around safely – you both need this.
  9. Give your dog some fresh doggie treats. (OK, this one is self-serving but I do love to see dogs enjoying treats.  Just remember moderation is the key.)
  10. Rub her belly again. Never underestimate the power a good belly rub has on the world.