30 luxurious services for your pooch
30 luxurious services for your pooch
People love their dogs, maybe even more than their human friends—research shows people are more empathetic to their canine companions. This might explain why some are willing to pay thousands for diamond collars or luxury dog beds. Americans spent about $69.5 billion on their pets in 2017, spending more on dogs than cats. Most of the budget goes toward health care and food, but the amount people spend on all services—including grooming, training, and dog walkers—is on track to rise again in 2018, especially among millennials.
Dogs can now get about any service available to a human. Photography studios offer puppy portraits, and meal-delivery services provide pet-friendly options. Some restaurants and hotels even have doggie menus. To relax, pups can even get facials and pawdicures. Some boarding services offer private suites with music and movies. Don't forget the belly rubs and bedtime stories.
Stacker scoured news stories along with pet sites and services to create a list of 30 luxurious services for these four-legged friends. From psychic readings to designer clothing, click through to see how some lucky dogs get spoiled.
A cake is a must for the perfect doggie birthday party. For DIY owners, order a puppy cake for $19.95 on Amazon. There are also party-planning services that can provide pet-friendly cakes, party hats, and favors. Prices vary based on company and location, but some start at $165 for a party of eight.
Cookies and cake
Grab a pooch-friendly treat from Three Dog Bakery. There are multiple locations across the country that serve cookies, cannolis, s'mores, and holiday-themed cakes for these furry friends.
Worried about the new dog-sitter? Starting at $150 for a half-hour, pet psychic Laura Stinchfield will consult with dogs and their owners over the phone. In addition to talking about an animal’s feelings, services include discussing the afterlife.
Through the goodDOG program at the Benjamin Hotel in New York, dogs get access to an in-room pet mini bar and a pet bed. Each animal costs $150 per stay. Part of the pet fee includes a $10 donation to the hotel’s charity partner, Animal League.
The Animal Reiki Source offers in-person or distant sessions starting at $55. Just like in humans, the energy healing technique aims to promote relaxation.
Luxury dog house
Everyone deserves a nice place to call home, including dogs. For anywhere from $70 to $5,700, doggie mansions can help pups rest in luxury.
Add a pop of color to a pooch’s fur with PuppyLocks. These handmade feather extensions start at $14, and the company promises they’ll stay put.
Chinese medicine isn’t just for ailing humans. The ancient practice of acupuncture is also available to dogs. Treatment costs vary by clinic, but the practice is often used to help relieve symptoms of chronic pain or arthritis.
Pet-focused spas are more than just a grooming salon. Pups get pampered with everything from facials to pawdicures at the Pooch Hotel.
Human-grade dog food
Tired of feeding Fido dry kibble? The Farmer’s Dog delivers fresh dog food made with human-grade ingredients tailored to each pet’s nutrition profile.
Dapper dog box
A subscription to Dapper Dog Box adds a little variety to a dog’s wardrobe. Starting at $35, a box not only provides new treats and toys, but it comes with a different bandana each month.
Summer camps aren’t just for kids. Starting at $1,225, Vermont’s Camp Gone to the Dogs offers a weeklong training camp where owners and their pups have a chance to freestyle dance, explore the woods on a guided hike, and play a game of Frisbee.
Dogs can get lonely when they spend the day home alone. DogTV, described as a television “experience,” aims to relax and entertain canine companions when their owners are away. After a free two-week trial, subscriptions cost $9.99 a month.
Dogs that have a hard time making friends can have their owners find a playmate using the Twindog app. It’s like Tinder for dogs. Just swipe right on a dog’s profile to find a match.
Essential oil treatment
Country club amenities
The Top Dog Country Club in New Germany, Minnesota, isn’t an ordinary kennel. Starting at $69, pups walk on heated floors, get access to a warm pool, and end the day with fresh-baked biscuits and a bedtime story.
When a dog deserves special recognition, break out the Dög Pawrignon. This pet-friendly champagne ($14.95) is flavored with wild caught Alaskan salmon oil.
Apollo Peak offers a “pawty” pack of herbal dog-friendly wine for $25.95. It comes with CharDOGnay, ZinfanTail, and MalBark. Don’t worry, they left out the grapes, which are dangerous for dogs and cats.
Dogs and humans workout together at K9 Fit Club. With multiple locations throughout the country, owners and their animal companions can get fit while bonding in classes like pupilates, namaSitStay, or Bark & Burn.