Pampering Your Pet Without Going Overboard


by Andy Tucker

A happy pet is a positive asset of a happy home, and that means you have to treat them right – but how much pampering is too much? We all want to take care of our beloved pets and make sure they have everything they need, but sometimes we see all the great, new accessories on the market and we just can’t help ourselves. And let’s face it, there’s nothing wrong with the occasional splurge on some stylish pet accessories. You simply have to ask yourself who you’re really trying to make happy.

A Bit Extravagant

There may be a fine line between pampering your pooch and being a little extravagant, but there are many cases in which pet owners launched themselves so far over that line they barely even realized it was there.

Would you, for example, buy a $24,000 Louis XV-style rosewood bed for your pets? How about a $3,000 bottle of French perfume? These may seem like absurdly excessive items to the average pet owner, but there are some very dedicated people out there who will buy these things without thinking twice.

Of course, not all of these people have the time to care for their pets directly, so they might purchase an automatic dog washer for another $20,000 or so. And if they have to be away from their home for an extended period of time, they want to make sure that their puppies have a comfortable place to stay – such as a 50sq. ft. doggie mansion complete with air conditioning, 7ft ceilings, and high-end furniture.

Combining Style and Necessity

It is possible to pamper your pets with the things they really need, and you don’t need to go overboard at all. It only takes a few simple items to make your pets really happy, and you will still have a lot of options to match your own individual preferences.

Some quality dog apparel, for example, doesn’t have to cost a lot, but it can help keep your puppy warm in the colder months. A nice sweater or jacket will provide that extra warmth, and you can choose the styles you like the most – and it’s a lot more affordable than a heater for that doggie mansion.

A range of dog toys will keep your pets entertained for hours at a time, and a few extra pillows or cushions will create the perfect spot for them to rest and revitalize before they start playing again. Finally, there are the dog collars and leashes. These are important items that establish ownership and identification, but they are also great for a little added style. While you should take the time to find the dog collars that are right for your breed of canine, the last thing you need to worry about is whether or not it is studded with real diamonds.

If you are going to pamper your pooch (and everyone should, at least a little), make sure you do it with the things that actually improve conditions for your pet. Your dogs will appreciate it, and your bank account will probably think better of you, too.

Andy Tucker has been in the pet supplies industry for over 15 years. He has experience with creating new types of dog collars to suit different needs and enjoys cooking up homemade treats for their dogs at home.


About Author

Devoted pet owner and now, devoted pet editor, Judi spent her time working in traditional offices, keeping the books and the day-to-day operations organized. Taking her dog to work every day for over a decade never seemed odd. Neither did having an office cat. She knows what it's like to train a new puppy and she's experienced the heartache of losing beloved companions.

1 Comment

  1. Well, what I think about these things is that they actually have nothing to do with pampering one’s pet at all, but rather they are acts of self-indulgence.

    To pamper one’s dog would mean taking them on long luxurious walks. Feeding them good food. Giving them the best veterinary care. Spending time with them. That’s what THEY would consider pampering.

    All else people are doing for themselves.

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