By Steffy Alen
Glass and steel towers, hawker chains, and shopping streets all make up 725 square kilometres in sunny Singapore. As one of the most iconic Asian destinations with an almost completely metropolitan view, city living enthusiasts have many reasons to never want to leave. But it is not just common human folk that inhabit this economic stronghold, because over 62,000 pet dogs roam around Singapore’s sky-high apartments and botanical gardens.
As a dog mom or dad yourself, you know very well that your furry friend is more than just a pet. As an official member of the family, you have all the reason to make your dog feel like the most important canine in the world. That can mean picking out the fanciest toys in a pet shop in Singapore or hosting an extravagant birthday party for your puppy. Regardless, here are some fun ideas on how to spoil your dog at home or around the Singaporean metro…
Give Your Pup A Doggie Massage
“Pamper days” are not just for humans. Your furry friends need them too! While you may already be paying a visit to the groomer’s regularly (or DIY-ing the process at home), you can step up the pamper routine by giving your dog a massage.
Massages offer dogs a plethora of benefits, from relieving anxiety to reducing pain and swelling. Regularly giving time to massage your dog is also a wonderful way to reinforce your bond, which is especially important for competitive canines.
Watch a couple of YouTube videos to understand the basics of dog massages. You can even pick up some tools from a pet shop in Singapore, including dedicated massage combs and blends. But be careful when using massage aides not made for canines as they may contain common essential oils, such as tea tree and peppermint, which are poisonous to dogs.
Go For A Swim Together
Learning how to swim is useful for both humans and pets, and is a great way to get in some exercise for both yourself and your dog. While your apartment pool might not be open to your furry friend, you can opt to visit a swimming center dedicated to canines of all shapes and sizes.
The Naked Pet in Figaro Street is one of Singapore’s most puppy-approved sports centers, as their waters are chlorine-free, so even the youngest pup in the family can join in on the fun. If you are looking for a once-in-a-while treat, the Canine Wellness & Rehab Centre has a heated hydrotherapy pool and professional therapists for the ultimate relaxation session.
But if you are strictly staying at home with your dog and have some backyard space to spare, you can pick up an outdoor dog pool from a pet shop and enjoy splashes at any time of the day.
Allow Your Dog To Let Loose
If you are residing in a high-rise building with thin walls and a lot of neighbors, then you know how difficult it is to give your dog some space to run around and go crazy. Plus, with noise complaints on the line, even an indoor game of ball can be a little challenging to pull off.
Exercise is important for dogs of any age, so take some time out of your busy schedule and pay a visit to some of Singapore’s pet-friendly parks, where you can enjoy the greenery and long walks with your dogs.
Strolling around the city will also allow your dog to socialize with other animals, run around, and even play some unrestrained ball games. If you are worried about your untrained puppy running away, make sure that they are always on a harness and a long leash so they can still run around while staying within your watchful reach.
Nothing can stop you from spoiling your dog: your best friend and the most loyal being in your life. Regardless of your schedule, dedicate a little bit of time to your furry friend. The appreciation they will return will certainly be a thousand times stronger.
Author Bio: Steffy Alen is a copywriter and content strategist. She helps businesses stop playing around with content marketing and start seeing the tangible ROI. She loves writing as much as she loves the cake.