Dog Spa Trends: Pampering for Pooches

These NJ pet hotels and daycare spas are doggone luxurious...

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NJ pet spas specialize in soothing baths, nail care services and climate-controlled recreational activities.

Next time you book a relaxing spa treatment for yourself, think about scheduling one for Fido, too. The Garden State is loaded with luxury pet resorts, day-care centers and spas, and this is the perfect way to reward your critter’s good behavior or celebrate a pet’s birthday.

“In the summer, instead of playing outdoors where they can overheat, dehydrate and burn their paws on hot gravel and pavement, dogs love our climate-controlled facility,” says Lori Zimmerman, owner of [email protected], a Livingston day-care center that offers grooming, training, holistic wellness and boarding services (973-740-8500; Treat your pup to a day at the spa for a full bath, haircut, nail trim, teeth brushing and ear cleaning, starting at $50 for small dogs.

“This time of the year, when your dog plays in the sand or on scorching rocks, there’s nothing better than a soothing paw soak,” says Debora Montgomery, marketing manager for Morris Animal Inn (973-539-0377; The Morristown pet resort, which offers day care, boarding, training, grooming and spa services for dogs and cats, offers a canine salon experience for $25.95 that includes a facial scrub, shampoo, conditioner and a paw soak. “This treatment conditions your dog’s skin and leaves it smelling great,” she says.

“Exercise is an essential part of your pup’s beauty and wellness routine, but sometimes you’re just too busy to go out and play ball, so your dog is cooped up in the house and has a lot of energy,” says Shelly Leibowitz, co-owner of Green Leaf Pet Resort & Hotel (732-845-3787; in Millstone. “Swimming is the perfect way for your dog to have fun and get fit at the same time,” he says. Green Leaf, which offers to-and-from transport service to its day-care, training, boarding and grooming facility, also has a 20- by 40-foot salt-based swimming pool. So pooches can dive, retrieve and swim laps to their hearts’ content. Sounds doggone delightful to us.

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