Four wellness treatments for spoiling your pet rotten
These pet spas give new meaning to the phrase 'downward dog'
Dogs in need of major R&R head to Yorkville’s DOGee spa, where the available spa services include hot oil treatments, paw pedicures and relaxing deep-tissue rubs using soothing essential oils. $100 per hour; extra $7–$40 for door-to-door chauffeur service. 179 Avenue Rd., 416-515-7729.
Elaine Turner is the Dr. Doolittle of the 905: she’s a certified animal communicator who uses reiki, a form of energy healing, to foster deeper connections between people and their pets. She also offers workshops for wannabe pet therapists. $90–$150 per session. Pawsitive-connections.com.
“Doga” is already popular in New York and L.A. The first Toronto class, run by yogi Shannon Young, launched in February at the Super Wonder Gallery on Bloor. It’s a regular vinyasa workout with some doggy participation: for instance, owners may lift their pups aloft while striking a warrior pose. $20. Tobloomyoga.com.
The Woof Watchers program at the Canine Wellness Centre helps chubby pups shed unwanted poundage. The plan includes nutrition advice and a personalized exercise program, including sessions on the clinic’s underwater treadmill. $70–$110. 68A Railside Rd., 416-690-1077.