9 local places to pamper your pup

2018 is the Year of the Dog and that means it is time for action, lifestyle change and prosperity.

There’s no better beneficiary of all this zodiac goodness than your beloved pup.

Chicago is an extremely pet-friendly city and the surrounding suburbs are equally hospitable to our four-legged friends.

If you feel like spoiling your dog, try one of these nine pup-friendly pampering spots in the city and suburbs.

Sit. Stay. Get styled.

Get groomed where your pet is happiest – right at home.

Wet Noses Mobile Grooming in Schaumburg offers to-your-door grooming, bath and dry, styling and medical bathing services — all cage-free and convenient for you.

Want even more convenience? You can text your requests without ever having to speak to a human.

Take her to a pool party

Your fur baby can take a dip with other doggies in an indoor, heated pool. Doggy Paddle Aquatic Center for Dogs in the Lincoln Park neighborhood offers ‘Learn to Swim’ lessons, both calm and crazy-jumping pool times, and private lessons.

At Carriage Hills Aquatic Center for Dogs in Glenview neighborhood, every dog gets a life vest for their time in a chemical-free pool.

Throw him a birthday bash

Celebrate your good boy’s b-day at Dogone Fun in the South Loop neighborhood, where every attendee will get a doggie goody bag, hat and enjoy pet-friendly cake specially shaped like a bone, heart or paw print.

If your pup loves to look pretty, stop by the salon for a nail trim or even nail painting.

Send Fido on a field trip

Your adventurous dog can play tourist or just play while you’re stuck at work or running errands.

Dogs Deserve It offers fun half-day field trips that will take your pooch on a lake cruise or to sample the city’s finest dog treats.

Transportation is included (and Dogs Deserve It also offer walking services and full pet taxi in case your friend has an appointment or trip to the trainer).

Book a first-class hotel staycation

No need to leave this dog-loving city to enjoy a vacation with your bestie.

Book a few nights at Kinzie Hotel in River North where the Pamper Your Pooch package includes five-star treatment: gourmet in-room dog breakfast from the canine kitchen, a glam photo shoot, spa amenities, pet concierge service, a copy of Pet Lover’s Guide to the City, and finally, a sweet slumber on a pillow-top doggie bed.

Heel over to the pet food truck

Imagine the tail wagging when your dog gets to sniff out her favorite snack from a menu that includes bacon and cheese cookies, blueberry and honey pup tarts, and fro-yo.

Fido To Go travels to dog parks, dog beaches and other popular pet stops, and will cater a special event. Tweet @fidotogo to request a spot near you.

Treat her skin, fluff her fur

Of course, your pup feels fancy after regular grooming, but if she’s been itchy or irritated by skin conditions like alopecia, allergies or bacterial infections, or needs a hot spot or skunk stink soothed, send her to Love Fur Dogs in Glencoe for a therapeutic spa treatment.

The microbubble machine will deep clean her coat and skin naturally, giving her the tender loving care she needs to look and feel fur-fabulous.

Capture his personality in a portrait

Far more than a Facebook-worthy picture you snap on your phone, a great pet portrait can show off your dog’s dynamic way.

Paw Prints Pix outside of Naperville creates stunning art of your pet in their studious or on location. They also lovingly offer angel sessions for terminally ill pets and their humans to archive your special bond.

Decorate the dog house

Fill her favorite space with designer dog toys, like the “Starbarks” or “Chewlulemon” yoga bag, line her walk-in closet with party collars and seasonal bows, and make sure she rests upon the softest faux fur (yes!) animal-print (of course!) dog pillow and blanket.

These and many more discriminating pup must-haves are available at the luxury pet boutique Tails in the City in the Gold Coast.

If you and your creative canine like unique wares, design your own doggie coat, hoodies and harness-lines t-shirts at Urban Pooch in Ravenswood.


Written by Jessica Ashley
Jessica Ashley is a writer, coach and the voice of Single Mom Nation and its sister podcast. She wears inappropriately high heels to the playground, is mom to a teenager and a threenager and lives with her chef boyfriend on the north side of Chicago.