IT IS the ultimate in pooch pampering.

Aromacare doggy facials, complete with foaming cleansers that hydrate and exfoliate the skin, are now being offered as a free introductory trial to customers of mobile dog-washing company Aussie Pooch Mobile.

The facial - which includes a head massage - uses a foam infused with lavender, chamomile and vitamin E to eradicate all those unsightly doggy imperfections such as slobber, gunk and tear stains.

"People have been enjoying the health and relaxation benefits of face and body massage for centuries," Aussie Pooch Mobile founder Christine Taylor said.

"So we thought, why can't dogs enjoy those benefits, too?

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"We already wash and blow-dry dogs, provide ear and eye cleaning, offer clipping services and doggy massage.

"So a doggy facial was the next logical step.

"We researched the facial with the help of a beautician, a dog masseuse and customer feedback from our initial testing.''

Kevin Tissington is the newest Aussie Pooch Mobile rep on the Coast, covering the Nambour and hinterland region.

"I have probably done about 20 facials so far," he said.

"Precious puppies such as malteses and lapdogs love them.

"I don't imagine male owners of bigger dogs like german shepherds would be going for them, though."

But Mr Tissington said any breed of dog would benefit from having a facial, which typically lasted between three and five minutes.

"The dogs have a nice light and lasting aroma along with the relaxation benefits that a massage and facial massage provide," he said.

"Depending on the owners, dog washes are normally every two, three or four weeks.

"So generally, the facials occur at the time of the wash.

"They can be particularly helpful for dogs who have been through trauma as this is able to relax them and even stimulate hair growth."

 

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