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Hot tubs, steam rooms and aromatherapy sessions are all very well and good, but a spa in New Mexico has decided to take relaxation in a more fun, furry, four-legged direction.
Sunrise Springs Spa Resort in Santa Fe has recently added ‘puppy playing’ to its restorative experiences. Once guests are sauna-ed and steamed, they can have a go at working with some extremely young (and cute) assistance dogs that are taking part in their service training.
The programme, run in partnership with Assistance Dogs of the West, is beneficial for both pups and spa-goers. The dogs get used to having responsibilities that will aid their future jobs supporting veterans and helping trauma victims, while the humans get to play with some lovely little labradors. If all that energetic puppy play leaves you feeling pooped, there are some calmer older dogs nearing the end of their training.
Oh, and there’s one extra twist: the spa also hosts animal communication lessons to help you have a one-to-one with your pet. Dr Dolittle, eat your heart out.