Instead of taking a trip to the groomer do it yourself! What I usually do is give my dogs a nice bath. I do this inside and I learned my lesson to wear a bathing suit while doing it. I usually take one dog at a time into the tub and start lathering them up. Then in order to calm them down a bit I get in the tub with them (while standing, I don't sit in the tub with them haha). I do this in a bathing suit because well, it gets a little messy and once they start shaking off excess water it goes everywhere including myself. I haven't mastered nail clippings yet, but if you can do this at home I highly recommend it! Also, for ear cleanings the vet taught me that all you do is take a cotton ball put a little hydrogen peroxide on it and move the cotton ball around a little. Don't jam it into your dog's ear though, you want to lightly clean.
4. Quality Time
Last but definitely not least spend quality time with your pets. All my dogs want to do is love and be loved. Of course they want to play with not just me, but each other. They want to be pet, especially Lilly. She loves belly rubs. So, if you're tired after a hectic day instead of just sitting there scrolling through your social media, put the phone down and watch a movie with them. Lilly and Zero especially love the Fast and Furious movies so those are our go to's when we are wanting to be lazy bums. This also benefits you, because as someone living a busy life sometimes you need to just sit down and enjoy what's around you. Sometimes when I have a bad day, sitting with these two and just taking it all in is exactly what I need.