Nothing says “I Love You” like a new leopard-print raincoat or a homemade, beef-and-peanut butter biscuit on your pillow. Including our pets in holiday celebrations shows we value them as part of our family. So read on for some fun and thoughtful ways to celebrate your love for your canine companion this Valentine’s Day.
1. Did Someone Say “Treats?”
What dog doesn’t love a treat? Fabulous treats are available to order online, from cakes and cookies to “doggy wine” (broth in a bottle). Or find some recipes and bake treats right in your kitchen. Your dog will most likely be right there with you, waiting. Make sure these items are made in the U.S.A. and have dog-safe ingredients.
2. Go For A Walk, Of Course
Surprise your pooch with an extra walk, or a trip to their favorite dog park or trail, especially if you haven’t been there for a while. Walking is also a great way to get exercise and bond with your dog, which will only make your relationship stronger. What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day?
3. Read To Your Dog
Read any good dog books lately? Curl up together on the couch with a book or a great dog movie. Together time is precious, and often hard to find with our busy schedules. Your dog will love snuggling up for some warm, loving cuddles with you.
4. Neck Swag
Does your pup need a new coat to keep warm this winter, or a nice new collar or bandanna? Add a pretty charm to their collar, and while you’re at it, check their tags to make sure they are still readable and reflect your current contact info. Or, if you’re not digging the jingling of your dog’s current tags, try making a tag silencer to give your pup some peace and quiet.
5. Keep Those Chompers Healthy
Healthy teeth and gums help keep your whole dog healthy. Consider a dental check-up with your vet, and have them show you how to brush your dog’s teeth. Be sure to get the special toothpaste made for dogs, as human toothpaste is toxic to pets. February is National Pet Dental Health Month, after all.
6. Spa Day
How about a day at the spa to make your pooch feel special? Many options are available, like do-it-yourself facilities in pet stores, specialty salons, and even mobile grooming vans that come right to your house.
7. New Toy
Get your pup a new toy, make a big deal of opening it, and then play with them. Lots of Valentine-themed toys are available, or buy a new Kong, fill it with peanut butter, and watch the happiness unfold. By the way, when you buy Kong, get the special cleaning brush that goes with it; otherwise you’ll never get that peanut butter residue out.
8. Clean Your Pup’s Bedding
Many pet owners forget to check their pet’s beds when doing laundry. They might need their bed washed before putting that new toy or treat on it, and they’ll love it if the washing and drying fluffs it up a bit. It may take some time for them to get that “doggy smell” back into their bed that they worked so hard on.
9. Make A Donation
Leave a legacy by making a donation in your dog’s name to an animal rescue group or shelter. Check around and find the organization that feels right to the two of you. It may even be the group that first introduced you to your furry best friend.
10. Share Your Story Of Love With Others
The wonderful world of social media let’s us shout our love for dogs to the whole world. Consider posting something on Facebook, Twitter, Instagram, or your social media site of choice to share the love you have for your special friend with everyone you know.
Are you doing something special for your dog on this holiday? Let us know in the comments below and have a happy Valentine’s Day!
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