Valentine’s day is coming up, and it’s a day when we show love and appreciation to those closest to us. So why not include our furry friends in the celebrations? Our dogs are part of our family, and sometimes, as busy pet parents, we forget to show them just how much they mean to us.
Here are a few ideas to make your pup feel extra special this Valentine’s day, and shower them with the love they deserve:
1) Bake Some Valentine’s Day Treats for Your Pup
Biscuits, cookies, and other goodies are all great choices for special occasions like this one. You could try making your own treats, or you can buy special Valentine’s Day treat boxes online.
2) A Cozy Bed Upgrade
With winter still in full swing, a new blanket or dog bed could be just the thing to make your pup feel extra loved and taken care of this Valentine’s day. Dog beds have come a long way since the days of Scooby Doo, so take some time to browse for something special and give your pooch the most luxury sleep they’ve ever had!
3) Take Them on A Valentine’s Day Picnic
If the weather permits, getting outside and enjoying some quality time with your pup can be a great way to show them how much you care. Make a dog friendly picnic lunch with food like peanut butter and banana sandwiches and head to the park or a special spot you know they’ll love.
4) Give Your Dog Some New Toys and Accessories
Fun dog accessories like a new toy, a stylish leather collar, or even a special Valentine’s Day bandana can be a great way to show your pup some love. Chew toys, squeakers, balls and tugs, or brain teasing puzzles are great for keeping your dog entertained and engaged.
5) Schedule a Spa Day
Give your pup the royal treatment with an at-home grooming session or a visit to the groomer. Your pup will love getting pampered, and it’ll give you both some quality bonding time together too. To make it extra special, try making some homemade grooming products like a paw balm or natural flea and tick remedy.
6) Go for An Extra Long Walk
We all know how much dogs love walkies – and it’s a fantastic enrichment idea! So why not get up early and hit the trails before work, or plan a special Valentine’s Day outing in the evening? Long walks have been shown to reduce anxiety in dogs and help to keep their weight healthy, so it’s a win-win for both you and your pup.
7) Have a Movie Night
Is a movie night with your dog even possible? You bet! Dogs watch TV too and enjoy programmes featuring animals on the move, and even fellow dogs. So pop some popcorn with your pup and then pull up some birdwatching, a nature documentary, or even the kids classic, Beethoven.
8) Get Creative with Your Photos
If you have a camera or smartphone, why not take some Valentine’s Day-themed pictures of you and your pup goofing around? You could even invest in a professional photo session. A heart-shaped frame or a special filter can add to the fun and help you create some memorable moments to share with your family and friends…just don’t show them to the cat!
9) Play Some Extra Games of Fetch
A classic game of fetch is always great fun with your pup, and there’s no better way to show them how much you love them than by playing something they enjoy. Why not switch up the rules this Valentine’s Day? You could buy a few new balls or frisbees and surprise your pup with a game of fetch they won’t forget anytime soon.
10) Give Your Pup More Cuddles and Affection
What better way to show your pup some love than with a belly rub or an extra-long hug? Dogs are generally very social creatures and crave human contact, so why not give them what they love the most – your attention and affection.
11) Create a Valentine’s Day Scavenger Hunt
Scavenger hunts are a great way to keep your pup mentally and physically challenged. Hide their favorite treats or toys around the house and let them sniff out something special! If you have multiple dogs, why not make individual lists for each one? They’ll love having their own personalized challenge!
12) Make Your Pup a Special Valentine’s Day Meal
Home-cooked meals are always a great way to show your pup some love. You can whip up something healthy and delicious by using ingredients like ground beef, beans, sweet potatoes, quinoa, and kale. Serve it with some fresh fruit or veggies as a treat too!
13) Help Your Dog Stay Healthy with A Trip to The Vet
Valentine’s Day isn’t all about fun and games. It’s also a great opportunity for you to check in with your pup’s health. Make sure their vaccinations are up to date and schedule an appointment with the vet if your pup needs one. If you have a senior or special needs dog, consider a full health work up, or getting them something to make their life easier.
14) Take Your Pup on A Road Trip
Is your pup overdue for a break? Instead of just settling on a day trip, why not plan something more adventurous like a road trip or camping weekend away? Not only will the extra stimulation be great fun for your pup, but it’ll also give you both some quality time together.
15) What Better Time than Valentine’s Day to Get Your Pup a Subscription Box?
These curated boxes are loaded with toys, treats, and other goodies perfect for your pup. Themed boxes include things like dental chews, grooming items, organic treats and more. And Subscription boxes are delivered right to your door on a schedule that suits you, so you don’t even have to leave the house or worry about stocking up on supplies.
Whatever you choose to do this Valentine’s Day, make sure it’s something your dog will love. Our pups deserve the best, and showing them the love they deserve on Valentine’s Day is a great way to do that. So go ahead and spoil your pup this February 14th! They’ll thank you for it.