February is here, and we all know Valentine’s Day is on our minds. People express their love, appreciation, and affection for their loved ones by showering them with gifts such as chocolate, teddy bears, and roses. So how will you show “I love you” to your dog? Valentine’s Day is a perfect day to spend with your dog. Convey how much you truly love them, and show your gratitude for their unconditional love, loyalty, and friendship! Here are ways to celebrate the Day with your best Valentine’s fur-ever date.
1. Take a Long Walk or Hike
Surprise your dog and take them out for a long walk around your neighborhood or bring them to their favorite dog park. If the weather is warm enough, take them out for a long hike on their favorite trail. Walking is a great way to exercise and bond with your dog, which will only make your relationship stronger.
2. Valentine’s Day Dog Goodie Box
You can buy a Valentine’s Day Dog Goodie Box that comes with all kinds of Valentine’s gifts for dogs, or you can make your gift box. Fill it with your pup’s favorite treats, Valentine-themed toys, puzzle games, new outfit, or anything else you know that your dog will love opening. Make a big deal of opening it and have fun playing with them.
3. Teach Your Dog a New Trick
Dogs need to be mentally stimulated just as much as physically. So you can have fun, stimulate their mind, and give them a mental workout at the same time by teaching some new cute tricks! What better way to Strengthen your Friendship with your pup? How fun would it be to teach them to give you their paw, a high-five, roll over, sit pretty, speak, or even footsies! If you want to burn their physical energy out, how about teaching them some dynamic movements to help themStay Active! Have fun teaching your dog how to spin, twirl, weave, jump over, crawl, do push-ups, and do a dog catch!
4. Have a “Date Night” in
You and your pup may want to opt for a date night in and have a relaxing evening at home. Instead, use this time to shower your dog with some extra love, attention, and affection by cuddling and snuggling up on the couch and watching some movies together. Even better if you pick a doggy movie!
5. Spa Day
There are some dog-friendly spas where pet parents can get facials, manicures, pedicures, massages, and other salon services while their dogs get a bath, nail trim, and other professional grooming services. Some dogs don’t like getting groomed, but plenty of pups enjoy it! A professional dog grooming session will make your dog feel spoiled, happy, healthy, and feeling fresh. So book a spa day for you and your pup to get pampered and have a relaxing day together!
If your dog is not a fan of the spa, you can still pamper them at home. Get some dog-friendly grooming products, like a brush, shampoo, and conditioner, and give your dog a spa day at home. Play some soothing music, light some candles, and create a relaxing atmosphere. Start with a warm bath, then give them a massage with some dog-friendly lotion. Finish with a brush and a treat, and your dog will feel fresh, clean, and loved.
6. Go on a Picnic
Pack a backpack or basket filled with your and your dog’s favorite meals, snacks, drinks, and water, and go out for a fun picnic. Find a scenic spot and hang out for a couple of hours, enjoying the weather, the scenery, and being able to spend some quality time with your dog. If you live in an area where you get mild winter, take your dog out for a fun walk at your nearest hiking trail.
7. Bake Your Dog’s Favorite Treats
Bake some of your dog’s favorite healthy snacks and treats and treat them for being a well-behaved pup. There are plenty of healthy dog treat recipes that you can make for your loving pup, and they will surely love you back for the peanut butter, chicken, or even carrot-filled pupcake treats!
Massages are beneficial to dogs, just as they are for humans. If your dog is an active athlete, they will appreciate the added attention to their sore muscles. However, massages are beneficial for all dogs. Giving your dog a massage will reduce stress and anxiety, increase circulation, decrease pain, and it will alleviate any discomfort from arthritis. Massaging a dog is different from massaging a person. Instead of doing a deep tissue massage to loosen muscles, the aim is to use gentle motions that help your dog relax and feel comfortable.
If you want to take your dog’s massage to the next level, consider using some essential oils to create a calming and soothing atmosphere. Some essential oils that are safe for dogs include lavender, chamomile, and frankincense. You can also use a diffuser to spread the scent throughout the room. Before you start massaging your dog, make sure to do some research to ensure that you’re using the oils safely and correctly. You can also consider taking a massage class specifically for dogs to learn some new techniques and get some expert advice. Massaging your dog with essential oils can be a great way to bond with your pet and help them relax and unwind on Valentine’s Day.
Plan a jolly play date for your dog at their favorite dog park or doggie daycare. Your dog will surely be happy to play and run around with their doggo friends! It will burn out their energy both mentally and physically so that by the time you pick them up, they will be a tired and happy pup!
10. Go on a Double Date
You’d be surprised with how many dog-friendly restaurants and cafes will allow dogs! Call your best friend their dog and schedule a double date with you and your pup. If you prefer to have a relaxing night at home, you can recreate the dinner experience by cooking a delicious meal for you and your dog.
Best Valentine’s Date
All of these ways to spend Valentine’s Day with your dog will strengthen the bond between the two of you and make your dog incredibly happy! Use these ideas as inspiration. Enjoy watching your dog’s happiness unfold, make your dog feel oh-so-special, get lots of wet-nose kisses, and have a very Happy Valentine’s Day!