How To Include Your Dog In Your Valentine’s Day Plans

A cute puppy holding a flower

What better holiday is there to show your dog that you love him than on Valentine’s Day? No longer just for humans, Valentine’s Day is perfect for creating something special for your most devoted furry family member. If you’ve successfully completed our #12weekpuppychallenge, your dog is likely well-socialized. This is perfect if you are considering taking your pup to a dog-friendly location to celebrate Valentine’s Day. There are plenty of coffee shops and bistros that welcome well-mannered dogs. But, if you would rather stay inside we have some tips for how to include your dog in your Valentine’s Day plans!

Being that Valentine’s Day is an opportunity to express ones love, you can use it to:

  • Take your dog on a long walk
  • Make your dog a tasty homemade treat
  • Share your special doggy Valentine on Instagram

These are just a few things you can do to include your pup in your Valentine’s Day plans. Also, if you plan to share this day of love with a human, you can include your pup in that too. If you have enough time, you can teach your dog how to ‘deliver’ the Valentine’s Day invitation to your special sweetie. Relying on the positive training you’ve taught your dog, simply add on a few special touches. Tie a red heart-shaped balloon to your dog’s collar, give him the invitation to hold in his mouth and direct him to walk to your special someone. Just remind your dog to “drop it” or “release” when the recipient takes the invitation - and as always, let your dog know he is a good boy. Or girl, as the case may be.

If you plan on taking your dog on a long walk for Valentine’s Day, hook up his harness and leash, and allow his nose guide your adventure. A dog’s has up to 300 million olfactory receptors in its nose, compared to humans who only have 6 million (source). Often times when we walk our dogs we’re in a hurry, or only half present. Take this day to really pay attention to your dog on your walk. Allow your dog to explore his surroundings, sniffing and collecting information from spots he selects on your walk. By doing this you’ll find you likely go for a much longer walk than normal, and your dog gets a good mental workout in addition to physical exercise. There is nothing like a good, long walk to tell your dog happy Valentine’s Day.

Another way to show your dog that he owns your heart is by making him a yummy homemade treat. Now dogs love all sorts of food, and while it seems like a good idea to give your dog ‘whatever he wants,’ remember their little tummies can be sensitive. Keep the treat that you make within the realm of what your dog typically eats, but add a little bit of flair. Here’s our recommendation for a scrumptious and special treat sure to please your dog:

Valentine’s Day Salmon Sliders

  • 1 6 oz can salmon, no salt
  • 1/2 C steamed green beans
  • 1/2 C steamed spinach
  • 1/4 C steamed sweet potato
  • 10 blueberries
  • 2 parsley leaves

Directions: steam the vegetables and potato, allow to cool. Once cooled, place the vegetables, potato, blueberries, and salmon in a food processor and gently incorporate all ingredients together. Texture should be like a salmon burger. Carefully remove from the food process and form into 2-4 sliders, depending on the size of your dog. Place a slider on a nice glass plate, top with a small sprinkling of chopped parsley and serve to your dog.

It goes without saying that the fun you have exploring your neighborhood with your dog and making him a special meal will be Instagram worthy. Trust us, you’ll definitely want to remember these special times with your dog. So capture it all with your smartphone, click away, and be one of those people… Yup, join the millions of Instagramers who post pics of their dogs! Truly, your dog loves you and that’s why we think it’s a great idea to include your pup in on your Valentine’s Day plans. Whether you have your pup share in your human celebrations or create unique ones just for the two of you - including your pup in your big events makes them that much more special. Oh, and if you do post on Instagram make sure to give us a shoutout at @socialpuppy, so we can reshare.

Enjoy, and happy Valentine’s Day!

Rebecca Sanchez

Rebecca Sanchez lives in Seattle with her husband and three dogs and is a published author, and nationally recognized leader in the pet industry. Known as The Pet Lifestyle Guru™ Rebecca firmly believes “we need animals as much as they need us!” Rebecca specializes in researching and writing about holistic dog health and nutrition, and develops DIY recipes designed to enhance a pup's well-being.

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