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February 13, 2020

How to Celebrate Valentine's Day with Your Dog

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With Valentine's Day coming up, now is the perfect time to figure out how you're going to celebrate. One of the best parts about having a dog in your life is that you've always got somebody to spend the holidays with. Whether you want to spend the day cuddling on the couch and binge-watching Netflix shows or going to a park or beach for some fun, there are lots of ways to spend Valentine's Day with your dog. Check out some of these tips for help finding the perfect way to show your dog just how much you love them this Valentine's Day.

Know What to Avoid

Valentine's Day is a time where people tend to give lots of gifts, and many of those gifts are food related. If you're thinking about giving your dog a special treat for the day, make sure sure you know what you can and can't give your dog. Fortunately, you can find lots of information online about what dogs can and can't eat. Here are some of the things you should avoid giving your dog as a treat this Valentine's Day:

  • Almonds: There are two reasons you should avoid giving your dog almonds. For starters, they're difficult to chew and can get lodged in the esophagus. However, they can also increase water retention and cause other issues in dogs.

  • Bread: Your dog isn't going to suffer any serious health issues from eating bread, but there isn't a whole lot of nutritional value compared to other treats.

  • Chocolate: If there's one food everybody knows not to feed to dogs, it's chocolate. Chocolate, especially dark chocolate, can cause serious health problems in dogs and should never be given to them.

  • Garlic: Plants in the Allium family are toxic to dogs, particularly garlic. Feeding your dog a lot of garlic can cause serious issues such as elevated heart rate.

  • Macadamia nuts: Of all the foods your dog should never have, macadamia nuts are near the top of the list. Macadamia nuts are highly toxic to dogs and can cause vomiting and nervous system issues.

As long as something isn't toxic to dogs, you're probably okay to feed it to your dog as a small treat. However, it's important to keep in mind that dogs have nutritional needs just like humans, so you should opt for healthier snacks that are packed with protein, vitamins and minerals whenever you get the chance.

Treat Ideas

If you're like a lot of dog lovers, you probably give your dog a small treat fairly often. As much as your dog may appreciate the tasty chewable treats you give them regularly, Valentine's Day is the time to find an extra special treat to make your dog feel loved. Finding a good treat depends largely on what your dog likes and what size of dog you have.

For big dog owners, there's no better treat than a ridiculously big bone. Not only do giant bones give your dog something to snack on that lasts more than a few minutes, they also satisfy every dog's need to tote around comically large objects in their mouths. One thing to keep in mind if you opt for a big bone is that some types of bones are better for dogs than others. Ideally, you want a bone that helps improve your dog's dental health.

Another great idea if you want to spoil your dog for Valentine's Day is simply cooking a meal for your dog. Sure, your pup might not appreciate fine dining quite like you do, but a simple home-cooked meal is a huge step up from the dog food they regularly eat. You'll never see your furry friend happier than when you set down a warm bowl of chicken and rice in front of them.

Gift Ideas

Most dog owners shop for gifts for their dog on a somewhat regular basis, but Valentine's Day is a good time to get a particularly special gift. If you've ever seen a ridiculously comfortable looking dog bed or an expensive toy your dog would absolutely love, now is the time to make the purchase.

Every dog loves a good toy, so buying up a bunch of toys for your pup is a good way to celebrate Valentine's Day. The type of toy you buy depends on how large your dog is and how aggressive they are with toys. If your dog's toys tend to last a while, you can find a great selection of Valentine's Day plushies and other toys for them to tear apart. If you've got a bigger dog that tends to shred plushies a little too quickly, you can find "indestructible" chew toys that are made to last a lot longer than the cheap stuff.

Whatever gift you choose, make sure you get your dog something special. There's nothing better than seeing your dog leap with joy when you get them the perfect toy or treat.

What to Do

While some dogs prefer treats and gifts with a side of relaxation, other dogs like to get out and explore. If you don't want to spend a bunch of money on toys that will eventually make a mess around your house, consider taking your dog somewhere for the day to treat them. Every dog loves taking a trip to the beach or park, and outdoor spots like these aren't typically too packed during the winter.

If you've got a dog park in your area, that's an even better way to treat your pup. There's nothing better for a high-energy dog than having a large, wide open area with lots of toys and activities to keep busy with.

There's no better time than Valentine's Day to show your dog exactly how much you love them. From a giant bone or tasty treat to a day at the park or beach, there are lots of different ways to celebrate Valentine's Day with your dog. The most important thing is that you find plenty of ways to enjoy the day and show your dog how much you appreciate their company.

 

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