It can be a time to go on an important date or to stay at home with a bottle of your favorite Napa cab, but Valentine’s Day also offers the opportunity to focus on the other important “people” in your life. This year, celebrate a different kind of love — the lasting bond between human and pup (no pricey chocolates included).
You don’t have to have a human partner to observe Valentine’s Day in style (though they can always tag along to your pet-themed activity). Here are a few things to do with your dog for a different kind of holiday experience.
Have a dinner date
Pick out a special dinner for you and Fido to enjoy together at your home or find a pet cafe or pet-friendly restaurant to dine out as a “couple.” Most dogs can eat cooked meat in small quantities, so perhaps you want to share a chicken or steak on this special day. Of course, don’t change up their diet if they have a sensitive tummy and cut only a piece that includes the same number of calories you’d ordinarily give them for dinner.
Go for a hike
OK, this isn’t a classic Valentine’s Day with your dog, but it’s one your pup is sure to love. Enjoy the great outdoors together for exercise and scenic views, away from the noise of the day. Make it special by picking a unique destination and bringing some extra special snack.
Take your pooch on a date with their one true love
Does your pet have a best friend? Get them together on V-Day so your pup feels both human and canine love (bonus points if you and their owner also bring along your chosen beverage). A park day or pack walk will get everyone out of the house and feeling their best for this February 14th.
Watch romantic movies
All dogs love to snuggle on the couch with rom-coms. Find a couple of flicks that you’ve had on your list (or want to rewatch) and indulge in treats together in front of the TV. Your beloved pup won’t judge if you tear up at the end when the couple finally gets together. Extra points if you pick out a dog- or cat-themed movie that might pique their interest with pet sounds.
If your four-legged friend has the right temperament, consider training them to volunteer at a nursing home. It can be tricky to get approved for this; and only dogs that truly have a personality suited to the environment should try it. But if you can get them through the training, you’ll both have a blast and brighten the days of everyone who gets to give you dog pats and biscuits.
No matter if you’re planning to celebrate with your partner or by drinking some rosé on “Galentine’s Day,” you’ll be thrilled to add your little fuzzball to the mix. Take some time away from the stress of the “holiday” by giving your pet a little extra attention. After all, they’ll be by your side no matter what and don’t require you to put on a nice outfit or do your hair for the occasion.
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