5 Ways To Celebrate Valentines Day With Your Dog

February 14th is Saint Valentine's Day.  Americans celebrate the entire month of February as the month of romance.  Valentine's Day is celebrated in the U.S. and many other countries as well.  It is an ancient celebration, thought to have originated as part of a pagan fertility ritual in ancient Roman times.

The origins of Valentine's Day weren't exactly hearts, flowers, and kisses, but that's what it symbolizes in modern times!  Valentine's Day is synonymous with cards, candy, gifts, and flowers.  And for pet parents, it's also synonymous with special treats, toys, and dates with their best furry friend.

My Furry Valentines, Phoebe and Icy!


Making your dog your Valentine?  Great! 'Cause Dogs Make The Best Valentines Day Dates!!


Here are 5 Extra Special things to do with your dog this Valentine's Day. 💕


RELAXING SPA DAY OR HOMEMADE FACIAL


Several grooming salons and hotels are offering spa treatments for dogs.  They know many pet parents want to thoroughly spoil and pamper their pets.

The Pooch Hotel, with a number of locations in California and a few on the East coast, will pamper your pet with style.  In addition to more traditional dog grooming you can add spa treatments to thoroughly indulge your dog.  I read about one place that even offers a warm Hydro Surge massage bath hydrotherapy for dogs with arthritis and other muscle problems.

If a doggy day spa isn't in the budget, create an at-home spa treatment.  Give your dog a facial and a pawdicure, dog friendly nail polish and all!   I found a fun recipe for a homemade Blueberry Facial for your Dog on Wag's web site

In a mixing bowl, grind up a half cup of oats to a powder.  Add crushed fresh blueberries and combine.  Wag says that this will create a facial mix that is high in antioxidants and good for the dog's skin and fur.  Check out their web site for full instructions and the proper method to give your dog a facial.  blueberries tend to stand so make sure you don't use your good white towels!


DOGA (Dog Yoga) CLASS


Get some Valentines Day relaxation for you and your pup!  Try taking a DOGA (Dog Yoga) Class.   In New York City, you can book a private DOGA session with your dog, or find a group DOGA session to attend. Search for a DOGA class in your city. If you can't find one in local search, check out the site Trips With Pets.   They list some DOGA classes being given in various parts of the country.  You can also Call a local yoga studio and ask if they know of any instructors that have led DOGA classes.  A local animal shelter in my area actually hosted a few DOGA classes last Summer!  How cool is that?  There's a yoga studio in The Hamptons, NY that gives DOGA sessions in Summer as well.    According to DOGA in NYC,    "Doga is simply creating a space of presence where you and your dog can share a state of peace"  That sounds good to me!


VALENTINE'S DAY YAPPY HOUR


Host a Valentines Day Yappy Hour party for your dog's best furriends at your house, or search for one in your neighborhood. 

A local brewery here in New York is hosting a Valentine's Day Yappy Hour.  In Phoenix, Arizona there was a local bar that regularly hosted Yappy Hours.  If you live in a warm weather state and are near water, you may be lucky enough to find a Valentine's Day Yappy Hour Cruise!

A few years back I read about a singles group that hosted a mixer for singles looking for love... and their dogs!  Attendees brought their dogs along to the event in the hopes of  finding love.  Talk about a great ice breaker having dogs at the event!  The event doubled as an animal welfare fundraiser.

Search on Valentine's Day Yappy Hours in your city.   BringFido.com/event lists Worldwide Dog Events, so it might be worth checking out their event page as well.

If you host a Valentine's Day Yappy Hour yourself, invite your dog's best furriends and have fun with a Valentine's Day theme!

💗 You can find inexpensive party themed items at the dollar store or craft store.

💗 Get some Valentine's Day themed dog treats to serve your furry guests.   Petco and PetSmart always have some fun holiday themed dog treats.

💗 Set up some fun games for the dogs to play.  I like the tennis ball muffin tin game.  You place treats in a muffin tin and cover each of the muffin holes with a tennis ball.  The dogs have to knock the balls out of the way to get to the treat!  If you have a lot of interactive toys you can bring them all out and have the dogs circle around to each one.

Interactive games can be fun for multiple dogs to play with together

SERVE UP A SPECIAL VALENTINE'S DAY DINNER


Serve your dog a special home cooked Valentine's Day dinner.  Boil up some Chicken, beef, or liver in a pot with healthy dog friendly vegetables like carrots, sweet potato, broccoli or other pet friendly veggies.  Leave out the onion & garlic, as those can be toxic to pets!

If you don't have the time or desire to cook, look for such as Merrick Pet Food's PUGS N' KISSES Grain Free canned dog food.  It's one of their many special Limited Edition, Seasonal Recipes.  Available through Chewy.com and other pet retailers.


SPECIALTY DOG CAKES & TREATS


Bake some special Valentine's Day dog treats, or Find a doggie bakery that makes something special for Valentines Day.  Many dog bakeries (or BARKeries, as they're often called) will ship goodies right to your home.

Our friend Emma at My GBGV Life has a great recipe for Strawberry Banana LuvCakes !  These are really special.




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Are you doing anything special with your pet on Valentine's Day?  Tell us about it in the Comments!




21 comments:

  1. Those are wonderful ideas! We are going to take the boys for a walk and maybe a puppicino from Starbucks.

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    1. That sounds wonderful, our dogs Love puppaccinos from Starbucks!

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  2. Given we have the flu in our home this year I think it will just be Netflix and that's that. LOL but normally I take him to his favourite hike. It's not the closest so it's a real treat for him. Rain check this round!

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    1. Oh no, I'm sorry to hear you have been hit by the dreaded Flu! I'm sure Montecristo won't mind taking a rain check on that hike.

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  3. These are some fun ideas. I think my daughter will end up throwing a little dog party tonight for our pups. Usually lots of treats involved with some tricks and games. Happy Valentine's Day!

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    1. Thanks Debi! A dog party is the Best, have fun!!

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  4. My cat says TREATS, PLEASE! LOTSA TREATS...and bird-TV. LOL! These are great suggestions.

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    1. Oh yeah, treats and bird TV sound great! Have fun!

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  5. You have some totally awesome ideas, especially for the late to Valentine's Day folk (like us!!!).

    We will, I think, go with the meal option, because we can get the cats a bit of salmon or tuna and cook it as a special treat!

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  6. These are cute ideas. I love the idea of a doggie Yappy Hour! So clever!

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    1. Thanks Kamira. I love Yappy Hours, they're so much fun for humans and dogs!

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  7. I want to take a doga class sometime but all of the places that offer them here are tiny/super crowded and I think Mr. N would need more space to feel comfortable. He's getting chews for Valentine's Day.

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  8. Those are great ideas to celebrate Valentine's Day. And I think every dog lover deserves to treat herself too!

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  9. Love the ideas especially the spa treatment, mmmmm will have to make that happen for myself this year when I send Layla to the groomers LOL. Happy Valentines with a woof from layla and Me xxx

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  10. We do spa days regularly so that won't work for my pups. They are spoiled BOL - I think I will give them a special dinner tonight.

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  11. These are some great ideas! I love the Valentine's Day Yappy Hour idea. When we lived in Austin, they had yappy hours all the time and the dogs just loved them. We celebrated with extra long fetch sessions and now we're moving on to movie night snuggles. Happy Valentine's Day!

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  12. These are all adorable! My dogs spent the day at daycare and came home exhausted. Happy Valentines Day to me!! LOL

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  13. Unfortunately, Buffy did not get a special day today since I had to work at two jobs today. I did play a long session of ball with her, which I don't always do, but should since she could lose her sight from glaucoma at any time. I like the strawberry banana luv cakes!

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  14. I love these ideas, so fun and creative, especially the blueberry facial. I might just try that for myself, but for my kitties, um no. Maybe I’ll leave a glass on the table for Baggy to knock off! Lol

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  15. Hope you all had a very Happy Hearts Day! I love the idea of Yappy Hour! Treats and beverages are always welcome by all here - two-legged and four! For Valentine's Day here, we just chilled together and the FiveSibes did sing me a Husky song! <3 Oh, yes, and there were treats for all! ;-)

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