Valentine’s Day is on its way, and many of us are planning something special for our companions. Yes, our adorable dogs deserve a special something for being the love of our lives, so why not show them this Valentine’s Day? There are many things we can do to show our affection and love for our canine companions, but there are also a few mistakes that you need to avoid when it comes to dogs and Valentine’s Day.
Table for three
Watch out for spilled drinks- alcohol is bad for a dog’s liver, so be careful when it comes time to distribute some of your more relaxing and romantic drinks at the dinner table. Spilled wine is potentially the worst, since it is made from grapes and contains alcohol, two things which are harmful to a dog’s body. If you spill your drink, quickly clean it up and don’t let your pup lick it up like a vacuum cleaner. Also avoid setting bottles or glasses where they can be knocked over or within your dog’s reach.
Beware of roses and thorns- they can be tasty for dogs, especially for a teething pup who wants to chew on the stems. Vases that contain roses can also be a hazard if your pup decides they want them. The glass or ceramic can break and cut puppy paws very easily. Place flowers and vases far out of dog reach to avoid any danger. Beware of fire as well. Candles are romantic, and can be visually appealing for dogs, too. Curious snouts or wagging tails can get toasted or knock them over and become a fire hazard. Keep these far out of your dog’s reach, or use electric candles that offer the same look and feel, but are far more furry-friendly.
A sweet tooth
Always remember, there should be absolutely no chocolates available for your pup. These are the most popular of sweets given away on Valentine’s Day, and are potentially the most hazardous for a dog. Keep chocolates out of site and scent by placing them under a glass cover (your sweetheart can still see them, but your pup won’t be able to get to them). Also be wary of any candy that uses the sweetener “Xylitol” as it can cause rapid blood sugar drop in dogs, causing illness and even seizures. Keep your pup’s treats limited to doggy styled foods.
Dogs are not gifts
The most important mistake to avoid is the giving a furry gift to your special someone. Dogs should not be treated like a gift, and most owners bond better with a dog if they’ve chosen their pup for themselves. The best thing to do is take the recipient, when they’re ready, to choose one for themselves. Let the two of them chose each other and you’ll avoid any poor decision making and ensure a quality home for a new companion.
Doing it right
This Valentine’s Day, treat your canine companion with doggy styled treats. There are many recipe websites that provide delicious doggy treats that you can make for your pup and keep them from becoming interested in your sweets. Treats aren’t limited to sweets, so why not get your pup a few Valentine’s toys to treat them for always being there for you. Just avoid toys with a lot of stuffing, since they may end up with a belly full of fuzz afterward.
We don’t always spend a lot of time with our pups, so why not get some extra exercise by playing in the park for a while. You can even take a couple of extra walks- potentially romantic walks where your sweetheart can join you, too. A few games in the park and some good company would make an excellent date for you, your pup, and anyone else that wants to join in a happy Valentine’s Day event.
Of course, there’s the ultimate pamper-your-pup technique which every dog would enjoy. Why not give your dog a puppy massage? Rub their paws, belly, chest, and legs and watch their tongue hang out as they enjoy the extra attention. It’s good for their health and nerves as well. You may even give them a bath…if they like them, that is. Whatever you do, make it a pamper-your-pup valentine treat.
The final and most important thing you should always do for your pup on Valentine’s Day is to let them know you love them. Tell them through both words and actions, and don’t let the love stop there. Let it carry on all year long.
There are various things you can do with your pup this Valentine’s Day, and a few mistakes you should avoid. Treat your pup to a day full of pampering as you show them how much you appreciate their unconditional love.