February 14th is a special day to express love for sweethearts with flowers, candy or a romantic dinner. This year remember your furry, four-legged valentine, too! Make the day extraordinary by including your canine companion in the day’s festivities.
- Try a night away for two. Getting out of town with your dog is a fun way to bond outside of the home. Whether you go down the road or somewhere exotic, there are many dog-friendly hotels that are more than happy to accommodate you and your pup.
- Get some exercise. A spirited walk and a picnic in your local dog park is a great way to burn energy and spend some quality time together. Who knows–maybe your canine will find a valentine, too.
- If outdoor therapy isn’t for your dog, maybe a little retail therapy is! Spend time together on a shopping spree at your favorite pet retailer or boutique. Clothing and accessories aren’t the only things that will spoil your dog. How about a luxury pet bed that will send your dog to an ultra-comfortable dream world? You both will sleep easy knowing this purchase was meant to pamper.
- Remember this special day forever by having a one-of-a-kind pet portrait made of your dog. You will appreciate the elegance and joy that this artwork will bring for years to come.
- Give your furry friend a new toy. Nothing says “Be My Valentine” like a pink or red heart-shaped chew toy. Be sure it is dog-safe and your four-legged friend will get hours of enjoyment out of a new plaything. Plus, those cute little toys scattered throughout the house are just little reminders of how much you love your pup.
- Dinner and a movie are a fun way to spend Valentine’s Day with your beloved pooch. Pick your favorite animal-related movie, and curl up with your pup and your favorite snacks. What’s better than a good movie, fun food, a blanket and a best friend?
- Bake some homemade dog biscuits for your pooch. If baking isn’t your forte, pick up gourmet treats at a local pet boutique. Even our furry friends deserve to have their tummies pampered on Valentine’s Day. Remember chocolate is NOT for dogs. Always give your dog treats that are made of ingredients that are safe for them.
- It doesn’t really matter how you spoil your dog this Valentine’s Day as long as you both have fun. Whether you opt for simple or extravagant, make it a safe and enjoyable holiday for both you and your furry best friend.
Jeri Wagner is a canine behavioral therapist and master trainer. Jeri uses a natural training system leveraging the same communication methods – body language and voice control – that dogs follow as part of their instinctive pack mentality. Training takes place in the home where the problems generally occur. Jeri trains in western Montgomery County, northern Chester County and eastern Berks County. For more information, call 1-877-500 BARK (2275) or visit www.barkbusters.com.
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