Awe, Valentine’s Day. The day people either belittle or exalt. How about we stop looking at it from our standpoint and focus on our dogs? More specifically, how do you say Happy Valentines Day to your dog? Is there a way to do it express it in a way your dog will understand? Is your dog even capable of love? I say yes! Today let’s explore great ways to have a “dog Happy Valentines Day.”
*Updated: January 19, 2023
Now, it’s just a matter of showing or telling your dog you love him or her.
Budget Tip: This is an easy one. You don't need to spend any money on your dog to make Valentine's Day a fabulous one. The main thing is to make it a positive day and share it with your dog. What's better than that? Oh yes, there's no hit on your budget. It's perfect!
1. Be with your dog
This may sound overly simplified but just being with your dog allows him to know you care and love him. As I write this, my dog, Henry, is napping at my side. He knows I love him.
2. Cuddle time
This could be in the morning, evening, afternoon, or whenever you have time. I like to cuddle with Henry after I brush him in the morning. He will generally fall asleep looking at me. I know he loves me.
3. “Good Boy” or “Good Girl”
Remember to tell your dog he’s a good boy or girl when something good is done. This doesn’t have to be a huge thing. Just a small accomplishment will do, like coming inside when asked. Or even finishing dinner will do.
4. Body language is a cue
- Is your dog’s tail wagging?
- Are your dog’s ears up?
- Or is he huddled with pinned ears and a tucked tail?
You are your dog’s parent or pack leader. Make sure your pup is okay. Reassure your dog or seek medical attention if necessary.
5. Stroll a new route on your walk
Don’t rush your walk and allow your dog to enjoy all the sniffs he/she wants on the journey. This is like reading the newest book and having to mark the margins for what you like and don’t like. This is your dog’s time and so allow your pup to have it.
6. Learn a new trick
Most dogs love engaging in learning. When a dog is in training mode (even to learn a trick), the mind is stimulated and they are energized and engaged in the activity. This is a great opportunity to let your dog learn while bonding with your dog.
Don’t be scared away by in-person dog training classes. There are many classes being offered online. Plus, YouTube has a whole list of dog tricks and dog training classes for free.
7. Dog massage at home
I know that you’re thinking this is a bit luxurious. However, it does help your dog relax. It also helps with physical issues along with allowing you to bond with your dog. I encourage you to try it. Henry loves it!
8. Chase that doggie
This is about allowing your dog to play. Chase engages the physical part of your dog and allows your dog to be silly. However, be careful that your dog doesn’t get overzealous with chasing, especially if your dog is a big dog. Henry loves to be chased and plays a game of chase every evening.
9. Dog mental stimulation
Another way to show your dog you love him on Valentine’s Day is to stimulate his/her mind. This could be through a mind game or even through a sniffing game. Henry loves sniffing.
10. Visit doggie friends or go to doggie daycare
What better way to show your dog you love him or her than by spreading the love. Henry loves to visit his dog friends. However, he really loves going to doggie daycare. I always think in a dog’s mind doggie daycare is like Christmas morning and Santa not only delivered gifts, he’s waiting to see you open them. Yep, it’s a bit nuts! I’m always thrilled when Henry is willing to come home. I know he loves me too.
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Summary of simple ways to tell your dog happy Valentine’s Day
Yep, that sometimes painful holiday, Valentine’s Day is almost upon us. While some like to bemoan the holiday, I like to focus on the positives, which include my dog. I will make sure he has a fabulous Valentine’s Day. I may not do everything on this list, but I can guarantee he will feel the love I have for him.