Valentine’s Day is usually celebrated by spending time with your loved ones or loved one. It’s the perfect time to cheers to the love you and your cared for loved ones exchange for one another. Calendared in the middle of winter, not to mention during COVID-19, can be a warm light of thoughts, love, and consideration.
Whether or not you have a human Valentine to spend the day or evening with, you most likely have a four-legged friend that could use some extra loving too. Your canine or feline gives you so much on a daily basis, so this may be the perfect time to give them a little more in return.
Think about those cute, big eyes starting at you as soon as you walk in the door, the way they smile when they see you like it’s been an eternity since you’ve been home. There’s nowhere else your pup would want to be besides being cuddled right up next to you.
So why not spoil your furry friend a little extra today? Here are a handful of wonderful suggestions we’ve put together to honor the bond you and your furry friend have for this upcoming Valentine’s Day.
Let’s get to lovin’!
There are so many ways, ideas, and activities you can choose from when it comes to making memories with your four-legged best friend, especially on Valentine’s Day. In all actuality, some of the things we’ll talk about may be activities or things you already do with your fur baby. It never hurts to give them extra love and cuddles though, right?
Here comes a tasty one! One of your innate ways of appreciating your pup is most likely through treats. After all, the way to any one’s heart is through their stomach right? Wait, is that just for humans?
Interestingly enough, our dogs aren’t much different than us (besides the not talking). Baking homemade treats for fido may be just the cherry on top they are looking for after their long walk or game of fetch at the park.
Take a stab at one of these recipes for scrumptious dog treat recipes, let us know what you think! Most of these recipes are made with coconut oil and CBD oil, along with other nutritious and natural ingredients that are safe for your dog.
6 tablespoons of peanut butter
3 cups of rolled oats
½ of shredded coconut
½ cup of coconut oil
First, mix together the coconut oil, peanut butter, and roller oats together in a large bowl. Scoop out small amounts of the dough, shaping them into small balls with your hands. Spread the shredded coconut out onto a large plate and roll each of the balls into the coconut shreds until it’s evenly covered. Set the balls on a cooking sheet lined with parchment or wax paper, chill in the fridge for 30 minutes, and whala!
¾ cup of creamy peanut butter
4 cups of rolled oats
19 ounces of pumpkin puree
¾ cup of coconut milk
Mix together the pumpkin puree, peanut butter, and coconut milk in a large mixing bowl. Add the oats to the mixture by gradually combining it throughout. Roll the mixture onto a floured board until it’s about ¼ inch in thickness. Hint: use a heart shaped cookie cutter to cut out the cookies. This is perfect for v-day, obvi!
Lay them out onto a cookie sheet with wax or parchment paper, chill in the fridge for 45 minutes to an hour, and bam! Goodness is coming right up.
2 cups of whole wheat flour
1 cup of pureed blueberries
Mix these ingredients into a working dough consistency. Roll the mixture out onto a lightly floured board until it’s about ¼ inch in thickness. You can use a heart shaped cookie cutter (or any shape for that matter) to cut out the cookies. Put them onto a cooking sheet lined with wax or parchment paper. Bake them at 250 degrees for about 15-20 minutes.
If baking isn’t really your strong suite, you can totally find homemade dog biscuits or other delicious treats for sale at pet stores or local holistic markets. Worst comes to worst, head to the internet to browse for homemade or local dog treat shops near you.
Who doesn’t love a good cuddle session on the couch while watching one of your favorite movies?! If your typical after work routine includes a few hours vegging out on the couch, your dog may be right there with you as is. They may have their favorite spot on the couch next to you, they bed right below you, or a comfy spot right on your lap.
Make it even cozier by spreading out a fresh warm blanket from the dryer for them to cuddle up next to you on the couch. All in all, as long as you and your pup are comfy cuddlers, you should both be reaping the cuddling endorphins sooner than later.
A gentle pet, extra cuddles on commercials, or even just some extra small talk with your pet may have them feeling even lovelier than usual. A ear rub, a belly rub, or even a back scratch could be just the thing they need to feel especially loved on v-day.
It may not come as a surprise to you, but dogs do enjoy watching TV, just like us humans do. Haven’t you ever seen your dog turn their head while looking at the TV or start barking when they see another dog or cat on the screen? They definitely are watching.
A v-day TV or movie date night with your pup wouldn’t be complete without snacks, of course! While you’re making yourself a tasty treat, remember to grab one for fido too. Peep back up to our homemade treat recipes for some inspiration or ideas!
Even if your dog may not be the biggest fan of car rides, a trip to the pet store for a new toy may be something they’re more than excited about. The sights, smells, toys,and love and affection from strangers will have them in a state of pure bliss sooner than later. Tail wags for days!
Helping your pup choose a new bone or toy will help give them an idea of this special day or occasion. After all, who doesn’t want a new treat or toy on Valentine’s Day?
Just as us humans needs daily activity, our fur friends do too. Taking your four-kegged friend for a walk is just one of many helpful ways to care for your pup. Your dog may be accustomed to going for daily walks and may begin to constantly look forward to them.
This activity is not only for their physical movement, but it’s super important for their mental well-being too. Dogs have a very strong sense of smell, so they love to stop and smell anything and everything. Give them enough time to smell and spot each area on your walk, this helps them get the 411 on what’s going on in the neighborhood.
This Valentine’s Day, take fido on a longer or additional walk. They will sense that it’s due to something special and will love you even more.
If you’ve had your pup for awhile now, or even if not, it may be time to take them out to do something they totally love. A run down dog beach, a game of fetch at the dog park, or even a car ride with the windows down may be just want their energetic soul needs.
Maybe your puppy loves playing frisbee in the backyard or gets excited when you go on a new walking route through your neighborhood. Either way, your dog will most likely love these new change of scenery, with extra excitement to follow their adventures.
If your dog loves to run or is super active, take them alongside with you on your next bike ride or jog through town, they may be overjoyed with endorphins.
When all is said and done, it doesn’t take much to make your four-legged best friend happy. Whether you make them homemade treats, take them on a long or extra walk, or cuddle up with them over a favorite movie, they will love you until the end of time.
Having said this, give our treat recipes a try! Maybe they’ll be enjoyed more than you thought by your furry friend. One of two of the recipes may quickly become a staple into your dog’s treat life. Until next time, bring on all the love and cuddles this Valentine’s Day!