Tell your pup “I ruv you” with these 10 ways to treat them on Valentine’s Day or any day of the year!
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Valentine’s Day is coming up and while most couples might be scrambling to find the perfect gift, my husband and I don’t exchange gifts. However, every year I’ll pick up a small box of chocolates and a card for him, and make him a special dinner of his choice. This year, I still have plans to buy the chocolate and make his favorite dinner, but I also got him a small gift and personalized card from Hunter for being such an awesome fur daddy.
That might seem silly to some, but Hunter has become such a huge part of our family. And for a guy who was entirely adamant against getting a puppy at first (and ultimately must have become sick of my whining about wanting one), those two are total buddies! We both agree that our house wouldn’t be the same without a dog now that we have Hunter.
Of course, Valentine’s Day was just another excuse for me to get Hunter a few new things, too! But it also got me thinking about ways to say “I love you” to your pets that don’t always involve toys or treats. So here are 10 ways to say “I ruv you” to your pup!
Belly rubs and back scratches
What dog doesn’t love its belly rubbed? I remember when we went to pick out Hunter. He flopped on his back immediately (on top of my shoes, mind you) and was like, “Please, lady, rub my belly! Please! Please! Please!” Now, he still loves a good belly rub, but gets his back scratched and loves being scratched behind the ears.
Hugs and snuggles
There’s nothing more that Hunter loves than human contact. There are some days where I have to work with him on my lap because he craves my attention. I’m not sure if that’s a good or bad thing, but Hunter’s a friend to most and just wants to be loved.
As I’ve said many times before, my walks with Hunter are some of my favorite things. It lets us get some fresh air, explore new places, and get exercise.
Even on my busiest, most stressful days, I still make time to play a game of tug or chase with Hunter. And if I can’t, his daddy comes home and plays with him so he’s never short on hours of playtime activity!
Doggy play dates
In our family, there are six dogs in total. Hunter hasn’t met all of them, but I take him to my parents’ house to play with Dusty (another Cairn Terrier) and Beau (a Bichon Frise) every few weeks. It tires all of them out, but also allows me to hang out with my dad. It’s good for all of us!
Hunter’s been a lot better about being in the car. If I have to run short errands, I take him with me now. He doesn’t mind being in the car and has started to get excited if I ask him if he wants to go for a car ride.
Lots of praise
Puppies are bound to do some naughty things, but it’s so important to give them praise for doing a good job. Whether it’s finishing a bowl of food or going outside to the bathroom, Hunter gets praise for doing a good job.
Give them a comfortable space of their own
We crate trained our puppy and upgraded his crate to give him more room. He love it now and knows that’s his own personal space (complete with Chewbacca plush toy). Even though Hunter can find a place to relax and nap anywhere in the house, he knows his crate is his own. He’ll go in there to chill out and sleep on his own, which is pretty awesome.
Keep them healthy
Obviously, your dog’s health is super important. Hunter has all his necessary shots and he’s been neutered. He eats well and gets plenty of exercise. He’s definitely a healthy and happy pup!
Treat them every once in a while
While it’s definitely no good to over-treat your pup, a nice reward every now and then doesn’t hurt. As I’ve said before, Hunter’s not too particular when it comes to treats. He definitely likes protein packed treats and toys he can “ruff” up!
This Valentine’s Day, I treated my pup to the Bark & Co Heart Eye Emoji Dog Toy (I freaking love speaking in emojis!), which is similar to the Rolling Bones Record Toy in his January BarkBox that he loves. I also bought him some Ziggy’s Disco Fries because of its obvious Bowie reference and cheddar biscuits because they also contain rabbit and we have a backyard rabbit that likes to taunt our poor dog every night.
If you decide to treat your dog this Valentine’s Day, use the code LLVH on BarkShop and BarkBox for exclusive discounts. This code will fetch you a free bully stick with your order ($10+) on BarkShop and a free month with your BarkBox subscription. Not too shabby!
Do you treat your pets on Valentine’s Day?