How to Celebrate Your Dog on National Love Your Pet Day
Not that we need a reason to spoil the canine members of our family, but National Love Your Pet Day sounds like a pretty solid excuse to us. Show your dog how much you care with some extra love this February.
1. Share a meal at a pet-friendly restaurant
Are you and your pooch diehard foodies? Celebrate your mutual love for tasty treats over a dish at a dog-friendly restaurant. If you live in a warmer region, you can meet up with fellow dog parents at a favorite outdoor patio. Don’t forget to bring treats for Fido and his friends!
Alternatively, a home-cooked meal is always appreciated. This mouthwatering Turkey and Rice Casserole from Dogster is sure to get your dog’s tail waggin’. For dessert, whip up a batch of dog-friendly frozen yogurt treats.
Trust us—your dog will feel the love with every bite.
2. Have a doggy movie night
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Is there anything cozier than a winter movie night with your special pup? We think not.
Pile on the blankets, grab a special treat for Fido, and break out the classics: 101 Dalmatians, Beethoven, All Dogs go to Heaven, or Best in Show.
For all you sports-lovers, check out clips of this year’s Puppy Bowl on YouTube. It’s a riot. You may even be inspired to start up a game of your own.
3. Volunteer together
For the duo who wants to make a difference, a day of volunteering is the perfect way to recognize Love Your Pet Day. Plenty of dog-centric volunteer opportunities exist. You can:
- Look into therapy dog certification. Your dog brings you endless joy—why not pass that happiness on to those who need it most? As a certified therapy dog, your furry friend can spread smiles at a senior living center or comfort anxious people in hospital waiting rooms.
- Run a marathon together. Is your dog a champion athlete? Put his stamina to good use at a marathon or charity walk that’s raising funds for a dog-related cause. Just make sure that pets are allowed before signing up.
- Donate blood. Humans aren’t the only ones who need blood. With his donation, your dog will be helping out another animal who’s either injured or facing surgery. Your dog will need to pass a physical examination first, but as long as he’s healthy and fully grown, he should be eligible to donate.
- Foster another dog. Temporary foster homes help shellshocked pets brush up on their social skills before being adopted. If opening your heart and home to another pup sounds feasible, contact a local animal shelter to explore your options.
If you’re pressed for time, consider making a financial donation to a local shelter in honor of this special day. Your generosity will give a less fortunate animal the chance to find his own loving fur-ever home—you really can’t beat that.
4. Take a vacation together
Itchin’ for a getaway? Recharge with your dog at a pet-friendly hotel or an Airbnb. More and more establishments are welcoming canines these days, so you shouldn’t have trouble finding a suitable place to stay. Whatever your style—rustic log cabin, cozy bed and breakfast, a winter wonderland resort—there’s a pet-friendly destination out there that’s just right for you.
Taking a mini-vacation with your furry friend is something you won’t regret. Go ahead and splurge a little—you’re on vacation, after all. Some resorts offer doggy spa packages or special doggy menus that will make your dog think he’s in heaven.
5. Set up a pet photoshoot
You know that your dog is a superstar. Let the rest of the world in on his awesomeness with a fabulous Instagram photo sesh. With some charming accessories (bow ties for the win!) and a patient attitude, you’re sure to capture your dog in his element.
6. Treat your dog to a professional massage
Watch your pup melt into a puddle of pure bliss with a relaxing massage. Many pet owners will gladly vouch for the efficacy of canine massage therapy, maintaining that it strengthens immunity, increases circulation, improves digestion, and relieves stress. Plus, your dog absolutely loves it!
A massage isn’t the only indulgence your dog can enjoy at the dog spa. You can also pamper your pooch with:
- A “pawdicure”
- a doggy facial
- De-shedding treatments
- Deep conditioning
- Oral care
- A medicated bath
7. Take a nap together
No, seriously. You need to take a nap with your dog. It’s one of life’s most underrated pleasures. Press pause, cuddle up on the bed with your furry companion, and catch up on some well-deserved zzz’s.
8. Visit a pet bakery
Show your dog the good life with a visit to a bakery that caters exclusively to him.
For online purchases, Etsy is a great place to score healthy doggy delicacies. With a simple search, you can find everything from dog-friendly doughnuts to festive macaroons. Yum!
9. Schedule a puppy play date
Invite your dog’s puppy pals over for a day of playful tomfoolery. A puppy play date is the perfect way to teach your dog proper canine etiquette while letting him burn off some steam.
10. Play in the snow
Even if you’re not particularly fond of the fluffy white stuff, you can bet your dog is.
Bundle up for a winter weather excursion that will get hearts pumping and tails wagging. Favorite dog-friendly winter activities include snowshoeing, skijoring, and hiking.
11. Spoil your pup with dog-friendly “people” food
Not all human foods are off the table for our pets. Treat your beloved dog to something special like watermelon, pumpkin, carrots, or blueberries. These healthy treats provide loads of nutrients, and they taste delicious!
12. Go shopping together
Enjoy some retail therapy with your furry bestie at a dog-friendly store. Let your dog take the lead—he’s sure to spot some new toys or a stylish collar that he just can’t live without.
13. Shower them with affection
In the end, our dogs are easy to please. In fact, the thing they want most—quality time with their favorite humans—doesn’t cost a thing.
It’s easy to get caught up in our own busy lives, but it’s important to slow down and enjoy the occasional quiet moment with our furry friends. This February, share the love by showering your dog with praise, cuddles, and all the belly rubs.
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