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The Dog Lover’s Guide To Valentine’s Day

The Dog Lover’s Guide To Valentine’s Day

Valentine’s Day isn’t just for people. According to the National Retail Federation, pet owners spent more than $681 million on their pets for the holiday last year. That’s a lot of love. So here’s a quick guide for those of us whose ideal Valentine’s Day date is a snuggle with a furry friend.

Grrrreat Gifts

  • Fleecy Red Heart With Squeaker – Show your four-legged friend some love! This cute squeaky toy will make your dog feel like she’s number one in your heart.
  • High Collar Heart Sweater – Doggie, it’s cold outside! This heart-adorned sweater is perfect to stay cozy during those February nights.
  • Valentine Heart Box of Dog Treats – Chocolate is a no-no for most dogs (though try telling them that). So get your dog this heart box filled with treats that won’t cause a trip to the vet.
  • Bandana Collar Cover – Beware of kisses! Dress your pooch up with an adorable personalized bandana.

Dog Date Ideas

  • Dog Park – Where does your dog want to go for Valentine’s Day? The same place as any day – a dog park, of course. Join your fellow canine lovers for a romp. Not sure where to go? Download the Dog Park Finder app, which is basically Google Maps for dog parks.
  • Humane Society – Man’s best friend might need another friend. So head to your local humane society and adopt a dog … that way it’ll be easy to remember your #petiversary.
  • Pet-Friendly Getaway – Take a trip! We recommend hitting up one of the pet-friendliest cities in the USA, Austin, TX. Aloft Austin Downtown goes above and beyond when it comes to treating your dog like family. The pet friendly (and free!) ARF program offers a special bed, bowl, and a doggie bag of woof-alicious treats and toys, all complimentary to use during your stay.

Compatibility Tips

Sometimes dog lovers fall in love – which is great! But it can be complicated. We know that you’re compatible – what if your furry friends aren’t? Here are a few tips for introductions, because, as with people, first impressions are very important.

  • Keep them on leash at first. This reduces tension.
  • Try meeting on neutral ground – like a dog park or a neighbor’s yard, where neither dog will feel particularly territorial.
  • Take it slow. Dogs, like people, like to get to know each other before things get too serious.
  • Reward good behavior. If your dogs are being polite and respectful with one another, have treats at the ready!
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