How to Love Your Dog

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Our dogs give us unconditional love, and never care that we have a bad hair day, forget to change our socks or brush our teeth—actually, they might like that! They greet us at the door like heroes bearing treasures, and always offer a happy wag and eager smooch. Whether dogs snuggle to share our joy, or pester us out of a blue mood with a game of fetch, they love us 24/7/365.

That’s one of the many reasons dog lovers consider them part of the family. It’s only natural for us to return the affection on Valentine’s Day. Here are some ways to return the furry favor and make Valentine’s Day special for your dog.

Offer Puzzles. Valentine’s means “treating” our dogs in special ways, but we don’t want to “love them to death” by making them fat with too many calories. It doesn’t take much to treat dogs, especially when you offer pungent tidbits inside a puzzle dispenser. That encourages dogs to use their brains, too—yet another loving bonus.

Keep Teeth Clean. Most dogs get bored with the same old food and relish a tidbit that makes them feel special. Some treats also keeps those fangs clean and bright, too. Nothing says “love” more than keeping dogs healthy, because it means more years together.

Boost Health With Supplements. Healthy dogs might not need extra help, but when your veterinarian suggests more is needed supplements may be just the ticket. A variety are available that do everything from aid with digestion to ease creaky arthritic joints in senior dogs.

Give A Gift. Some dogs can’t get enough of toys, while others prefer treats or a game at the dog park. You know your dogs best so indulge them this Valentine’s Day with a new chew toy, stuffed animal, or day at the park.

Schedule Love Time. In our busy lives, we often put off “extras” until later or offer less valuable substitutes like tossing a treat when a dog asks for attention. While dogs love treats and toys, you can offer no greater love than sharing time with them. Every dog is different so figure out what delights the tail wiggles in your canine friend, and put it on your daily schedule.

Offer A Doggy Condo. A variety of kennels and crates come in various sizes and styles to fit your dog’s needs as well as your decorating ideas. You can situate the crate in a back room, or in the middle of the action in the living area. A decorative throw rug placed over the top of wire crates turns them into stylish furniture accents while giving the dog some privacy. To make it extra special, why not add a special bowl inside the crate where you can leave treat “surprises” now and then to make the space even more welcoming.

Create A Napping Zone. Special beds sized to snuggle puppies or soothe arthritic old dog bones are available. These work extremely well to offer a welcoming space especially on less than appealing hard floors. For the little dogs, you can set a dog bed on the end of a sofa or your own bed to get them out from underfoot and protect the upholstery or bedding. Adding a bed underneath a table works well, too, and creates a cave-like retreat that many dogs relish.

Open (Or Close) A Door. Another great way to create a special place for your dog is to employ a “pet door” that opens into an enclosed porch, or even into an interior room designed with their needs in mind. Pet doors can be installed in existing solid or sliding glass doors so the dogs can come and go as they wish. Another option is to use a “pet gate” that installs in an open doorway or hall. That way an owner can control access to areas as requirements change. For instance, a pet gate can provide a barrier to a staircase so your dog’s sanctuary remains the downstairs area at bedtime.

What float’s your dog’s boat? Do you have special Valentine’s Day plans for your fur-kid? Please share!

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How to Love Your Dog — 6 Comments

  1. Loved this!! I MUST get better about brushing Dakota’s teeth. What is so bad about that is he LOVES having his teeth brushed and will even “hold” the toothbrush with both paws. It is ME who gets lazy and forgets!
    What “floats Dakota’s boat?” He’s ALL ABOUT BONES!!!
    No big Valentine’s Day plans for either Cody or Dakota. Being blogging dogs and cats they are spoiled with “things” Will just give them even more LOVE than I already do!

  2. I”ve been a little slow with comments, but that’s what happens when you have about 4 or 5 projects going at one time. I need not explain that to you! Loved pictures you shared of Magic from puppy to “big dog.” All the pets we’ve had have a special place in our lives and now special memories. A grandson text the other night asking the name of a dog we had when he was quite young. He said,”I loved that dog!” So the love spreads. Good tips today. We are cutting bac on the treats-Midge is losing her “girlish figure.” Just had her groomed yesterday-teeth and all. I don’t even need to burn candles, her fragrance waffs throughout the family room,

    • I still remember the first dog ever that stole my heart and set me on the “right paw-path.” Dixie belonged to my Grandma and was a white (!) English Shepherd. I think that I learned to walk hanging on to her ruff.

  3. Mommy does most of that stuff already…even things we don’t like such as cleaning my ears she says she does because she loves me, so I think we are doing ok, but this is a super good post!

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