11 Fun Ways To Spend Valentines With Your Dog

We love our dogs.

Our dogs give us unconditional love 365 days of the year, so Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to let them know just how much we appreciate them. The following ideas are some fun ways to celebrate this loving holiday and enjoy some quality time with your dog.

We love our dogs.

Our dogs give us unconditional love 365 days of the year, so Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to let them know just how much we appreciate them. The following ideas are some fun ways to celebrate this loving holiday and enjoy some quality time with your dog.

1. Make A Paw Print Card

Let your pet get creative! Nothing tells your loved one “you’re special” quite like a handmade, or in this case paw-made, card.

  1. Start by decorating a piece of card stock or construction paper with colored pens, stickers, and glitter.
  2. Then grab a dog-safe ink pad for the for the pawtastic card (many baby-safe ink pads will double as safe for pets as well).
  3. Make sure to wipe your dog’s paw clean of any dirt or debris before your canine artist makes his art mark.
  4. Then the fun part: gently press the clean paw onto the ink pad and “stamp” it on the card.

You can also try other projects like paw print art, but be gentle with your pet’s paws and clean them thoroughly afterward.

Paw prints make for great wall art. Head over to your local department store for a nice frame and you’ll never forget this Valentines day as you’ll have added this new centerpiece to your wall art collection. You can also share the card with family members or make a stack of copies and give them out to your dog’s pals at the dog park. 

2. Go On A Shopping Spree

Why should we be the only ones to enjoy retail therapy? 

Valentine’s Day is all about spoiling your special someone, and a little retail therapy with your pup is sure to do the trick.

Take your furry Valentine to your local dog supply store and stock up on red and pink goodies, from toys to leashes, collars and themed sweaters.

Let them pick a new toy, stores like Petco and Petsmart have an open door policy for leashed pets, your pets are always allowed to peruse the shelves.

Let them explore the store and take their time picking out the perfect toy.

They’ll be so excited to take it home and start playing.  

And don’t shy away from Valentine-themed bling if you have a male dog, because every dog looks great in pink.

3. Have A Photo Shoot

Sure, you probably got a million photos of you and your dog, but do you have any themed photo shoots? Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to take a series of photos that show the world that you and your pup are meant for each other.

To make your photo session extra cute, look at engagement photos for inspiration … use props like a chalkboard that shows your dog’s adoption date, dress up in matching red outfits and amp up the lovey-dovey level with kissy pics.

Make a big deal by taking them to be groomed and pampered beforehand.

Then show all of your social media buddies that you and your dog will be together fur-ever.

4. Make Your Own Homemade Dog Treats

Unfortunately, your dog can’t have any of your Valentine’s Day chocolates, but you can create a oaty treat with only 3 ingredients. These treats are so tasty, we won’t judge you if you want to sneak a few for yourself.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups Oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 ripe banana

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Process the oatmeal into a fine flour and set aside in a clean bowl.
  3. In your food processor puree peanut butter and banana, until the banana is pureed. Stir in the oatmeal flour, reserving 2 tablespoons. Process until combines.
  4. Sprinkle your work surface and the top of the dough with oatmeal flour and roll out, roughly 1/4 of an inch thick. I used a small bone shaped cookie cutter. You can re-roll the dough as many times as you like. Use a fork and poke the middles of each bone.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes. I would recommend checking them at 10-12 minutes so they don’t get too dark. You want them dry and lightly golden.

5. Give Your Dog A Massage

Sure, you pet your pooch all the time, but take it to the next level by giving your dog a spa-style massage. Canine massage is similar to human massage, where the caregiver delivers a combination of relaxing strokes and concentrated tissue kneading.

Research a few canine massage techniques, then give them a try on your appreciative pooch. Your dog will adore this special period of relaxation with you, and you might find yourself mellowing out during the process as well.

Follow this simple massage guide to help them chill out.

6. Have A Date Night

You probably can’t take your pooch to the fanciest restaurant in town, but it is possible to create a special date night for just the two of you. 

Think about all of your dog’s favorite activities and goodies—from hiking to visiting the dog park and getting biscuits at the doggie bakery—then spend the afternoon making them happen

If your dog’s version of the perfect day involves running laps at the dog park, take him! If he loves going on long walks more than anything else, lace up your shoes and get going. Whatever you do, remember it’s all about them

7. Volunteer Together

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a Valentine. Consider taking your well-mannered pooch to say hello to an elderly neighbor who does’nt get too many visitors.

Them spending time with a new wiggly, tail-wagging friend is sweeter than a candy conversation heart.

There are also many animals waiting for their forever Valentines in shelters across the country, and you can make their wait a little easier by donating to your local shelter.

Most shelters can use old blankets and towels, dog beds, paper towels, cleaning supplies, unopened bags of food, peanut butter and hard rubber treat dispensing toys.

And, of course, you can always donate two of the most important resources that every shelter appreciates: a financial contribution or your time.

Your dog probably wouldn’t mind sharing you for a few hours with the dogs at the shelter that could use a little TLC. Or you can make a financial donation in your dog’s name with the hope that next Valentine’s Day, every animal will have found their one true love.

8. Schedule Your Annual Visit To The Vet

Healthy teeth and gums help keep your whole dog healthy.

Consider a dental check-up with your vet, and have them show you how to brush your dog’s teeth.

Be sure to get the special toothpaste made for dogs, as human toothpaste is toxic to pets.

You’ll gain extra peace of mind knowing you are looking after your pet’s health.

9. Enroll Them In A Training Program

Training? On Valentine’s Day? If you just thought “ugh,” you are not thinking like a dog.

For your pup, training means she gets undivided attention and plenty of pats, praise and treats.

You might want to sign up for an obedience training refresher course that doubles as a canine meet-and-greet. 

Our dog training sessions are built so that your dog can learn the necessary behaviors and become well-trained. 

Whether you start a new training program with a professional dog behavioral therapist or want to focus on dog obedience, vow to take time with your dog so they (and you) can continually learn how your dog can be a good canine citizen.

Be prepared to take your dog out onto the streets to see how much he or she is picking up during the canine training class.

To learn more about our Beach for Dogs Training Programs visit us here.

10. Spoil Them With A Grooming Appointment

Looking for a really special and unique treat for your pet this Valentines Day?

Why not surprise your pup with a mini makerover at Beach for Dogs?

Everyone feels better after a good session of pampering and your pooch is no exception.

Not only will this give you a chance to have your precious dog checked out just to make sure all is as it should be health-wise.

This can also turn what might have felt like a chore into a joy.

Schedule a grooming appointment with our professional Beach for Dogs Groomers – we have grooming packages to fit any budget.

Our spa grooming package includes a bath with our oatmeal based shampoo, ear cleaning, nail trimming, hand brushing, and grooming to your specifications. 

We’ll be sure the treats flow plentifully throughout.

Your dog will enjoy a day of relaxation and pampering, and leave looking, feeling and smelling great! 

11. Go Out And Get Some Exercise Together

Want to get away for a bit?

Your dog would follow you anywhere, so bundle up and visit a local hiking trail, or even just the dog park for an extended game of fetch.

Burn off those Puppacinos with a trek through the woods.

Put on some comfy athletic shoes for yourself, and make sure to bring plenty of water for you and your pup.

Even if it’s just going for a walk, walking is also a great way to get exercise and bond with your dog, which will only make your relationship stronger.

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Bonus 1: Do Some DOGA (Dog Yoga) Together

Doga (Dog Yoga) may sound a bit funny at first, but it’s really a great activity to try with your pet. If you are looking for something new and different to try, do give it a chance – try it at least once! The benefits are numerous for both you and your pet.

Bonus 2: Make a Reservation for Your Pup at Doggy Daycare

Most years, Valentine’s Day for dogs could fall on a work day.

For most dog owners, this means being separated from our pets for much of the day.

But just because you have to slog through a whole work day before you can come home to celebrate doesn’t mean your dog should have to endure being home alone all day.

Instead, consider booking a special outing for your pup at Beach for Dogs doggy daycare.

Your pooch will spend Valentine’s Day for dogs with these potential activities:

  • playing with other dogs
  • enjoying treats and fresh air
  • being pampered until you are done working
  • returning home to celebrate together properly

1. Make A Paw Print Card

Let your pet get creative! Nothing tells your loved one “you’re special” quite like a handmade, or in this case paw-made, card.

  1. Start by decorating a piece of card stock or construction paper with colored pens, stickers, and glitter.
  2. Then grab a dog-safe ink pad for the for the pawtastic card (many baby-safe ink pads will double as safe for pets as well).
  3. Make sure to wipe your dog’s paw clean of any dirt or debris before your canine artist makes his art mark.
  4. Then the fun part: gently press the clean paw onto the ink pad and “stamp” it on the card.

You can also try other projects like paw print art, but be gentle with your pet’s paws and clean them thoroughly afterward.

Paw prints make for great wall art. Head over to your local department store for a nice frame and you’ll never forget this Valentines day as you’ll have added this new centerpiece to your wall art collection. You can also share the card with family members or make a stack of copies and give them out to your dog’s pals at the dog park. 

2. Go On A Shopping Spree

Why should we be the only ones to enjoy retail therapy? 

Valentine’s Day is all about spoiling your special someone, and a little retail therapy with your pup is sure to do the trick.

Take your furry Valentine to your local dog supply store and stock up on red and pink goodies, from toys to leashes, collars and themed sweaters.

Let them pick a new toy, stores like Petco and Petsmart have an open door policy for leashed pets, your pets are always allowed to peruse the shelves.

Let them explore the store and take their time picking out the perfect toy.

They’ll be so excited to take it home and start playing.  

And don’t shy away from Valentine-themed bling if you have a male dog, because every dog looks great in pink.

3. Have A Photo Shoot

Sure, you probably got a million photos of you and your dog, but do you have any themed photo shoots? Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to take a series of photos that show the world that you and your pup are meant for each other.

To make your photo session extra cute, look at engagement photos for inspiration … use props like a chalkboard that shows your dog’s adoption date, dress up in matching red outfits and amp up the lovey-dovey level with kissy pics.

Make a big deal by taking them to be groomed and pampered beforehand.

Then show all of your social media buddies that you and your dog will be together fur-ever.

4. Make Your Own Homemade Dog Treats

Unfortunately, your dog can’t have any of your Valentine’s Day chocolates, but you can create a oaty treat with only 3 ingredients. These treats are so tasty, we won’t judge you if you want to sneak a few for yourself.

Ingredients:

  • 1 1/2 cups Oatmeal
  • 1/2 cup peanut butter
  • 1 ripe banana

Directions:

  1. Preheat oven to 350.
  2. Process the oatmeal into a fine flour and set aside in a clean bowl.
  3. In your food processor puree peanut butter and banana, until the banana is pureed. Stir in the oatmeal flour, reserving 2 tablespoons. Process until combines.
  4. Sprinkle your work surface and the top of the dough with oatmeal flour and roll out, roughly 1/4 of an inch thick. I used a small bone shaped cookie cutter. You can re-roll the dough as many times as you like. Use a fork and poke the middles of each bone.
  5. Bake for 15 minutes. I would recommend checking them at 10-12 minutes so they don’t get too dark. You want them dry and lightly golden.

5. Give Your Dog A Massage

Sure, you pet your pooch all the time, but take it to the next level by giving your dog a spa-style massage. Canine massage is similar to human massage, where the caregiver delivers a combination of relaxing strokes and concentrated tissue kneading.

Research a few canine massage techniques, then give them a try on your appreciative pooch. Your dog will adore this special period of relaxation with you, and you might find yourself mellowing out during the process as well.

Follow this simple massage guide to help them chill out.

6. Have A Date Night

You probably can’t take your pooch to the fanciest restaurant in town, but it is possible to create a special date night for just the two of you. 

Think about all of your dog’s favorite activities and goodies—from hiking to visiting the dog park and getting biscuits at the doggie bakery—then spend the afternoon making them happen

If your dog’s version of the perfect day involves running laps at the dog park, take him! If he loves going on long walks more than anything else, lace up your shoes and get going. Whatever you do, remember it’s all about them

7. Volunteer Together

Not everyone is lucky enough to have a Valentine. Consider taking your well-mannered pooch to say hello to an elderly neighbor who does’nt get too many visitors.

Them spending time with a new wiggly, tail-wagging friend is sweeter than a candy conversation heart.

There are also many animals waiting for their forever Valentines in shelters across the country, and you can make their wait a little easier by donating to your local shelter.

Most shelters can use old blankets and towels, dog beds, paper towels, cleaning supplies, unopened bags of food, peanut butter and hard rubber treat dispensing toys.

And, of course, you can always donate two of the most important resources that every shelter appreciates: a financial contribution or your time.

Your dog probably wouldn’t mind sharing you for a few hours with the dogs at the shelter that could use a little TLC. Or you can make a financial donation in your dog’s name with the hope that next Valentine’s Day, every animal will have found their one true love.

8. Schedule Your Annual Visit To The Vet

Healthy teeth and gums help keep your whole dog healthy.

Consider a dental check-up with your vet, and have them show you how to brush your dog’s teeth.

Be sure to get the special toothpaste made for dogs, as human toothpaste is toxic to pets.

You’ll gain extra peace of mind knowing you are looking after your pet’s health.

9. Enroll Them In A Training Program

Training? On Valentine’s Day? If you just thought “ugh,” you are not thinking like a dog.

For your pup, training means she gets undivided attention and plenty of pats, praise and treats.

You might want to sign up for an obedience training refresher course that doubles as a canine meet-and-greet. 

Our dog training sessions are built so that your dog can learn the necessary behaviors and become well-trained. 

Whether you start a new training program with a professional dog behavioral therapist or want to focus on dog obedience, vow to take time with your dog so they (and you) can continually learn how your dog can be a good canine citizen.

Be prepared to take your dog out onto the streets to see how much he or she is picking up during the canine training class.

To learn more about our Beach for Dogs Training Programs visit us here.

10. Spoil Them With A Grooming Appointment

Looking for a really special and unique treat for your pet this Valentines Day?

Why not surprise your pup with a mini makerover at Beach for Dogs?

Everyone feels better after a good session of pampering and your pooch is no exception.

Not only will this give you a chance to have your precious dog checked out just to make sure all is as it should be health-wise.

This can also turn what might have felt like a chore into a joy.

Schedule a grooming appointment with our professional Beach for Dogs Groomers – we have grooming packages to fit any budget.

Our spa grooming package includes a bath with our oatmeal based shampoo, ear cleaning, nail trimming, hand brushing, and grooming to your specifications. 

We’ll be sure the treats flow plentifully throughout.

Your dog will enjoy a day of relaxation and pampering, and leave looking, feeling and smelling great! 

11. Go Out And Get Some Exercise Together

Want to get away for a bit?

Your dog would follow you anywhere, so bundle up and visit a local hiking trail, or even just the dog park for an extended game of fetch.

Burn off those Puppacinos with a trek through the woods.

Put on some comfy athletic shoes for yourself, and make sure to bring plenty of water for you and your pup.

Even if it’s just going for a walk, walking is also a great way to get exercise and bond with your dog, which will only make your relationship stronger.

What better way to celebrate Valentine’s Day?

Bonus 1: Do Some DOGA (Dog Yoga) Together

Doga (Dog Yoga) may sound a bit funny at first, but it’s really a great activity to try with your pet. If you are looking for something new and different to try, do give it a chance – try it at least once! The benefits are numerous for both you and your pet.

Bonus 2: Make a Reservation for Your Pup at Doggy Daycare

Most years, Valentine’s Day for dogs could fall on a work day.

For most dog owners, this means being separated from our pets for much of the day.

But just because you have to slog through a whole work day before you can come home to celebrate doesn’t mean your dog should have to endure being home alone all day.

Instead, consider booking a special outing for your pup at Beach for Dogs doggy daycare.

Your pooch will spend Valentine’s Day for dogs with these potential activities:

  • playing with other dogs
  • enjoying treats and fresh air
  • being pampered until you are done working
  • returning home to celebrate together properly