Valentine's Day Date With Your Dog

February 11, 2015

It’s that special time of the year again...Valentine’s Day. This is the time when find your news feeds full of “cutsie” couple posts and  clichéd “single awareness day” banter. If you don’t have plans to go out to an overpriced and crowded restaurant and get served a preselected menu, don’t despair! There is someone who would love to have a fun filled day with you and be your fur-ever valentine, your dog! If you are lucky enough to have part or the whole day free, here are some great activities you can do during the day. 

Your dog may not know it’s a day different than any other, but he or she will be ecstatic to know it’s another day they can spend with their favorite person. I can guarantee you won’t have to worry about getting into a fight at dinner with this date. Here is a list of activities you can do all day with your pup.

  1. First make your morning walk a little more special for your dog. Let them smell their favorite bush for an extra minute instead of pulling them away too fast. Also, leave some time to stop and play in the middle of the walk instead of powering through the whole thing.A dog park is a great place for a quick stop.
  2. If space permits, make an agility course for your dog to run through. It will be fun for you to watch your dog try to navigate through the course and it’s a great experience for them.
  3. Take your dog out for a long hike or walk to a place you usually don’t visit, like the dog beach. Your dog will love all the smells and new places to explore. Of course, before you go, make sure to check if dogs are allowed in those areas.
  4. If you prefer a more mellow adventure, take your dog shopping! You can always tkae your dog to walk around your local pet store. This is a great way for you and your dog to socialize with other dogs. You can even treat your dog to a new toy if they find one they like.
  5. When it’s dinner time, you can make dinner for two. Find a way to treat your dog to a special meal. Think of foods that would be mutually enjoyable. Be sure you know, beforehand, what foods are good for your dog and bad for your dog and remember that you can always season each one differently. After preparing the food you can eat closer to where your dog normally eats or even let them eat closer to the table.
  6. After dinner you can end the night by watching a movie your dog would love like Beethoven or Marley and Me.

Always remember that just because Hallmark says you should do Valentine’s Day their way, it doesn’t mean you have to. Your dog is always ready to be your perfect date!

About the Author

Cameron St. George, Staff Writer

Hi I'm Cameron and I graduated from the University of La Verne with a degree in Legal Studies and a minor in Marketing. I enjoy socializing and all of the other things Southern California has to offer, but the real exciting part of my day is when I go home to see what my dog Sam has been up to (yes HER name is Sam and before her I had a St. Bernard named Elvis who was also a girl). Sam is a five year old German Shepherd and Husky mix who still thinks and acts like a puppy. I'm always curious to see if I lost a remote as a chew toy or how her attempted escape to take herself for a walk went. Sam is the inspiration for many of the ideas of the blogs I write.