5 Ways to Love your Dog this Valentine’s Day and Beyond

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5 Ways to Love your Dog this Valentine’s Day and Beyond

According to Roger Caras, “Dogs are not our whole life, but they make our lives whole.” No truer words have ever been spoken, am I right?  As we approach Valentine’s Day, there’s really no better time than now to show your dog just how much you love him.  So, what do you do? Take it from your local pet sitter, showing your love for your dog is much easier than you think.

  1. Spend time with your dog on Valentine’s day. This sound easy, right? Between work and family obligations, however, our best fur pals are usually last in line when it comes to a little quality time.  Spending time with your dog could be as simple as laying on the couch together at the end of every evening and rubbing your dog’s belly to taking him out to pet-friendly restaurants and more.  Now more than ever, local businesses are realizing just how powerful the dog owner bond really is and are making their establishments pet-friendly to meet the needs of the pet-loving locals. The sky truly is the limit!  As they say, the days are long and the years really are short especially dog years.
  2. Exercise your dog on Valentine’s day. Dogs need exercise.  It’s necessary for good health and the development of strong bones and muscles.  For most of us, that’s no surprise! However, a simple romp around the yard is just not enough!  Every dog needs between 30 minutes to two hours of exercise each day.  The amount varies depending on the breed of your dog, but it must be done. Why not meet your own exercise goals while bringing your dog along? Dogs love to run, hike and bike with their pet parents.  It’s really never been easier to exercise and bond with your dog at the same time!
  3. Give your dog a brain boost for Valentines’s day. Our hectic schedules leave our dogs bored and alone for hours on end.  Why not invest in a few brain boosters for your dog? Kongs and puzzle toys are hot items on the market now and we are all for it.  Outside the home, agility classes, obedience classes, and dog sports can all play a role in boosting your dog’s brain power.  This is not only important for puppies and young dogs, either.  Senior dogs are a risk of being forgetful and developing Canine Cognitive Dysfunction as they age so brain boosters are just as important for them, too.
  4. Bake for your dog on Valentine’s day! Baking for your dog means more than providing him a tasty treat. It means taking control of your dog’s diet by knowing exactly what your dog is ingesting!  You won’t have to worry about what ingredients or chemicals are lurking in your dog’s food.  Try this cookbook, Feed your Best Friend Better by Rick Woodford for some nutritious meal and treat ideas that your dog is sure to love!
  5. Share a toast with your dog this Valentine’s day. Invest in some Zifantail or CharDOGnay and you and your dog can profess your love for each other with the clink of your glass to his bowl!  Now more than ever, your dog can enjoy so many of the rituals you enjoy.  He can enjoy the benefits of a “toast” without the hangover the next day.  Win-win!

Valentine’s Day is a day to express your love for those who mean most in your life. As your pet sitter, we are here to tell you that your best fur pal should not be an exception! How do you show your love for your dog on Valentine’s Day and beyond? Tell us!

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