Activities For Dogs On Valentine's Day

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Introduction

Is your dog your Valentine?  Dogs make the perfect Valentine's Day companions because they are loyal and love unconditionally.  A dog's love is unique and powerful for their people and spending the day together can be a special experience for the both of you.  Even if you are planning on spending the day with a Valentine of the human kind, including your dog on this day is a special treat for everyone.  Show some love this Valentine's Day with some dog-friendly activities sure to inspire amore of the most unconditional kind.

A New Toy

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Any Day
Moderate
Easy
2 to 3 Hours
Items needed
Leash
Activity description

Spending the day with your canine companion can be a lot of fun but making it special with a dog-related date is an excellent Valentine's Day activity.  If you are choosing this activity, plan to visit your dog's favorite pet store for a fun toy and follow up your visit with a trip to the dog park afterward, weather permitting. Your doggy date starts indoors, so the weather is not a huge factor.  You will need a leash for this activity since you and your dog will be visiting a public store with other people and dogs.  If the weather is sunny and warm, head to the dog park after visiting the pet store and let your dog play with their new toy.

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Get going
This activity starts out by grabbing your dog's leash and getting out the door. Your first stop is the pet store, where you will let your dog pick out a new favorite toy from the dog toy aisle. Be sure to keep your dog on their leash while in the parking lot as well as in the pet store. This is for their own safety as well as the safety of everyone else.
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Have a play date
Play dates are usually described as people who bring together their children or in this case, furbabies for playtime. However, taking your dog on a play date may also mean playing with a new favorite toy you just bought at the pet store. Grab the new toy and find a park or another sunny spot to play with your dog. If the weather does not permit play time outside, take your dog home for the fun.
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Engage your dog
This step is universal to the entire activity because this activity is about you spending time with your dog doing the fun things your dog loves. However, your dog loves you unconditionally, no matter what activity you decide to do. During your walk, during shopping, and certainly during playtime, talk to your dog and engage them in the fun. Remember, this activity is about your relationship with your dog so make it all about them.
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A Dog Friendly Holiday

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Any Day
Expensive
Normal
24 to 48 hours
Items needed
Leash
Food and Water
Toys and a Blanket
Activity description
If your favorite Valentine is sweet, athletic, and enjoys long walks on the beach, a holiday on the beach may be just what the two of you need.  This activity is more of an experience and requires an overnight stay at a pet-friendly hotel, preferably at the beach.  Warmer weather is always preferred for outdoor activities, such as a stroll along the shore but if you and your dog are game for a chilly walk along the coast, go for it. You need a hotel reservation and the necessities for this activity.  A least for walks to the beach and a food and water bowl for meals inside are the basics.  You should consider bringing some toys or other goodies your dog loves for their comfort and enjoyment while on this getaway.
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Make your reservation
A getaway holiday for you and your dog starts with deciding where to visit and making a reservation at a pet-friendly hotel. This is very important, and you cannot assume your hotel of choice will allow you to bring your dog. While making the reservation, check the hotel's Web site for pet-related information. If you cannot locate it, you can call the hotel to inquire before making the reservation. Additionally, many hotel search sites will have a pet-friendly option that might assist you in hotel selection.
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Pack your bags
As with any overnight stay, you have to pack all the necessary items you need, but more importantly, don't forget to pack your dog's bag too. Your dog's bag should have the basics, like food and water bowls, and food and bottled water. Your dog also needs their leash. A favorite toy, like a ball or a doll your dog likes to cuddle with, are excellent items to take with you. Finally, bring a blanket for your dog for the bed or the floor so your dog will have something that smells familiar in the room.
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Take a long walk
Once you have reached your destination and you are checked in with your dog, relax as long as the two of your need. However, this activity also calls for a long walk on the beach, or where ever you decided to visit. Be sure to get a few walks in while you're on holiday and bring a ball to play with your dog. You will most likely keep your dog on their leash during most of their walk but feel free to take your dog off their leash to run up and down the beach while you walk if it is safe for your dog and if the beach permits it.
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Valentine's Day Photo Shoot

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Any Day
Moderate
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1 hour
Items needed
Backdrop and Valentine's Day Items
Camera
Activity description

There's no denying it; some dogs are hams for the camera and love to sit pretty for you.  If your dog is not camera-shy, consider a Valentine's Day themed photo shoot.  You can do this activity in any weather since it is best completed inside where's it's warm and dry.  You will need some Valentine's Day items and a backdrop for your scene.  If you don't have any Valentine's Day items, you can craft some specifically for the shoot. Most people will use their smartphone cameras for this activity since they will have the pictures readily available to send out to friends, family, and social media feeds but you can also use a traditional camera.

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Set your scene
Long before you grab your dog for this activity, you will want to set up your Valentine's Day scene. Grab a light-colored sheet of white, pink, and very light-gray to use as your backdrop. Most people will hang the sheet over one or two chairs. You also need some Valentine's Day items to stage in your scene. If you have a little dog, grab their bed to make them comfortable in the scene. Some dogs will tolerate wearing headbands. You can plan to use some of these cute items as well.
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Pose your dog
Once your scene is set, invite your dog to join it. You might have to entice your pooch with some treats, and you should never force them to into the scene. Be sure to talk to your dog and let them sniff around your work, especially when you're setting it up. This will help them get used to the new experience. Sometimes, a friend of the human kind is helpful for this activity because they can either take the photos while you engage and pose your dog, or vice versa.
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Snap, edit, share
While you're taking photos, be sure to get as many as you can. Your dog is a funny and sometimes spontaneous creature who might make the perfect face while eating up a treat. Try to capture both natural and posed photos for your dog. In the end, you can edit and share the best of them with your friends and family. Many digital filters today also allow you to add fun stickers and other editing options to the finished photos in addition to filters. Have fun in the editing process and make sure you share your fun activity with your friends and family.
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Make Valentine's Day Dog Treats

Since you cannot give your dog a box of chocolate for Valentine's Day, find a dog-friendly homemade biscuit or cookie recipe and make some tasty treats for your favorite Valentine.

Valentine's Day Crafts

Valentine's Day crafts can be a lot of fun for people, and you can include your dog in this activity by crafting cards with your dog's cut-out pictures.  Dogs love to be apart of the fun so grab the construction paper, paper doilies, scissors, and glue, and make your crafts on the floor with your dog.

Conclusion

Every day is Valentine's Day to your unconditionally loving pooch so showing them a little more love on this day is more than appropriate.  From long walks on the beach to baking special treats and conduction your own private photo shoot, there are many activities you can do with your dog on Valentine's Day to show your love.