How to Include Your Dog in Your Valentine's Day Plans


Just because Valentine's Day is the human holiday of love doesn't mean your four-legged romantic has to be left out! Having a dog-inclusive V-day doesn't mean your plans are confined to the local dog parks either; more and more businesses are pushing to make their stores and services dog-friendly — which is a plus for all "paw-ties" involved! Valentine's Day is about doting on the ones you love most, and no one fits into that category better than your beloved pooch. Keep reading for creative ideas to make this the most furrific and dog-inclusive Valentine's Day ever!

Enjoy a dog-friendly dinner

Everyone loves a nice candle-lit dinner — and your pup is no exception! Many popular restaurant chains and homebrewed cafes are going dog-friendly and will even bring out a water bowl for Fido! Type "dog-friendly restaurants near me" into any search engine and you might just find that some of your favorite joints have a pet-friendly patio! Your bellies will be full, but your hearts will be fuller!

Visit a canine bakery

Is it even Valentine's Day without a sweet treat to share with your loved ones? Chocolate is toxic to doggos, so grab a dog-safe treat from the local dog bakery for your pup to enjoy while you nibble on your candies! Want to win over your pups even more? Take them along to pick out their own treats!

Check out a local winery

Most wineries and vineyards are dog-friendly, and some even allow well-behaved dogs in the tasting rooms! Your four-legged sommelier will love exploring the grounds and all the attention they will get from the other wine enthusiasts. Are you more of a beer person? Lots of breweries are dog-friendly, too; just do a quick internet search to find one near you! Just don't forget the leash!
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Dog-friendly getaway

What better way to show your love for your two- and four-legged sweethearts (and yourself) than with a mini-vacay? Once you decide on a destination, call around to find dog-friendly hotels; you'll be surprised at how many allow pets! Balling on a budget? Check out our list of dog-friendly campgrounds for lodging options that won't burn a hole in your pocket!

Go for a picnic

Want a romantic, dog-friendly dinner that won't break the bank? Grab a blanket, leash, and some of your favorite foods, and head off to the nearest state park for a picnic! After you finish chowing down, hit the trails for some quality time with your best fur-iends! Your pup will be jumping at the chance to eat and explore with their favorite humans!

Enjoy a drive-in movie

Want to check out that new romantic comedy that's in theaters? Don't call the dog-sitter to watch Fido; leash up and head out to the drive-in theater for a pet-inclusive movie date! The best part is drive-ins are usually much cheaper than regular movie theaters, which means more money for dog biscuits (and the concession stand!).