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Valentines Day with your Dog: 3 cost-free ways to celebrate

Casey Morrison, from Weare New Hampshire, joined the Red Pointy Dog Training team in 2023 as our Client Care Specialist and we're excited to announce that soon she'll be taking on dog training clients in and around Weare, Henniker, New Boston, Goffstown, Dunbarton, Deering, and Hopkinton New Hampshire. If you're looking for puppy training and problem solving, basic manners, obedience, working with jumping, leash manners, recall or anything else, Casey is happy to help!

Valentines Day with your Dog: 3 cost-free ways to celebrate

Valentine’s Day is a day dedicated to spoiling the one you love the most. It is a day devoted to spending time with that special someone, a fancy dinner, gifts, and other romancing. Valentine’s Day can also be so stressful for humans, trying to outdo last year's gift. It gets more expensive, extravagant, and stressful each year. What if I told you to eliminate that stress by choosing a different type of Valentine’s Date? Who would you choose?

Your dog, of course! 

A dog is a perfect Valentine’s date, the unconditional love, they are happy just to be with you and they won't judge you. They may not know what day it is, but any excuse to spoil your dog is a good one!

You can decide what to do when your date is a dog, and you don’t have to worry about making a reservation at a fancy restaurant. Your pup will be happy to ride along in the car, go for a nice walk, or have a picnic. You can even stay home in your pajamas, cuddle on the couch, watch a movie, and enjoy snacks together. You really can’t go wrong with spending time with your pup. 

You don’t need to get dressed up to make a perfect first impression. Your dog doesn’t care whether you are in your pajamas or a fancy outfit. As long as they are with you, doing what makes both of you happy, you will both enjoy time together. 

Valentine’s dates can lead to awkward silences, or saying the wrong thing. This can lead to embarrassment. You don’t have to be worried about that awkward silence or saying the wrong thing with your dog! There is no such thing as embarrassing yourself in front of your dog. They won't remember that silly thing you said or did. I’m sure you have already told them your most embarrassing story as it is! 

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Most importantly, your dog will always be there for you. They will love you no matter what. We all know the unbreakable bond between humans and dogs, and it’s not just on Valentine’s Day but all year round. Take the day to spoil your dog with a special dinner, new toys, and fun treats!

Here are 3 cost-free ways to have a Valentine's Date with your dog

Here are 3 cost-free ways to have a Valentine's Date with your dog
  1. Make their favorite meal and dine together. Make it even better by stuffing it in a Kong, Topple, or use some recycled items around your home to create an enriching meal. If you’re anything like me, you have a package arriving any day and can set that box aside with the packing paper. Start by ripping up the packing paper into big chunks, place the food in the center of each piece of paper, crumple or fold up each chunk of paper with the food in it, and put them all in the box. When it is time to sit down to eat, present the box to your pup and watch them forage around to eat their dinner. They will love it! 

  2. Go for a Sniffari with your dog. Sniffing is natural to a dog, and one of their favorite things to do! Go out on a walk to spend some quality time with your pup and bring some extra stinky high-value treats to drop in the snow or grass. The stinkier the treat, the better! They will love to sniff around and search for those treats along their walk. This simple game of “Find it” is easy to incorporate on daily walks or even in your yard. If you are a New Englander and the weather this time of year isn’t for you and your dog, do some scent work inside. Your dog will have just as much fun! If you have a snuffle mat, it is similar to sniffing around in the grass for treats. You can also pick a room in your home to hide smelly high-value treats in and have your dog “Find it” to get in a mental workout. They have to sniff around the room to find all the treats. Sniffing will help your pup relax and wind down to enjoy a movie with you.

  3. Plan a playdate! Does your dog have dog friends? Think about how excited your pup would be to see their best bud. It is pure joy to watch doggie friends play together. Also, it is a great time for you to bond with your friends and fellow pet parents. 

  4. Bonus: Set aside some time to train with your dog! Training is something most dogs absolutely love doing and, it strengthens your relationship. Isn't that what Valentine's Day is all about? If you need some inspiration then sign up for our Distracted Dog Reset. This free 3 part training series will increase your dog's attention skills and before you know it, they'll only have eyes for you! Click here to sign up for free.

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