Ah, February…the month that is all about that little four-legged word…LOVE! It’s time to freshen things up a bit in the ways we tell our dogs we love them and discover the ways our dogs tell us they love us. And while on Valentine’s Day, we will obviously have a celebration of hugs and kisses, but let’s plan on having a fashionable party later this month, complete with a red carpet and all!
This month let’s tell our dogs know we love them in a way THEY understand. Little Things has eight different suggestions on how to do this:
- Lean on them – While “Lean On Me” is a well-known song by Bill Withers, it is also a really good way to show your dog you love them, yes by physically leaning on them! You have probably noticed your dog leaning on you before (let’s face it, practically knocking you over sometimes!); this is a dog’s equivalent to a hug! If they lean back, they love you too!
- Raise your eyebrows – Share a soft, loving eye embrace with your pooch and in turn increase oxytocin (the “love hormone”) levels in both you and your dog. The more you move your face, not just your eyebrows, the more your dog will react lovingly! If they lift and wiggle thier eyebrows right back at you, they love you right back!
- Let them sleep in your bed – It gives your little bow-wow a sense of comfort, warmth and safety and therefore creates a stronger bond between the two of you. So relax and get ready for your next slumber party!
- Talk to them – You probably talk to your tail-wagger all the time anyways but you probably didn’t know that it’s one of the best ways to show them you truly love them. They listen to your words and to your tone of voice, so speak to them lovingly and they’ll love you right back!
- Groom or massage them – Rub that belly! This act also releases oxytocin so make his leg go crazy with that scratch reflex and go to town!
- Take them on walks – Positive reinforcement during a walk shows your dog that you care for them. Help them understand your love by giving them food, praise and play when they are doing a great job during their walk. Have a walk on a routine basis because dogs love knowing what’s next and with that, they will know how much you care!
- Give them ear rubs – Dogs’ ears are full of nerve endings that release endorphins when rubbed. Next time your rub those ears, watch your dog drift into a trance and melt into the floor and know that Rover loves you!
- Feed them by hand – This is a bonding mechanism, especially when you have a puppy. Your dog will be more comfortable with you faster, will teach them to eat slowly and to not be possessive with food. Yay for doggy love!
So after all that, how can we be sure that our love isn’t unrequited? Well, there are signs
according to Flipopular. If they stare directly into your eyes, they love you. If they yawn when you yawn, they love you…or is it because yawns are catchy? Hmm. If they cuddle with you after a meal, they love you, or maybe dinner was especially good tonight. If they freak out when you return, obviously they love you. If they want to sleep in your room, that’s a sure sign too. If they bring you their favorite toy, they want to play, and of course they love you. Enjoy the love!
So as I mentioned before, of course we will celebrate Valentine’s Day, that’s a given. With it being February and all, a doggy date night would be fun! You can pretty much always go for a walk in the woods, spend a day at the beach or a run, but how about a special party 10 days after Valentine’s Day…on February 24?? What’s February 24 you ask? Oscar night of course! Dog Time gives us some ideas on how to make our party the best ever!
First, we’ll need a red carpet. Red construction paper will do or get some inexpensive red fabric to roll out. Next, dress to impress, complete with Saltsox of course! Add in some fun jewelry, stuffed animal stoles, you name it! Be red-carpet ready with Saltsox in Blizzard Black!
While you bark for your favorite celebrities on the TV screen, give your dog a pedicure with some pet safe nail polish, use some feathers for hair extensions and make some dog collar bow ties for the gentlemen in the room with some ribbon. Don’t forget all the photo opportunities and post to your social media to show off your pup’s fancy Saltsox! After all, shoes make the outfit!
And no party is whole without some snacks! My Dog’s Name has the perfect addition to your doggy date night: Homemade Valentine’s Day Dog Treats!
- 2 1/2 cups whole wheat flour
- 1/2 cup peanut butter
- 14 oz can of beets
- 2 large eggs
- To get started, open up the can of beets and empty the juice into a separate cup. Place the canned beets on a plate and dice them up into smaller chunks.
- From there, place both the diced beets and juice along with the two eggs into a mixing bowl. Mix until smooth.
- Add in the 1/2 cup of peanut butter and mix until everything is incorporated.
- Next, slowly add in a bit of flour at a time until everything is mixed together.
- Once this is done, I’d recommend putting the dough in the refrigerator for 5-10 minutes to firm it up a bit.
- Now it’s time to knead the dough. I have itty bitty hands so I took smaller sections and worked them for a few minutes each individually. Go ahead and knead the whole thing if you can. Also worth noting, I sprinkled on a generous amount of flour to help with the process.
- Heat the oven to 350 degrees to get it warmed up while you’re working.
- Next, take small sections of the dough and roll out into 1/4 inch sheets.
- On the side, line a cookie sheet with parchment paper and have that ready to go.
- Going back to the dough, now it’s time for the fun part: cutting out the treats! Use a Valentine’s Day cookie cutter to cut into fun shapes.
- Place the cut-out treats onto the cookie sheet and pop into the oven.
- Bake for about 20 minutes or so. (You want to make sure the treats rise and get a tiny bit of crisp to the edges.)
- Let the treats cool. When they’re ready, serve to your favorite fur-baby!
So this month celebrate everything to do with LOVE! Share the love with your pup, and they will love you as they always do…maybe even more! And schedule a doggy date night, even if you choose not to have an Oscar night party, do something special. And if you are going out, don’t forget to strap some Saltsox on, because sometimes love isn’t enough to keep those paws warm! Stay safe and Happy Valentine’s Day!