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Show Him the Love: Tips to Improve Your Relationship With Your Dog

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You have a full life that includes hobbies, friends, errands and work. Your dog has you. How will you show your dog your love for him during the month of Valentine’s Day?


Attention Goes a Long Way


You don’t have to spend a small fortune on designer toys and trips to doggie day care to show your dog you love him. Simply inviting your best furry friend to sit with you while you watch TV or taking an extra-long walk is often enough to give your pooch the affection he needs. Extra credit if you learn the finer points of pet massage or spend extra time giving loving ear scratches and belly rubs.


Embrace His Dogginess


It’s easy to pretend your dog is your baby, but he doesn’t want to act like a baby — he wants to act like a dog. Playing fetch or tug of war, letting him run out his energy at the dog park, and hiding yummy treats for him to find are all great ways to show your dog you love his dogginess.


Take Him to the Vet


Although your dog probably won’t enjoy a trip to the vet, responsible and caring pet owners make regular appointments for their favorite furry friends. If it’s been more than a year since your dog has visited the vet, it’s time to schedule an appointment. Updating vaccinations, cleaning teeth and checking for ear mites are just part of what an attentive vet will do. Many dogs can withstand uncomfortable problems and can’t clearly communicate what is wrong, so a trip to the vet can turn into a health-saving event.


Commit to Exercise


All dogs need exercise to stay active, fit and well behaved. If you’ve gotten in the habit of just letting him in and out of your backyard, it’s the perfect time to commit to regular walks and playtime outdoors. Once you see how much your favorite furry friend loves regular walks, you won’t want to give them up. Make sure you give him extra time to sniff his favorite spots.


Teach Him a New Trick


There’s nothing your dog likes better than being with you. When you take the time to teach him a new trick, it’s only natural he’ll accept the challenge. Whether you have a new puppy who is learning how to sit, or you’re trying to teach your mature pup how to walk off-lead, spend a little extra time with your favorite pooch to hone important skills.


Celebrate Love-Your-Pet Day


Valentine’s Day might be February 14th, but there is another day you can celebrate your dog, too. Did you know that February 20th is Love-Your-Pet Day? What better day to show your dog you love him than with extra treats, lots of cuddling and fun playtime. You might even break out a new chew toy or buy a new dog bed — then watch in delight as your dog tucks into a brand new year of love.



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