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Have a Safe and Happy Valentine's Day with Your Dog

Dogs can participate safely in Valentine’s Day fun.

This Valentine's Day, don't forget about your canine love while you do your planning. Including your dog in the festivities can be lots of fun for both of you. Here are some things to keep in mind while you're considering how to make the day of love safe and exciting for everyone.

Safety First

Safety should always be the first thing on your mind when you're planning something special for your dog. They can't indulge in all of the "regular" Valentine's Day traditions like chocolates and wine. In fact, those are both toxic to dogs, along with lots of other ingredients in many Valentine's Day meals and xylitol, which is a sweetener that's now present in a huge variety of human products. You can learn more about what to avoid here: "Foods Toxic to Dogs."

Be sure you keep any Valentine's Day treats secured where your dog can't get to them and don't consider sharing, even though it's a special day. If there are kids in your home, take a moment to reiterate with them that these foods are toxic and dangerous for dogs, so they should keep their Valentine's Day riches where the dog can't get to them.

Some plants are toxic to dogs, too, so keep any that you bring in for Valentine's Day in a spot where your dog can't reach them.

Any ribbons that might come on Valentine's Day packages or presents could also be dangerous to dogs that might get entangled in them or swallow them. This is especially worrisome with puppies because they are still very curious and haven't yet learned to avoid such things.

Focus on Love

Valentine's Day is all about love, so take some time to think about what your dog loves to do while planning a great holiday with her. If she's all about taking walks, consider a brand new leash and collar. Does she love toys? Get her a pink Mingo and a hot pink Boogey Monster to mark the special day. For more tips, take a look at this article: "How to Spoil Your Dog."

You also might wish to brush up on your canine communication skills before Valentine's Day, to remind yourself of the many ways your dog shows you love. Also, take some time to reflect on how loving your dog is good for your health. Check it out: "Gazing into Your Dog's Eyes Releases Love Hormone."

Have Tons of Fun

On the big day, take time out to have fun with your dog. Did you get her a new toy? Spend 10 minutes playing with it together. Were a new leash and collar her Valentine's Day gifts? Put them on securely and go for a walk in a new area, so you can both have some excitement.

Keep your dog involved in your day, and make sure to take a few moments out to simply cuddle her and bask in the love.

Oh, and if you're looking for a Valentine's Day date, your dog might be able to help. Take a look: "Dogs Make the Best Cupids: How Dogs Can Help You Find a Date."

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Gazing into Your Dog's Eyes Releases Love Hormone

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