Valentine's Day is the perfect time to shower those you love, especially your furry four-legged friends.
Valentine’s Day is the holiday for love. Red roses, dinner dates, bottles of wine...but where do our furry friends come in?
For furry friend parents like us, family holidays are to be celebrated with our dogs alongside our significant others.
Purchasing gifts for the dog can make your furry friend happier and you feel fulfilled as well.
Here’s our Valentine’s Day gift guide for the dog. Don't forget to spoil your dog on Valentine's Day. Let’s balance creativity, enjoyment, and affordability when treating our furry friends this holiday.
Pet Spending and Pet Costs Increase Yearly
After all, our furry friends are priceless. The American Pet Product Association reported a 4.4% increase in spending within the pet industry in 2018. This brought annual spending to $72.56 billion on our pets alone. That’s over 70 billion dollars spent directly on our pets every year!
It's difficult to reduce healthcare costs for our pets. Vet visits can be costly but are essential to helping our pets live long, healthy lives. However, toy costs are a different beast.
While more costly toys can be of higher quality and be enjoyed long-term, more affordable gifts can be just as enjoyable for your pet.
Here are some of our favorites.
1. Rose Shaped Dog Chew Toy
This rose-shaped dog chew toy embodies Valentine’s Day love and puppy-level cuteness. It is also multi-textured. This can help your new puppy or small dog clean their teeth while playing and fight tartar.
This chew toy is dyed with food-grade, non-toxic dye. It is also made of durable thermoplastic elastomers or TPEs. TPEs are inherently low in toxicity and are often widely used in the medical industry. They are also in compliance with food contact regulations.
What does this mean for your pet? Chew toys made with real TPEs are largely safe and durable. This is the perfect material to incite joy in your pet while balancing toy durability.
This toy is most appropriate for small and medium-sized dogs weighing up to 40 pounds. Do you have a larger dog or a more aggressive chewer? Consider the Fee Interactive Bone Toy we recommended in our 7 Best Stocking Stuffers for Dogs post.
2. Claudia's Canine Cuisine Gift Assortment Cookies
Hearts are the go-to shape when it comes to Valentine’s Day. But what other things make Valentine’s Day iconic? Some chocolate, perhaps?
Unfortunately, chocolate is toxic for dogs and most other furry friends. But that doesn’t mean your pet has to go without a special treat for the holiday. Claudia’s canine cuisine dog cookies are embellished with a gold paw print. The cookies are dog-safe but made with human-grade ingredients.
Looking for something even more affordable? I’ve been enjoying making these Homemade Apple Blueberry Dog Treats from our blog post. These are safe and healthy for your furry friend. Plus, making homemade treats can be fun for you and easily repeatable.
You can grab a few heart-shaped cookie cutter molds to make these extra full of love this Valentine’s Day.
3. Moropaky Heartbeat Toy for Dog Anxiety Relief
Do you have a dog friend who is more on the nervous or anxious side? Consider gifting them a toy specifically for anxiety relief! Moropaky’s heartbeat toy simulates a pulsing heartbeat inside a soft pillow-like exterior. This soft pulse can simulate another pet’s heartbeat and make your friend feel less alone.
If your dog is prone to make a mess when you are outside the house or even in another room, they may have separation anxiety. While other pets can help lower this anxiety and provide relief, they can also be expensive. Trying a heartbeat toy instead can be a more economical way to ensure your furry friend is always comforted.
This toy can benefit new pets as well, even if they are not naturally anxious. Moving to a new place or even a new room can be very stressful. For smaller puppies, they may be used to having siblings and other puppies nearby. When separated from this environment, puppies can become nervous and confused.
Make sure you pay close attention and play with your new family member! Consider trying a heartbeat or similar anxiety-reducing toy to help make the transition smoother.
4. Blueberry Pet Store Heart Pullover Dog Sweaters
Confession time: this Valentines’ Day dog gift is a gift for you, too! Perfect for dogs on the smaller side, these dog sweaters come in multiple different lengths. These back lengths range from 8 to 16 inches long.
These sweaters are made with acrylic, polyester, and cotton. They also feature strategically placed holes in the garment to allow for leashes and harnesses. Finally, they are also machine-washable for easy cleaning. With adorable red and pink heart-patterned sweaters to choose from, your furry friend will be dressed to the nines this Valentine’s Day!
5. Interactive Puzzle Game for Dogs
Is your dog a deep thinker? Consider gifting them a puzzle game! This game by Outward Hound is designed to hold treats for your pet. Your pet will then have to sniff out the treat locations and push, slide, or move treat container parts out of the way to grab the treats.
These games come in a variety of different difficulty levels. Grab a beginner puzzle for newer or younger pets, and a harder one for more mischievous ones that know how to get into places they aren’t supposed to be!
Valentine’s Day with Your Furry Best Friend
No matter how you decide to spend your Valentine’s Day, remember that the holiday is all about giving and celebrating love. Even if you can’t give a special gift to your dog friend, give them a big hug and kiss and some quality playtime.
Life is after all, better with dogs and it’s hard to imagine a happier life without them. Ready to read more about how to treat and perhaps spoil, your furry friend? Read more on our blog today.