Did You Know February 20 is National Love Your Pet Day? - Susan Hartzler
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Did You Know February 20 is National Love Your Pet Day?

Did You Know February 20 is National Love Your Pet Day?

Tomorrow is National Love Your Pet Day! This holiday is a day set aside to give extra attention to and pamper your pets. This is a good day to focus on the special relationship that you have with your dog. What are you going to do to celebrate your furry family member? Here are some excellent ideas:

1) Bring your pet a special treat.
How about ordering some yummy all natural treats or a fun new toy! from PrizedPet.com? Seven LOVES these Blissful Biscuit’s. Besides being made in the USA, these treats are carefully crafted with cheese, bacon flavor (Seven’s favorite food) and spent grains from local breweries. Or an adorable Lamb Chop Plush Dog Toy – 6 Inch might be the ways of showing you care. Seven plays with his Lamb Chop all the time! Take 20% off all orders online until midnight on February 21st using code LOVE.

2) Take your pet for an extra long walk.
Dog owners enjoy numerous health and social benefits by walking their dog a few times a week. Benefits include improved cardiovascular fitness, lower blood pressure, stronger muscles and bones (built up by walking regularly), and decreased stress. A regular walk is vitally important for your pet’s health too.

3) Take your dog on a bike ride.
There are many dog biking accessories that make riding with your pooch a breeze! Here are some from Amazon to check out. Be sure to train your dog to run alongside your bike before you head out. It’s easy, Just hook your pet up and walk your bike. Get them used to the idea. I use the Walky Dog Plus Hands-Free Dog Bicycle Exerciser Leash.

4) Take your dog with your to a pet-friendly restaurant.
BringFido.com has a list of dog-friendly places to eat across the country. Some even offer dog menus like Seven’s favorite, Lazy Dog Restaurant.

5) Take an Agility class.
Dogs gain confidence, release energy and learn how to stay focused while in high spirits. Google sog agility to find a class near you.

6) Plan a day trip for you and your pet.
Most dogs love to ride in the car. Take your dog along if you’re visiting friends or family. For a special treat, include a side trip to do some shopping with your dog. Some dogs love to browse at pet supply stores (many of which allow you to bring your dog inside). Your dog may ask for a treat or two, so be prepared to spend a little money on this outing!

7) Spend the afternoon at your local dog park.
Off-leash dog parks are becoming more common in many cities. Most are securely fenced, have safety signs posted with park rules, and require that you clean up after your dog (take some bags in case they’re not provided). Social dogs enjoy meeting new dog friends and returning to see them time and time again. You might make new friends as well! For more information, visit www.dog-play.com/dogpark.html.

8) Dance with your dog.
Freestyle musical dance is a choreographed set of moves, performed to music, done by dogs in partnership with their handlers. If you have not seen this new “sport” in action, you will be amazed at the level of expertise that can be achieved through teamwork, focus, and practice, practice, practice. For more information, visit www.dog-play.com/musical.html.

9) Teach your dog to play Frisbee.
If your dog loves to play ball, you may want to buy a disc and get your dog involved in this great form of exercise. One word of caution, however: This sport involves a lot of jumping, so consult with your veterinarian before starting your dog on a vigorous Frisbee training program. For more information, visit www.dogplay.com/Activities/disc.html.

10) Take a hike.
Though most national parks don’t allow dogs on trails, there are many state parks that do. For more information on finding dog-friendly trails in your state, visit hikewithyourdog.com.

11) Plan a doggie vacation.
If you haven’t taken a vacation with your dog, give it some thought. It can be very rewarding to have your dog along on your adventure, and many hotel chains accept dogs these days. To find dog-friendly lodging, visit www.dogfriendly.com, a website that also lists dog-friendly restaurants, parks, beaches and other attractions. The website called www.petfriendlytravel.com includes vacation rentals, such as cabins, condos and B&Bs. If you want to take it a step further, look into dog camps, the ultimate vacation for you and your dog. They provide games, training opportunities, and plenty of other dogs to interact with. For a list of dog camps, visit www.dog-play.com/camps.html.

You may be like me and believe every day is the perfect opportunity to love your dog. If that’s the case, just keep doing what you’re doing. Our furry friends are worth it!

Happy Love Your Pet Day!

Susan Hartzler
susan@alphadogpr.com