Why having your dog as a date will make Valentine’s Day unforgettable

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SALT LAKE CITY, Utah(News4Utah) Valentine’s Day is only 2 days away, so it’s the perfect time to celebrate a little puppy love by bringing a dog into your life. Ariana Hazard and April Prado from Camp Bow Wow of Salt Lake, joined Brian Carlson to tell us how great it is to have your dog as your Valentine.

  • Your dog will never stand you up for your Valentine’s Day date, will be on time, and won’t be distracted by a cell phone or social media!
  • Your dog will be happy to spend the night in, watching a movie (see last point) and snuggling -you won’t have to get dressed up, face long waits at restaurants, or have the expense of a Valentine’s Day meal out.
  • Your dog’s goodnight kiss may be a little stinky and sloppy, but it will show his unconditional love toward you.
  • Dogs don’t expect a shiny, fancy present, flowers, or chocolates for Valentine’s Day. Instead, shower your pup with love, play time, and a new toy.
  • Teach your dog a fun new trick for Valentine’s Day like giving hugs, saying “I love you” (or just three short woofs), or holding hands.
  • Watch a classic dog movie together showing the loving side of pets: check out The Adventures of Milo and Otis, Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey, or All Dogs Go to Heaven.

Here are some Valentine’s Day Tips that April and Ariana shared:

  • Make a special meal for your pup using his/her dog food, bone broth, and canned sweet potatoes or pumpkin (no sweetener – natural or artificial).
  • For a sweet treat, you can share a banana peanut butter cupcake made with flour, bananas, peanut butter (no sweetener – natural or artificial), and eggs.
  • You don’t even have to drink alone! Did you know there are dog-safe mocktails, beer, wine, and champagne that you can give your dog? Check out www.petwinery.com and www.apollopeak.com for options for your pup on this special day.
  • Get a festive collar or bandana and take a sweet photo with your pup

And finally, here are some great tips for taking a photo with your pet, because you have to document such a special day!

  • Always think “safety first!”
  • Ensure your pet is in an enclosed, safe space and leashed outdoors. 
  • Do not force your pet into a particular position (close to your face, in your arms, etc.).
  • Remove the flash from your shot (if this was an option) since the bright light can cause alarm in some pets.
  • If your pet is willing, selfies are a great opportunity to showcase fun costumes and pet accessories. Never leave your pet alone with any clothing item or accessory and only keep them on for a short time frame.
  • Be patient with your pet. It may take a few shots to get your pet settled and able to maintain focus to get your special shot.
  • Use treats or their favorite toy, your voice and praise, and pets to guide them into place and reward them for doing a great job. 

For more fun tips and dog fun, visit CampBowWow.com.

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