Now that the baubles and tinsel have been put away, it’s time to get ready for the next big celebration to share with your furry and human loved ones.
But Valentine’s Day doesn’t have to be just about sending anonymous roses and overpriced Belgian chocolates or cooking a romantic meal with champagne for the special someone in your life and adorning them with lavish gifts.
It’s about spending quality time with the one who trusts and adores you without question, who is always there when you need them for a cuddle or a reassuring glance, the one who will always be faithful and appreciate everything you do for them. Yes, of course we mean your canine companion.
Here are three ways to say ‘I love you’ doggy fashion on February 14th without your human loved one getting jealous!
The language of love
Studies using MRI technology reveal that dogs really do understand human language – but you probably already knew that! But now there’s scientific proof that whispering sweet nothings to your dog isn’t as crazy as people might think. Studies even show that reading to dogs can calm anxious dogs and bring shy dogs out of their shells.
Just one look
When a dog gives you long, lingering eye contact, it’s a way of saying that they love you. Studies reveal that oxytocin, the ‘love chemical,’ goes up in both dogs and humans when they share a kind, prolonged gaze.
You may have also noticed that your dog often raises their eyebrows—the left one more than the right which is another way of saying I love you. But love is a two-way thing so you should also greet your dog with raised eyebrows and a big smile to tell them that the love is reciprocated.
Lean on me
Did you know that your pooch leaning against you is a sign of love and trust? So gently lean on them too to show them you feel the same. Just stroking, petting and grooming your dog releases oxytocin in the giver and receiver and will show your dog how important they are to you.
It goes without saying that a long walk at your favourite beauty spot with a few treats and fun games will also prove how much they are adored.
And although three can be a crowd, you better let the human loved one tag along too!