We’re a nation of dog lovers. You only need to look at the range of treats and toys available in pet shops and supermarkets up and down the country or watch faithful owners going for walks in the pouring rain, to see it.
In fact, according to RSPCA estimates, there are nine million pet dogs in the UK. These pampered pets – who often go for pricey haircuts, get looked after by professional dog walkers or enjoy play dates with their pals – aren’t cheap to keep, but as any owner will tell you, they’re worth every penny. After all, whatever you give, you get back a hundred times in wags, licks and general puppy-eyed adoration.
There’s nothing like the love of a good dog (and they are ALL good dogs!) – that’s why they’re often called man’s best friend.
If you spoiled your pup with special dog-friendly mince pies or a squeaky Santa Claus (claws?) over Christmas, you’ll know how much they appreciated the fuss.
So we say, why should the fun stop there? Show your beloved hound that they're more than just a pet – they're family – this Valentine’s Day, by lavishing them with treats. You know they'd do the same if they were able.
All together now: “And they call it, puppy looooove….”
The best Valentine's cards for dogs
First, let's get into the best cards you can get for your pooch. Yes, they're totally necessary. According to greetings card shop Dotty About Paper, there's been a 225% increase in searches for Valentine's cards for pets... Better snap them up fast.
Personalised Labrador Happy Valentine's Card
SHOP: Fun and practical gifts for your pup this Valentine's Day
Valentine's Gifts For Dogs 2022
1. WOOF&BREW Posh Pooch Dog White Wine
Hate to drink alone? Raise a toast to the best dog in town with a special glass (or bowl) of Pawsecco. Designed with help from vets, it's a herbal infusion that pets go nuts for. It's grape-free, non-alcoholic and can be served as a drink or poured over food. Prepare for some serious tail wags.
2. Valentineu2019s Hearts Dog Bites
Denzel's Valentine Hearts bites for dogs we love this valentine day! They are also a great source of healthy oils and fats which help fight against cholesterol, they are palm oil-free. You can also pick these yummy treats up available at selected Tesco nationwide for £2.90. Read our tried and tested review below to see how the treats went down with our in-house tester, Charlie.
3. Skinnydip Pets Love Heart Jumper
Upgrade your four-legged friends' wardrobe just in time for Valentine's Day, with this dreamy Love Heart Jumper. Simply too adorable to resist.
4. Love Heart Printed Poop Bag Dispenser
A fashionable pick for both owner and pup, this printed poop bag dispenser will make all the neighbourhood dogs jealous on your walkies. We didn't know a poop bag could look this cute.
5. Personalised Colourful Dog Collar
These gorgeous collars will make your dog stand out from the pack – as well as ensuring no one at the park gets his name wrong again. Made in leather and available in a range of colours including sparkly pink and red (perfect for Valentine's Day) these collars come in four size ranges and have five holes so you can adjust as necessary.
6. Matching Pet/Owner Red Heart Sweaters
Twinning! Go all out this Valentine's Day and rock matching outfits with your furry friend. Stay cosy with this amazing love print cardigan-sweater matching set with your pet. Great for taking your pup out for a walk or to the park and both looking your best. Available as a set or individually too.
7. Blue Hearts Striped Sweater
For a more low-key look and different from all the red and pink that won't be everyone's cup of tea, this blue knit is ideal. Still on theme with a few hearts, this jumper can be worn all year round and not just on Valentine's day. A great gift for pups that love to stay cosy and looking cute.
8. Pooch & Mutt Valentine's Probiotic Meaty Treats
These love-ly lamb treats are packed with goodness for your dogs this Valentine's Day. There's no better way to tell your pooch that you love them than with some heart-shaped food.
9. Valentineu2019s Dog Pick N Mix Treat Box
What dog doesn't love treats? This pick n mix style dog treat box is the perfect gift for your furry friend and comes gift-wrapped and decked out in hearts, fit for the occasion.
10. ZippyPaws Jigglerz Pink Bear Plush Dog Toy
A fun new toy is a perfect gift for your pet for any special occasion. We love this beautifully designed and high-quality pink bear that is durable enough to withstand rough playtime. The Jigglerz are made with exclusive jiggler noisemakers that squeak when shaken from side-to-side to keep your best friend entertained.
11. Cupid Reversible Harness, Lead & Collar Bundle
Doggo is where the heart is, right? What better way to show your dog you 'woof' them than in this adorable Cupid print. This full accessory bundle has everything you need for glamorous walkies, all items are also available to shop separately.
12. Trio of Mini Iced Woofins
The perfect sweet snack to dive into on Valentine's Day, this trio of mini cupcakes will go down a treat.
Tried and tested: Denzel's Valentine’s Hearts Dog Bites
We put Denzel's Valentine’s Hearts Dog Bites to the test with our in-house treats taster, Charlie, this is what he had to say:
"Hi I’m Charlie and I woof these new heart-shaped treats from Denzel’s. Because my humans love me very much and I’ve been a good boy, they’ve let me try these Valentine’s Day treats early. I found the peanut butter, strawberries and carob very tasty. My owners love that these are vegan-friendly, low sugar and low calorie too because it means they’re good for training on our walks."
Tried and tested: Pooch & Mutt Valentine's Probiotic Meaty Treats
Our in-house treats taster, Charlie, has been busy again putting Pooch & Mutt Valentine's Probiotic Meaty Treats to the test. Here's what he had to say:
"Leading up to Valentine's Day, my owners have been spoiling me with these naturally hypoallergenic treats and I love them. I have been learning how to sit before crossing the road and get one of these as a reward. These get paws up and tail wags from me!"
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To treat yourself
If there's anyone that deserves a special treat this Valentine's it's yourself and what better way to celebrate the occasion, whether your single, taken or it's complicated than a new pair of gorgeous pyjama's.