10 “Pawfect” Valentine’s Day Date Ideas for You and Your Best Friend
Your Valentine has sweet brown eyes, likes long walks on the beach and is the best cuddler ever. That’s right, we’re talking about Fido, of course. This year, ditch bae and spend Valentine’s with your furry bestie instead. Here are 10 ways to celebrate the special bond between you and your “Paw-lentine” this February 14.
1. Treat Your Pup (and Yourself) to a Relaxing Getaway
What better way to celebrate your four-legged love than by spending the entire weekend together? Take Fido on a trip to one of these 10 pet-friendly cities for a weekend getaway in 2020 together. Or, if your canine companion isn’t a fan of the hustle and bustle of a big city, try a pet-friendly small town worth the road trip.
Not up for a lot of travel this February? Plan a stay-cation at a pet-friendly hotel near home, instead. Check out these hotels with a dog room service menu — your pooch will swoon at the special treatment.
2. Dinner for Two Legs and Four
Dinner for two is a classic Valentine date, but in February many pet-friendly patios are still closed up for the winter. Don’t let that dampen your plans, though: these restaurants welcome your furry date indoors, so you can celebrate, sip and dine inside together. Though he probably doesn’t mind sharing your food on occasion, nothing says “I love you, Fido” more than a gourmet meal all his own! Enjoy two fantastic dinners, one for you and one created especially for your four-legged foodie, at one of these 13 restaurants around the world with gourmet dog menus.
Is your fluffy friend still working on improving her table manners? Perhaps a visit to a restaurant with an attached dog park is more her style. Bone appetite!
3. Celebrate Your “Paw-lentine” with a Playdate
No pup will pass up the chance to stretch his legs, wag his tail and frolic off leash at the dog park any day of the year. For a special Valentine’s treat, take a trip to one of the most epic dog parks in the country. Still too cold in February for an outdoor romp? A playdate at one of America’s finest indoor dog parks instead will surely put a smile on his face.
If you want to do something different and altogether exceptional for your “soul-mutt,” Airbnb is now offering a variety of pet-friendly Airbnb Experiences alongside places to stay. These awesome activities include a SoCal Photoshoot for your pup in Laguna Beach and an East Village Bark Tour led by Sasha the Shiba-poo in NYC. Check out a few of our favorites here.
4. Spoil Your Pooch With Gifts
Money can’t buy you love, but it can buy your love some pretty sweet gifts, earning you extra puppy kisses and snuggles! Check out our Valentine’s Day Gift Guide for Pets, take your pooch on a shopping spree at your local pet-friendly store, or sign up your sweetie for a BarkBox subscription. Even if she doesn’t understand the significance of the holiday, she’ll be celebrating on February 14 with these superb surprises.
5. Get Creative with Your Canine
Combine your love of art with your love for your very own “paw-casso” by visiting an art studio where you can paint with your pet. If you’d rather stay in this V-day, try a DIY Valentine’s craft that your dog will love, too. Create one of the following with your pup by your side (or in your lap):
6. Indulge in Valentine’s Goodies
Roses are red
Tongues are red too
Your pup wants to share
Some baked goodies with you.
If the way to Fido’s heart is through his stomach, you can’t go wrong with Valentine’s treats from a pet bakery. These 13 “barkeries” are renowned for preparing gorgeous seasonal goodies for good boys and girls. You can also have some fun in the kitchen and bake up a batch of yumminess from scratch using a kit like this Peanut Butter Dog Biscuit Treats Cookie Mix and Metal Bone Cookie Cutter.
7. Strike a Pose and Capture Memories
You know your pup is absolutely adorable, and Valentine’s Day is the perfect time to capture that preciousness. Contact a professional pet photographer and schedule a Valentine’s Dog photoshoot. If you prefer to be behind the camera, order some festive dog gear like this personalized bandana, and capture memories (and images) with your pooch that will last “furever.”
8. Spread the Love – Volunteer Together
You and your pup share a special bond, and while Valentine’s Day is a good opportunity for you to celebrate what you have together, it’s also a chance to share that love with those around you. Sign up for a pet-friendly charitable event, like the Valentine Run/Walk – Race for Justice in Sacramento, which benefits Legal Services of Northern California. Attend a fundraiser like the Hearts & Hounds event at Metazoa Brewing in Indianapolis to support Far Fetched Dog Rescue, a local non-profit. Or, get fancy at a benefit like the Barks, Babes, & Bros V Bachelor & Bachelorette Auction for Charity in Delray Beach, which raises funds for injured rescue dogs in South Florida.
You can also start the process of helping Fido become a certified therapy pup. The Canine Good Citizen Training class at Petco is an excellent first step toward preparing for therapy dog training.
9. Netflix and Chill-wa-wa With Your Chihuahua (or Chow)
Dogs know what “Netflix and chill” is really all about: cuddling up with their humans and watching a movie or a bit of TV. For the perfect pet-friendly Valentine’s date with your four-legged couch potato, pick a flick that celebrates the love between human and hound. Some of our favorite choices include:
- Turner and Hooch
- Lady and the Tramp
- Best in Show
- The Secret Life of Pets
- The Art of Racing in the Rain
10. Mani-“Pawdis” at the Dog Spa
Can it get any more epic than pampering your pooch with a spa date on Valentine’s Day? Book a V-day trip to a posh pet spa for Fido or Fifi, or really lean into luxury and book a vacay at a pet-friendly all-inclusive resort, where you both will be treated like royalty (Kates, not Meghans).
An in-home spa treatment can be nearly as relaxing and a lot more budget-friendly. Pamper your pup with Warren London Cleopatra’s Full Body Treatment Dog Milk Bath and follow it up with a selfie in your matching bathrobes for a perfectly lush Valentine’s Day date with your boo.