Valentine’s Day Gifts For Your Dog
From pup-friendly champagne to heart-printed sweaters to chili-colored walking gear, these gifts will show your dog how much you love them this V-Day.
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Valentine’s Day — a holiday reserved for chocolates, flowers, and curated (read: inflated) menus. But more than anything, it’s a day dedicated towards showing the one you love most how much they mean to you. While some may claim that’s their significant other, we know deep down the ones who truly hold our hearts walk on four feet. Close to one-third of the participants in a Medical College of Virginia study said they felt closer to their dogs than to anyone else in their family.
When surveyed by the American Animal Hospital Association, well over half of the respondents said that, if marooned on a desert island, they’d opt for the companionship of their dog over that of their partner. Now, that’s love (for the dog, anyway). Behaviorist Patricia McConnell reports that dogs feel a surge of oxytocin (often called the “cuddle hormone”) when they interact with people, and, in fact, researcher and author of Dog Sense John Bradshaw even suggests that dogs’ oxytocin quintuples and both their endorphin and dopamine double during playtime.
We love our dogs almost as much as we love spoiling them, and February 14th is a perfect opportunity to indulge both. Below are a few ways to keep the tradition going.
Btw, our editors (and their pets) picked out these products. They’re always in stock at the time we publish, but there’s a chance they’ll sell out. If you do buy through our links, we may earn a commission. (We’ve got a lot of toys to buy over here, you know?)
Sean Zucker is a contributor at The Wildest, whose work has also been featured in Points In Case, The Daily Drunk, Posty, and WellWell. He recently adopted a Pit Bull named Banshee whose work has been featured on the kitchen floor and behavioral issues rival his own.