Fun Ways to Share Valentine's Day with Your Pooch - Dog Training Tips

February 14th is a special date to express our love for our sweethearts with flowers and candy or a romantic dinner, but this year, Valentine's Day has gone to the dogs. Bark Busters, the world's largest dog training company, offers helpful tips to help make the day of love even more extraordinary and unique by including your treasured canine companion in the day's festivities. Here are a few tips to help you spoil your pooch this Valentine's Day.

  • Spend quality time with your pet. Schedule a "pet spa day" and indulge your pooch. An aromatherapy spa treatment will relax your dog's cares away. Start with a warm bath and blow dry, and finish with a well-deserved massage. Your dog will return home rejuvenated.
  • Try a night away for two. Getting out of town with your dog is a fun way to bond outside of the home. Whether you go down the road or somewhere exotic, there are many dog-friendly hotels that are more then happy to accommodate you and your pup.
  • Get some exercise. A spirited walk and a picnic in your local dog park is a great way to get exercise and spend some quality time together. Who knows; maybe your canine will find a valentine, too.
  • If outdoor therapy isn't for your dog, maybe a little retail therapy is! Spend time together on a shopping spree at your favourite pet retailer or boutique. Clothing and accessories aren't the only things that will spoil your dog. How about a luxury pet bed that will send your dog to an ultra comfortable dream world? You both will sleep easy knowing this purchase was meant to pamper.
  • Remember this special day forever by having a one-of-a-kind pet portrait made of your dog. You will appreciate the elegance and joy that this artwork will bring for years to come.
  • Give your pampered pooch a new toy. Nothing says "Be My Valentine" like some pink and red heart-shaped toys. Your dog will get hours of enjoyment out of these new toys. Plus, those cute little toys scattered throughout the house are just little reminders of how much you love your pup.
  • Dinner and a movie are a fun way to spend Valentine's Day with your beloved pooch. Pick your favourite animal-related movie, and curl up with your pup and your favorite snacks. What's better than a good movie, fun food, a blanket and a best friend?
  • Cross off your annual vet check-up from your list. An annual vet visit for a thorough check means extra peace of mind on this special day.
  • Bake some homemade dog biscuits for your pooch. If baking isn't your forte, pick up gourmet treats at a local pet boutique. Even our furry friends deserve to have their tummies pampered on Valentine's Day.

It doesn't really matter how you spoil your dog this Valentine's Day as long as you both have fun. Whether you opt for simple or extravagant, make it a safe and enjoyable holiday for both you and your furry friend.

About Bark Busters
Bark Busters dog behavioural therapists are renowned authorities in the area of correcting dog behaviour. The Bark Busters' training system can successfully train any dog, even puppies. The company's natural training technique leverages the same communications methods - body language and voice control ? that dogs follow as part of their instinctual pack mentality. About 80 per cent of Bark Buster clients require only one two-hour home visit from a licensed dog behavioural therapist, if they continue with just 10 to 15 minutes a day follow-up exercises for several weeks. All training takes place right in the home where the problems generally occur. Bark Busters is the only international dog training company that offers a lifetime guarantee. Therapists will provide future sessions free of charge if problem behaviours recur, or if any new problems develop.

For more information, call 1800 067 710 or visit www.barkbusters.com.au where dog owners can complete a Dog Behavioural quiz to rate their dogs' behaviour.

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