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Appreciate your dog’s love by being sure to spend as much time with them as you can. Playing, training and even brushing are wonderful ways to bond with your four-legged friend. You may be a big fan of hugging and kissing your dog because that is how humans show affection. But understand that most dogs see hugs as a threat. Be sure to watch your dog for the signs of stress-eyes, ears and tail are just a few of the ways dogs can show stress. If any signs are there, stop doing what you are doing. Dogs don’t socialize the same way we do, so we will have to compromise when finding ways to show our love.
There are numerous studies to show that having a dog is good for the heart. In fact, some research demonstrates a lower blood pressure when a person gets a dog. When you get home for the day, hang out on the couch and pet your pup — it will be mutually beneficial.
With Valentine’s Day right around the corner, remember to keep the plants and flowers you get out of your dog’s reach. There are hundreds of plants that produce substances that are dangerous to your dog. How vulnerable they are will depend on your dog’s size and the amount they ingested.
Chocolate is one of the number one gifts for Valentine’s Day and also one of the most dangerous foods your dog can ingest. You can check this website for a list: aspca.org/pet-care/animal-poison-control/toxic-and-non-toxic-plants. As always, if your dog eats a plant or chocolate, call your veterinarian immediately. Keep your pup safe and sound with plenty of belly rubs and dog treats this Valentine’s Day!