Valentine’s day is one of the most wholesome days of the year, where you and your loved one celebrate your love for one another.
You tend to show your appreciation for them with a beautiful bunch of flowers and a delicious box of chocolates. But many believe valentine’s day isn’t just about celebrating your love with your partner but also about celebrating your love for your family and friends, and of course, your love and affection for pets!
How can I celebrate Valentine’s Day with my dog?
There are plenty of ways you could celebrate Valentine’s Day with your dog, purely by spending invaluable time with each other on lovely long walks, relaxing swims in a dog-friendly lake or river and so many more!
So, what can we do?
Take a scent walk:
What is a scent walk I hear you ask? Well, it’s simply going for a walk in the countryside where there are plenty of smells your pup can sniff out for. Dogs absolutely love scent walks since it’s a great stimulant since our dogs possess up to 300 million olfactory receptors in their noses. And the part of a dog’s brain that is devoted to analysing smells is about 40 times greater than ours.
Bake some yummy treats together:
There is no better way to show your love, than baking your pup a homemade dog treat made with your love and time, I lied there is an even better way… Why not create these yummy treats together! It’s time for both of you to put your chef’s hat on and recreate this recipe.
Peanut butter dog treats
What you will need for the biscuit:
- Two and a half cups of whole wheat
- One egg
- One cup of peanut butter
- One cup of water
- Two tablespoons of honey
What you will need for the frosting:
- Quarter cup of corn starch
- Two tablespoons of peanut butter
- One tablespoon of honey
- Three-four tablespoons of hot water of hot water
- Preheat the oven to 350F
- In a large bowl combine flour and the egg. Add peanut butter, water, and honey and stir until you have a stiff dough. the dough becomes very firm and sticky. you may need to use your hands, or the paddle attachment on your mixer.
- On a lightly floured surface, roll out the dough about 1/2 inch thick and use a cookie cutter to make fun shapes. the treats barely spread and rise, so get creative with your shapes.
- Bake for 18-20 minutes, until golden. Once done, set aside to cool. (If you have smaller cookies, use less time, otherwise the bottom might burn.)
- To make frosting, combine the peanut butter and honey in a microwavable bowl, and heat in the microwave in 15 second increments, stirring in between, until melted.
- Add melted peanut butter mixture to corn-starch and stir until just combined.
- Slowly add in water 1 Tablespoon at a time until you have reached the consistency that you would like. For a thinner frosting, add more water.
- Add frosting to a piping bag and pipe designs on top of each dog treat.
- Frost treats with the peanut butter/honey mixture for an even more tempting cookie.
- Store in an airtight container
Why not grab some fluffy blankets, a mug of your favourite hot or cold beverage a bowl of popcorn and a couple of treats for your fluffy friend, cuddle up and relax and enjoy a fun movie starring dogs, you can’t go wrong!