As the season for love fast approaches, many people may be thinking about finding the perfect gift for those they love…and that includes their dogs.
Research by Pets at Home revealed that pet owners would spend an average of £40 on their pets this Valentine’s Day.
Wanting to show their gratitude to their furry companions who have helped them through one of the most challenging years, it sounds like lots of pets are about to be spoiled.
And it’s not just presents and treats that dogs can expect to receive, 90% of pet owners admitted that they give their pet more cuddles than their partner. We can’t blame them, dogs are adorable.
The research also found that 71% would prefer to share their bed with their pet and 82% would treat their pet to a spa day at home.
Claire Gavin, Director of Creative Development and Innovation at Pets at Home, said: “Our pets are key members of our families and are such an important support in our lives. So, it’s totally natural for pet owners to want to show their appreciation of their pets’ unconditional love and the joy that brings this Valentine’s Day.
“Pets at Home’s broad selection of toys and treats offers something for every pet lover to choose to treat their pets during the season of love.”
So what sort of treats do you gift a dog on Valentine’s Day?
From edible gifts that will leave your dog salivating, to the toys that will provide hours of fun, here are 15 must-buy gifts your dog is going to love. And they’re all under £20!
1. Honking pig dog toy
For when they’re not cuddling you, this super soft honking pig dog toy will give them something to snuggle with and play with. The honking pig also squeaks, just like any good dog toy should. We love it, and we’re sure your canine companion will too. And it’s only £6…what a bargain!
2. Donut squeaky dog toy
Another cuddly to add to their toy collection is this squeaky donut. The perfect size to add some fun to the classic game of fetch, who said you need a ball? Such a simple toy that will provide hours of fun for your dog. And it’s available in two different colours but at just £2 each, you could get both.
3. Breakfast pan squeaking dog toy
Another toy the perfect shape and size for a game of fetch is this breakfast pan. This toy will keep your dog engaged with its internal squeaker and crinkle paper, and who doesn’t love a fry up to start the day? It’s another low-cost treat for your dog at just £6.
4. Smiley face balls
What dog can resist a ball? Let alone three of them! They’re colourful, fun and your dog is going to love them, plus the bright colours make them easier for your dog to locate. This toy is just £2 for three balls.
At those prices you could lavish your dog with all of these toys and you’d still be way off the £40 average.
5. Seaweed dog shampoo and conditioning spray
Getting spruced up for Valentine’s Day is something us humans can relate to, and while we’ll be getting dressed up with nowhere to go, your dog might also enjoy some pampering. The seaweed shampoo and conditioning spray from The Groom Room range will rejuvenate your dog’s coat and help them feel their best. The shampoo costs £6.50 and conditioning spray costs £7.50, not bad for a a bit of pampering.
6. Bathrobe for dogs
There’s nothing better after a good pampering session than wrapping up in a soft and cosy dressing gown, and with one of the doggy bathrobes, your dog can do the same. These bathrobes are made from a super soft fluffy plush micro-fibre and are available in both blue and pink and in a range of sizes. For £20, you can wrap your pup up after bath time and let them relax and dry out.
7. Princess Paws dog bandana
There’s no denying our pooches are precious to us, having dog is like having a child. If your pet is a princess in your eyes, how about this cute bandana? They’ll definitely feel like royalty wearing this. It’s just so cute, and only £3!
8. Lily’s Kitchen venison & wild boar terrine
We’ve covered toys and pampering, but what about something edible and delicious? Of course your dog will love something tasty to tuck in to. Made with freshly prepared venison, wild boar and lots of fruit and vegetables including potato, butternut squash, organic carrots, green beans and organic apples, your dog will be licking their lips in anticipation. Considering it’s full of healthy and nourishing ingredients, £2.59 is a great price.
9. Barking Bakery trio of mini iced Woofins
We know we wouldn’t mind receiving some delicious cupcakes for Valentine’s Day so maybe your dog might too. They almost look good enough for us humans except your canine friend won’t have to worry about the calories like us humans, these bite-sized Woofins are only 12 calories per treat. Your dog can enjoy a delicious Valentine’s Day treat and it will only cost you £3.59.
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10. Posh Pooch ‘wine’ for dogs
Because who doesn’t enjoy a few vinos to celebrate Valentine’s Day? Of course, this is alcohol free but what a novel idea. It’s also non-carbonated and grape-free and provides the perfect refreshing treat for your pet. Suitable for all breeds of dogs over the age of four months, this Posh Pooch ‘wine’ is an infusion of 100% natural herbs and is only £2.99 a bottle.
11. Bottom Sniffer beer for dogs
If the ‘wine’ doesn’t hit the spot, maybe your dog might enjoy a beer. Again, it’s non-alcoholic and non-carbonated but full of fun and packed with goodness, this tipple can be enjoyed as a drink or poured over food. This Bottom Sniffer beer is just £2.49 for a 330ml bottle, if only beer was really that price!
12. The Barking Bakery doggy cheese popcorn
And just when you thought you’d seen it all with beer and wine for dogs, now there’s popcorn. If you’ve got plans to get comfy on the sofa with a big bowl of popcorn while watching Netflix, now your dog can do the same. Popcorn for dogs…what will they think of next? This doggylicious snack will provide a low-calorie treat for your pooch and costs £1.59 a bag.
13. Pizza squeaking toy
So we know we’re going to be spending Valentine’s Day evening at home, and what is a night in without pizza? It might not be the edible kind but it’s a toy that will provide your dog with lots of fun and stimulation. Pizza and playtime for just £3.
14. Ball dog toys
Most dogs can’t resist playing with a ball, and we’ve already discovered they love a game of fetch, so another ball toy they will most definitely love are these. There’s a variety of colours and styles available costing £2 each.
15. Rich and meaty dog treats
We’ve had wine, beer, popcorn, and cakes, but what about keeping it simple with some delicious doggy treats. Everyone deserves a treat on Valentine’s Day! Rich and meaty, these venison with sweet potato treats will be irresistible to your dog. We bet they’re licking their lips just thinking about them. These dog treats cost £3.99.
Pet owners can browse Pets at Home’s wide range of Valentine’s toys, tasty treats and grooming products online.