What are you doing for your puppy this Valentine’s Day? Americans consider our pets to be best friends, soul mates, family members, and even surrogate children. Valentine’s Day celebrates the love we share with those close to us—and for pet people, that includes furry family members. In fact, your puppy shows love in many ways.
So how do you show your love to these fur-kids? Be careful if you plan to give a puppy as a gift, because you want to make sure the person really wants and knows how to care for a new puppy friend. If you already have a puppy and you receive a candy gift, take steps to be sure Junior-Dog doesn't get into the chocolate stash. Chocolate indulgence can turn celebration into calamity. Chocolate contains theobromine, a stimulant related to caffeine. Eating too much chocolate shifts your pet’s heart into overdrive. Learn how to protect your puppy from chocolate poisoning here.
Instead, show your puppy you love him by spending time playing with him and training him. When he earns your praise he’ll feel like he’s won the doggy lottery! And why not hint to your significant other that the way to win YOUR heart is to please your dog.
Valentine’s Day for Puppy Lovers
One-fifth of adults would prefer to be with their pet, according to a joint global poll by Reuters/Ipsos. The survey of 24,000 people in 23 countries found 21 percent of adults would rather spend February 14 with their pet than their spouse.
Surveys by the American Kennel Club (AKC) found even more startling results. An older poll reported that nearly 90 percent of women wish their boyfriend or husband was more like their dog. The 2013 survey revealed that 65% of respondents would pick their dog to be their Valentine over a human companion!
The top canine quality people wished their human Valentines had is that they’re always happy to see them (40%). Following not far behind is “willing to go anywhere with you” at 25%, “loves snuggling” at 15%, and “doesn’t talk back” at 12%.
The older survey reported that men also wish their significant other shared some of the same qualities as their dog, especially the quality of “always being in a good mood.” Only 23 percent of men surveyed agreed with the statement, “If my dog was a woman she’d be my girlfriend.”
Channel Your Inner Puppy
Based on the results, men and women should go to the dog for hints on pleasing the special humans in their lives. In fact, people have such strong bonds with their puppies that the human in your life may become jealous. Reasons include dedicating “too much” time to the pet, preferring to cuddle with the dog rather than their mate, or that the dog “likes me better.”
Canine qualities women look for in men include a perennial good mood, willingness to spend time together, eagerness to cuddle on the couch, and being happy to eat her cooking without complaint. The survey also indicated women appreciated how dogs helped motivate them to exercise.
Canine qualities that men appreciate in women include being as happy to spend time at home as out on the town, offering enthusiastic greetings when he returns home, and not getting mad when he wants to watch sports. Men also liked it that dogs were “up” for anything he wants to do.
The poll also revealed that 58 percent of men consider a puppy to be a foolproof “babe magnet” in the park. In fact, 46 percent of women polled admitted they’d stop and talk to anyone with a cute puppy.
You’d better like your date’s dog, too, or be a darn good actor. A whopping 66 percent of dog owners said they wouldn’t even consider dating someone who didn’t like their dog.
And if love goes away, be prepared for a canine custody battle. Sixty percent of dog owners said if they split up with their significant other, they’d definitely get the dog. Married dog owners were more than twice as likely as their single counterparts to say they’d have to call in Judge Judy to settle ownership.
So listen to your furry significant other to help you choose the pick of the litter this Valentine’s Day. Or be dogged by the consequences.