If you’re a dog lover and need some creative date ideas this Valentine’s, we’ve got the perfect list for you.
Looking for something fun to do this Valentine’s Day? If you are a dog lover—or you’re in a relationship with one—you may want a date idea that is dog-friendly. Maybe you want to impress your dog-loving date, and hope to earn some bonus points. Or maybe this is a first date, and you think bringing along a sweet pup will help alleviate some of the awkwardness. Whether this relationship is brand new or has been growing for decades, there’s no better addition than bringing along the most loving animal you know.
- Hiking Date
Hiking to see the sunrise, sunset, or hiking along a river can be very romantic! Being active on a date creates a fun activity, and it gets you talking. Your pooch will love the exercise, and it helps fill any awkward lulls in the conversation. Remember to take pictures of the beautiful scenery and your beautiful Valentine’s date along the way.
- A Day at the Beach
If you’re fortunate enough to live near the beach—take full advantage! Beaches always = romance, especially on Valentine’s Day. Most beaches are dog-friendly, but you may have to keep them on a leash. No worries, though. It’s the perfect opportunity for a romantic walk along the shore. You can extend the date by bringing a picnic meal, and a frisbee so you can play with the dog together.
- Late Night Bonfire
Get cozy around the warm fire under the starry night sky. You can cook your dinner or s’mores over the fire, or just enjoy the peacefulness of each other’s presence. This dog-friendly date idea is simple, but it works! Sometimes the best things in life are uncomplicated and free.
- Bake Homemade Desserts & Dog Treats
If you’re into baking, making some homemade treats can be a fun way to bond with your loved-one and their pup. Pick out a tasty dessert for the two of you, and a yummy treat for the pooch. Enjoy making them from scratch together.
- Play Hooky
Time to make Valentine’s Day a real holiday, and take the day off together. Snuggle up with your date and your dog, and settle in for some relaxing binge-watching of your favorite shows, or a romantic movie marathon. Don’t forget the popcorn for you two, and dog-friendly treats for your pup.
- Romantic Weekend Trip
Want to make sure your romantic getaway is dog-friendly? Try camping in the woods—all cozied-up together in your tent. Or book a hotel room, Airbnb, or VRBO that is dog-friendly. Believe it or not, dog-friendly rentals are more common than you may realize.
- Picnic in the Park
A romantic picnic may sound cliche, but when is the last time you’ve been on one? Just taking the time to pack a delicious meal for your loved one—and his/her beloved dog, of course—and spending time having a real conversation, shows them you care. Sometimes, that’s all you need.
- Eating Out with Your Dog
As the pet parent trend has grown, so has the number of dog-friendly restaurants, bars, and coffee shops. Whether you’re taking your Valentine’s date out for brunch, dinner, or a cup of coffee—your pooch can come along too.
- Fancy Dinner at Home
Since the Covid-19 pandemic, we’ve all been forced to be creative at home. Now’s your chance to show off your culinary skills. Make a gourmet meal for your Valentine and their dog. You’ll be sure to impress them! Just remember to use dog-friendly ingredients in the pup’s supper.
- Photo Shoot with the Dog
Just like the traditional family photos, maybe it’s time to get photos of you two with your furbabies. What could make your dog-loving date happier than professional photos they can treasure forever? If you don’t have a professional… don’t worry! A smartphone with a selfie-stick will do just as well.
- Create your Own “Paint & Sip”
Wanting to stay in this year? Create your own “Paint & Sip” party with some delicious wine, canvas and paints, and your dogs as the models! This will be fun, adorable, and a great memory to hold onto.
It’s a Date!
These dog-friendly date ideas are a great way to show your dog-loving significant other how much you care about them on Valentine’s Day or any time of the year. And if you’re single… no worries! You can enjoy these fun activities just as much with the one who has always shown you unconditional love—your dog!