Yes, I’m one of those dog owners who treats their dog as a child, Tebow has sweaters for when it gets cold and has more expensive bedding than I do. He sleeps with a large pottery barn blanket that was supposed to be for our living room but hey, what Tebow wants, Tebow gets. So as you can tell I love to spoil him, and I’m sure many of you also enjoy spoiling your pup! So today I thought I would tell you guys about some simple things you can do to show your dog you love them. Some are simpler than others, but I’m sure any of these would make your dog smile!
I have been a dog lover for as long as I can remember. When I was younger my parents refused to let my sister and I get a dog, but with lots of persistence and begging we finally got them onboard with letting us get one. We knew we wanted a dachshund, who was on the younger side and got along with cats, since we already had a cat. After ages spent looking on shelters’ websites for the right dog for us, we finally found him. A 9 month old black and tan dachshund from South Carolina named Tebow. When we pulled up at the shelter to meet him he ran over to us as soon as we walked in and rolled over to let us rub his tummy. I have a feeling he knew it was his turn to get adopted, as he began running around and giving kisses to a bunch of yorkies who were in his pen. His tail was wagging and strangely enough I remember him smiling as we finished up the paperwork. Fast forward 5 years later and although he’s much larger, he still has the same wag and smile.
- Bake Them a Pupcake
Recently I decided to give my hand a go at making dog cupcakes, aka pupcakes. They took me twenty minutes and all I had to do was put the ingredients into a blender and blend! I topped them with a bit of frosting (good quality cream cheese and peanut butter mixed together) and a dog treat. Tebow loved them! I tried to get some pictures of him with the pupcake, but unfortunately he decided to eat the whole thing in one bite (can’t blame him.)
2. Take Them on a Long Walk
With work and school often times it’s easier to let our dogs out in the backyard, than taking them on a walk. And even when we do take them on a walk it may just be a couple blocks. So taking a long walk can be very exciting for your dog! Tebow loves walking and could walk longer than I could, even with his short legs. Grab a friend or listen to a podcast and just walk. Not only is your pup getting some exercise, but so are you!
3. Take Care of Their Health
Making sure you give your dog their flea and tick prevention, keeping their nails clipped, fur groomed, and vaccines up to date is very important. Although this may not sound exciting, your dog will thank you in the long run! I know my family feels awful when Tebow gets fleas and is up all night itching, so by giving him flea medication once a month helps keep him happy, which makes us happy.
4. Give Them Small Gifts
I know the thought of buying your dog gifts might make some of you tilt your head, but trust me your dog will be so excited. Every once in a while when I’m at the grocery store, I’ll wander into the pet aisle and pick out a fun toy for Tebow. Even though he rips every toy to shreds overnight (including those that say dog proof) It’s the thought that counts, and watching him sniff around the grocery bags with his tail wagging as he tries to see if I bought him anything, is so worth it!
5. Give Them Attention
Every dog loves attention and affection, giving them cuddles and kisses or tossing them a ball will truly make them beam with joy! My family and I love to play a game where two people sit on opposite sides of the room and toss a squeaky ball back and forth as Tebow runs to try to catch it. He’ll catch it after a few tosses and then we’ll give him a treat and keep playing. Let me tell you…it wears him out! After playing for ten minutes he is ready for a nap!
I hope you enjoyed reading about what I do to spoil my dog and show my love for him. I’d love to hear about your dog or what you like doing to show them your love! Let me know in the comments!