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Looking to make your dog feel extra special this Valentine’s Day? My favorite way to treat my dog on Valentine’s Day is by making her some yummy dog treats.

They’re a great (and simple) way to make sure my dog feels included in all the holiday festivities. And since I do this every year I decided to put together a list of my favorite Valentine’s Day dog treats.

Before you begin: If you want to make heart shaped treats remember that you’ll need heart shaped cookie cutters, or heart shaped ice trays for the frozen options.

15 Valentine’s Day Dog Treat Recipes

If you’re looking for an easy way to treat your dog this Valentine’s Day try making them some homemade dog treats. From gluten free dog treats to frozen options, there’s plenty of recipes to choose from. Here’s 15 Valentine’s Day dog treat recipes.

Valentine’s Day Cranberry Hearts

These little grain free dog treats are a favorite of mine because they’re easy to make and super cute. If you want to treat your dog with something special this Valentine’s Day you can’t go wrong with this recipe.

Valentine Strawberry Hearts Frosty Treats

If you’re not in the mood for baking give frozen treats a try. This one is simple (yogurt & strawberries) and super cute, and my dog goes bonkers for them.

Valentines Day Dog Cookies (Gluten Free)

If you’re looking to make something special for your dog this Valentine’s day check out these awesome heart shaped dog cookies. They’re one of my favorites because they’re gluten free and easy to make.

Homemade Valentine’s Day Dog Treats

These mini cake dog treats are really festive, and my dog Laika absolutely loves (devours) them. If you want to give your dog an extra special treat this Valentine’s Day these mini cakes are a great option.

Strawberry Banana Carob Marble Dog Treats

Do you love the combination of strawberry & banana as much as I do? My dog does too, so these adorable treats are always a favorite in my house.

Valentine’s Day Strawberry Banana Heart Frozen Treats

As I mentioned above we love strawberry & banana in this house, so when I don’t feel like baking I love making these yummy frozen treats instead.

DIY Heart-Shaped Dog Treats

When it comes to making dog treats pumpkin is one of my favorite ingredients to use, and this is one of my go to recipes. These super cute heart shaped dog treats are perfect for Valentine’s Day.

Quick Valentine’s Day Dog Treats

These cute little frozen Valentine’s day dog treats are made with coconut oil & diced strawberries. If you’re not in the mood for baking these little treats are a great choice.

Frozen Heart Shaped Green Smoothie Dog Treats

I love this green smoothie recipe for dogs, and this little frozen heart adaptation makes it the perfect healthy treat for Valentine’s Day.

Valentine’s Day Strawberry Gummy Dog Treats

Have I mentioned how much I love strawberries? I love this frozen recipe, and it’s one of Laika’s favorites. These strawberry gummy treats are great way to treat your dog this holiday.

“Puppy Love” Treats

These little heart shaped frozen treats made with yogurt, strawberries & banana are a great way to treat your dog with something special this Valentine’s Day.

Frozen Peanut Butter & Yogurt Dog Treats

Here’s another yummy frozen option for your dog this holiday — this time with peanut butter and yogurt. I don’t know about your dog, but mine goes nuts for peanut butter. These are definitely a favorite of hers.

Three Ingredient Homemade Doggie Ice Cream

I don’t know why it took me years to figure out I could make dog-friendly ice cream, but when I discovered this recipe I was hooked. It’s a nice way to treat your dog with something extra special this holiday.

Crusted Banana Cranberry Heart Frosty

These cute little frozen treats look super fancy, but they’re actually pretty easy to make. These frozen treats are one of my favorites to make, and my dog goes nuts for them.

“Puppy Hugs & Kisses” Valentine Dog Treat Recipe

These little treats are super cute and festive, and they’re a perfect way to treat your dog on Valentine’s Day.

Looking For More Recipes?

If you’re looking for even more dog treat recipes be sure to check out our list of 25 simple dog treat recipes & 20 frozen dog treat recipes.

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We’ve all been there — we take our dogs for what we think will be a quick trip outside only to standby while they wander around for ages before going to the bathroom. And while it may be annoying to us it’s important to keep in mind there’s usually a perfectly good explanation for it. Here’s why dogs take so long to poop.

Why Do Dogs Take So Long to Poop?

Why do dogs take so long to poop? Well, like so many things in life there isn’t just one simple answer. The reason why dogs take so long to defecate has to do with a couple different things; it has to do with smell, social signals and magnetic fields. From aligning with the Earth’s magnetic fields to responding to social cues from other dogs, dogs have a few good reasons to take their time when it comes to finding that perfect spot to squat.

Dogs Have Their Own Internal Poop Compass

First things first, you’re probably wondering what in the world dog poop has to do with magnetic fields. Well, as it turns out dogs use their own poop compass when going to the bathroom. Research suggests that dogs poop according to the Earth’s magnetic field.

When researchers looked into how & where dogs defecate they found that they have a desire to line up on a north-south axis. Scientists reason that dogs use a magnetic sense when it comes to deciding when, where & how they poop. And that spinning around some dogs do before they squat? Researchers also believe that’s an attempt to help align themselves with the Earth’s magnetic field.

And while this phenomenon may seem really weird it isn’t unique to dogs; it’s been suggested that cattle & foxes also line up preferentially on Earth’s magnetic field lines when defecating.

Scent Marking & Social Cues Plays a Big Role

When it comes to why dogs take so long to go to the bathroom don’t underestimate the role of scent marking. It’s an instinctual behavior where dogs deposit their urine or feces to make a statement. When dogs eliminate they’re not just doing it to relieve themselves, they’re also doing it to leave all sorts of information on the ground.

It’s an instinctual behavior found in wolves i.e. leaving scent marks around the edges of their territory to send a signal for others to “keep out,” and it’s a behavior that’s also found in our domesticated dogs. And while territory marking may be the most well known type of scent making it’s certainly not the only one.

When our dogs defecate they’re leaving messages on the ground (often referred to as “pee mail“), and those messages can relay all sorts of information such as how many dogs are in the area, whether they’re friendly or not, and sexual status i.e. whether a female dog is in heat. These social cues from other dogs can impact when and where your dog goes to the bathroom. And in many instances the scent of another dog can trigger the urge to defecate.

Every Dog Is An Individual

While we know the main reasons behind why dogs take so long to poop it’s important to keep in mind that every dog is an individual with their own quirks and preferences. Some dogs are more picky than others when it comes to finding the perfect spot to squat, and others seem to do it effortlessly.

If your dog does take a long time to go to the bathroom and you’d like to speed it up the process you can go back to the basics and help reinforce a potty command (remember to be consistent and use lots of praise).

So remember, if your dog takes a long time to decide where to poop don’t don’t get mad. They’re not doing it to spite you, there is a perfectly good scientific explanation for it.

Resources & Recommended Reading

Why Does My Dog Take His Time When Pooping – Barkpost
Why Is My Dog Such a Picky Pooper? – Wired
Why Is My Dog So Picky About Where to Poop? – I Heart Dogs

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