Ahh, February, the month of love, everywhere I go, I see those Valentine’s decorations, and it’s got me thinking about LOVE. There’s the love we have for our furry friends, the love we have for our sweethearts and it has me wondering how one may affect the other. Rover.com recently did a survey on this topic and here’s what pet owners said;

· 42% said they would only date a fellow pet lover.

· 72% said they were more likely to swipe right on someone with a pet in their profile picture.

· 60% felt having a pet improved the health of their romantic relationship.

· 71% felt it gave them more confidence in their parenting skills.

It’s clear to me that our pets do have an effect on our romantic relationships, so here are my tips on how to improve both!

To help your significant other love your furry friend, have them put their best paw forward. Plan a spa day with your pet, not only is this an excellent way to bond with them, but they will come out looking and smelling their best. Here are some great products Tail Blazers recommends to make your furry friend irresistibly cuddly.

Grooming Recommendations

Black Sheep Organics is an environmentally responsible company creating healthy, natural, hand-crafted dog grooming products in Vancouver, BC. With a wide range of scented shampoos like lavender and citrus, you can have peace of mind knowing your furry partner will smell and look their best.

Earth Bath is a natural pet care company from humble roots with the principles of purity and efficacy. Earth Bath has grown from four shampoos to a comprehensive line of totally natural shampoos, wipes, spritzes, and grooming foams. Their range of products contains a variety of topical products to help with hotspots, remove tear stains and keep their ears sparkling clean. This means your pet will be looking and feeling their best for this romantic holiday.

Maybe your pet needs more than just a shower? Date night isn’t complete without a new hairstyle! Furminator sells a variety of brushes and combs to help reduce shedding up to 90%. With a variety of tools for all hair lengths and types, they have got all breeds, shapes and sizes covered. Furminator features edges designed to reach deep beneath the long topcoat to gently remove undercoat and loose hair.

You may love your pet’s kisses, but everyone may not feel the same, so let’s not forget about oral health to keep them kissable all year round! 

Dental Hygiene Recommendations

LEBA III – This natural product balances the chemistry of the mouth, keeping the teeth clean and healthy for the entire life of your pet, without side effects. LEBA believes in safety, efficacy and has been used by veterinarians since 1994. Just spray LEBA in your pet’s mouth – it is not required to spray teeth directly. Once in the mouth, LEBA will mix with the saliva and treat the teeth naturally.

Crumps Plaque Busters – are a fun way for your pet to improve their dentinal hygiene. A naturally delicious dental chew featuring sweet potato, fine ground oyster shell, and wholesome fish. Not only are they a great natural way to help clean your dog’s teeth, but also give them vitamins and a delicious flavour they crave.

Raw bones would be a great Valentines’ Day gift for your furry Valentine, and as an added bonus they also provide mental stimulation! Not only are they a fun, long-lasting chew, but they also help to prevent plaque build-up and fight bad breath. 

Big Country Raw is located in the heart of the Niagara Region of Ontario. They use only locally sourced suppliers for their raw bones, and all of their products are federally inspected human grade, hormone and antibiotic-free. 

Artisan Raw is family owned company operates out of Canmore, Alberta. They source all of their meats from local farmers using only human grade products, balanced as nature intended. Artisan is just another company that provides high-quality, all natural raw bones for that four-legged special someone.

We all feel good when we’re looking our best! I bet your furry friend does too, so why not buy them new accessories for the special occasion? Check out your local Tail Blazers store to see what’s new in collars, leashes and coats. Explore new training tools to improve their on-leash walking, then enjoy a walk in the park or relaxing hike with your pet and your significant other. What a great way to bond!

Apparel Recommendations

Don’t worry, you won’t have to give up your jacket as a romantic gesture, Chilly Dogs has got you covered. Chilly Dogs is a small Canadian company who is dedicated to using only North American fleece and materials. Made in Canada, Chilly Dogs jackets and apparel strive to fit most breeds from small terriers to great danes.

Maybe it is an adventure you and your partner seek? Ruff Wear offers a wide range of apparel, ranging from boots to coats to life jackets, harnesses, collars and more. These high-quality products are built to last in the outdoors.

Does your dog prefer a night out on the town?

RC Pet Products has a wide assortment of coats, collars, leads and accessories to have your dog looking their best. These products are made with top quality materials to ensure exceptional comfort and durability. To top it off all products are backed by a lifetime guarantee!

When you’re buying chocolates for your human Valentine, don’t forget to stop by Tail Blazers for a special treat for your pet. You can find all kinds of high quality treats whether you’re looking for a small reward or maybe a long slow chew to distract them while you enjoy some cuddle time with someone else. Here are some great options:

Open Range strives to provide all-natural beef products that contribute to your pet’s health and happiness. All of their products contain no added hormones, animal by-products, preservatives or steroids. Open Range All Natural Pet Treats are naturally processed, this means your pet can enjoy their Valentine’s Day treat and you can relax knowing their treat is as good for them as it tastes.

Are you enjoying wine, cheese and crackers with your significant other this year? Well, now your pet can enjoy a cheesy treat too. Himalayan Dog Chews are one of the most unique chews available. They come from an ancient recipe and are made in the Nepalese mountains at more than 15,000 feet above sea level. These chews are made with traditional methods using yak milk, cow milk and they contain no chemicals.

Whimzees are another great edible chew for your furry half to enjoy. These chews from the Netherlands, with vegetable starches are available in a variety of colours (naturally coloured) and shapes for your dog to enjoy.

Don’t forget when they are tired after their big romantic day they will need somewhere to sleep!

Bed Recommendations

Bowsers Beds are made with luxury and comfort in mind. Bowsers has set the trend in distinctive, quality pet beds. Their unique blend of furniture-quality fill, luxurious upholstery fabrics and practical designs have set a new standard in the pet industry.

Be One Breed is another bed company that allows any pet to sleep in comfort. Their mission is to design and deliver solutions for the relaxation, fun and wellbeing of pets. Their products are always innovative and accessible.

Once your pet is beautifully groomed and sporting that new collar, take a photo for your social-media! If you’re looking for someone to swipe right, then send one to us – we love seeing pictures of all our furry friends. 

I hope these tips help, and on behalf of Tail Blazers I’d like to wish you, your two and four-legged dates a Happy Valentine’s Day!

By Taylor Bird

Taylor is an animal lover and the Franchise Marketing Support for Tail Blazers head office. She has two dogs of her own, Bear, a 2-year-old rescue mix from northern Ontario and Jax, an energetic, 4-year-old Belgian Malinois.

Product availability may vary by store. This article is not intended to provide health or legal advice or to diagnose, treat or cure. Please consult with your pet’s vet or health practitioner if your pet has health issues.