DIY Dog Valentine’s Day treats, toys and gifts

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DIY Dog Valentine’s Day treats, toys and gifts

Here are some DIY Dog Valentine’s Day treats, toys and gifts to show your pet how much you love them! Dress them up, show them off to your friends, fill up their bellies, tucker them up with play time and let them have somewhere extra special to sleep!

DIY Dog Valentine’s Day Card

What better DIY Dog Valentine’s Day card to give out than one featuring your furry friend!  These simple, easy, do-it-yourself valentine’s day cards are very inexpensive too!

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What you need:
-A photo of your pet looking at you with their mouth closed
-Scissors or a razor blade to score the photo
-Lollipops / suckers / dog friendly treats on a stick
-Fancy scissors to trim the edges

Instructions:
1) Take a photo of your pup with them facing the camera and their mouth closed.
2) With an online program like http://www.picmonkey.com/ you can add text to the photo (i.e. “Happy Valentine’s day” “I ruff ewe” “Will you be my hooman”) and save the edited file.
3) Get as many photos of your pet printed as you want.  We suggest Walgreens or Costco for photo prints and suggest sizes 4×6 or 5×7
4) Take scissors or a razor blade and cut a small slit along each side of the pups mouth
5) Trim the edges of the photo with fancy scissors to make it look extra festive
6) Insert the stick of your treat (lollipop/sucker/dog treat on a stick) into the slit on one side of the dogs mouth and out the other.
7) Bask in their cuteness and pass them out to all the dogs / humans in your life!

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No Sew Valentine’s Day Dog Pillow to Pamper your Pooch

What a sweet DIY Dog Valentine’s Day gift for your four legged sweetie – a comfy spot to lounge and relax! This easy no-sew dog pillow is the perfect way to pamper your furry true love! Instructions and photos come from here.

What You’ll Need
– 2 Bed Pillows
– 1 Yard fleece fabric
– Scissors
– Fabric Paint & brush
– Ruler & chalk

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Instructions
1) Trim curled fleece edges off of fleece fabric (if your has a curled edge)
2) Fold the fabric in half and on the three open edges, measure 4″ from edge and draw a chalk guide line

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3) Cut along the three edges (when folded) so the fringe is 1″ wide and 4″ deep (to the 4″ chalk guide line)

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4) Using the fabric paint, draw / brush / stencil your design in the corner of the fabric

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5) When the paint is dry, turn the fabric inside out and tie knots along the edges using the top and bottom fringe pieces leaving about half the length open on one of the short sides

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6) Flip the fabric inside out again (so your fabric paint design is showing), insert the pillow and then tie knots for the remaining pieces of fringe and tuck them into the pillow side.

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DIY Dog Bow Tie Collars perfect for Your Special Little Four Legged Furry Men

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This cute and simple collar is EASY to make, super adorable and the perfect added piece for your pup on Valentine’s day! Instructions and photos came from here.

What You’ll Need
-Small Velcro patch
– Scissors
-Ruler
– Sewing machine / needle & thread
– Fabric (roughly 8″ wide x at least 12″ long (or if you have a big pup, 2″ longer than your pups neck size))

Instructions
1) Cut the fabric into the follow sizes. If you have a BIG dog, you may want to make the two top pieces a big longer/wider but if you pup is small or medium in size these sizes will be perfect! Keep in mind the bottom piece of fabric is 2″ long than your pups neck size and 2″ wide.
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2) Take all three pieces and fold them into thirds so the edges are in the back 🙂
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3) Fold the bow and ‘knot’ pieces in half so the seem is on the right side and the edges you just folded into the center is facing out. Sew the edge on the right side and trim any loose strands.
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4) Fold the bow and knot piece inside out, slide the knot piece over the bow piece, as shown.  If you add a little elastic loop to the back of the knot piece, this is perfect for a stand-alone doggy bow-tie 🙂
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5) Sew velcro over the one end of the ‘collar’ piece. Make sure you are sewing it on the side with the edges touching.  Remeasure so you make sure it will fit your pup and once you know the length is correct, sew the opposite side of the vecro on the other end of the collar piece (this piece will be sewn on the nice looking side of the collar – not the side where the edges touch.  You can use fabric glue if you want to keep the enter edges together or sew along the center edges if you don’t mind that look (or do nothing and leave it).
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6) Assemble the collar –> slide the collar into the knot part of the bowtie, place it on your pooch & you’re done!
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DIY dog pancakes for Valentine’s day

Valentine’s day is about honoring those in your life you love and care about, including your pets! Start the day off right with these delicious DIY Dog Valentine’s Day pet friendly pancakes! Yummmm! **This recipe will make 10-12 small pup-pancakes! Instructions & photos came from here.

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What You’ll Need
– 2 eggs (free range if possible)
– 1 cup low fat milk
– 1.5 tablespoons melted butter
– 1 tablespoon honey
– 1 cup wholemeal flour
– 1/2 cup plain flour
– 1 teaspoon baking powder
– 1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
– Pan
– Heart shaped stainless steel Cookie cutter
– Whisk
– Bowl

Instructions:
1) Whiskey eggs, milk, honey and butter together
2) Add flours, baking powder, and cinnamon. It should have a thick pancake consistency
3) Heat a greased pan up, place the heart shaped cookie cutter inside, fill cookie cutter with batter
4) In about 1-2 min (when batter starts to bubble) remove the cookie cutter and flip the pancake
5) Serve with your pups favorite fresh dog-friendly fruits like blueberries, pineapple, or apples

 

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DIY Valentine’s Day Dog Tug Toy

A little play in the day is just what every pup wants so here is a quick, simple and very inexpensive way to make some braided knot tug toys for that special pooch in your life this Valentine’s day!

What You’ll Need
– 3 colors of 1/4 yard fleece or jersey fabric material
– Scissors

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Instructions:
1) Take each color and cut them into three strips (for 9 strips total). From whichever color you wan to be your knot at the end of the tug toy, cut an additional 2 strips. You should have a total of 11 strips now.
2) Bundle the 9 strips together and use one of the extra strips you cut for the knot to tie a knot a few inches from the end
3) Regroup the strips so they are in three groups (each for each color) and braid them all the way down.
4) Use the 2nd extra strip (you cute in step one) to tie a knot around the remaining end, a few inches from the edge. You can trim the edges of the strips used to tie the edges if necessary.

DIY Valentine’s Day Chicken Dog Treats

These have a hot and cold recipe for the DIY Dog Valentine’s day chicken dog treats so it’s perfect for any pup! You can also substitute whichever meat is your pups favorite for the chicken 🙂  The directions and photos were found here.

Baked Version – What You’ll Need
-Heat safe heart molds (the silicon ones are usually oven AND freezer safe)
-1 cup cooked, finely diced chicken
-1/2 cup rice, cooked & mashed
-3 tablespoons rice flour
-1 tablespoon parsley
-1 egg

Baked Version – Instructions
1) Mix together all ingredients and stir well
2) Spoon into silicone molds.
3) Bake for 20 – 30 minutes, until tops are golden brown
4) Allow to cool and remove from molds
5) Serve and store extras in fridge.

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Chilled Version – What You’ll Need
-Chill safe heart molds (the silicon ones are usually oven AND freezer safe)
-1 cup cooked, finely diced chicken
-1/2 cup rice, cooked
-1 cup chicken stock
-1 tablespoon parsley

Chilled Version – Instructions
1) In a blender or food processor, blend together all ingredients
2) Spoon into the silicone molds
3) Place in freezer until solid
4) Serve and keep extras in freezer

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