VALENTINE’S Day may have been about showing your partner how much you love them, but pet owners are being encouraged to give their pooches some extra love and care as well.

As pets loves us unconditionally all year round, grooming brand Pet Head has put together some top tips to help people show their four-legged friends just how much they care.

Winter walkies:

Let your dog stretch their legs with an extra special walk. If the weather allows, take your dog for a long walk full of fun and games in their favourite walking spot, or if they prefer to explore, then why not take them somewhere new?

Parks, fields and forests are full of exciting smells and things to explore, so be sure to stop and let your dog enjoy the new experiences. Always keep your dog within sight or on the lead to ensure you can call them back should you encounter any obstacles or other animals.

Tasty treats:

We gift chocolate and flowers to our favourite people on Valentine’s Day, so why not treat our furry friend as well? Chocolate is, of course, out of the question when it comes to your dog, but there is plenty of choice when it comes to dog-friendly treats.

Give them an extra treat at playtime or perhaps their favourite meal for dinner. If you want to offer them something extra special, try a bit of boiled chicken and rice, peanut butter or some cooked salmon.

Doggy play-date:

As the weather can be rather unpredictable at this time of year, why not give your dog a bit of extra playtime indoors with their favourite toy? There are plenty of training activities and games you can play that involve the whole family. Maybe you can even teach your dog a new trick with some training treats.

Consider giving your dog a bit more indoor playtime by arranging a doggy play-date with your pup’s best friends, it’s bound to be a hit.

At-home dog spa:

Another great way to properly pamper your pooch is to give them an amazing bath. A wide range of grooming products packed with great smelling, natural ingredients are available to suit any dog or coat. Dog shampoo and conditioner helps ensure your pup’s fur stays silky soft and tangle-free.

For a ‘doggy-pamper’ worthy of spa status, follow on with a relaxing doggy massage. Be sure to give a bit of extra love and attention to your dog’s paws.

Winter weather and salt on the roads can make them extra dry and cracked. Pet Head recommends its oatmeal paw butter to relieve dry and tired paws or dry noses.

Be sure to re-apply before and after walks as the oatmeal and the natural oils creates a protective barrier from the wet and icy ground, keeping your dog comfortable on their winter adventures.