How to give your pup some extra lovin’ on Love Your Pet Day!

We know you’re obsessed with your pups and would do anything for them, but with it being Love Your Pet Day on Saturday 20 February, we thought you might want to do a little something extra to show them how much you appreciate their furry presence in your life. From a dog holiday to a fun brunch, here are our top ten tips:

1. Say ‘I love you’

There’s no time for embarrassment here, now is the time to kiss and cuddle your fur baby, and own that high-pitched voice that only your pupper adores, and tell them how much you love them – trust us, they know what you’re saying! This is a plain and simple, but very effective way to show your pupper some serious lovin’.

2. Give your pup a massage to relax

For many pups, there can never be too many pats from their human. So why not go above and beyond and treat them to an entire doggy massage.

Massaging your pup not only makes them feel good, but it can also assist those who suffer from stress, anxiety and arthritis, helping them to relax and feel at ease.

Starting at the neck, work your way down your pup’s body with calm, gentle strokes, adjusting the pressure as needed, careful not to push or squeeze too hard. For an extra feel-good moment for your pupper – and if they’ll comfortably let you – why not massage your pup’s ears? This movement releases endorphins, those deliciously happy, feel-good hormones. Voila, hello happy pupper!

If you’re feeling extra fancy, you could always book in to learn the art of dog yoga online.

3. Get walking

Explore the wide open spaces and take them on a walk they’ve never been on, visit a doggy beach they’ve never run on, or just go the opposite way to usual when walking out of your gate.

Our leash collar and harness picks include the Forest Green + Brass Rope Dog Leash from Animals in Charge, the Veronica Collar from Pillie Pooches, the Sasha Dog Lead from Molly Barker and the DF Co. Dog Harness from Dog Friendly Co.  

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4. Teach & treat

Why not take the time to teach your pup some new tricks – with a side of treats for bribery, of course!

Here are some great examples of tricks in action: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=soY1HbsJDz8

Did you know that you can add pouches of our delicious Green Tripe Treats to your pup’s box – they are such a hit with the Lyka pack! Contact our team at info@lyka.com.au to add some to your next order.

5. Surprise with a new toy

Let’s face it, your pupper can never have too many toys. From soft toys to chew ropes and balls that you can fill with treats, you’re bound to get many big licks if you surprise them with something new at playtime!

Some of our top picks include the Barker Treat Ball, Doggo Avo Toast, Nylon Pipe Wrench, and Olly the Octopus.

6. Invest in a new bed

We all know how good it feels to hop into a bed with brand new sheets, so why not freshen up your pup’s sleep time with a new bed.

Our faves include the iconic Barney Bed, the Cuddler from Snooza and the PlushMat! Plus from Rover Pet Products.

Sweet dreams!

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7. Visit a dog cafe

BRISBANE

Snag & Brown, Annerley: Serving up puppacinos, this dog-friendly café has a fenced park out the back, aptly named, ‘Pooch Park’.

Little Black Pug, Mount Gravatt: The name says it all, really. For those with two legs, there’s the cafe’s famous Dog’s Breakfast, whilst your two-legged friend can chow down on homemade meatballs and slurp on a puppycino.

SYDNEY

Brooklyn Crispy, Potts Point: Now, we are all about moderation here at Lyka, and these guys whip up a pretty impressive selection of dog-friendly pizza. That’s right, pizza – because we all deserve to indulge every now and then! With your pup’s choice of toppings including kangaroo bacon, poached chicken and vegetables, all on a base of sweet potato and paprika, this is certainly a treat to remember. You can even order a bottle of bone broth for your four-legged friend – find it under “Puppy Vino” on the dog menu.

Café Bones, Leichardt: Very chilled and laid-back, this is probably the dog-friendliest dog cafe you’ll find in Sydney. There’s puppucinos for your furry friend and plenty of delicious snacks for you to enjoy – there’s even a great grassy area for your pup to run around and mingle with the other furry customers.

Click here to read about more of our fave dog-friendly cafes in Sydney.

CANBERRA

Two Before Ten, Aranda: With coffee sack dog blankets and water bowls on hand, this is a great place to take your pup, with great seating options for Canberra’s hot summers and chilly winter days. It’s also at the start (or end!) of the Aranda Walk, which your pup is bound to love!

Common Grounds, Gowrie: This newly renovated café has plenty of outdoor tables, as well as an area at the rear that overlooks the Brindabella Mountains. It’s also close to the Gowrie-Fadden Walk, making it the perfect spot to take your pup for an outing. Get in early to snag your spot!

MELBOURNE

The Dog Café, Boronia: This place is heaven on earth for pups, we’re talking swimming pools, a sandpit and even a movie room complete with beanbags and couches, as well as a dog-friendly menu filled with puppacinos and a variety of tasty treats. They even hold doggy birthdays and weddings here – told you it was heaven.

Dish & Spoon, Camberwell: A place where the pups will have as much fun as the humans, this café dishes up super tasty plates for you, and has water bowls scattered throughout for your pupper. There’s even a doggy door that leads to a designated dog-friendly courtyard!

ADELAIDE:

Octeine Coffee, Kent Town: Serving up top notch coffee and puppacinos on the daily, this super chic, warehouse-style cafe has loads of seating options and is just minutes from the CBD.

The Flying Fig Delicatessen, North Adelaide: These guys make a mean puppacino, and every week they crown a new #figdoggo of the week, so make sure your pup comes dressed to impress!

8. Take your pup to a meet-up

If your four-legged friend is a social butterfly, scope out the local dog groups on Facebook and tag along to the next pup meet-up. Your pup is guaranteed to have a good time, and you’re bound to have something in common with the other members!

9. Splurge on a night at a pet-friendly hotel

If you’ve got the goodest pup in town, why not spoil them with a staycation or a dog holiday to another city? Here are our top picks!

BRISBANE

The Inchcolm by Ovolo: A one-of-a-kind dog friendly experience, Ovolo’s V.I.Pooch service will ensure you and your furry friend both enjoy a relaxing, stress-free stay. Your pup will receive a snuggly bed to curl up on, an eating/drinking mat and food bowl, as well as a doggy bag filled with specially-chosen toys and treats. The dog-loving staff are also on hand to provide any assistance that you may need. And as for you? Ovolo haven’t forgotten, offering an array of their iconic perks to keep happy and content from the minute you wake up until the minute your head hits the pillow

SYDNEY

Pier One: With direct pier access, the select dog-friendly rooms are equipped with a dog bed from P.L.A.Y., as well as a food and water bowl. You can even opt for an in-room dining menu or a doggy minibar, which is jam-packed with safe snacks for your pup. For something a little extra, you can take your four-legged friend to The Gantry Restaurant for a doggy degustation in the outdoor dining area. No weight restrictions apply, and there is a maximum of two dogs per room.

MELBOURNE

QT: The pet-friendly rooms feature a pup-friendly mini bar packed with tasty treats, and there’s even a in-room dinner menu created specially for your furry friend by QT’s Head of Treats, Nic Wood. For service that goes the extra mile, the hotel’s Director of Chaos is ready for to walk your pup, whilst the bespoke pupQ grooming service will have your furry pal washed and looking pawesome! Sorry, we had to do it. It’s important to note that there is a 20kg limit for your pup, and only one pup per room. Book here.

CANBERRA

Abode Kingston: Just steps from the trendy Kingston shopping and cafe precinct, this is the perfect home away from home, a place where your pup will be treated like a VIP guest. Some rooms have access to a small courtyard, whilst others offer convenient access to a pedestrian walkway and grassy area. There is a maximum of two pets per room, and all guests will receive a 20% off discount voucher for online pet accessory store, Best Friends Pets.

ADELAIDE

Hilton Adelaide:  Indulge in the spacious rooms of this stylish hotel, which is located in the bustling heart of Adelaide’s city centre and just minutes from Adelaide’s famous Rundle Mall. Please note, there is one pup per room, and he or she must not exceed 34kg.

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10. Feed your pup the good stuff

There’s truly nothing better that you can do for your pup, than make mealtime delicious and nutritious. Our recipes are formulated by our in-house Integrated Vet alongside a Veterinary Nutritionist, with every ingredient powerful, purposeful and packing a punch, to ensure your pup always looks and feels their best. Order your Lyka Starter Box today and kick start your pup’s health journey!  



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