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Celebrating dogs come pretty naturally to those who adore them. Since most of us consider our four-legged pals fuzzy family members, it's only obvious that we enjoy celebrating their birthdays! Whether you know your pup's actual birth date or you just want to honor the day he came home with you from the shelter, we have got some great ideas to help you get the fun started!
#1 - Pick the Perfect Location Location choice will depend on a number of different factors, such as the time of year, the number of guests, and the size of the dogs attending. A party of 10 Saint Bernards is probably going to need a larger location than a Dachshund party. If you have got a large yard, you should have no problem holding it at your home. But apartment dwellers might need to find a dog-friendly park nearby. No matter what you choose, your pup and his furry friends are sure to have a blast!
#2 - Provide Drinks & Snacks You will obviously have plenty of fresh water available at all times, since dogs can get very hot and thirsty running around all day! But when it comes to snacks, make sure to check with the other owners about any ingredients you might want to avoid. Some pups have very sensitive tummies and can be allergic to certain ingredients. You certainly don't want to give out anything that would harm your guests!
#3 - Cake! This is one of the best parts of the party! Following the same guidelines for choosing snacks, try to find or make a cake with ingredients that your guests should be safe eating. There are more and more dog bakeries popping up every week, and tons of dog-friendly cakes and treats can be made from simple ingredients in your home! In fact, you might have as much fun baking the cake with your pup as you do feeding it to him!
#4 - Set Up a Photo Booth Just like human parties, dog parties can be full of fun entertainment! A photo booth is a great way to capture wonderful memories while also giving dog owners a souvenir to take home and cherish forever. Le's face it, we are all constantly taking photos of our dogs anyway. So why not have some fun dressing up your pooch with props and snapping some photos?
#5 - Try Out Agility If you are looking for more fun things to do at your pup's party, consider giving agility a try. Agility equipment can be rented or purchased at discount prices if you aren't looking for competition training, and your dog is certain to enjoy learning new tricks. Teaching your pooch and her friends to go over jumps and run through tunnels for treats and toys will be a hit at the party!
#6 - Play Find It Games Find It games are a fun way to teach your pup to use his nose. Hide treats in places in your house or yard, wherever the party is, and let each dog find them one at a time. You can start by showing your pup where you hide the first treat, and encourage him to seek it out. Soon enough, you will be able to send him to find all of the hidden snacks without your help. Dogs don't need training for this, and it's a fun way to teach them how to use their noses and get their brains working for food!
#7 - Hold a Talent Show Does your dog or any of her friends know any special tricks? Holding a doggie talent show will give you and your guests and opportunity to enjoy the dogs' tricks! If someone is especially good at obedience training, they can even put on a little demo to show the rest of the party the cool things their dog can do! Let there be a fun prize for the pooch who's voted the winner!
#8 - Make It a Pool Party If your dog's birthday is in the hot summer, set up some kiddie pools outside to let your dog and his friends play around in. Better yet, if you have got access to a dog-friendly pool, lake, or beach, you can turn it into a swimming party! No matter the pool size, however, the pups are sure to enjoy cooling off in the water after playing around so much.
#9 - Have a Treat Eating Contest It's no secret that dogs love food, so why not make a game out of it? Doggie bakeries make mini pies, muffins and cakes and are a great treat to use in an eating contest. If you are not close to a dog bakery, you can make these treats at home too! Make sure each owner has a hold of their dog so that none of the pups get angry with each other over the food, and see who eats the treats the fastest!
#10 - Make Sure to Supervise! While you likely know your friends and their dogs well, disagreements between pooches can and do happen. Make sure that no dogs are left unsupervised together at any time, and make sure to keep an eye on their behavior around treats and toys. While they may be best friends outside of the yard, a dog might become possessive over their favorite item and aggress and their friend. Always be prepared for anything to happen, and you are likely to have a fun, safe party!
If there's ever a day to spoil your dog - it's on your dog's birthday. Throwing your dog a birthday party is a fun way to celebrate your four-legged friend and to say "thank you" for being a beloved companion. It's an excuse to rally your dog's furry friends, to decorate your home in paw prints, and to purchase some special treats for your dog and its pals. From the theme to the guests and decorations, we show you how to plan the perfect birthday party for your pup.
Follow the steps below to make your dog's big day a special and memorable one.
According to the National Pet Owners Survey, pet parties are on the rise, with a reported 9% of dog owners throwing birthday parties for their dog. Although 9% may not sound like much, there are approximately 77.5 million owned dogs in the United States, according to the Humane Society of the United States - now that is a lot of birthday dogs!
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Have the party on your dog's birthday or on a day surrounding it that works best for you. If you have an adopted dog and aren't sure of its actual birth date, celebrate the day that you first took your dog home from the shelter or wherever you got it from.
DOG BIRTHDAY PARTY THEME
Pick a theme that best represents your dog. You can coordinate your theme with the type of dog breed that you have. If you have a Dalmatian, for example, decorate your party with black and white party favors. If you have a poodle, throw a "Pink Poodle" party. You can also model your dog's birthday bash after a famous dog-have a Scooby-Doo or Snoopy themed party. Have a luau party and put dog-friendly leis on guests as they arrive or do a Western theme and have dogs come wearing bandanas around their necks.
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When planning the location for your dog's birthday, it's best to find a grassy outdoor area such as a backyard. Make sure that the yard is fenced in so off-leash dogs won't be able to run away. If you don't have a yard, no problem! You can use your local park, dog park, etc. Just make sure to survey the area and make sure it is safe and doggie friendly. You also might want to contact the owner(s) of the park to ask if you can reserve some space for the day.
Choose a location that has a nice open area for the dogs to play safely as well as a shaded spot for resting. You can also have your dog's friends meet up at a dog park or dog beach. Another option is to rent out a dog-friendly space, such as a room at a doggie day care facility. If all of your friend's dogs are toilet trained, you could have an indoor party. This is especially useful in the winter. Consider having your party at the beach! Most dogs absolutely love the beach, and it will be a lot of fun watching dogs bark at the waves! Make sure that animals are allowed at the beach, first!
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Draw paw prints with sidewalk chalk outside of your home to greet your guests.
Pick out cute bowls to hold treats for your dog's friends. Hang up photos of your dog around the party.
Purchase party hats for your dog's friends to wear.
Draw bones and paw prints on balloons and tie them to tables and chairs around the yard. Throw a dog-print tablecloth down and dress up the room with crepe paper and garland. If you have a theme party, coordinate your decorations to match, i.e., use traditional green, purple, and gold colors for a Mardi Gras birthday bash.
Decorate tables with plastic table cloths that are dog themed.
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Check your address book for friend's addresses - make sure they have a dog. It could be a little pointless to invite people without dogs. Think about your dog's network of playmates. Make sure that everyone you invite is neutered or spayed, up to date on vaccinations, and well socialized.
Refrain from inviting dogs that have aggression issues and make sure you have enough humans on site to manage the number of doggie guests so that the dogs will be well supervised at all times.
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You can order special dog birthday invitations or make your own creative ones. Make sure you make enough to send out to everyone you invited.
It is also fun to put dog treats on the cards as a surprise for the invited. Purchase dog birthday invitations online or from a nearby pet store. Make your own by cutting stationery in the shape of bones.
Write in bold letters on your invitation "PLEASE BE RESPONSIBLE ENOUGH TO EXCLUDE YOUR AGGRESSIVE DOG. IF YOUR DOG IS AGGRESSIVE, PLEASE LEAVE HIM HOME, BUT YOU ARE WELCOME TO COME!".
This is important if you are inviting a friend over who has a dog but you haven't met the dog yet. Include a photo of your pet inside along with the date, time, and location of the party. Make sure you note any special directions such as items to bring or theme requirements inside the invitations.
You can also send out an email invitation such as an Evite to the human owners of the guests invited.
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Make sure to have plenty of fresh water on hand for your dog and its friends to sip during play breaks.
Put dog treats in bowls on the table to be distributed throughout the party.
Pick up a canine birthday cake at a nearby pet store or whip up a quick one at home.
Make sure to serve finger foods, drinks, and snacks for the humans attending the party as well (NO CHOCOLATE CAKE OR FUDGE) ONLY WHITE OR YELLOW!!!!
Although they might not sound very appealing to a human palate, your dog would love a bacon and chicken layer cake or a beef jerky cake.
Check out the Dog Birthday Party Guide for some dog cake recipes.
A tip: If you're serving cake to a passel of pooches, make sure each dog has his own plate to avoid disaster.
No matter what kind of cake you make for your dog, keep these tips in mind:
Use cream cheese, peanut better, yogurt, or cottage cheese for icing. These foods are dog friendly and won't make your pooch sick.
- Dogs can have difficulty digesting nuts. If you use them in a recipe, chop them up carefully into very small pieces.
- Use carob in lieu of chocolate. Chocolate can be poisonous to dogs, and carob can serve as a dog-safe substitute. Carob is available in powdered and chip form in many grocery and health food stores.
- To avoid a potential fire hazard, use rawhide chews or dog treats instead of candles. Besides being safer for use around animals, they will tie your dog-friendly cake masterpiece together.
- Don't overfeed your dog, even if the cake you make is pet-friendly. Too much of an unfamiliar food might make your dog sick. A few bites of a celebratory treat are enough.
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Fill the party with a variety of toys, balls, and Frisbees for your canine guests to play with. Purchase interactive games for dogs to try their hand at with the help of their owners. Have humans show off their dog's talents and have a "Best Trick" contest. Set up a backyard obstacle course and have owners take turns navigating their dogs through it.
Set up an agility course. You can buy cheap agility starter kits just for fun. The dogs just love them!
Plan tons of games for the dogs to do! You can have a contest for things like "most beautiful dog" or "best party animal". Be creative and THINK THINK THINK! Make sure to buy tons of toys for the dogs to play with! Just make sure they don't fight over them.
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Give your guests little bags of goodies upon their exit. Fill decorative bags with a variety of treats. Throw a toy or a ball into the bag. Let your dog's guests take their party hats home as a souvenir. Take pictures at the party and email them out to guests after the event.
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If small children are invited to the party, reach out to the owners to make sure their dogs do well with kids.
Speak with dog owners regarding dietary restrictions before feeding treats to guests.
Have guests' veterinarian information on hand in case of an incident and keep first aid items nearby.
Provide owners with plenty of bags for cleaning up poop and purchase stain remover in case one of the dogs has an accident.
Keep an eye on the party guests at all times.
Have a separate area gated off to contain dogs that aren't playing well with others so as to avoid incidents.
Make sure that you don't have anything out that dogs can get into and keep all people food away from canine guests.
Have the guests sign a white toy so your dog and you will remember the party.
It might be a good idea to have small treats for the dog guests, maybe homemade, because not all kibble or dog food can be given to both big and small dogs.
Make sure that your dog doesn't fight with any of the guests!
Don't invite too many guests or else your party will become over crowded or out of control.
Consider your pets personality - If you pet is shy or slow it might not want other dogs raid it's home. In that case, maybe only invite 1 dog.
Make a cake for the humans too, after all they brought their dog(s)!
Hand out goodie bags full of homemade treats for the dogs and thank you cards for the humans at the end.
If you feel that you are lacking doggy guests, take a trip to the park to recruit more, but remember, only invite those that your dog gets along with.
Keep an outdoor party to an hour, especially if you are inviting less active dogs.
Be sure there's adequate shade and water for everyone. A fun way to keep dogs hydrated is to freeze a large block of ice in a plastic food container. Place it within reach of all dogs and allow it to melt during the party.
Don't have some dogs on leash and others off-leash. Dogs act more defensive when they are on a leash, and could be at a disadvantage with others who are off-leash.
Give treats that don't last longer than a gulp. If a dog takes a larger treat away to sit and eat it, a skirmish could result.
If you are having a party in your back yard, don't put food down on the ground, or your own dog may get territorial.
The safest way to introduce food to a group of dogs is to have the owners feed bite-size snacks to their dogs.
Let guests know that dogs may need to be separated if squabbles break out.
The safest mix of guests is equal numbers of males and females.
If any guests are not spayed or neutered, let other guests of non-spayed\neutered dogs know it.
During social time, throw a ball to give the dogs something to chase and focus on. Be sure to have enough toys for everyone to avoid possessiveness.
Ask your vet about foods that you're planning to give the dogs at the picnic, to be sure that you are not serving anything unsafe. Some foods, though not toxic, should still not be served in large quantities.
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