How to throw a birthday party for your dog? Having a pup party is a fun idea. But before starting to organize the big day, follow these tips to host a memorable dog party for your canine companion.
HOW TO THROW A BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR YOUR DOG
CHOOSE A SAFE PLACE FOR THE PARTY
The best is an outdoor party where the guests have enough space, both for human and canine guests. In addition, it must have a place where the dogs can go to the bathroom.
DECIDE THE DATE
If you don’t know your dog’s birthday, choose one and celebrate it every year on the same day. Or celebrate a party for any reason, like Halloween, Thanksgiving Day, or Christmas.
THINK OF A FUN THEME FOR YOUR DOG’S BIRTHDAY PARTY
- When you are planning a birthday party for your dog, get creative and choose a related dog theme.
- Consider a costume party for Halloween, and if your dog likes it and you like it, you can dress him up. Human guests could also come in disguise.
- If you organize an Easter party, don’t feed the dogs with chocolate.
- Be careful with your decorating options. Balloons can blown up and scare dogs and pose a choking hazard. Use simple decorations with some cardboard cutouts in the shape of bones or legs placed out of the reach of the dogs.
MAKE A GUEST LIST
- If your dog has other canine friends, inviting other dogs can be a lot of fun.
- Invite dogs you and your puppy are familiar with, and avoid inviting dogs with aggressive tendencies.
- If, on the other hand, you prefer people to canines, invite your favorite dog-loving friends and family.
- Keep the number of guests low so you can supervise the party.
- Invite males and females in a balanced way, as dogs of the opposite sex tend to get along better.
- Send out invitations ahead of time so; your guests have plenty of time to RSVP. You can submit them online or by mail.
- Add the date, time, and location, and do not forget to remind them to come with their dog. If you decide to have a theme, be sure to include it in the invitation.
ACTIVITIES YOU CAN DO DURING THE PARTY
Plan party games, make sure the dogs have some fun activities to keep them busy and out of trouble. Include human guests in the games.
Some games that you can organize are:
- Ball games
- Agility or obstacle games
- If the weather is hot, consider water games.
- Plan tug of war games.
PROVIDE POOP BAGS
Encourage your party guests to pick up their dog’s poop, and be sure to provide plenty of poop bags so; you don’t step on anything or have a big mess to clean up when the party’s over.
If your party is indoors, schedule a couple of mini-breaks for all the dogs to go out and do their business to avoid floor or carpet accidents.
FOOD AND DRINK FOR THE PARTY
- Prepare delicious and healthy treats for the canine guests.
- Remember to avoid chocolate and xylitol candies as they are toxic to dogs.
- Do not forget the birthday cake. You can bake yours with dog-friendly ingredients or buy one at specialty pet stores.
- Be sure to have plenty of fresh water to keep the dogs hydrated.
Send your canine guests home with some healthy dog treats and toys.
TIPS TO HAVE AN AWESOME BIRTHDAY PARTY FOR YOUR DOG
- Choose dog treats that are healthy but delicious.
- Make sure all owners are held accountable for their dog’s actions.
- Keep dogs in the shade if it is too hot.
- Some dogs may suffer from allergies or have sensitivities to certain ingredients in food and treats. Always ask owners if the dog can eat the treat before feeding the dog.
- Dogs can be territorial and possessive, and to avoid dog fighting, make sure you have enough treats for all the dogs. It may be a good idea for the owners to give the treats rather than for the dogs to pick them up on their own.