Throwing a canine celebration is much like throwing one for your child – it’s a day filled with lots of excitement, noise, cake, food, party games, an occasional squabble, and a pile of great gifts. To help ensure your furry four-legged family member’s big day is a big success, we’ve gathered a whole host of tips for planning a dog birthday party this Fall.
Throwing a birthday party for your furry friend may sound like a lot of work, but with a few simple steps, you can make your pup’s special day a memorable one! Whether it’s your dog’s first or second birthday, a pet party is something that your four-legged family member won’t soon forget!
Dog party tips
Things you will want to consider when you start making plans for your pooch’s big day.
- How to plan your canine/puppy party
- What should guests bring?
- Where should you have your puppy party?
- Should you tell your dog ahead of time about his party or make it a surprise?
How should you plan to celebrate for your dog’s birthday?
There are many things to consider when throwing a party and many of them will apply to your dog’s birthday bash too. Consider if your dog will love all the attention and noise of a party with lots of friends, family and of course other canines, or if he would prefer something a little more low key and quite. Some dogs can be easily overwhelmed by a big crowd, and yet others thrive in the spotlight!
Other things to think through are time of day that will be best for your dog and his guests, if he (and you) will be happier with an outdoor or indoor party. If you think outside will be more fun for him, be sure to have a back up plan for inclement weather.
Think about how long you want your party to last and be sure to make it clear in your doggy invites. Letting people know there is a start time and end time will help you manage the day and arrangements better.
Start by crafting a special dog birthday party invitation. You can use construction paper, markers, and stickers to create a one-of-a-kind invite. If you don’t have the time or resources to make an invitation, you can easily find them online or in stores.
Once you have the invitations out, it’s time to start planning the rest of the party. Goodie bags are always a hit with the guests, so fill these with treats, toys, and other fun items. Consider getting personalized items with your pup’s name on them, like a water bottle or a bandana. You can also get creative and make your own treats with healthy ingredients.
No matter what you choose to do, your pup is sure to have a special day that he or she will remember for years to come. So, get out there and start planning the perfect pet party for your furry friend!
What should guests bring to the party?
Other pet owners are going to want to know what to bring for your dog’s birthday. As you plan out the big day, consider if you want it to be a BYOT (bring your own toy) for playtime, if you would like your dog to have gifts from his guests and if so should the be wrapped?
The perfect way to make it easy for your canine guests, their pet owners and perfect for your pooch with gifts is to register your dog at Amazon or a favorite store. You can literally make him a list on Amazon with his favorite toys. As people purchase the gifts, the list will be taken off so it is not duplicated. What a great way to score some toys for your BFF! Here are the instructions to build your birthday list.
Dog’s birthday supplies list
We made you this easy checklist for your puppy party. You can literally click on the links to go to ideas on Amazon for that specific party supply or just use it as a guideline for shopping at other stores you like.
Using a supplies checklist will help keep you organized and give you ideas on items you may have not thought of. Pet parents will have such a more organized event using a checklist!
Don’t forget the decorations! A pet party isn’t complete without colorful streamers, balloons, and other festive items. You can also hang a banner with your dog’s name or photo on it, or come up with some other creative ways to decorate the room.
The most suitable guests for the party are friends with dogs. If your pup is already friendly with the probable canine guest, then what could be better? Friends without dogs, but who adore your dog, or who your dog adores should also make the list. Other good candidates include classmates at obedience school/dog training or park playmates.
Pro Tip Party Ideas: Send out party invitations 3 weeks in advance. You can mail invitations or send pet friendly eCards.
Where should you have a dog birthday party?
Pet parents of all canine creatures want their fur kid to enjoy his big day.
Location is one that will be super important to consider because there are so many ways you can do this. Logistics such as parking, access to fresh water, play area, backdrop for pictures plus shelter areas in case it rains (if you have it outside) are all things to figure out in advance.
Party Ideas: Dog Party Location
There are several things to take into consideration in order to choose the location of the party. This includes important things like toilet training of dogs, the number of dogs, your budget, etc. Having adequate space will be great since it will provide a good area to the pooches, and your guests, to play, run around, and have fun. You can have it in your yard, doggie daycare facility, local dog park, or dog beach after ensuring all necessary safety measures are in place.
I would personally like to have a Photo Booth at mine, so using a facility or making sure there would be enough room for the Photo Booth would be important to me.
Dog Party Tips: Theme
Dog parties do not have to be dog themed. In fact, a dog party calls for an extra dose of playfulness. One way to amplify the fun factor is a good theme. Dog treats and party hats can totally match the theme!
For inspiration, pun lovers can look to pop culture – for a whimsical celebration, think Wizard of Paws or treat canine friends like royalty at Barkingham Palace. Or how about Pug Wars for a Star Wars-inspired birthday bash?
Amazon has some really cool dog themed party favors. You can color coordinate with your dog’s collar, birthday hat, birthday outfit and his toys or just do a random decorating scheme. Dog guests can also match your own dog that special day!
Dog Birthday Cake
Don’t forget the cake! Dogs love to lick up frosting, so a homemade birthday cake is a must. You can use a dog-safe recipe and add a few of your pup’s favorite ingredients. If you don’t have the time or resources to make a cake, you can get a pre-made one from the store.
Human sweets are not good for dogs, and that includes even those without toxic ingredients. Instead, you need a canine-friendly alternative. Stick with dog treats all dogs can enjoy.
You can get a recipe online to make a dog birthday cake or order one from your local pet bakery.
There are some insanely cute dog birthday cake ideas out there! I personally would love a carrot and banana cake and since both of those foods are dog-friendly, I pulled this dog birthday cake recipe for you. Okay, and the dog is eating it and it is precious!
Dog’s Birthday Food
Be sure to have plenty of yummy treats, dog bowls, and food for all of your furry party animals. Also, be sure to include your human guests in the food as well. Include a normal cake, tasty treats, and other foods and beverages on your party shopping list.
Games and Activities
Like children birthday parties, you want the guests kept busy. These games and activities can be as simple as balls and Frisbees to play fetch, or they can be more elaborate. Party hats are a must have, especially so pictures can be snapped!
You might consider throwing events like “the best dog trick contest” depending on how many dogs are in attendance. Or let your furry invitees play a birthday game of Bobbing for Biscuits, an interesting and species-appropriate spin on the Bobbing for Apples game.
It’s also a good ideas to have enough shade, a dog pool or dog beds for those pups that get tuckered out easily.
Party favors and gifts for guests
Providing a return gift is a nice gesture to culminate a successful dog birthday party this Fall. As a return gift, you can give out bags full of doggie toys, dog beds and other goodies for their fur baby to enjoy later.
Dog birthday parties offer an excellent way for pooches to have a really good time, and to socialize with their furry friends and their human parents as well. If your pet adds joy to your life, make sure they know how much you appreciate them on their birthday this year!
Other Ways To Celebrate Your Dog’s Special Day
- Take your dog on a road trip with a new dog park as the final destination
- Bring your bestie to a pet friendly restaurant for a meal
- Hit your favorite dog bakery
- Shop at a dog friendly pet store together
- Ask a friend to take photos of you and your dog playing together
- Make your dog his favorite canine safe meal (human food)
- Go for an extra long walk together on a nice day
- Teach your dog a new trick, he will love the attention
- Wrap gifts for him and hide them throughout the house for him to find
Attending a dog birthday party of other dog owners is also a time for getting a canine gift.
Here is a list of dog gifts any pooch will love to receive!
Don’t forget to hit the pet store or dog bakery for a few custom goodies for your canine BFF’s special day.
Gifts ideas when attending a dog party
Custom Dog Bowl
It may sound weird, but probably not if you are a dog owner, letting your dog know ahead of time is another major consideration. Do you want it to be a surprise party where his besties all show up at the same time and freak him out (in a good way) or should you ease him into it and start telling him about the event long before the festivities?
Planning a dog party can be a lot of fun!
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Use the same checklist you do for a people party with canine considerations and your dog and his guests will have the time of their life.
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