How to Throw a Birthday Party for Your Dog
How to Throw a Dog a Birthday Party
Planning the Party/The Invitations and Date
Look at your dog's pedigree.Find the date of your dog's birthday. If your dog's birthday is on a weekday or inconvenient day for you, make the party date on a weekend close to your dog's birthday. *If your dog is without a pedigree, you still should check your calendar for a convenient date. Make sure the party will not be on a holiday or a day when most people can't make it (i.e Monday!). If your dog does not have a pedigree, it helps to know the month when your dog was born.
If you adopted a dog from the Pound, and you don't know his/her date of birth, make one up and stick to it!Or, if you remember the day you adopted, make it an adopt-a-versary!!
Once you choose the date, mark it on your calendar so you won't forget!
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. You might invite some dogs (and their owners)
from your neighborhood, too.
Make invitations.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.
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.
Send out your invitations.Make sure you have your phone number or email on the invitations for RSVP-ing.
Planning the Party/The Place
You should, of course, have a nice, safe and dog friendly place to plan your party. But where?
Consider your yard.If you have a house with a yard, make sure to check fences for stability. Clean your yard out from any junk, and fence off any "doggie no-no" areas.
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.
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!
Having a birthday party is no fun without activities!
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.
Decorating the area will make the party much more fun!
Decorate tables with plastic table cloths that are dog themed.
For food, consider making a dog-friendly birthday cake by finding a recipe online!
QuestionWhat's the point of having a party for a dog?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou have to be a dog lover to understand. Many people see their dogs as members of the family, so if they naturally throw a birthday party for the humans, why wouldn't they throw one for the dogs?Thanks!
QuestionWhat are some good homemade gifts?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerThis could range widely, from a giant mountain of blankets and pillows to a homemade ball pit. Depending on your sewing/weaving/crafty/cooking skills, a handmade gift could include: A tug of war rope, a chew bar, dog biscuits, a new bed, soft toys, a dog coat, dog boots for winter walking, a new harness, a fur bow, a new set of pottery food bowls, an offer to take professional photos of the dog (if you're a great photographer) and have them printed and framed, etc.Thanks!
QuestionCan I use these same methods when throwing a party for a cat?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerNo, cats are very different from dogs. They are territorial, and will not appreciate too many guests--and they certainly will not appreciate anyone bringing their cats into your home.Thanks!
QuestionCan animals other than dogs and people come to my dog's birthday party?Top AnswererAs long as your dog and the other guests are tolerant of that animal. You don't want the party ending in a fight.Thanks!
QuestionWhere can I find recipes for a dog cake?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou can search in the pet or cookbook section of a book store; look for books that focus specifically on recipes for pets. You may also find recipes online. Lastly, you may have better luck with dog cookies or biscuits instead; you can make a larger one for your dog, and smaller ones for the "guests."Thanks!
QuestionWould a dog park be a good location for my dog's party?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerA dog park is an option if you do not have a backyard. Most dog parks are public spaces though, so see if you can reserve an area specifically for your party.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if your backyard is small and the owner of the park won't allow you to host it there?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerConsider a friend's house or find a public park that allows dogs. If that doesn't work, you may have to reduce your guest list you can host it in your small yard.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if your dog is not trained?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerYou might be playing with fire and the risk might not be worth the reward of the party. Try training your dog and then throwing a birthday party for the following year.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if the park doesn't have fences?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerTry to find another park that does have fences. You could also throw the party in your backyard provided that it is big enough.Thanks!
QuestionWhat if none of my friends have dogs?wikiHow ContributorCommunity AnswerInvite some of your closest friends who enjoy dogs. It helps if they have already met your dog and like it.Thanks!
- 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.
- Hand out goodie bags full of homemade treats for the dogs and thank you cards for the humans at the end.
- 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 a cake for the humans too, after all they brought their dog(s)!
- 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.
- Have the guests sign a white toy so your dog and you will remember the party.
- 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.
- Make sure to tell your neighbours about the party if they are not already coming. You wouldn't alarm them by all the barking and noise!
- Make sure to not spend too much, why not make some of your own decorations, or homemade dog treats.
- Make sure to have snacks for dogs and humans!
- Are not willing to take care of the cleanup then put down doggy pads.
- Make an interesting game for your guests.
- Be sure the food you give the dogs DOESN'T contain any grapes, raisins, onions, garlic, or chocolate.
Things You'll Need
A place for the party
Gifts (you don't provide the gifts, your guests do!)
Cake (for dogs and humans - avoid chocolate!)
Toys (to keep guests entertained)
Food (for human guests and for dogs). Don't give the dog anything with onions or chocolate/fudge.Look up a list of foods and things dogs can't have first.
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