A dog is a member of your family, so why not celebrate its birthday like every other member of the family. Everyone loves a celebration and it’s another reason to spoil and make a fuss out of your dog.
The way you celebrate is personal and unique to your own set up. Your dog will love the affection your give it and it’s your opportunity to say thank you for all the lovely ways the dog helps your family.
If you decide to host a birthday party here is some ideas for you to consider:-
1 – Invitations & Theme
What theme if any would your dog like? 101 Dalmatians, pamper puppy theme, paw party or a bone theme, the list is endless.
Who would you like to invite? Friends you walk the dog with, friends from the park, family? How large a party would your dog feel comfortable with? This will depend on your Dogs individual personality.
A dog play date and a small get together may suit you better. Once you have decided it’s now time to send out the invites.
2 – Food & Drinks
A dog menu with all your dogs’ favourite foods and treats will be perfect and we can’t forget the birthday cake.
Again consider your party theme. Some paw cookies or a paw or bone shaped cake and you can cut some cheese and fruit into paw shapes. Please remember not to let dogs have grapes or chocolate as they can be violently sick.
You can bake your dog a birthday cake with special designated dog friendly cake mix and choose the flavours that he/she loves. They will love eating it all up.
3 – Venue
You have various options from your dog’s favourite park, grooming place where they have treatments done or you’re back garden where you can have a groomer attending and pampering the dogs with a doggie massage. Choose the right venue dependent on your party theme and your dog’s personality.
If you have the party in your garden you can then decorate the garden with games and get the Frisbee out for the dogs or play hide and seek and all have a play. Dogs love to play and also spend time with you.
You may consider a dog friendly restaurant that provides dog treats.
When you have cut the cake, you can give your dog its birthday present. Be prepared they may love unwrapping the present more than the actual present!! How about a new toy, blanket, chewier or dog bowl? Dogs love their toys, and what better time to treat them to a new one than on their birthday!
4 – Party Bags and Clean Up
At the end of the party give your dog’s friends a goody bag, with doggie treats and biscuits, toys. The dogs will keep on remembering the party when they have gone home and use the items in the party bags.
Tidy up and clean up all the wrapping paper and plastic as these can be dangerous to your dog.
Make sure you took lots of pictures on the day and you and your dog can keep looking at them throughout the year. When everyone has gone home, it’s time for you to stop and relax and maybe watching a Doggie movie that evening before you start planning next year’s birthday party.