4 Tips For Throwing Your Dog’s Birthday Party

Birthday parties for dogs

Your dog is a special addition to your family, and it’s likely you want to make them a part of the family by providing them with the same special perks your human family members receive. To do so, you may be interested in throwing your dog his or her own special birthday party.

Dog birthday parties are not as rare as you may think. Many people celebrate the birth of their furry friends with a special day just for their pup. But planning a dog’s birthday party is a little different than planning a human’s birthday party. The following are four great tips for your dog’s next party.

1. Choose a theme

Dog birthday parties are always best when there’s a theme involved. You can choose a general dog theme, such as decorating your house with fake fire hydrants and dog treats, or you can choose something more specific to your dog. For example, if you have a Chihuahua, you can make everything at your party in smaller portions, or if you have a Great Dane, you can make everything large.

2. Choose the best location

Dog PartyIn order to be safe, it’s always a good idea to have the dog’s birthday party outside. This way, you’re not responsible for having to let multiple dogs outside to go to the bathroom. If you have a decent sized backyard, this would be the perfect location. You also want to make sure that the area is fenced in to ensure that none of your “guests” run away.

If you don’t have your own backyard, you could always host your dog party in a local dog park. Make sure to find out with the dog park first if there is anything that is prohibited, and make sure to tell your guests about any vaccines or shots their pets will need before going to the dog park.

3. Double-check your decorations

While you will want to decorate for your dog’s party, you want to make sure that you’re not decorating with anything that could be dangerous. Always make sure that balloons are placed up high out of the dogs’ reach, as popped balloons can cause choking hazards. You also want to refrain from using glue or other adhesives that could be dangerous.

4. Have the right food

First of all, you want to make sure that you have plenty of water on hand for your dog and all of his or her guests. With the amount of playing the dogs will do at the party, they will need plenty of water to keep themselves hydrated.

As for food, you want to make sure that you have plenty of treats for the dogs as well as treats for the human guests at the party. Make sure that the human food you serve is also safe for the dogs, so try to avoid anything containing chocolate or other harmful foods.

You should also consider making your dog’s party special by making a dog-friendly cake. There are plenty of recipes you can choose from that contain safe ingredients for your dog and all of his or her guests.

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    • Jennifer
    • November 22, 2013

    This is one of those things I’ve often thought of doing with dogs past but never did. Special days would usually consist of a health portion of table food or a cheap steak bought just for her. With my current beastie, I think a birthday party just might be in order. Thanks for the tip!

      • Rita
      • November 24, 2013

      Jennifer, check out our dog birthday cakes! They are personalized and use dog friendly ingredients. http://www.erniecakes.com

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    Dogs deserves a party for their special day. If you are planning a birthday party for your dog, then there are many ideas to arrange a party such as dog cakes, birthday bones, candles, and so much more.

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    I just came across this site, and I love your tips! I have not hosted a full-out dog party for my dogs, but we always celebrate their birthdays in fun ways. I just wanted to add two more tips: Use tissue paper to wrap the dog’s gifts because then s/he can open it her/himself. Also, my dogs love celebrating with dog ice cream, which is now readily available in most grocery store freezers. I just wrote about my dog, Peanut’s, 8th birthday on my blog and included pictures of her unwrapping and eating her birthday ice cream! Check it out if you get a chance!

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      • Bo's Mom
      • February 23, 2014

      Hi Ashley,

      I visited your site and loved your post! Happy Birthday to Peanut. I had no idea that doggy ice cream exists, I will look for it in my area. I’m sure my Bo would love it!

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    I suggest a tip to make the party date on a weekend which is close to your dog’s birthday. I love my pet dogs. I ordered special dog birthday invitations to send out to everyone I want to invite. It made more fun to put my sweet dog treats on the cards as a surprise for the invited.

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