By Jessica Remitz | Pet360.com
Whether you know your pup's actual birthday or want to celebrate the day you brought her home from a shelter, throwing your dog a birthday party is a great way to celebrate your little one and bring together a few of your favorite fellow dog owners for some fun. Get the all the party planning details, below.
Where you host your dog's birthday party should be the first step in the planning process. A fenced-in, grassy area such as a backyard is ideal, but a public dog park or beach that's designated for dogs can work too. Using large basement or renting a room at a dog daycare facility are additional options if the weather isn't ideal for celebrating outdoors. Keep first aid items, plenty of poop bags and stain remover (if the party is indoors) nearby during the party and be sure to have the information of your four-legged guest's veterinarians, according to Ceasar Milan's website.
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When thinking of how many guests to invite, make sure to take into account the size of your party space - you want to make sure all of the pups can wrestle and run around comfortably without knocking down any of your two-legged guests or tables filled with food. Make sure that all the dogs you invite have been neutered or spayed, are up-to-date with vaccinations and are well socialized with other dogs.
Have enough people there to help you keep an eye on all of the dogs and, even if your dog plays well with them, steer clear of inviting dogs that have displayed aggression towards a certain breed or size of dog at the dog park or in your neighborhood in the past. If your venue is large enough, section off a certain area to contain dogs that may need a few minutes to calm down or aren't playing well with others to avoid any major incidents, according to Cesarsway.com.
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There are a variety of activities that can keep your doggy guests engaged and excited throughout the party including obstacle courses, Frisbee tossing events and playing hide and seek with some treat-filled toys. If you're hosting the party in the summertime, filling up a kiddie pool with water and letting your pups splash around is both fun and necessary to prevent heat exhaustion. Just be sure to put out a few towels for drying off and place the pool far enough away from guests who don't want a shower when their dogs dry off, according to Bideawee.
Get your human guests involved with a "best trick" contest or an obstacle course that owners can take turns navigating their pups through, according to Cesarsway.com. Just make sure to have enough toys, balls and games for each pup to enjoy without promoting any aggressive behavior.
The Dog Food
If you don't feel like baking a dog-friendly cake, there are some great options for ordering a special doggy treat online. A variety of birthday-themed doggy treats can work, too, if you're planning to invite a number of guests. Make sure to have plenty of water out for the dogs, and have some snacks, drinks and finger foods handy for the humans in attendance.
Goody bags filled with a variety of treats or squeaky dog toys are a great way to wrap up the event and give your doggy guests a few memento's to remember the day by. Keep a few cameras handy throughout the event to snap pictures of dogs in action or the guest of honor chowing down on their birthday cake and send them out to guests a few days after the event.
Tell us: have you thrown your dog a birthday party? How'd it go?
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