Our dogs are part of the family, so when it comes to their birthday we want to make it special. The good news is there’s plenty of fun and easy ways to make your dog’s birthday memorable.
So if you’re not sure what to do to celebrate your dog’s birthday don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. From hosting a doggie birthday party to having a special movie night, here’s 10 fun ways to celebrate your dog’s birthday.
1. Make Dog-Friendly Pupcakes
Believe it or not, lots of dog-friendly birthday cakes are human-friendly, too. All you need are some everyday baking
ingredients, such as whole-wheat flour, baking soda, eggs, and applesauce or baby food, to make an amazing canine cake. Blend in shredded veggies such as carrots for a boost of nutrients and top it with cream cheese, peanut butter, or blended bananas.
Don’t feel like breaking out the baking gear? No dog has ever turned down peanut butter paired with his favorite treats.
2. Doggie Ice Cream
Although real ice cream isn’t great for your dog’s gastrointestinal tract, it’s easy to whip up some puppy-approved ice cream at home with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Blend bananas with plain yogurt and creamy peanut butter, then freeze overnight to get the right consistency. You can also make puppy ice pops with one basic ingredient: Chicken or beef broth. Simply pour it into a mold and freeze.
3. Invite the Entire Squad
What’s a puppy party without your dog’s entire gang? Invite the crew over for a day of running, snacks, and sniffing in celebration of your furry family member’s birth.
If your dog is into it (and you are into it), this could be the perfect time for a dog costume or hat. Every party needs activities. If it’s hot out, you could fill a kiddie pool, so the dogs can take a dip, or set up a sprinkler. A basket of new tennis balls will entertain your canine guests. Or combine both ideas and fill a kiddie pool with tennis balls: instant bouncy pit for dogs. Fill a bucket of water with tasty snacks, and let the dogs play “bobbing for treats” (maybe one at a time). You could also fill Kong toys with treats and hide them all over the yard. Of course, all of this needs human supervision, since, as with children, what starts out as play can end in a tantrum or a squabble.
4. Set Up a Photo Studio
Make your own photo booth backdrop, grab some props (that your guests may or may not tolerate for a few seconds), and have fun! Have your guests upload their photos to Instagram or Facebook with a custom hashtag (every happening event has one!), so you can see all of the joy in one place.
5. Play Games
The best part of these dog-friendly party games is that they’re actually basic training techniques disguised as fun! Make sure you have plenty of toys (and treats) for games like hide-and-seek and fetch, which help dogs practice commands like “sit,” “stay,” “come,” and “fetch.”
Don’t forget the goody bags. Send your canine guests home with some treats to enjoy after the party’s over.
Dog parties share similarities with children’s birthday parties: lots of excitement and noise, a great deal of mess, maybe some disagreements, fun, and a bit of chaos. There are so few times in life when we can enjoy pure simple happiness, and what could be happier than a bunch of dogs, playing freely, misbehaving joyously, and generally having a great time?