How to Celebrate Your Dog’s Birthday!

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Dog Birthday Party

I recently read that more than 700,000 in the U.S. have had parties. Not only that, but the trend has also become popular in European countries like Great Britain, and even further east in Asian countries like Japan and China.

You may be thinking about throwing one of these shindigs for your best friend. If so, this list of guidelines will ensure that all of the have fun and stay safe at the same time.

Keep in mind – I am in no means a professional “dog party planner”. But, these ideas should give you a fairly good starting point for throwing a fun and safe pet party. Of course, you might have other ideas, so use your best judgment to decide whether a suggestion is appropriate for your dog and his or her doggy friends.

So, with that disclaimer out of the way, here are the dog party tips:

Be sure all of the in attendance are accompanied by at least one person – preferably one of the dog’s family members – who the dog feels comfortable with. If there’s no guardian, the dog should not be allowed to attend. Of course, if you feel comfortable enough with watching the dog yourself, that’s your choice. Just make sure you’re not held liable if something happens to the dog.

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Make sure you have extra “poopy bags” available – just in case some dog’s guardians don’t bring their own. This is absolutely essential if the party is held in a public area like a dog park. And, just like when you’re camping, leave the area as clean as it was when you arrived.

Avoid scuffles between the by only inviting “guests” that your dog knows and feels comfortable around. This may annoy someone who thinks their dog is the sweetest animal around, but if the dogs don’t get along, it’s best to avoid the situation altogether. Obviously, you’ll want to leave canine bullies off of the guest list.

What about the weather? If it turns bad, and your party is outdoors, make sure you have some kind of contingency plan in place (basements or sunrooms are a possibility).

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The party can be as long or short as you want it to be. Watch the dogs carefully – if it looks like they are getting restless or bored, or if any of the dogs get cranky, that may be an indication that the party should end early.

Having the party in your backyard? Make sure there’s no chance for any of the to “escape”. Fill holes under fences, make sure any gates close securely, and if there are any kids around, make certain they do not “forget” and leave escape routes (doors, gates) left open.

If any of the dogs have not yet been spayed or neutered, alert the parents of the other dogs at the party. It’s probably a good idea to keep a real close eye on any fertile – just in case. We don’t want any “accidents”.

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Provide treats, but make sure they are safe for dogs (and the guardians approve). If you’re unsure about the safety of any of the treats, you can always consult a veterinarian. Also, check with the other dogs owners for potential allergies to a particular food or ingredient.

When treat time rolls around, make sure that every puppy has his or her own treat. It’s best if you hand the treat to the guardian and let them give it to the dog.

Now, go forth and have a great party!

This post was sponsored by birthday cakes for dogs.


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