Throw your dog a birthday party

As dogs become more like family than pets there is a growing trend to throw them birthday parties.

Dogs are like children in many households. They can even be dropped off at doggy day care centres to help them socialise and avoid being locked indoors while their owners are out.

So it’s no surprise that dog birthday parties are becoming increasingly popular. Although cynics might claim the party is more for the owners to socialise than their pets.

You don’t have to know the exact date of your pup’s birth, just pick a date and claim it as “pooch’s birthday”. Then follow these steps to make the most of your pup’s special day.

The first thing to do is make a dog-friendly guest list. Invite your canine and human pals, being mindful of dogs that get along well with each other and, depending on your party guests, with children too. It goes without saying, your human guests must also get along.

Then pick or make the ‘pawfect’ invite. You could simply print an invitation with a photo of your pooch on it. Alternately, you can check your local card shop, newsagent, or visit an Etsy or eBay store online for cards. Some pet stores also carry cards too.

You’ll need to cater, so why make some tasty pupcakes or other treats? In summer or on a hot day, whip up some frozen berry treats.

Ingredients:

  • 1/2 cup blueberries
  • 1/2 cup raspberries
  • 1 cup plain yogurt
  • 1 tablespoon honey (optional)

Instructions:

  • Add fruit, yogurt, and honey to a blender. Puree until smooth.
  • Pour into ice cube trays, and leave overnight to freeze.

You can also make pupsicles. Mix low-sodium beef, chicken, or vegetable broth with 2/3 cup of water, then shake and freeze. There are also services online where you can buy dog-friendly birthday cakes and biscuits.

Invite your guests to dress up their dogs, or even get in the mood themselves with some fancy pup-themed outfits. Run a fashion parade or vote for the cutest or best dressed pup and parent.

Pack a piñata full of dog treats. Clear out the dogs and have the humans go at it with a blindfold. Then release the hounds. They’ll go wild for the treats, and the humans will enjoy reclaiming their youth.

Create a ball pit on an inflatable pool and let the dogs go to town chasing balls of all sizes with each other. The more balls the merrier. Or you could set up a treasure hunt by filling kongs and small drink bottles with your favourite dog treats and let the dogs seek them out around the yard.

The aim of the party is to have some fun, to get your dogs socialising and hopefully tire them out so you can relax at the end of the day when all the guests have gone.