How to Throw a Birthday Party for your Dog
Everything you need to do before the big day to guarantee your pawty is a success!
- Send invites to all your dog’s favourite pups and people
- Buy and set up decorations, e.g. number balloons, animal balloons, bunting, dog-friendly party hats.
- Bake a delicious pupcake
- Buy and bake other party treats for both human and canine guests
- Prepare your party games
- Set up a playlist
- Fill a few bowls of water, and have poo bags on hand
Of course the birthday boy or girl deserves a birthday treat. This grain free peanut butter pupcake contains only 4 ingredients, but will no doubt impress both two and four legged friends!
3 tablespoons peanut butter (make sure it’s sugar and salt free and contains no xylitol)
1/2 apple, grated or finely chopped
1/2 teaspoon baking powder
- Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celsius
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl
- Grease a muffin tin or a ramekin and pour in the batter
- Bake for approximately 20 minutes
- Let cool in the container for a few minutes, then remove. Let the pupcake cool completely before serving to your dog.
Decorate with your dog’s favorite treats. How about some greek yoghurt? Maybe some more peanut butter? Finish off with an apple slice or sprinkle some dog treats on top.
EASY DOG BISCUITS
Impress your guests with another delicious homemade treat, that won’t take you all day to make!
3 cups of all purpose flour
⅓ cup of water
- Preheat oven to 175 degrees Celsius
- Combine all ingredients in a bowl, and form a stiff dough with your hands.
- Add more water if necessary to achieve dough-like texture
- Dust some flour on a clean surface, and roll out dough to a ¼ inch thick
- Cut out desired shapes (we used bone shaped cookie cutters) and place on a baking tray lined with greaseproof paper
- Place in oven for 15-20 minutes
Why not try adding some finely chopped apples, bananas or carrots to your biscuit dough before rolling and baking?
Recipe from: https://theblondcook.com/simple-dog-biscuits/
Even if running around and playing with friends will probably be enough to keep your pup happy you might want to plan a few games that both dogs and owners will enjoy, and that will hopefully keep four-legged party-goers out of mischief.
CATCH THE TREAT
If possible, make the dogs stand in a row with their owners a meter or so in front of them. The owners will throw 10 treats to their dogs, and the dog that catches the most wins.
For this one you will need a judge to decide who’s got the best party trick up their sleeve. Alternatively you can chose a few commands and see who will get the most right in a minute, or who will finish the commands first.
Place mats or similar markers in a circle, one less than the number of party pups. With the dogs on the lead, the owners walk around the mats while the music is playing. When the music stops, owners will need to bring their dog to a mat and make them sit nicely. The couple without a mat is out of the game. Remove one mat at a time until you have a winner!
This game is best played outside with plenty of space. Owners stand with their dogs and throw a toy on a given command. The first dog to return with the toy is the winner.
Cut a cross in old tennis balls and put a treat in the ball. Give the dog one ball each. The first one to work out how to get the treat out wins.
All the best hosts give their guests a little something to remind them of the fun that was had and thank them for coming! Take a look at our favourite party bag suggestions for canine guests…
- A little bag of your homemade dog biscuits
- A lovely soft toy
- Tennis balls
- A balloon
- A stylish doggy bow or bowtie
- A frisbee
- A bone
A party isn’t complete without the perfect playlist for your guests to enjoy. From the party favourite “Who let the dogs out” to anxiety-reducing melodies, take a look at our dog-lover’s Spotify playlist here: