How to Throw a Dog Birthday Pawty
Ain’t no party like a dog park party because a dog park party has puppies! Dogs don’t need fancy venues or swanky catering to celebrate their birthdays—just some quality romping in the park with their pals. Here are some tips on how to host the ultimate dog park party to make your pooch feel like a jolly good fellow.
1. Invite your dog’s favorite furry friends
There’s almost always a mixed bunch of dogs at dog parks, all with different lovable personalities. Make sure you invite dogs and owners your dog is already comfortable with to guarantee that your dog has a good time.
2. Bring party favors
Everyone knows a party is never complete without a swag bag—or in the case of your pups—a wag bag. Make a wag bag for your guests by putting a squeaky toy, a ball, and some treats, such as Milk-Bone® dog snacks, in a bag and giving them out at the party. Plus, once the dogs are off with their party favors, the owners can use the bags to pick up … um … the favors their pets leave behind.
3. Make sure to chaperone
Dog parties are like kid parties: adorable, but in need of lots of supervision. It’s fine to chat with your fellow dog parents, but make sure all parties are keeping an eye on their pooches. This will help keep every party guest safe and out of trouble. Remember, no tricks, only treats!
4. Bring treats to pass out
Let’s face it; a party without snacks is just a meeting. Since candy can wreak major havoc on canine tummies, bring a healthy supply of Milk-Bone® dog snacks for your dog and his furry friends.
5. Keep everybody entertained
When all the sniffing each other is over with, the dogs will be sniffing for something else to do. So be sure to bring balls, flying discs and other fun stuff to keep the dogs occupied while the parents chitchat.
6. Dress down, not up
Usually dogs don’t like to be dressed to the k-nines, so make sure your dog isn’t wearing something that constricts their play. A sweater for cold weather or a festive bandana make for festive but movement friendly party duds.
7. Strut your mutt
A talent walk is always a fun party game. Set up a dog walk in the park where your guests can take turns strutting down and showing off a trick or two. At the end give out prizes for categories like “Goofiest Trick” or “Most Obedient” or “Best in Show.”
8. Create a cute keepsake
Hire a caricaturist or someone who is a whiz at drawing caricatures of dogs and their parents having fun at your party. Who knows, they may even add a party hat or two!
The rules for a dog party are just like the rules for a people party. Make sure everyone is fed and comfortable, stop things from getting too rowdy, and always have fun.
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