Yes, dogs have birthdays too, and there’s no better way to celebrate than with a fun-filled day of partying! Dogs love to party, or they at least love the extra food and all that affection and attention you’ll be showering on them to celebrate everything you love best about them.
But where to start? In this article, we’ll explain how you can pamper your pooch and throw a puppy party. From baking a dog birthday cake to buying the perfect dog birthday gift, here’s how to throw a dog birthday party in style!
When Do I Celebrate a “Dog Birthday?”
Dog birthdays are a lot like human birthdays – they are a day of celebrating. And we know that your pet dog deserves all the love you’re about to show them, even if particular members of your family think it’s a little over the top!
This is a chance to show love, affection, and appreciation towards your four-legged friend. If you know their exact date of birth (not everyone does), then you have a date to organize the party for. If not, then you can celebrate on the day you brought them home or pick a day that has meaning for you. Once the date is set, it’s time to start planning and to get the dog birthday party supply ready.
Okay, so your dog might not understand exactly why they are being celebrated, but they aren’t going to turn down all those treats and the chance to hang out with you - their favorite person - all day long.
Here are the best dog birthday ideas!
How to Throw the Best Ever Dog Birthday Party!
#1. Invite all their doggie friends over
If your dog is an energetic, fun-loving pooch, then they’ll love having the crowd around for a huge birthday party. Send out invites to everyone in the neighborhood, and make sure they bring their dogs around (of course!).
If your dog has a particularly great doggie friend that they meet for playdates or run around with at the park, make sure they are invited to the party. You can set up a bed ramp for dogs so all the pups can get around the home – and you can make sure there are a lot of dog treats going around!
Alternatively, though, they might like to keep things quiet (or you might prefer it this way). Not all dogs are outgoing extroverts, so tailor the party to their character. If they are the quiet type, don’t overwhelm them with hordes of puppies and all your family – just have a quiet party with a select few doggie friends instead.
#2. Deck the halls with doggie decorations
This is a special day, so make sure everyone in the home (or the neighborhood) knows it. Just like Christmas, it’s time to deck the halls, but this time with doggie decorations.
If you’ve thrown a birthday party before, then this is no different – except everything is going to be dog-themed. Set up a “happy birthday dog!” banner or tie balloons to the front door so everyone knows where the party is.
You’ll need banners and balloons for the inside too, as well as streamers, confetti, and all your other favorite birthday decorations.
#3. Pick out the perfect doggie gift (or let them choose)
No birthday party is complete without some gift-giving. This is a chance for you to really spoil your pup for the day, so make sure you’ve thought about their pressies!
You can choose a new toy, prepare a fancy hamper full of gourmet dog treats (and their favorite human foods), or even take them on a doggie grooming day.
Better yet, you can let them choose their own birthday gift. Take them to a dog-friendly store or a specialist pet store, and just walk around the aisles with them. Soon enough, they’ll be eyeing up the toys they like the look of best!
#4. Fix up your pooch with some party wear
Before the party starts, your dog needs to be looking sharp! You can fix up some party wear for the whole gang and have them all clothed up with birthday banners, a dog birthday hat each, and much more.
You can make hats yourself, too. Simply source some cardboard and shape it into a cone. Then add glitter, badges, numbers, colors, and everything else birthday-ish.
They might not wear the hat for long, so be sure to have the camera ready for a photograph (you could even set up a dedicated doggie photo booth if you’ve got a few pooch-pals heading over for the day – your social media following will love the antics).
#5. Bake a dog birthday cake
You’ve got the pals over, the halls are all decked out, the gifts are wrapped, and the party hats are ready to go. What you’re missing is the birthday cake!
If you’re wondering how to make a dog birthday cake, then don’t worry; most human recipes can be easily customized to be dog friendly. Mix flour, eggs, baking soda, and something sweet for a simple cake, then top it off with a few dog treats – it’s an easy dog birthday cake recipe.
If your doggo isn't the cake loving-type, then just spoil them with treats all day. Alternatively, whip up some doggie ice cream. It can be as simple as freezing some broth into ice cubes or mixing peanut butter with mashed bananas and leaving it in the freezer!
Now You Know How to Throw a Dog Birthday Party!
That’s all you need to throw a great dog birthday party, but don’t forget, they’ll appreciate a walk around the local dog park too – especially after all those dog treats!
This is a day to celebrate your dog, so invite round all their friends, spoil them rotten, and make sure they know that they are loved by the whole family.
Why not bookmark our pup party-throwing guide, so you can give your dog the best birthday ever?