Anyone who has dogs knows they can enjoy playdates and parties as much as children. If you live in an apartment, however, hosting a party for your dog may be a little tricky. If you keep a few tips in mind, you should be able to plan your dog's celebration without a hitch.
1. Inform Your Landlord
Landlords have some pretty complex laws when it comes to dogs and their property, so it might be good to tell them just in case. If there is more than one dog, it is even more important to tell your landlord that unfamiliar animals will be visiting the premises. Everyone loves their dogs, but animals can become unpredictable when excited. They could nip or knock someone over in their exuberance. You do not want to blindside your landlord if you need to contact him or her or enlist their help for an unexpected issue. Your landlord may even assist you in supplies or finding an appropriate spot. Your landlord may also ask that you also inform your neighbors. If you wanted, you could even invite some of the people from your complex to come to your dog’s party while you’re at it.
2. Find Space
Having human or canine friends over is an exciting time for your dog. Even a small dog needs room to run and release that pent-up energy. If your dog is small and only one or two are joining the party, then your apartment may be large enough for them. You still need to clear space and puppy-proof your home. Remove all small objects and anything valuable or breakable from reach. Remember, any visitors will be unfamiliar with what is off limits in your apartment. Dogs should be treated like small children who will eat anything they can get into their mouths and disregard anything within reach of their tails. Look into reserving a spot in the compound for your dog and his or her friends. Many apartment complexes have small dog parks, or you may be able to claim the barbecue or pool area for an afternoon. This is where talking to your landlord comes in handy. Keep in mind that dogs who are unfamiliar with each other will do better in larger spaces.
3. Plan Little Details
To have an apartment party for your dog will arguably require more planning than for other locations. Not only should you give your landlord and neighbors plenty of notice, but you should:
if you have a cat or a bird, make sure you can secure them away from the commotion and potential harm. You may consider day boarding them if the party will be indoors.
Even if the party will take place largely in your apartment, figure out where dogs will take their bathroom breaks and how you will dispose of any waste. If the party is to include children, make sure supervision is sufficient for canine and child interactions.
What food will you serve?
Finally, make sure to prepare food appropriate for both dogs and humans. Ask your guests about any food allergies or intolerances. Provide plenty of fresh water.
Everyone loves parties, your dog included. Your apartment poses unique challenges for canine social events. However, by informing your landlord, finding plenty of space, and carefully organizing the small things, it can become the site of a joyous and satisfying celebration for you and your dog.
Dogs are great companions and provide their owner with an unlimited amount of love. So it is only natural for you to want to return this love when your dog's birthday comes around. Fortunately, there are a number of creative ways for you to give your dog a birthday celebration he or she will never forget.
1. An Evening at a Dog-Friendly Restaurant
Restaurants that accept dogs are commonplace in many areas. Many of them include menus for pups. For example, one popular restaurant offers dishes like 'Turkey Mutt-loaf, Paw-Tio, and 'Pooched Egg Brunch Bowl' on their canine menu. If a similar restaurant is close to your home, it is a great place to host a birthday party for your dog.
2. Visit a Dog Park
A dog park is a great place to celebrate a birthday with your dog. you should find a park that allows your dog to enjoy running free without a leash. Your dog will also benefit from having other dogs present to share in their birthday fun.
Many dog owners choose a dog park to celebrate their dog's birthday because it also allows their dog to get some exercise. This is especially important in the summer months. Summer is an important time for your health as well as your dog's. While year-round exercise is important, some of the activities your dog loves to do with you are available only during the summer months.
3. Pamper Sessions
Another great idea is to treat your dog to a day at the spa to celebrate a birthday. Once a novelty, dog spas are now big business and can be found in most cities. A full suite of services is available to make your dog feel special. These services include grooming, facials, teeth brushing, massages, pawdicures, and much more.
A trip to a local dog spa will give your dog an experience it will not soon forget.
Your dog showers you with love throughout the year. It is only right that you take a moment to make the day they were born special for them. The four party ideas above will surely put a wag in your dog's tail.
Some people love nothing better than social gatherings. You know the kind. When you look into a crowded party, they are the ones at the center. They are the entertainers. He or she is the life of the event and many times even the host. There are social butterflies in the dog world also. These are certain breeds that, for the most part, never meet a stranger.
Golden retrievers have beauty as well as intelligence. They are among the most trainable of all dog breeds. As far as parties go, Goldens are gentle but playful, tolerant, and patient. A well-bred Golden Retriever exhibits elegant manners with strangers and a general desire to please people. Goldens are good around other dogs, children, and even different species. They crave regular human attention. In fact, loneliness and boredom leads to many vices for goldens, like barking, digging, and general destructive behavior.
If you think a poodle with its frivolous curls and fancy haircut cannot hang at a party, think again. Under that nervous and doll-like facade is a lively clown and performer. While never terribly far from their owners, poodles are jovial and friendly with strangers. They may not patiently sit for strangers to fawn over them, but they will entertain them in a heartbeat. Poodles of all sizes (toy, miniature, and standard) are active, among the most intelligent of dogs, trainable, proud, and playful. They retain unflappable natures from their gun dog ancestry. Poodles have topped the popularity list of most sought-after breeds for decades. Their place in human social circles appears permanent with the introduction of numerous poodle designer lines, like Labradoodles and Goldendoodles.
Labrador retrievers personify social charm and friendliness. At a dog park, it is difficult to tell exactly who owns a lab. They are harmonious and lively with people and other animals. Enthusiasm is their mantra, and they seem to harbor it equally for everything around them. The breed is intelligent, trainable, affectionate, obedient, and reliable. It is even-tempered and at the same time energetic and playful. Labs can work with unmatched focus and then play with uninhibited vigor when the job is finished. Like Golden retrievers, Labradors become destructive when left alone too much.
Despite its small stature, beagles are extroverted and confident. They were originally bred to hunt hares in a pack of other hounds. Their natural friendliness with other dogs persists to this day. Beagles are also friendly with people and good with children. A beagle can be loud like any hound, with an exuberant baying voice and mournful howl. Beagles are intelligent and readily approach people. However, their preoccupation with scents makes them both less trainable than some and easily distracted.
Pembroke Welsh Corgi
Despite their diminutive legs, there is nothing small about a corgi's personality. Pembroke Welsh corgis can easily become the life of any party. They are friendly and even bold, affectionate, and smart. Lively and active, a corgi's main fault is trying to herd everyone around them by nipping their ankles. Sufficient exercise, social interactions, and training should curb this habit.
Demanding attention at every opportunity, Siberian Huskies are as friendly as they are attractive. They will perform whatever vocals necessary to gain your focus if you ignore them, including crooning, howling, and yipping. Huskies like other dogs and children. Supervision is always a must as they may exercise their moderate prey drive inappropriately towards small dogs and toddlers. They can be at turns thoughtful and exuberant at social gatherings.
Irish Setters are not as popular as they once were, but not for lack of character. They make solid companions in many situations. An Irish Setter's nature is energetic and outgoing. It is lively, affectionate, sociable, and playful. Irish Setters are also sweet and outgoing. They are gracious with all people and different types of animals. An Irish Setter can be content when not the center of attention because of a certain degree of independence inherent in the breed.
King Charles Cavalier Spaniel
Do not let the King Charles Cavalier Spaniel's royal heritage fool you. As one of the most adaptable of all dog breeds, they are happy, go-lucky, sociable dogs. At parties, they know how to work a room. The Cavalier Spaniel is gentle and affectionate, and even in play possesses a rare kind of grace that endears it to everyone. It is active but also loves playing the role of a lap dog. Poor upbringing can create a timid dog.
Staffordshire Bull Terrier
Despite a fierce and dangerous reputation, the Staffordshire Bull Terrier and other pit bull types continue to grow in popularity because of their friendly and outgoing natures. They are prevalent at dog parks and barbecues alike. Responsible and firm training promotes a bold and outgoing personality. Present-day Staffies should be sweet-natured, patient, and agreeable with people, other dogs, and children. They should have constant supervision around kids and other animals and need plenty of attention.
Even when not actively begging someone to pet it, a Frenchie demands attention with its adorable traits and extensive charm. If a French bulldog is at a party, everyone will surely seek it out. French Bulldogs are even-tempered, friendly to all, and affectionate. They are not particularly trainable or eager to please. However, they are bright, alert, and playful. You must exercise care that they do not suffer heat exhaustion when playing, but they enjoy the company of other dogs.
The above descriptions are not exhaustive, but these breeds are most representative of socially outgoing dogs and among the top candidates to help you host parties. And when you throw a party, what better way to celebrate than with cake! Check out our dog safe, freshly baked cakes!
It all started with cute Instagram photos and ordinary dogs and puppies became celebridogs. We can all agree that it's difficult competing for likes with these adorable creatures.
Pet parents are now taking things a notch higher. A vibrant Instagram account and professionally captured images are no longer enough. Pets are making it into wills, family vacations and outrageous birthday parties are now the in-thing in the dog world.
Ladies and Gentlemen, we present to you, 6 of the most outrageous celebrity dog birthday parties;
1. Sofia Vergara -Baguette
Sofía Vergara and Baguette. Photo: @baguettegonzalez/Instagram
Sofia Vergara is not one to miss a party, especially if it's Baguette's 5th birthday. Baguette is Sofia's son's (Manolo Gonzalez) dog. One fine morning in December 2018, the little Chihuahua woke up to a money gun shooting thousands of dollars on her bed. It is estimated that the pup was showered with about $5,000 dollars. Sofia invited human guests to the party just to celebrate this special day. The birthday baby wore a pink floral dress to match her light brown fur. Just like any other birthday party, this one had a special dog cake with Baguette's sculpture, just to remind everyone who the birthday girl is. She was later showered with gifts and treats before 'Instagramming' the photos on her Insta stories.
2. Jason Biggs
When Teet turned into a man (13 dog years), actor Jason Biggs, his owner threw a special party for him. He may not have spent much on it but it was definitely outrageous. The party was held at the Sinai Temple (a Jewish temple) and it involved a traditional Jewish candle lighting ceremony. Teet wore specially designed blue clothing with the religious Jewish Star of David symbol. Instead of an extravagant cake, Challah, a traditional bread was served. Teet then traveled the world thereafter in his special costume. What a rite of passage!
3. Ray J
Singer Ray J went all out in a $30,000 birthday party for his dog, Boogatti. Just so we're clear, $ 30,000 is the average amount spent on things like an undergraduate degree course, a house down-payment or a lavish wedding. The party took place at the Petrock Hotel and Spa and tons of other puppies were invited. There were human guests too but all the attention went to the dogs who had a red carpet to walk on. Yes, a red carpet for the canines. There was also a station for dog treats and presents too. What a lucky dog.
Ray J Threw A Party Worth 30k For His … Dog?! | TMZ - YouTube
4. Corinne Fisher
This hilarious comedian was not joking when she organized a jungle-themed birthday party for Sir Alfred Hitchcock. Sir Alfred is Fisher's rescue dog. Corrine was just not in the mood of throwing herself a party for her 32nd birthday and she instead opted to spoil her pet. Sir Alfred's party was planned for by professional organizers and it featured animal print decor and dog costumes. Of course, there was a special dog birthday cake with Sir Alfred's painting on the top.
5. The Obamas Does a party at the white house sound too outrageous? Not so much if you live there. Bo and Cappy Obama (the two family pets owned by the former first family) get a party every now and then. Nothing extravagant but right before Obama won his second term his daughters invited their dog-owning friends over to the white house. They held a low-key party for Bo and Cappy. The former first lady Michelle joined the girls in singing a happy 4th birthday for Bo. The dogs had their play dates with other dogs and of course, you wouldn't miss dog treats at a white house party.
6. Jes Feuer
Feaur may not be a celebrity but the 'outrageous dog birthday party' crown goes to her. In April 2016, Feaur threw a 6th birthday party for their family dog, Preston. This party bore much semblance to a performance at the Grammys. Preston, a cute Coton de Tulear (his breed), had a couple of costume changes during the black and white themed event. He also rocked a bandana on his neck draping down to his chest, with the words "Can't hold my Licker". The party was held at a bar and 30 guests were in attendance.
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There you have it, 6 outrageous celebrity dog birthday parties. Clearly, dogs are becoming an integral part of families and pet parents are going out of their way to show some love. If you want to join this league of outrageous 'dog party throwers', you may start planning now. If you're however a low key pet parent, you could also consider a quiet surprise party for your little pup. Remember to get your dog a special dog-friendly cake which we can make for you.
Everyone knows that dogs live life through their noses, so what could be more fun than having your very own dog Easter egg hunt? Of course, bunny ears should be included if you can get your dog to wear them! (Pro tip: take photos before you start the hunt, those ears won’t stay on long.)
You can throw a big event and invite all your puppy’s best pals over for a large-scale hunt, or you can keep things quiet with just the family included. It’s up to you. Either way, you probably want to know what makes a dog Easter egg hunt fun for the canines. First things first: NO CHOCOLATE. Chocolate is toxic for dogs and no amount is safe for them.
WHERE TO HOLD THE DOGGIE EASTER EGG HUNT
Now that we’ve gotten that out of the way, where should you hold your dog’s Easter egg hunt? Location will probably largely depend on the weather.
Ideal places outdoors would be:
in a backyard
a beach setting.
If the weather doesn’t cooperate, you could host a smaller group indoors and maybe hide less “fragrant” treat-filled eggs.
WHAT KIND OF EGGS SHOULD YOU HIDE?
After you’ve chosen your location, the next thing to consider is what kind of eggs to hide. Smelly treats, bits of hot dog or bacon, and small chunks of chicken or cheese can all fit easily into plastic eggs and since they have a strong smell dogs are likely to fine them. You can also hide treats that don't have as strong of a smell, for advance noses. These small batch wheat free bone treats are perfect.
Try to find the largest eggs you can, and those that have connected halves would be the safest. You don’t want your furry friends to swallow plastic as they gobble up a treat!
Also, try to find plastic eggs that have small holes in them, or, if you’re feeling especially industrious, you can drill a tiny hole in each egg yourself to leak the scent of the treat hidden inside.
PLASTIC EGG ALTERNATIVES
Instead of plastic, you could use boiled eggs for your hunt. Boiled eggs are a healthy treat for most dogs, and that includes the shell, but if you’re worried you can peel them first, then dye them. Just make sure any dye used to color the eggs is non-toxic.
There are plenty of organic and natural dyes out there to choose from. You can even make your own. A word of caution should you use boiled eggs for your dog’s Easter egg hunt; make sure you remember where you hide them all. You don’t want a surprise in early June when Sparky eats a forgotten egg in the yard and develops tummy trouble, or worse, runs into the house with his coat covered in slimy rolled-in rotten egg!
At any dog Easter egg hunt, it’s a good idea to have guests keep their canines on-leash to more easily help them crack the eggs open or keep them from over-eating. Most important though is to prevent little fingers from getting nipped and keep aggression from breaking out between guests who might lay claim to the same egg. We wouldn’t want a fight to break out on a holiday!
MAKE IT FUN FOR EVERYONE
If you are hosting a dog Easter egg hunt party with various-sized dogs, and you’re worried not everyone will get to participate, you can attach helium balloons to eggs and mark them “For Small Guests Only,” or “For Seniors Only” for example, so these pups won’t feel left out or get run over.
You could also divide the party space into designated areas and separate the dogs by size, or have them hunt in shifts, to make the hunt less chaotic.
MAKE IT TRICKY!
For extra fun, you could tie a hot dog or smelly treat on a string and drag it around the party space before the hunt, to throw your guests off their game. Hiding the eggs is a fun way to stimulate your dog and his guests, and the trickier you get when hiding the treats, the more fun and challenge they will have finding them.
BASKETS & PARTY FAVORS
You can prepare baskets ahead of time stuffed with additional treats and Easter-themed toys to hold your guests’ remaining eggs after they’ve eaten a few.
However you plan your dog’s Easter egg hunt; whether it’s in a group with his doggy daycare or his pals, or with just his pet sitter or family, don’t forget to bring the camera! And above all, have fun. Happy Easter!
A party is such a fun way to celebrate your dog's birthday or adoption date. One might think it's all about the cake, or the presents, but the entertainment is really where it's at.
With these exciting games and activities we've rounded up,you'll have everything you need to keep your pup's guests happily busy for hours regardless of location, or the weather.
If your party is indoors, chances are you don't have a ton of space so games that challenge your pet's brain and won't cause conflict among the guests work well and can be played outdoors too if more space is available. (As a side note; owners should give any treats and approve ingredients beforehand.)
Doggie Birthday Party Games
1. Puzzle Games
Photo by Instructables.com
You can DIY a tennis ball treat puzzle by cutting along the seam of a tennis ball and inserting a dog biscuit. When the game leader says "go" each owner gives the tennis ball to their pup. The first dog to figure out how to get their biscuit out of the ball wins.
2. The Toy Toss
Each pair of owner and pet has a different new toy. They are all given a few minutes to play with their toy, allowing time to get their scent on it. The game leader counts to three, then all the owners throw their toy across the room. The first dog to bring his specific toy back to his owner wins.
3. Dog Limbo
Using an agility hurdle, cue the music and have the pups wriggle under the bar. The last one who makes it under without touching wins!
4. Magical Mutt
Each owner holds a treat in one of their closed fists. When the game leader says "go" the pups have to figure out which hand their treat is in. The fastest time wins.
5. Musical Mats
Every party guest but one has a mat. Place mats in a circle. The music starts and everyone walks around the outside of the circle. When the music stops, each dog must scamper over to sit on a mat. Owners may encourage their pet, but there is no pushing or pulling allowed. The dog who didn't get a mat is out, and game leader removes another mat each round. The last dog sitting on a mat wins.
5. Scooby Says
A pupified version of "Simon Says". Party-goers follow basic commands like "sit" or "stay". Each pup who doesn't follow the command is out of the game and the last one standing (or sitting) wins.
6. Paw Painting
Spread paper plates holding water-soluble, non-toxic paint and walk Fido over it, then walk him across butcher paper or art paper. Voila! Refrigerator art! You can also put paint on art paper and cover with plastic wrap. Have the owners walk their dog over the paper. Remove the plastic wrap and let the paint dry. You can also do this with a cornstarch, flour, water, and food coloring mixture. Idea by Dogster
7. Backyard Water Park
Set up Slip-N-Slides, baby pools, and oscillating sprinklers for a soaking wet time! You can have your canine sniff out a treat tucked into a rolled-up towel before drying off. Archaeology Playtime - Fill a baby pool with sand and hide toys. Let the doggies have a blast digging out their favorite!
Use Knotted rope, toys, even old T-shirts to tug on. Break the furry friends up in pairs and let the tugging begin!
9. Seek and Find
Hide treat-rubbed toys around the yard for your guests to find. They get to take home their toy.
10. Photo Booth
Set up a cute background and take pictures of owners with their dogs in silly hats or wigs. Play dress-up!
11. Balloons Galore.
Blow up a bunch of balloons and let the pups get crazy playing with them.
We all know how tough it is to come up with unique themes for our furry family members. But look no further, we’ve done the internet scouring and the thinking for you. Enjoy your pet’s birthday party with these fun and unusual ideas!
1. Art Party
Imagine your guests dressed as Frida Kahlo, Bob Ross, Yayoi Kusama, or Andy Warhol. Maybe Mona Lisa will attend, or Van Gogh, or in the melting clocks of Salvador Dali. Here's a list of famous artists to get your creative juices flowing.
2. After Dark Rover Rave
Imagine seeing LED collars as party favors, neon accessories, and a “Glow Bar” for snacks, all under black lights. Stuff treats inside white toys and hide them. You can also have tons of laser chasing fun!
Can you imagine one of our adorable cakes fitting this theme? We sure can! The Dog Bakery provides cute and colorful doggie birthday cakes; they're even available in wheat or grain free! We ship all over the USA, so order your doggie birthday cake from us today!
4. American Ninja Warrior, Doggy Edition
Your guests will have a blast running a safe obstacle course with treats and prizes after every achievement. Learn how to make a low-cost agility course in your own backyard!
5. Pet Pamper Party
You could set up massage and grooming stations or hire a mobile groomer to come to your pet’s party to do baths, haircuts, and toenail painting! Imagine goody bags with grooming brushes and shampoos to go home with your guests.
6. “The Shaggy Dog.”
Dogs and their humans can have fun reversing their roles like in the movie Shaggy Dog. Create silly invitations, and serve party food to your human guests that look like dog treats, and vice versa! And after the partying is done, settle down to watch the old movie together.
7. Country Fair.
Puppy Treat Pie-eating contests, bobbing for tennis balls in a plastic pool, hayrides on a Radio Flyer and a picture booth complete with old-timey costumes and hay bales.
8. Puppy Adoption Party. Create party favors from the year your pup was adopted or born. Find a cute pet carrier to hold a squeaky toy or a fluffy stuffy for your guests to take home.
9. Come as You Want Costume Party. Short and sweet. Here’s a little inspiration! You’re welcome
10. Water Party and Luau. Pups playing in the Pool or sprinklers, what could be better on a warm birthday afternoon? Nothing, unless you add tiki torches and Slip N’ Slides. Blow up balloons to float in the pool or play wet fetch with soaked toys. Hawaiian shirts and leis required! You can find what you need at Etsy.
So your pup's birthday is coming up and you are wondering what to do to make it special. Well, we have the perfect idea for you; bake a cake! Just like humans, dogs love cake but since you can't feed your pup a cake from a human bakery, why don't you try baking one yourself? Baking a dog cake is a lot of fun especially if you involve the kids and most of all, it will make your dog happy.
You have a lot of options when deciding which type of dog birthday cake to bake. Pumpkin cakes are among the most popular types of dog birthday cakes and for good reason; they are delicious! Dogs love pumpkin cakes which is why you should try one of these easy pumpkin dog cake recipes:
1. Mix the oat flour, baking soda, baking powder, pumpkin pie spice and cinnamon in a bowl. 2. Add oil, pumpkin puree and honey to a large bowl and beat it until it's smooth. Add your eggs, one at a time until they are all incorporated. 3. Add the flour mixture and beat until there are no visible streaks of flour. 4. Preheat your oven to 350F. 6. Spray your baking pan with nonstick spray and pour your batter in. 7. Bake for about 25 minutes or until it's cooked well in the center. 8. Cool your cake and cover it with frosting.
- 1 cup flour - 1/3 cup peanut butter - 1 egg - 2/3 cup fresh pumpkin puree - 1/2 teaspoon baking soda - 1/2 cup water - 1/3 cup vegetable oil
- 2/3 cup pumpkin puree - 2 tablespoons cream cheese
1. Preheat your oven to 350F. 2. Mix all your cake ingredients in a bowl 3. Pour batter into a greased and floured baking pan and bake for about 20 minutes. 4. Let it cool while mixing the frosting ingredients 5. Cover the cake with frosting and let your pup enjoy.
No Time To Bake? No Worries
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This cake is packed with all the good stuff, including pumpkin, applesauce, and peanut butter. It comes together just like any other dog cake, but it's perfect for your pet.
- 1 cup flour - 1 egg - 1/2 cup applesauce - 1/2 teaspoon baking soda - 1/4 cup peanut butter - 1/2 cup peanut puree - 1/8 cup vegetable oil
- 1/4 cup peanut butter - 1/2 cup plain Greek yogurt
1. Preheat your oven to 350F. 2. Combine flour and baking soda in a large bowl 3. Mix vegetable oil, peanut butter, pumpkin puree, applesauce and eggs in a separate bowl. 4. Combine your dry ingredients and wet ingredients and pour the mixture into a greased baking pan. 5. Bake until the cake springs back when it's pressed lightly, which should take about 25 minutes. 6. Allow the cake to cool. 7. Mix your frosting ingredients and cover your cake with as much as you need. 8. Serve.
1. Preheat your oven to 350F. 2. Place cupcake papers in a muffin tin set and set aside. 3. Combine all the cake ingredients until they're mixed thoroughly. 4. Using a cookie scoop, place the batter in your muffin tin and bake for 10-15 minutes, or until a toothpick comes out dry when inserted into the cupcake. 5. Let your cupcakes cool down. 6. Beat the softened cream cheese until fluffy. Add in your other frosting ingredients and mix well. 7. Spread some frosting on the cupcakes and let your pup enjoy.
No Time to Bake?
You can occasionally find doggie cakes at dog bakeries. The Dog Bakery makes dog birthday cakes in a few different shapes and colors available in wheat free or grain free! Check them out!