A furry shoulder to cry on, your favorite cuddle buddy (who doesn't hog the remote), and the perfect running partner, we know your pet gets just how much you appreciate them. But, um, that doesn't mean you can't throw a public display of appreciation party for no apparent reason. Whether you’re just celebrating the existence of your dog, National Puppy Day (March 23, FYI), your fur baby’s birthday, Gotcha Day, there are plenty of ways to appreciate your pooch.
Celebrate solo at home or have some of their favorite doggie friends over, just make sure you're prepared with snacks, ample play areas, and plenty of room to run. If you're short on space, consider socializing outside at your local dog park. Pack some of your pup's favorite snacks and make sure there's plenty of water to keep all of your four-legged friends hydrated. We've got some playful suggestions for how to make the day worthy of those extra tail wags.
1. Get creative with snacks.
Whether you're celebrating solo or with a pack of other pooches, you're going to need a dog-themed snack. These cupcakes are packed with ingredients they'll love like carrots and peanut butter. If you're hosting humans make sure to differentiate between human and pet food. A little hand sanitizer to make it easy to switch back and forth might not be a bad idea either.
Get the recipe at Sincerely Jean
2. Set the mood without being sappy.
If you're going to throw a birthday party for your dog you need to have a sense of humor about it. This sign feels playful and fun without taking itself too seriously.
3. Plan for the gram.
It doesn't have to be fancy but a banner or punny sign and some streamers create the perfect photo opp for your pup and all their pals. Just don't be surprised when they ham it up.
4. Spice up the presentation.
Sure you might be serving up kibble but that doesn't mean it can't look cute. Lean into a theme like they did here with bone-shaped bowls and centerpieces. Guests (and their owners) can take home the bowl as a party favor.
5. Don't forget the party hats.
A multipack of mini party hats won't be wasted. Slip them onto your dog and the furry guests or pass them around for humans to wear too. You've got to love the versatility—they look equally ridiculous on whoever wears them.
6. Buy some beer for dogs.
Cheers to another year with your pet. Share a cold one with your pup thanks to this beer formulated for dogs...yup, they make beer for dogs. They're totally 21 in dog years, right?
7. Make human decor equally fun.
Don't go crazy coming up with a theme for the party. Your dog has zero preferences. When in doubt, just go with something simple like bones or other things your dog loves, like walks, tennis balls, and treats.
8. Stock up on stain remover.
It's not a party until someone pees on the rug. But seriously, if you're going to have more than one dog in your home, dog pee might happen. Nature's Miracle uses enzymes to eliminate odors that could cause dogs to mark their territory.
9. Go ahead and bake this pumpkin dog birthday cake.
Let your dog go nuts and destroy a cake or see if they'll share with friends. Either way, there's plenty of fun ways to decorate a cake with pet-friendly toppings like biscuits, peanut butter, and crumbled food.
Get the recipe from If You Give a Blonde a Kitchen.
10. Buy a party kit for a more intimate celebration.
Party of one?! This super cute kit allows you to spoil your dog with a little extra special attention on their big day. It includes some themed decorations and a little recipe book so you can whip up something they'll drool for.
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