Hosting a Dog Party: Top 5 Tips for Success

June 21st was National Dog Party Day, and more pet parents than ever are throwing birthday bashes for their pooch. (If you missed it, don't worry. Fido won't mind if s/he gets a belated one!) Before you bust out the treats and toys and let the dogs loose, though, there are a few things you should consider to create a successful, safe, and fun event!


#1 The Guest List

Before you invite every single pupper in your contacts, you need to consider if your dog is already acquainted with them or not. Even if Fido does know all of them, depending on how many friends s/he has, it's best to limit your invites to a few pups. Then consider: the most fun is likely to be had by all when you only have dogs who all know each other and play well together on a regular basis. The last thing you want is a situation where a dog fight breaks out during the festivities.

Who Let the Dog’s Out?! But seriously, make sure the doggies are contained in a gated, private area, where they are free to be off leash. A dog on a leash, while others roam, is more likely to react defensively or aggressively.


#2 Weather

If your party is planned to take place outdoors, you'll need to plan ahead to make sure that everyone is comfortable. Unlike humans, dogs aren't able to sweat in order to cool down their bodies. For warmer conditions, make sure there's enough shade for dogs and humans alike to find reprieve from the heat. Also, make sure there are enough water dishes to go around, and plenty of water on hand as well. If you're worried about inclement conditions, make sure you have a back-up plan in case of rain. Be ready to move somewhere that's covered, or consider moving the soiree indoors if necessary. 

Make sure you have a backup plan for bad weather


#3 Extra! Extra!

Be sure you have extra -- extra of everything that your dog or a doggie guest may become territorial about. This includes toys, treats, water bowls, and other party supplies! You don’t want a squabble over resources putting a damper on the day.


#4 The Feast

You'll want to have snacks on hand for humans, but make sure that people food stays away from the dog pack. Here's a list of table scrap no-no’s that could upset a pooch's tummy and land them in the vet’s office. If you want to treat the dogs, have a variety of dog appropriate treats on hand – you could always add peanut butter (xylitol free), cream cheese, spray cheese, and deli meats as an added bonus. Also, you could look into a specialty bakery for dogs to create a custom “cake” for the birthday dog! If you'd like to give cold ice cream snacks, we sell dog-friendly ice cream here at the main hospital in the Silver Collar Boutique! Of course, we also have an array of very cute dog cookies for your furry friends to indulge in.Consider a dog-friendly specialty birthday cake!

Dogs love to poke around in the trash, so make sure it’s picked up, secured, and thrown away into a larger receptacle as often as needed.


#5 Party Pooper

It's to be expected that your four-legged guests will be leaving you “party favors” throughout the event. So be prepared with extra poop bags, cleaning spray, and paper towels!


If you have any questions about preventive products, vaccines, socialization, or other considerations for your amazing dog party, feel free to contact us.

And lastly, our best tip is to have fun! 


This post originally appeared on The Drake Center and has been adapted with permission for reposting.


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