How to Plan a Perfect Birthday Party for Your Dog
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How to Plan a Perfect Birthday Party for Your Dog

Author Partyanimalpet / Category Puppy Birthday / Published: July-19-2019

Who doesn’t love a great party? If your pet has a birthday coming up or your mama dog or cat is expecting, why not throw a special event that’s fun for your pet, household, and friends and their pets?! Whether you want to commemorate your cat or dog’s ‘gotcha day’ or their official birthday, you can create a memorable and enjoyable experience for your human, canine, or feline friends alike. Here, we’ll explore how to throw a pet party that promises to be loads of fun for all your guests. 

Pets Are Family

The practice of keeping pets predates recorded history. Humans have lived in close proximity to pets since before the development of the first civilizations. When we adopt them and bring them into our homes, of course they become part of our family. People’s love for their pets is genuine and rewarding, so why not plan an event to celebrate your pet? The entire household is sure to enjoy planning and experiencing your special celebration. 

Organize a Pet Party

When people host a party, they often celebrate their pet’s adoption date or birthday. Still, you could just as easily throw a pet party to celebrate a pending birth or a pet’s recovery after an injury or illness. Whatever the reason, there’s nothing like a party to add some excitement to your pet’s day and provide an excellent excuse for gathering with friends and family.


1.  Location

Where do you want your party to be at? You can have it at your house, a dog park, or another dog-friendly location. Maybe you want the throw the party in your backyard or go to the beach! Keep in mind, a group of dogs roaming free inside your house will certainly spell disaster for you if you aren't careful. Always make sure you are allowed to be at the location you chose.  


Possible Locations

1. Your house

Pros: You don't have to worry about whether or not you have permission to throw your dog party there. It is your home, after all! You can serve the food inside.

Cons: If you throw the party inside your house, there is a good chance that your belongings might be destroyed before the party is finished. Your house might not be large enough to hold a group of dogs. Even if you throw the party in your backyard, there still might be limited space.


2. The dog park

Pros: There is lots of space for dogs to play at the dog park. There are often other dogs to play with that are already there. 

Cons: Decoration will most likely not be permitted.  

3. The beach

Pros: There is plenty of space. The dogs that love water can even go for a short swim.
Cons: There is no fence. The dogs that are prone to wandering away might see their chance and make a break for it.  

4. Renting a room

This option is often the best location for your dog's birthday party. Contact your local doggy day care or boarding facility to see if they will let you rent a room in their facility.
Pros: You get your very own private room. You can put up all of the decorations you want.
Cons: There is limited space.


2.  Decoration & Party Favor

You might not be able to use any decoration if your location does not allow any. However, if you can, it will make the party all the more fun. You can use items like happy birthday banners, streamers, confetti (be careful when you use confetti that none of the dogs try to eat it) and more! Be creative. You can also use dog-themed paper plates to hold the cake and the other goodies that you can give the dogs.



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3.Food and Snack Area

What would a birthday party for dogs be without plenty of treats? Everyone knows that dogs love food. You can make cake or biscuits if you enjoy baking, or you can simply buy some treats from your pet store or, if you have one near you, a local dog bakery. Do you want to hear another food idea? Ice cream! Yeah, you heard me right. There is such a thing as ice cream for dogs. You can pick it up at your local pet store if they sell it. Be sure to find out from pet owners on your guest list if their pets have any special dietary restrictions.
The pets will also need fresh water, of course, as they’re sure to get thirsty while playing.  Don't be offended if invited pets decline to eat during the party. There’s a high chance that they’ll be far more interested in playing than eating. In such cases, you can always send their meal home in a ‘doggy bag.


You can have lots of fun creating dog or cat-inspired food, treats, and beverages for your human guests. You can keep meals simple and opt to grill hot dogs and hamburgers. You can also have your party catered or order pizzas. When it comes to dessert, consider serving dog or cat face cookies.  

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4.  Dog Play Area & Toys!

No dog party would be complete without toys! You will need lots of toys in order to keep all of the dogs busy and out of trouble. Bring plenty of tennis balls and rope toys. It is also a good idea to bring rope toys.
Set up a fun play area for your pet guests. You might feature an elaborate climbing apparatus for cats or an obstacle course for dogs. If you have the space, you can set up a sprinkler for the dogs or even a wading pool. Many of your human guests will enjoy interacting with the pets. You can feature some toys on hand like balls so that all of your guests can enjoy a game of fetch.



5.  Invitations

Once you have your guest list, send out invitations and be sure to request that guests RSVP so you have a headcount. You should also mention your plans for the day so that guests know what they’re in for. For instance, if you’re hosting a doggie pool party, pet owners should bring along a towel to dry off their dogs. You can tie your invitations to your party theme. It’s up to you whether you send mailed invites or online invites. 
Now it is finally time to send out the invitations. Click here to see a template you can use to make your invitations and print them. You can get as creative as you want with these invitations. You can also use a free tool called to create your invitations.


6.  You're Done!

Congratulations! All your hard work has finally paid off. You have successfully given your dog the best birthday party ever. Share how your party went in the comments below.  


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I would like to credit our guest Avery Cloutier for this post, the founder of partyanimalpet. He is dedicated to giving dogs a memorable birthday experience! Check on his site:,from the


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