It's your pup's special day and you want to throw them the best dog birthday ever! You know your dog will be happy enough just to spend some time with you. And while they don’t really understand the concept of birthdays, they do know what it means to have extra special fun.
Since they’ve been the best pup all year, here are some things you can do to give them the best celebration they deserve:
1) Have a Dedicated Play Day
A couple playing with their Corgi at the park. (Source)
Celebrations don’t always have to be grand. You can keep your schedule free and have a dedicated doggy-and-me day. Spend the day playing and hanging out. You can go out for a walk, spend time at the park, and watch TV.
It doesn’t really matter what you do, as long as you do it together. In preparation, you can buy (or make!) some special treats and get them some dog toys that you both will enjoy.
2) Organize a Get-Together
A French Bulldog celebrating his birthday with a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel. (Source)
What better way to celebrate than to spend a few hours with their favorite furry friends? Get them all some treats or bake a pupcake for each guest. If you want to take it to another level, throw a costume party. Get the pups to come in their favorite dog outfits and prepare a prize for the best-dressed guest!
3) Host a Pool Party
A Siberian Husky enjoying some time in a swimming pool. (Source)
If your dog loves the water, treat them to a pool party and invite their best pals. All you need is a dog-safe kiddie pool and fill it the brim with water.
Throw in some floating dog toys and let the dogs loose. For as long as you supervise to make sure they’re safe, they’re guaranteed to have tons of fun. If you’re going to do this at an actual pool, make sure you familiarize yourself with some dog safety rules.
4) Go on a Trip
If your time and wallet will allow it, take your pup on a trip. You can take them to a nearby lake or beach where they can run around and play in the water. Or, you can bundle them up in a dog jacket and take them to a pet-friendly ski resort to play in the snow. It doesn’t matter where you go. Just find an easily accessible vacation spot that you can both enjoy.
5) Arrange For a Portrait Session
Hire a photographer that’s skilled with pet portraits. Dress your dog up and have their photos taken. You can even match your clothes and have your photos taken together!
Before you start, make sure you prepare some tasty treats and fun dog toys to make the session fun for your pup as well. While this might be more for you than for your dog, it’s a great way to celebrate the time you’ve had with each other.
Try to do this every year on their birthday so you can look back on how you’ve both aged together.
These ideas are some of the best ways to celebrate your dog’s birthday. Remember that it doesn’t always have to be a grand affair. While they’re guaranteed to have tons of fun with any of these activities, remember that the best gift for your dog is to always let them know that you love them.