Socializing your dog is just as important as keeping them physically active. Dogs who regularly socialize with other dogs tend to behave better and be healthier overall. So gather all your furry friends and check out these dog party ideas for a fun-filled day of playtime. We believe in self-expression, and your furry friend should have the same opportunity. That’s why we’ve put together our favorite dog party ideas to help you Celebrate an awesome International Dog Day.
Completing Obedience Training
Every year, we see photos of kids graduating from various levels of education. Why not celebrate your furry friend’s accomplishment of completing obedience training? Throw them a party and celebrate their new skills.
Get your dog involved in the Halloween festivities by dressing them up in a costume and hosting a costume contest with their doggy friends. Don’t forget to send everyone home with party favors so they can continue the celebrations.
Dog Party Location Ideas
When selecting a location for your dog party, ensure there is ample space for the dogs to play without knocking anyone over. Dogs tend to get excited around their friends, so it’s a good idea to have more space than you think you need. Be sure to also provide shade and clean water for your furry guests.
If you have a spacious home and don’t mind a little mess, hosting a dog party at home is a great option. Just be sure to block off any off-limit areas and prepare for some excited pups!
Dogs love to play outdoors, so having the party in your backyard is a good idea. Make sure to secure any escape routes and provide plenty of shade and water for the dogs to stay cool.
Local Dog Park
A dog park is a natural choice for a dog party. There’s already plenty of space to run around and play, and it’s a great opportunity for your furry friends to socialize with other dogs.
If your pup loves the water, why not have a beach party? Just remember to check for any dog-friendly beaches and keep an eye on your furry friend around other beachgoers.
If you want to treat your furry friend to a special day out, check out dog-friendly restaurants in your area. Just make sure to make a reservation and let them know how many dogs will be attending.
Dog Party Games and Activities
No party is complete without some fun games and activities, and a dog party is no exception! Here are some games and activities to keep your furry friends entertained while getting the humans involved. Don’t forget to have some treats on hand for the winners!
Gather all the dogs in one area and give them basic commands (stay, sit, shake, roll, etc.). Dogs who fail to complete the command are eliminated until only one dog is left.
Invest in a few bags of crush-proof balls and a dog pool or a plastic kiddie pool (avoid inflatable ones unless you want the party to end early). Throw all the balls into the pool and watch your dogs have a blast for hours.
Set up an area of the party for photos, either with a rental photo booth or a picturesque spot with costumes and props for dogs and their owners to create a memory of the event. Keep it dog-themed or branch out to seasonal themes like a Halloween photo booth.
Keep dogs entertained for hours with a bubble machine. Use non-toxic bubble liquids or make your own with a combination of Dawn soap and water. Turn the machine on, and watch the cuteness that ensues.
Let all your pup’s friends show off with a trick contest! Give everyone time to practice their trick, and then have a talent show so everyone has a chance to shine. Then vote for the winning trick!
Set up a backyard obstacle or agility course that includes weave poles, tunnels, and jumps (be sure to make it safe for all dog sizes). Time each dog’s run and give a prize for the best time, or keep it low-key with a treat for all.
If your dog loves water, set up a dog pool or turn on a sprinkler for them to play in. You can even rent or buy splash pads for your guests, or set up a slip-and-slide (just know that it’s probably going to get destroyed). Keep some towels on hand and be prepared for your backyard to get muddy!
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