Unlike humans, dogs don’t ask for lavish presents and expensive gestures for milestones like birthdays to matter. All your dog needs on its birthday is a hug and a kiss. But isn’t it more fun to include streamers, balloons, treats, a yummy birthday cake, your undivided attention and tons of active playtime?
Wondering how to celebrate your dog’s birthday? Don’t because we have done the heavy lifting for you. Here are six enjoyable and simple ways to make your dog’s birthday a memorable one. Grab a pen and paper and get ready to make some notes, for we have exciting pet birthday ideas. No more wondering, “What can I do for my dog’s birthday?” It is time to start planning!
Throw a house party
Whatever is said and done, dogs are most comfortable when they are at home. They can play around and be themselves only when surrounded by the people they love in an environment that helps them feel safe. This year, throw your dog a fancy house party to celebrate its birthday.
If you live in a pet-friendly neighborhood, your dog probably has a squad of mates. Invite them all over and have a ball of a time. A backyard or a front lawn is the perfect setting for a canine birthday party as there is ample space to run around and plenty of spots to dig and roll over. With this list of the best birthday games to play with your dog and its friends, your pawsome house party will be quite a success.
Check in to a pet resort
Dreading the party planning? Is that why you are asking, “Should you celebrate your dog’s birthday?”
Why not plan something that makes you both happy? Just like you, your dog could use some room service and a bit of luxury. Find a pet resort, book yourselves a lovely room and head to a weekend of fun and relaxation!
Go camping with your dog
If you have never been camping with your dog, now is the time to discover how free-spirited and at ease he can be by taking him camping!
If it has been a homebound year for you and your furry one, take time off and the road less traveled with your dog. it will make all the difference. Explore a new place with your dog, set up camp, light a bonfire, grill some tasty meat and enjoy nature at its best with your best friend forever.
Host a pool party
Most dogs are natural-born swimmers. If your dog loves being in the water, a pool party is the best way to celebrate its birthday. To make the party more fun, you could throw in some pool toys like floaties and balls.
Since dogs enjoy being competitive, set a paddling race in motion for an entertaining afternoon outdoors. Make sure you have thrilling prizes and delicious treats in store for all the winners, participants and the birthday dog, of course.
Need treat ideas? Serve your party animals some peanut butter sandwiches and frozen fruits like banana slices before you cut the cake.
With facilities like a swimming pool, doggy playground, ball pit, obstacle course, doggy spa and more, you and your dog could make a lifetime of memories. And when you are both exhausted, order in your favorite meals and enjoy them in bed. Throw in a special request for dog birthday decorations, and the resort’s staff will see your plans through. What more could you and your dog ask for?
Party it up at a dog park
If you have a dog park in your city, you don’t have to travel far to celebrate your dog’s birthday. The best part? You could book the entire park for a full-blown dog party. Private yet outdoors, dog parks make the best venue for canine birthday parties.
To amp it up, organize a treasure hunt in the dog park for your dog and its friends. Hide some treats and toys around the area and watch the dogs hunt them down with immense enthusiasm. Since dogs are super sniffers and energetic by nature, a treasure hunt will keep them occupied for hours, and the overall experience is rewarding and satisfying. You could even install an inflatable pool in the park for the dogs to cool off when they need it. Go that extra mile and add a doggy ball pit for the dogs to jump around in.
Take a long drive
Several dogs enjoy long drives and being on the road just as much as their humans do. Wondering how to celebrate your dog’s birthday? If your dog is one for car rides, this is one of the best ways to celebrate its birthday. Unlike a party, long drives are a more intimate way to spend quality time with your pup. Roll the windows down, play some pleasant tunes, carry a picnic basket and take off.
The key to making a long drive fun is to make sure your dog’s seat is cozy with blankets and pillows. The cushiony effect will keep your dog safe and happy while you are road tripping. Don’t forget to take plenty of breaks from driving and pleasant walks along the countryside.
Best birthday cake recipes for your dog
Wondering, what can dogs eat on their birthdays? Well, cake, of course! How can there be a birthday celebration without a birthday cake? Just remember to order a pet-friendly one. While sugar and cream frosting can upset your dog’s stomach, there are plenty of tasty and healthy birthday cake recipes for your dog.
Need some help? Check out our recipes.
Peanut butter bundt cake
The perfect medley of crunchy peanut butter, sweet carrots, honey and whole wheat flour, this peanut butter bundt cake will please your dog’s palette to no end. Easy to make, this recipe includes the most common staple ingredients that are easy to find in your pantry. Top it off with banana icing, and you have the best birthday cake for your dog’s big day.
A mini beef cake
Is your dog a fussy eater? Make this mini beef cake to celebrate its birthday. This savory yet sweet cake is almost like a shepherd’s pie but without the spices. Instead of cream frosting, deck the cake up with layers of sweet potato mash. Use beef mince to make the center filling and decorate the cake with juicy green peas instead of cherries on top.
A triple apple cake
Made from apples in three ways, this triple apple cake is the most delectable spin on classic apple pie flavors that your dog will love. With a hint of cinnamon, applesauce, dried apple bits and fresh apple slices, this cake is packed with nutrients and powerful antioxidants. Serve it with a warm cheddar cheese glaze for the ultimate indulgence.
Dogs can’t tell whether it is Monday or Sunday, but if you set the vibe right, your four-legged friend is going to know you are doing something special for him. From balloons to dog birthday gifts to all the kisses and hugs you shower, your dog will appreciate every gesture.
Article written by Paul Andrews
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