Celebrating your dog's birthday

You like to celebrate your birthday, right? So why not pull out the cake and candles for your dog’s birthday. After all, it is your best friend!

21 Mar 2016 By Kat Pekin Comments

They say one human year is equal to seven dog years, which makes your puppy’s birthday all that more important to celebrate! Of course, your pooch might not realise why everyone is making such a fuss over them, but they will no doubt enjoy all the extra attention.

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It might be difficult to know the exact date your puppy was born, especially if you bought them from a store or shelter, so maybe you’d like to celebrate the date you brought your pup home. Otherwise, if you are lucky enough to be there when your puppy is born, make a note of the date or perhaps take a photo of your newborn pup and ensure the date is stored on the image. This will save you countless hours of adding up months, days and weeks to work out when your dog’s birthday is.

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So how are you going to celebrate your dog’s birthday? Something small? A family-only affair? Or maybe a fabulous event where your dog’s pals can come and celebrate, too? Perhaps your dog is particularly fond of an off-leash dog park. If so, you could organise a picnic lunch for your dog-owner friends and invite them and their pups to play. Australia is full of off-leash parks ideal for a puppy party, there are over a hundred off-leash parks in Brisbane alone! Plus, an outside venue is ideal for a pet birthday—given it’s so much easier to clean up after accidents; There are bound to be a few!

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Having a romp around the park with friends is fun for your dog, but if you have the patience there are some doggie party games you could play. How about a Treasure Hunt? Hide a treat or a toy around the park, and the dog who finds it first wins!

There’s also Bobbing for Treats. Fill a kiddie pool with water and then drop treats into it, and be sure to count so you know how many are in there, then set your clock for 60 seconds and see which pup eats the most treats. Make sure to use healthy dog treats (such as carrot and apple) cut up into bite-size pieces.

You could also invite your human guests to take part in a Talent Show with their dog, each owner and dog can perform one trick for everyone else. Since dogs will eat whatever treat they are offered, it may be a useful idea to have points allocated to the winter of each game instead of a food reward. Then at the end of the party, tally up the points to see who goes home with a yummy prize!

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But wait, let’s not forget the cake! There are plenty of recipes to be found on the internet for healthy and safe doggie birthday cakes. For example, here’s a recipe for a Bow Wow Beef and Bacon Birthday Cake, and a Canine Carob and Carrot Cake. Icing is optional, and depending how excited and hungry your dog is, icing might just slow them down as they chomp their way through their cake. But some icing options include peanut butter, plain yoghurt and cream cheese.

If you’d like something a little extra special for your doggy’s big day, why not visit The Dog Bakery? It’s one of Australia’s first dog bakeries, and not only do they offer cakes and specially make them to order, you can get a whole range of doggie treats too. Even custom-made gift baskets!

You needn’t bake a cake if you are low on time and resources, you can easily just stick a birthday candle into their dinner at night and sing Happy Birthday while they look at you all puzzled. Also, if your doggie needs to take a pill or a vitamin, sneaking it into a piece of their cake is a good idea! They’ll likely be so excited at this yummy food they won’t even realise they’re getting the pill along with it.

undefinedAt the end of the day, you and your dog will likely be utterly exhausted. Treat your dog like you would a young child at the end of a birthday—straight home and then right to bed!

Have you celebrated a birthday with your dog? Did it go according to plan? Do you have any other game ideas to play with your dog?

21 Mar 2016 By Kat Pekin Comments

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