Have you ever wanted to celebrate your birthday with your best friend? No, I’m not talking about that one girl from college who still texts you on the daily; I’m talking about your dog! If it’s your birthday and you’d like to spend it with man’s best friend, here are some great ideas for things to do.
We’ve broken down the best birthday party ideas for dog lovers into three categories:
- Party With Your Dog Outside
- Party With Your Dog Inside
- Party Without A Dog (for dog lovers who don’t currently have a dog)
What are the Best “Outside” Dog Party Ideas?
1. Organize a Dog-Themed Scavenger Hunt
There are tons of ways to choose scavenger hunt treasures—you can start by identifying what would be most interesting for a dog (like squeaky toys) and then adding some items that appeal more specifically to human guests (like mugs or books).
Once you have your list of items ready, it’s time to make it fun for your dog! Include plenty of opportunities for him/her to sniff around and explore new areas. Make sure he/she doesn’t get too distracted from finding all the clues by having an extra person supervise playtime with other dogs so no one gets hurt.
2. Teach your Dog a New Trick
Teaching your dog a new trick is a great way to bond with them, especially if you’re training them to do something as silly as walking backwards or sitting on top of their head! It’s also fun for you and your canine pal, since this is one of those things that will only work when both of you are having fun together.
3. Host The Canine Olympics
Some of the best activities for dogs are also the ones that get them out of the house and allow them to socialize with other canines. The most common canine events include agility trials, flyball races and Frisbee competitions.
4. Plan a Large Group Dog Walk (or hike)
If you have a lot of friends with dogs who love being outside, plan a large group dog walk. This can be done in your neighborhood or at a local park. You could even organize it as an adventure hike if you want to visit some more remote areas.
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5. Bring The Party to the Beach! Or the Forest, or Park…
If you want to throw a birthday party for your pup that won’t cost an arm and a leg, why not just bring the party to them? Bring along their favorite toys and treats—the more fun things they have at their disposal while they’re out there having fun with other dogs and people, the better!
What are the Best “Inside” Dog Party Themes?
6. Your Dog as the Party Theme
One option is to use your pet as an inspiration for the theme. For example, if you have an adorable puppy, consider using him or her as the center of attention at this party by dressing them up in birthday hats and bows and having them greet guests when they arrive at your home! Hang pictures and stickers of your dog or just their cute face around the space.
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7. Check Out a Dog-Friendly Café or Restaurant
It may be surprising to learn that many restaurants allow dogs inside. Additionally, many dog-friendly restaurants have an extra menu for their canine guests (some even throw in a special treat or two). Grab a few friends & pups and have a nice, simple dinner party!
8. Host a Dog-Friendly Dinner Party
You don’t have to be a dog lover to host a dog-friendly dinner party. If you love dogs, then it’s a no-brainer. But even if you’re not passionate about canines, it’s still fun to get together with friends and family.
9. Dog-Centered Game Night with Friends
If you’re the type of person who likes to host parties, then having a game night is an easy way to get your friends together. You can invite other dog lovers and their furry friends, or if you have a lot of non-dog lovers in your life, invite them too! Make sure that you provide a variety of games for all ages (including kids). Also make sure that everyone has fun and feels comfortable at the party by providing food that suits all human & canine tastes.
What are the Best Ways to Have a Dog Party Without a Dog?
Party ides for those who love dogs, but may not currently have a furry friend.
10. Volunteer at a Local Shelter
Grab some friends and head to the nearest animal shelter. Volunteering is a great way to spend time and make an impact. Additionally, its a great way to meet new people and make friends who love animals just as much as you do!
11. Host a Dog-Themed Movie Night
When you think “dog movie,” you might think of Marley & Me. But there are plenty of other good dog-related films that are both entertaining and appropriate for the whole family. Check out these ideas:
- Old Yeller
- Homeward Bound: The Incredible Journey
- 101 Dalmatians
- A Dog’s Journey
- Lady & The Tramp
Well, folks, I hope you’ve enjoyed this list of birthday party ideas for dog lovers! The next time someone asks what you want for your birthday, why not suggest one of these ideas instead? Because really… Who needs another present that’s going to sit on your shelf, collecting dust? You are a dog lover and there’s no better way to celebrate than by getting out there and enjoying life with your furry best friend. After all: what could possibly be better than spending time with the animal that loves you unconditionally?!