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Puppy Party! How to Throw a Birthday Bash for Your Dog

Human birthdays are always fun, but why should we keep the good times to ourselves? Turn your dog’s birthday into a memorable event by throwing a puppy party focused on healthy fun for four-legged friends.

 

Fun-Filled Guest List and Venue

If your dog is social and always up for a romp with other pups, make their birthday special by including some of her furry friends in the celebration. Make sure the dog friends you invite are also good sports who play well with others. If you have doubts about one of the pups in your social circle, ask their owner or leave them off the guest list for this special occasion. It will ultimately be the right choice for the safety of all the dogs and people at the party.

 

Provide a safe play area for the dogs to run around and enjoy themselves freely. If you don’t have a fenced backyard, a local dog park or a friend’s house are good alternatives. If you pick a home, plan on clearing out certain fragile items from the area just to be safe. If you opt for a dog park, make sure you choose a park you visit frequently to minimize the risk of inadvertently picking a venue that has ongoing problems, such as poorly behaved dogs or sanitary issues.

Tasty Treats

No birthday party is complete without something tasty. Keep your dog’s pals healthy and ready to play by offering small quantities of dog-friendly foods.

 

Frozen Pupsicles: Drop a treat, such as a small dollop of peanut butter or pet-safe fruits and veggies like apple and sweet potato slices, into the compartments in an ice cube tray. Fill the tray with water and freeze. The little pupsicles should be light enough for each dog to have one or two without getting an upset tummy.

 

Birthday Pupcakes: Use Freshpet’s all-natural fresh food to create little cupcake bases. Use any Freshpet roll to slice out perfect circular for then. Then stack two slices on top of each other, filling the centers with an “icing” of your choice such as canned pumpkin or peanut butter. Then top the pupcakes with crushed treats like Dog Joy Turkey Bacon, a bit of grated cheese or slices of fruits and veggies. These are super easy to make and easily customizable. Make them your own!

 

Party Favors

Make the party even more fun by sending each dog home with a little memento. Personalized bandanas, special squeaky toys and homemade healthy treats are all great ideas. Even better, bundle some of these items into a goody bag for your doggy friends to take home. Don’t forget that the birthday dog will want favors too!

Savor The End of Summer With Yappy Hours

With the long summer days coming to a close, we all want to find ways to enjoy the outdoors with our friends and fur-kids. But finding time after work to do so, especially when we want to go home and spend time with our furbabies, can be difficult.

Yappy Hours, a growing pet craze, might just be your answer!

We’ve gathered everything you need to know about Yappy Hours, including what they are, how to join or host one and why yours could be the best yet. 

 

What Is A Yappy Hour?

A Yappy Hour is a get-together, after work, between pet parents and their pups. Think happy hour, but where pups can roam free and socialize with fur-friends and parents alike.

 

Why Should I Attend A Yappy Hour:

Happy hours and other post-work get-togethers can be very enjoyable, but often, other obligations have us rushing home. Our pups need to be let out, fed or could use some love after we’ve been away all day.

Yappy Hours are the perfect solution for pet parents who want to give themselves, and their pups, a bit of fun after a day of work or errands. These informal events are great for pet parents to socialize and meet other like-minded pup lovers, while pooches meet new playmates or get more accustomed to social settings. The best part? Getting to spend time relaxing together!

 

How Can My Pup and I Join A Yappy Hour?

Yappy Hours are becoming more and more popular, and many bars and hotels are now hosting them for pups and their parents. However, it’s still a relatively new concept. For a great list of many of the Yappy Hours hosted around the country, see this list by Your Dog Plus. Additionally, websites like Meetup.com advertise Yappy Hours that others may be hosting, but are open to the public. Finally, don’t forget to check local message boards or papers in your community. Your favorite local dog park or pet store is a great place to start.

If there isn’t a Yappy Hour near you already, try hosting your own with friends and their pooches. Our tips will help you hold the first of what may become a trend in your neighborhood!

 

Hosting Your Own Yappy Hour:

Your own backyard, patio, or living space can be a great place for hosting a Yappy Hour! Or, even look to your local park for a nice change of scenery. Just be sure to check the rules about hosting parties or gatherings if you choose a public place.

Spreading the word effectively to fellow pet parents and their pups is key to a good Yappy Hour. While sending regular emails can do the trick, using websites like Paperless Post can make it easy to design and send invitations electronically while tracking who has RSVP’d. A simple search for dogs in Paperless Post returned the following two cute invitation templates!

 

If you’re the artsy type, Etsy can be a great source for inspiration. Otherwise, you can always set up a Facebook event, where you can send updates (or pupdates!) to your guests or even ask them to share photos.

Hungry? Yappetizers are key for both parents and pups. For a fun twist, try serving chips and salsa in clean dog bowls for human guests. Looking for yummy, healthy Yappetizers for your puppy clan? Try Freshpet Dog Joy Turkey Bacon for Dogs, Chicken Treats or Sweet Potato Treats to really get those tails wagging – just don’t forget the cooler!

Be sure that all pups are up to date on their shots and have friendly, agreeable personalities when around other dogs. This is a time to relax and enjoy, after all!

Lastly, we recommend collecting a small donation at the door, perhaps $5-10, to be donated to the local animal shelter. Not all pups get to enjoy Yappy Hours, but they all deserve a portion of love.

 

Want To Spice Up Your Yappy Hour?

There’s nothing like great music to really bring the fun to a party. So here are some suggestions to keep you grooving and your pups moving. We call it the Pupper’s Playlist:

  • Hey Bulldog by The Beatles
  • Hound Dog by Elvis Presley
  • Who Let The Dogs Out by the Baha Men
  • Low Down Dog by Big Joe Turner
  • Dog Days Are Over by Florence + The Machine
  • Walkin’ the Dog by Aerosmith

Finally, be sure to have a camera on hand to document your Yappy Hour!

Hosted or attended a Yappy Hour before? Have a Yappy Hour idea of your own? We’d love to hear your feedback or see your pictures – as always, you can reach us at online@freshpet.com.

We hope you and your pups have a wonderful time exploring the world of Yappy Hours!