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 firstname.lastname@example.org.
We hope you and your pups have a wonderful time exploring the world of Yappy Hours!