Every year like us our dogs’ get a year older. Our dogs’ are such an important part of our family that celebrating their birthdays is another way to really make them feel special.
With our boys, we always celebrated their birthdays with a little extra spice. Boo was a November birthday and Finn well he was almost an Xmas baby born Dec 20th. Both our boys really enjoyed how much fun we would have on their special days.
It is so exciting celebrating dogs’ birthday, anytime I see a pup that happy, it just makes me happy. Their joy is certainly infectious, plus they look so cute in their birthday hats. LOL!
Usually you get new puppies around 8 weeks old, and at that time getting them to a year old seems ages away. Surprisingly though it does go by super quick. In the blink of an eye really.
All of a sudden they start approaching the milestone and you need to start thinking about what the plan is for their first birthday. Now whether you have been through it before with another dog, or this is your first ever dog birthday, it is important.
Their 1 year birthday is also a super fun birthday simply because it is the first one they have ever had. They have no idea what a birthday even is so this is our opportunity to do something special for them.
Let’s also not forget how much fun it is for us to plan something for our baby.
When it comes to planning our pup’s birthday, there are many directions that we can choose to go. First off in the planning stages, it is important to match our dogs’ birthday with our dogs’ personality.
What I mean by that is make sure your birthday idea is something that your dog will enjoy. Every dog is a bit different when it comes to social activities. If you have a dog that is a little shy and not that outgoing, than plan their day accordingly. We don’t want to overwhelm them. It is supposed to be fun for them.
Although we put on the party, it is for our dog, not for us, so make sure to remember that. Keep it simple and fun.
Birthday cake, who doesn’t love birthday cake. I sure do. Most dogs’ also love cake. When their birthday comes up, why not bake them a cake or try making them their own dog treats. Something like this an easy breezy way to do something special for the birthday dog.
We can’t always afford to do big things on our dogs’ birthday, so there is nothing simpler than baking a homemade dog friendly cake, dog treats or pup cakes. There are some great easy recipes to choose from.
Of course, you want to make sure that your dog has no allergies when you are deciding what to bake. Pick something that fits their eating and things that they really love to eat.
When it came to our 2 boys, peanut butter was always the way to their hearts. They would go nuts for it. So choosing what to make for them was an easy decision.
One other super popular item that is easy to include is canned pumpkin. Not only do they love it, but it is a great ingredient that is good for their digestive system. It is often used to help settle dogs’ upset stomach.
No matter what ingredients you choose to cook with it doesn’t have to be a big production. You can make a dog cake in as easy as 4 ingredients:
- apples (shaved or apple sauce)
- baking powder
- peanut butter
Put all ingredients in a baking tin or cupcake tin than bake. Remember that the pup cupcakes will take less time than if you bake it in a larger sized cake pan. Then for the finishing touch top your cake with plain Greek zero fat yogurt.
Most dogs’ love bacon. Taking bacon bits and using them as sprinkles for on top of the yogurt is a great way to complete your cake or cupcakes. Yummy!
Play date or Party
How about planning a great play date for your dog. Set up some other dog friends to come by the house for a party. Now depending on how big your backyard is, the dog park can also be a good back up if your yard isn’t suitable.
You could include some fun activities like Frisbee, throw a ball with the Chuck-It or even do a cool small obstacle course using homemade objects you could bring with you.
High energy events like this also work in your favor simply because you than you get a tired out dog after. Which for you means far less dog work for the rest of the day. A tired dog is a happy dog.
Make sure to have some party treats for all the dogs’ followed by a lot of disposable dog bags. You know you are going to need to do a party clean up after.
Doing a fun thing like hiding dog treats about the house or yard, is also a great idea. Do it like a bit of an easter egg hunt.
Keeping them busy searching for their treats is a fun way to get them to really think about what they are doing. Then when they figure out, they get a reward at the end.
I always thought it was super cute to watch them searching around for their hidden treats. Even better if we get a bit of excitement out of it, than the whole family gets included.
Maybe your dog isn’t the most social dog and a play date isn’t a great choice for them. Choosing a special road trip can also be an exciting event to do to help celebrate your dog’s birthday.
Take them on a one on one trip with you in the car. You could simply head to a pet store to let them pick out a new toy. What dog doesn’t love the pet store and new toys. Hmm all of them!
Maybe it’s a drive in the country or a trip to a friends house. Doing something out of the ordinary keeps your dog on their toes. Especially when they have no idea where you are taking them.
Funny enough though, some dogs’ can pick up on a trip destination when it s a place you go regularly.
Our boy Boo could always figure out where we were going, even before we got there. He had a 6th sense about the destination.
The odd time though, we could really throw him off by taking him somewhere he had never been before. Seeing his excitement for the unknown, was also a pretty neat thing to watch. The car would stop and he would look at you as if to say, am I coming with you? Pretty darn adorable.
Celebrating dogs’ birthday is always a fun way to really pamper your dog. It only comes around once a year and can be done with a big budget or no budget at all. The sky is the limit.
Doing things like parties, road trips, are all great ideas, but you could also just do some at home pampering.
The cheapest and super easy way to make your dog feel special could be simply a day of extra cuddling. Sitting on the couch with your baby next to you giving them all the snuggles they can handle. Super sweet!
Every chance we had to cuddle with our 2 babies, was always a special thing for us. Our dogs’ were both big time cuddlers, so for them this was something they really enjoyed.
A dog’s life span unfortunately isn’t that long. Some dogs’ can live much longer than others especially if they are smaller dog breed. On average though we can expect only 10-15 years with our dog, so let’s make every year count.
Sharing their special day by capturing the moment with pictures and even videos, is a great way to always remember these moments.
My friends have this amazing black lab name Sam and he is about the sweetest boy around. His parents recently shared his latest 6th birthday video with me and he is absolutely adorable in it. Capturing these special moments like this are snippets in time that you will have forever.
For us now that both our boys are gone, we take some solace in the fact, that we made every one of their birthdays a day for them. Treat them with all the love you can muster.
HAPPY DOGGY BIRTHDAYS!