Are you someone who loves throwing your friends a surprise birthday party? Then you should start thinking about your four-legged furry friend too. People in America celebrate their dog’s birthday every year, getting them actual birthday cakes and candles.
The first time I got my black Labrador pup, who is an emotional support animal a cake for his birthday, the look on his face was priceless. Dogs are always brightening up our lives making us feel happy and stress-free. So why not dedicate a day to reciprocate the love making them feel special.
My ESA’s first birthday was a simple and intimate celebration with the two of us, but since then I go a little extra every year – let’s be honest, he deserves every bit of it. Dog’s are a man’s best friend after all and deserve the best treatment.
Here’s what I do when throwing my dog a birthday party:
1. Plan Fun Games and Treats
Every day is your birthday in your dog's eyes; the attention they give you is the same that you get on your birthday. They provide you with constant love and comfort so take this day and treat them to fun games and a delicious homemade cake. I love playing games with my dog; it’s a fun activity and gives us a chance to bond.
Play these games to make sure that your dog has a memorable day:
· Scavenger hunt, have them find the treats
· Hide and seek
· Chase bubbles
· Tug of war
Or simply break into a dance party.
2. Treat Him to New Toys
Who doesn’t like being pampered on their birthdays, right? You can pamper your dog by taking them for a trip to the pet supermarket or book them a spa session.
I let Jackie my ESA, pick out his own toys at the pet store. And later take him for a grooming session at the salon. You can also plan a movie night afterward, snuggle with your furry friend and put on a funny dog movie.
3. Put Up Birthday Decorations
Birthdays aren’t complete without proper décor. I always go the extra mile finding the right decorations for Jackie's birthday. Birthdays come once a year, and any reason to celebrate with shiny colorful lights should be taken advantage of. You can find several custom doggie goodies when planning your pet's birthday. Get them to wear a funny costume
4. Invite Other Dogs
We invite our friends and families over for our birthdays so why not do the same at your dog’s birthday? Invite your neighbor’s or friend’s dog’s over for the celebration. It will give you and your pet a chance to socialize. Plan a playdate and remember to take birthday photographs.
Don’t go overboard celebrating your dog’s birthday; keep it simple and affordable. Take your best friend for walks and treat them to a day neither of you will ever forget. Do you celebrate your dog’s birthday and what do you usually plan?