Do you and your furry friend have something to celebrate?
Perhaps an upcoming birthday or graduation from puppy training
class? Maybe you've even been toying with the idea of a dog
wedding for your little one and their sweetheart? Whatever the
special occasion might be, a dog party can be a fun-filled,
memorable event that could turn into the talk of the dog
As with any sort of shindig, planning is the key to success,
but there are some special considerations when throwing a bow-wow
bash. Animal behavior consultant and book author Arden Moore, who
penned Dog Parties: How To Party With Your Pup (www.ardenmoore.com), says that one of the
first things to think about would be the guests: how many,
depending on the location of the party (your backyard, or a dog
day-care resort, for instance), and of course, whom.
"Be picky about the canine guests you invite," Arden says.
"Parties are for well-socialized dogs, not canine bullies. Know
the dogs you are inviting. Some dogs are very friendly, but only
when no food is around. At the party, make sure you supervise the
doling out of treats so that each dog has plenty of elbow room to
devour their snacks without pestering from another canine
Remember to provide a sufficient amount of treats for people,
too. Although plenty of your human guests would love chocolate,
omit it from the party menu completely; a canine guest would love
it just as much, and a determined dog could possibly steal a
piece from their parent's plate. Chopped up vegetables with dip
and fruit and cheese are perfect "people treats" since they're
safe (and healthy) for all.
Additionally, it's important to point out to the pet parents
— right from the beginning — that there isn't a "drop
off" option. To avoid becoming a dog-sitter instead of a
party-thrower, Arden says you must let people know that they need
to be there with their dogs at all times. "Besides," she adds,
"dog parties bring out plenty of fun for two-leggers, too. It's a
great opportunity to revel in the moment and enjoy the canine
So what are you waiting for? Go ahead and plan a bash for your
best friend. If they could, they'd do the same for you!
- Written by Sharon Athanasiou. Sharon is a dog clothing and
accessory designer, in addition to running her own
dog-walking/pet-sitting service, she's mom to two poodles,
Fluffernutter and Bettie Page, and a Maltese,