If you really want to celebrate your pet's birthday, you could consider throwing them a birthday party. Red Rover, red Rover, let Fido come over! And Sparky! And Nacho! It's your dog's birthday, and he's ready to cut loose. He's had a long, tough year of eating kibble, sleeping in the sun and barking at the mailman and now it's finally time for him to unwind with all his canine pals. You're going to throw him a pet birthday party. It better be really good, too, because one human party counts as seven dog parties.
Get started by choosing a location for your pet party. Choose an outdoor, fenced in location. Even the most well trained pooches get very excited around other dogs and in new houses. If you hold the pet party in your living room you're very likely to end up with accidents. You don't want any of your guests to get so excited that they pee on your carpet, so hold your festivities in your backyard. If you have no backyard, hold your pet birthday party at a local dog park. This way the guests can get as wild as they want, run around like they're on fast forward and pee anywhere. You'll also have the added benefit of extra dogs whose owners you don't even know, which is kind of like unintentional party crashers.
Make sure that all your invitees are up to date on their vaccinations. Sadly, many pet owners lose track of time and forget to have their pets vaccinated regularly. You certainly don't want all of your guests to pick up something nasty. Make sure that everybody has their shots before the meet up. If you hold your party in a dog park, you'll be saved the trouble of asking since everyone knows your dog must be vaccinated and licensed to attend.
Invite all of your friends with dogs at least one week in advance. This way your guests won't have to miss your fun because they're already booked. You can even invite friends without pets. Plenty of people who live in apartment complexes love dogs but aren't allowed to own them. Create a Facebook event to invite people to, and let Facebook handle the reminders or send out paper invitations if you're old-fashioned.
Make your pooch a special birthday treat. The internet abounds with recipes for homemade doggie cookies. You should surprise your best friend on his special day with his very own dog birthday cake. Don't let him eat the whole thing himself; you don't want him to get sick. Have him share it with all of his party guests, just like a people birthday cake.
Get your pet a gift for his birthday. Dogs love to open presents—even presents that were not meant for them. Since your dog only celebrates his birthday once per year, get him something special like a new stuffed animal or a huge cow bone. Wrap it up and let him unwrap it himself. Dogs can smell through the wrapping when something came from a pet store.
Don't forget to treat your human guests. If you are throwing a party at your house, you'll need to have snacks and drinks on hand for all the other pet owners you invite. Make sure to keep those snacks out of canine reach!