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Most people love a good party, made up of themes, decorations, food, and games. As animal lovers, little excites us more than seeing our furry family members happy and having a good time. Put the two together, and you’ve got yourself a puppy party! We’re going to chat about what puppy parties are, and I’ll give you some of my favorite puppy party ideas.
What Is a Puppy Party
A puppy party is a gathering centered around your puppy or a bunch of them. They are not typically formal events.
Having your puppy dress up for a black-tie event may look adorable, however, I doubt their high energy levels will match those of the sophisticated attendees.
Instead, allow your puppy to have as much fun as they can. It is their party after all.
You can throw a puppy party as a social event without any particular reason, just like you would throw a typical party. You just need a few puppy party ideas to enjoy a successful one.
Puppy parties can be themed or you can throw one in accordance with the season. Halloween, Easter, or Christmas are a few great examples that you, your guests, and your puppy can festively dress up for and enjoy.
Your puppy’s birthday would be another perfect time to throw a puppy party.
Why Hosting a Party for Your Puppy is Fun
Hosting a puppy party for your puppy is fun because you have the opportunity to celebrate your beloved pet along with others that are closest to you.
You have the freedom to choose the theme, decorations, food, and any other puppy party ideas that you know your puppy will enjoy the most.
It is also a great opportunity to connect with people that are on the same journey as you. You could invite all of your friends that have puppies, whether you’re close to them or not, to attend the party with their puppy. Not only will you build on a new friendship, but so will your puppy.
Hosting a puppy party is fun, and it’s important for your pup. A puppy that isn’t socialized with people or other dogs from an early age may grow up to have a few behavioral issues such as anxiety and aggression.
Make sure to socialize your puppy from an early age to instill confidence in them. According to Fetch by WebMD, your puppy can start to be socialized from as early as 7 weeks, as long as they have received their first round of vaccines and deworming.
Different Types of Puppy Parties
Who knew parties could be so beneficial to your puppy’s well-being!
If you are hosting a puppy party, you can decide if you’d like it to be intimate or social. Both will result in a happy time for your pup.
Intimate Puppy Parties
Sometimes having an intimate puppy party is the best way to spend some quality time with your pup. These parties can be open to just you and your family or a few of your friends that your puppy knows and loves.
These puppy parties are typically easier to maintain as you don’t have to worry about your puppy not getting along well with another puppy or feeling overwhelmed.
Starting with intimate puppy parties before moving onto a social puppy party is a good way to ease your puppy into social situations.
Social Puppy Parties
Social puppy parties can consist of people and other puppies. These are a lot of fun and will keep your puppy occupied for hours.
It’s important to invite puppies that your puppy already knows in order to keep the puppies stress-free. These pups can be from your puppy’s training class or your friend’s puppy that they have already met.
Be sure never to leave the puppies unattended as puppies can start to feel overwhelmed, anxious, over-excited, and even jealous. If you notice any of these behaviors, find the owner of the puppy so that they can calm them down.
You’ll also have to watch out for snack time. To avoid aggression or jealousy, be sure that the puppies all receive their snacks at the same time or make up a snack pack for the owners to take home with them for their pups to enjoy on their own.
Puppy Party Ideas
If you love party themes, then don’t stop now! Feel free to get creative and come up with some out-of-the-box puppy party ideas. A few of my favorite puppy party themes are:
- A puppy-themed puppy party
- Funky Jerseys
- Pirate party
- Unusual Hats
For some fun Halloween-themed costumes, check out our guide on Best Halloween Costumes For Dogs 2021.
You don’t need to spend a lot of money on decorations. Most decorations can be cut out and hung up along a piece of string.
If you decide to throw a Puppy-Themed Puppy Party, you can print out a couple of puppy faces or paws, color them in, and stick them on your wall or along a string that can be strung across the wall or ceiling.
If your theme is Halloween, you can pull out the decorations that you packed away and place them around the party area.
Make sure not to leave any decorations where the puppies can reach them as they will try to chew on them and it could get stuck in their throats. Instead, only place chew toys in their reach.
Your puppy is going to be occupied with the people and puppies around them that they may be too distracted for games, however, if you manage to capture their attention, here are a few games to try out:
- Fetch. Each owner and puppy plays with a toy for a few minutes. When the time is up, all the owners must throw their toys. The first puppy to bring the toy back to its owner wins the game.
- Limbo. Each puppy has to crawl under a soft bar without making it fall. The puppy to accomplish this with the lowest bar wins the game.
- “Simon Says”. The puppies are given commands.Each puppy that obeys the command makes it to the next round until there is only one left.
For more games to play at your puppy party, head to The Dog Bakery for lots of new ideas.
Make sure to leave many toys out for the puppies to play with and continue to reward them for treats for good behavior and obedience.
If you want to try out these puppy party ideas, go for it! Your puppy and your friends will thank you for it. Puppies love to be celebrated and are ready to celebrate at any given moment. Just look at their reaction the next time you give them a treat!
Not only are puppy parties a lot of fun but they are great for socializing your puppy. Make sure to start socializing your puppy as early as 7 weeks, once they have received their first vaccine and deworming round.
Let your mind run free with these puppy party ideas, including themes, decorations, and games. It’s important that you and your guests have just as much fun as your puppies. How could you not when you’re surrounded by adorable fur babies?