You can’t believe another year has flown by. Your beloved fur baby has aged another year! And as a proud dog owner, you HAVE to do something to celebrate their birthday. But celebrating your dog’s birthday might be harder than it sounds. After all, they can’t exactly give you a list of their demands. So, if you’re feeling fresh out of party ideas, then check out these 6 fun and easy ways you can celebrate another year with your best friend!
How to Celebrate Your Dog’s Birthday
Whether you’ve been with your pup since the beginning or you adopted them later, each year you get to spend with your dog is special. But if you’re unsure when your dog’s exact birthday is, no worries! Instead of celebrating the day of their birth, substitute it by celebrating Gotcha Day — the day that you adopted your best friend. So, no matter if it’s their birthday or Gotcha Day, they’ll be grateful for any special attention you give them! And these six dog birthday celebration ideas are sure to please.
1. Take a trip to the park.
Your dog is pretty simple to please. A nice treat, a full bowl of food, and an occasional walk are usually enough to keep your companion happy. So, why not kick things up a notch on their big day by heading to your local park! A change of scenery is all they’ll need to feel like it’s truly the best day ever. Plus, they can tire themselves out so you can both get some post-outing chill time.
2. Make a dog-friendly cake.
What’s a birthday without cake? And after all, there’s no reason your dog can’t enjoy a delicious treat on their birthday! All you’ll need is a few simple ingredients and a little prep time. Additionally, try skipping the sugary frosting and using whipped cream or peanut butter instead. Remember, they’ll love it no matter what, so there’s no need to make the cake super fancy, just make sure your vet approves.
3. Let your dog pick their own present.
There’s nothing worse than picking out the perfect dog toy only for them to never play with it! Instead, let them pick out their own toy! Take a trip to your local pet supply store and give them space to sniff out the perfect chew toy that’ll never leave their side.
4. Set up an overdue playdate.
Has it been too long since your dog has gone on a playdate? Can’t remember the last time he got to give the neighbor’s dog a good sniff down? If your dog is overdue for a playdate, then take this opportunity to make it happen! Meet up at a park, in the neighborhood, or at your place if you’ve got the space. Launch a couple of tennis balls and chew toys, and let the party begin.
5. Cuddle up for a movie night.
Your life can get busy. And as much as you hate to admit it, your puppy pal can easily get the short end of the stick when it comes to attention. Sometimes, all your best dog friend needs is a little TLC from you. If that’s the case, opt for a night with a full bowl of leftovers, some tummy scratches, and cuddling up to a movie — or perhaps a nature documentary will be better received. Make it extra special by letting them up on the furniture they usually aren’t allowed on.
6. Capture their youth in a painting.
There are many ways to pamper your pup on their birthday. And while you want them to celebrate, you also want to celebrate them! If you’re looking for fun things to do for your dog’s birthday that are fun for you, then try immortalizing their adorable face in the form of a painting! Sign up for a Paint Your Pet event at Painting with a Twist, and we’ll make it easy to create a masterful work of art depicting your best friend.
All you have to do is sign up for one of our Paint Your Pet events from a Painting with a Twist studio near you. Once you’ve signed up, send us a picture of your fur baby and one of our in-house artists will sketch out your pet for you. Then all you have to do is paint in the details any way you’d like! While your dog may not be able to truly appreciate your artistic flair, you can appreciate them in a one-of-a-kind painting for many years to come!