Throwing a party for your dog should be a fun event, but it’s also important to make sure it’s a safe one. From food to other canine guests, take steps to ensure that all dogs present can have a great time.
If you’re planning on making party treats for pups, talk to their owners first. Some dogs might have a food sensitivity or allergies to certain ingredients, such as wheat, so you’ll want to avoid serving anything that has those. If you’ll be setting out party food for people, don’t serve anything that can be harmful to dogs, such as grapes, raisins or chocolate. With so many dogs around, it can be hard to make sure that none of them grab something they shouldn’t eat off of a plate or from a bowl.
When planning your dog party, keep in mind that not all dogs get along. Your party will be safe for your canine guests when you make sure that you invite dogs who enjoy being around other dogs. Some dogs are very shy and fearful around others, which can lead to snapping and other aggressive behavior. Some dogs are bossy with other dogs and provoke confrontations.
If you’re planning an outdoor dog party, try to have it in an enclosed location, such as your backyard. Your dog might not be the type that runs off, but you don’t know that for sure with other dogs who are there. Holding an outdoor party in a fenced-in area lowers the risk of having to chase after any of your canine guests. It also keeps them from running into the street, which can be highly dangerous if you live on or near a busy one.
If your dog party will be in summer, make sure you have several bowls filled with cold water. Dogs can get hot very quickly when they are running around in the heat. Move the party indoors if possible if it’s excessively hot outside or if there’s hardly any shade in your yard. If you’re planning an outdoor party, make sure you can bring everyone inside if it ends up being a rainy or snowy day.
Taking these steps means that you’ll have less to worry about on the day of the party. You and your dog can focus on relaxing and having a blast instead during this fun event.