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Dog Birthday Parties: Unique Ideas For Hosting A DIY Dog Birthday Party

My dog recently celebrated his birthday.

I was actually surprised to learn how many dog owners celebrate the birthdays of their beloved pets by throwing Dog Birthday Parties and serving Dog Birthday Cakes.

Here are the fun facts…

Plus all the details for you to have your very own Dog Birthday Party!

Happy Birthday, Destin!

Yesterday was Destin‘s 3rd birthday. (Which, by the way, happened to be same day that Tenor finally wrapped up his last round of puppy vaccinations at 5 months of age.)

This got me wondering:
How many dog owners actually celebrate their dog’s birthday?

Here’s what I found…

Who Celebrates A Dog’s Birthday?

> According to a Psychology Today, 56% of of dog owners say that they celebrate their dog’s birthday.

> According to a National Pet Owner Survey of 1,019 pet owners, 50% actually celebrate their pet’s birthday, while 79% give their pets holiday or birthday presents. Common gifts: “a play toy” or “snacks”, followed by “clothing”.

> According to an American Pet Association Poll of 17,121 pet owners, dog owners celebrate their dogs’ birthdays in the following ways (in this order):

Dog party hat plates.
  • Give dog a special treat
  • Make dog a special meal
  • Give dog a cake
  • Give dog a new toy
  • Give dog ice cream
  • Give dog a new bone
  • Sing or wish dog happy birthday
  • Give dog a party with other dogs or pets
  • Take dog to favorite place
  • Take photographs

Check out The Ultimate Guide To Throwing A Dog Birthday Party. They cover everything here… from who to invite… to party locations… to foods to serve… to specific activities all dogs will enjoy!

Here are even more novel games, activities, decorations, and fun tips for planning Dog Birthdays & Parties.

Dog Birthday Party Supplies

Schnauzer dog birthday party.

Thinking of going the “party” route with your dog?

Here are some excellent resources for Dog Birthday Party supplies:

Don’t worry if you want to throw a party, but you’re fretting over things like: who would actually come (and who wouldn’t), who would get along (and who wouldn’t), and which activities the dogs would actually enjoy (and which ones would be duds).

You could always throw an online dog birthday party instead! Yep, Internet-savvy dogs will paws-itively enjoy interacting with fellow canines and sharing bow-wow’s online.

How? Just create a Facebook group celebrating your dog’s birthday!

All The Birthday Trimmings For Dogs

Of course, you’ll want to serve up some one-of-a-kind doggie treats on your pet’s special day.

Check out these dog birthday cakes you can special order — or make yourself! (Then again, you could always just stick a candle in your favorite dog-friendly food and call it a Birthday Cake!)

These dog gift bags, wrapping paper, and curling ribbon supplies are just what the doggie ordered — each stamped with paw prints, in honor of the occasion.

…And don’t forget the card!

These edible dog greeting cards will be appreciated by your canine friend — if not for the sentiment, then for the flavor!

Dog Birthday Bandanas


Are dog birthday hats not going to work for your dog?

Consider a dog birthday bandana instead!

Since dogs are used to having things around their necks (like dog collars), dog bandanas are typically worn with ease as well: