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11 Ways to Celebrate Your Dog’s Birthday and Will Make Him Feel Special on His Gotcha Day

If you are looking for some ways to celebrate your dog's birthday, then read on to find out about some of the best ways to celebrate your dog's birthday.

Our dogs are a part of the family, so when it involves their birthday we would like to make it special. The good news is there are many simple and fun ways to make your dog’s birthday memorable.

So if you’re unsure what to do to celebrate your dog’s birthday don’t worry, I’ve got you covered. From hosting a doggie birthday party to having a doggie movie night, below are eleven ways to celebrate your dog's birthday and mark his special day with other dogs in your life.

1- Let Your Dog pick out a present

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If you’re looking to get your dog an additional special gift for their birthday try letting them pick it out themselves. Take your dog to your local dog or pet store and let them look around the aisles and pick out their gift.

2- Let Your Dog Unwrap a gift

Dog Unwrap a gift
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My dog Laika gets a fun new toy on her birthday, and that I make the revealing process a little more exciting for her by letting her unwrap it. If your dog doesn’t have unwrapping experience keep it simple by using a gift bag. Remember to observe them closely some dogs have a tendency to eat anything in view, including wrapping paper and shredded bags.

3- Host a Doggo birthday party

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If you’re searching for some way to make your dog’s birthday exceptional it’s hard to go wrong by hosting your own doggie birthday party. What's a pet party without your dog's entire gang? Invite some of your family and your close friends "along with their loved dogs" to celebrate your furry family member's birth.

If you’ve never had a bunch of doggie guests over to your home before I like to recommend starting small. When it comes to doggie birthday parties there’s nothing wrong with keeping it intimate; having a couple of doggie friends over is going to be quite enough to make it a memorable day for your dog. you can play some fun dog games and serve the dog-friendly cake, give out “doggie bags” filled with treats and goodies.

If you’re going to be holding your dog party outside remember to make sure that each one of the dogs has access to fresh water and shade at all times. And remember to keep an eye on things and ensure the dogs are supervised at all times.

4- Set Up a Photo Booth

Dog Photo Booth
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Just like human parties, dog parties are often full of fun entertainment! a photo booth is a good way to capture wonderful memories while also giving dog owners a souvenir to take home and cherish forever. Let’s face it, we’re all permanently taking photos of our dogs anyway. So why not have some fun dressing up your pooch with props and snapping some photos? And have your guests upload their photos to Instagram or Facebook with a custom hashtag (#your_dog_name_birthday), so you'll be able to see all of the fun in one place.

5- Explore a new Trail together with your Dog

dog running on the beach
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How much does your dog love daily walking? You can make your walk exceptional on their birthday by taking them somewhere different.

Dog parks are great places to celebrate your dog's birthday. You can bring him along on the outings with the other dogs. Look for a dog park where he will be comfortable and enjoy being in a dog world with other dogs.

Otherwise, Find a place near your house where your dog can run free. Or explore a brand new hiking trail together, to make it even more fun for them, remember to offer them some additional time to sniff around and take in all those new and exciting smells.

6- Buy or Make a (Dog Friendly) Cake or Treats

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Buy your dog some special treats for his birthday. Treats for dogs like bully sticks, and jerky gourmet for dogs are perfect. You'll find that the treats are cheap and your dog will love them.

Otherwise, You can make a special homemade treat for your dog to show them some extra love on their birthday. You can make your dog a dog-friendly cake, like cupcakes. Some of my favorite homemade dog cake recipes:


If you like treats over cake look at these 12 easy homemade dog treat recipes.

7- Turn It Into a Game Day

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If you would like to make your dog’s birthday a happy one, turn it into a game-day it may be a simple way to ensure it’s a fun day for them. Instead of celebrating your favorite team together put aside some time to play some extra games together with your dog. You can play Frisbee, play catch with him, and run together. Dogs love to run and will be much happier when they are engaging in some extra games.

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Some of my favorite doggie games include:

  • Fetch and Frisbee
  • Hide and Seek
  • Tug of War
  • Find The Treats
  • Food-Dispensing Toys

Another fun and hilariously adorable idea: Put your dog in a room with a large number of tennis balls and watch the excitement ensue.

8- set up a Doggie Playdate

Dog Playdate
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Another simple way to make your dog’s birthday extra fun is by fixing a doggo playdate for them. Invite your dog’s best dog friend over for a few playtimes. It's going to seem rather simple, but that one on one playtime is absolutely fun (and exhausting) for your dog. Just remember to keep an eye fixed on things, and check that the dogs have access to fresh water at all times.

9- Take Your Dog For a Swim

dog swimming in a pool
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Most dogs like to swim, so if you would like to make their birthday a fun one turn it into a swim day. you can take your dog to the local beach, or look for any dog-friendly pools in your area. Just remember to keep an eye fixed on your dog at all times, and follow the essential swimming safety tips for dogs.

10- Have a Doggie Movie Night

Dog movie night
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Having a movie night with your dog can be one of the best ways to celebrate his birthday, especially if you watch dog movies together. put on your pajamas, make some popcorn, and cuddle up together with your dog on the couch and watch some dog movies together.

11- Spoil and Pamper Your Dog On Their Birthday

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If you would like an easy way to make your dog’s birthday unique try pampering them. Spoil them and provides them some extra love and attention on their big day. Give them a pleasant homemade meal, an additional long walk, a stuffed Kong, a relaxing doggie massage, and a few nice cuddle times on the couch.

How do you Celebrate Your Dog’s Birthday? have you ever hosted your own dog's birthday party? do you wrap your dog’s presents?

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