There’s no better excuse to raise the *woof* than adopting a new dog or celebrating their “gotcha day.” Besides being adorable, dog parties are a great way to let them meet your loved ones, introduce them to their new forever family, or simply remind them how loved they are. Below, we outline some tips to help you get the pawty started!
Plan for your pup.
The most important part of planning a dog adoption party is to work around your pup’s needs. All dogs come from different backgrounds. For some dogs, loud, bright decorations may be scary and for others, large gatherings may be overwhelming. It’s important that the party fits their temperament and preferences.
For dogs that are nervous, try a subtle celebration with special treats, cute pictures, new toys or even just drive-thru (pet-safe) food. For dogs that are well-socialized and comfortable, you can add more decor and guests. If you’re not sure how your pup will react, reach out to their former shelter to ask specific questions about their behavior and background before planning.
Secure the snacks.
No pup’s celebration is complete without some yummy snacks! Try making special pet-safe treats from scratch or picking some up from your local pet store. Some pet stores even have bakeries where you can order a custom treat or cake for your puppy’s big day.
If you want to get fancy, try serving your pet a special meal! Some human foods can be dangerous to pets so always consult with your vet before grocery shopping. Stick with tried and true treats, though, if your pet has a sensitive stomach.
Celebrating with four-legged friends can be a fun experience for everyone, but keep in mind that some dogs are territorial about food. At parties with multiple dogs, it’s best to stick with water only and save the treats for after the party ends.
Gather the games.
The best part of any puppy party is the playtime! If you’re celebrating with multiple dogs, planning fun activities is a great way to help make sure everyone has a good time. For warmer months, simply adding a few sprinklers and kiddy pools can provide hours of fun. Before adding toys, check with the other owners to make sure there’s no toy aggression in the group. For chillier months, try meeting up at a dog park with fun obstacles or renting out an indoor space with room to run. If you’re only hosting people at your party, try playing fun games centered around your pet – like printing out a picture of your dog and playing pin the tail on the pup.
No matter how you choose to celebrate, your dog is bound to feel extra special and loved. Don’t have a pup to party with? Contact the Humane Society about fostering or adoption opportunities at (901) 397-3900 or learn more on our website.