6 Tips for Throwing the Pawfect Dog Birthday Party

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We live in a dog-loving time. Lots of couples are choosing to have pets for children instead of human children. People buy houses so that their dogs can have a yard, more and more restaurants offer dog-friendly patios, and the accessories for dogs just don’t stop. Pet parents who truly consider their dogs their children will do anything for their furry friends – and birthday parties for dogs are quickly gaining popularity. Our dogs’ lives are short, let’s make every year their very best one!

1. KONG® Occasions Balloons

If you choose to have real balloons at your dog’s party that’s great! But make sure they’re not played with – a balloon pop could send your pup and his friends into a panic. Instead, get a few of these KONG Occasions Balloons to keep your birthday boy happy and entertained for hours – no popping to worry about.

2. Snoopy Says

This is a fun spin on the classic game Simon Says. Gather your pup and his friends for a fun game that doubles as a chance at a training session! Start with the basic tricks and work your way up to the tougher ones until there is one lucky dog left (hopefully it’s the birthday pooch!).

3. Paw-ty Favors

When you have a dog party, there will inevitably be poop. Some dogs might even eat their own poop, a behavior known as coprophagia that concerns many pet owners. Yikes! Why do dogs eat poop? Well, that’s a topic for another day. For now, let's keep a pawfect dog party by ensuring prompt cleanup. Gift each guest biodegradable poop bags in a clip-on dispenser to keep the party clean and fun.

4. Dress Code

If you want to go all out, make it a costume party – just be sure that all dogs are comfortable and safe in their chosen attire. If your pooch is a princess, consider a tutu and pearls. Or make your boy look dapper with a clip-on tie for his collar. Be creative with the costumes so that you’ll have lots of pictures to share with your dog’s social media followers.

5. Photo Booth

Pose your pooch and his friends behind decorative frames (without the glass) and snap away. You’re sure to get some amazing reactions whether they’re dressed as dinosaurs or just being themselves.

6. Don’t Forget the Cake

Make your dog a birthday cake that he’ll want to smash into using just a few ingredients, like this one from Personal Creations. It’s a healthy treat that will have all his guests drooling for more.

Dog Birthday Cake Recipe


  • 1½ cups coconut flour

  • 3 tablespoons coconut oil, melted

  • ¼ cup blueberries

  • 2 eggs

  • 2 tablespoons honey

Frosting ingredients

  • ¾ cup plain yogurt

  • 2 tablespoons honey (optional)

  • Strawberries and blueberries (topping)

  • Natural food coloring (optional)


  1. Preheat oven to 350℉.

  2. Mix together honey, eggs and melted coconut oil. Then stir in flour and blueberries.

  3. Grease one 4-inch springform pan with coconut oil. Fill with batter and bake for 20-25 minutes, until the center is firm.

  4. Remove from oven and let cool.

  5. Mix together yogurt, honey and food coloring for the frosting. Frost cake and top with berries.

There’s no wrong way to celebrate your dog’s big day. The most important part is to have fun with it and create memories that will send your birthday boy to bed with a smile on his face.