How to Absolutely Ace a Puppy Party
You don't have to be puppy obsessed to throw a party for your puppy; whether it's a birthday, Christmas, or just because. To ensure your party is most importantly safe for everyone attending, and also fun, we have created our go-to guide on how we host the ultimate four-legged Pooch Party!
1. Guest List
When inviting several dogs who may not normally interact with each other, it’s critical that you carefully select what dogs you invite and match their energy levels, temperament and socialisation. Not all dogs enjoy the company of others, some dogs have not been socialised appropriately, some dogs are too anxious, too energetic, too small or large or elderly to enjoy this type of gathering.
Make it clear when inviting your pet parent and pooch guests what type of dog your party is most suited too and ensure all dogs are accompanied by at least one human each. We also request that all dogs attending are up to date with their vaccinations, on flea and tick control and de-sexed.
2. Choosing A Time
Some dogs are more sensitive to the heat so be mindful in summer to choose a time of day that is most likely to be the coolest and most comfortable. A starting time of around 5pm is a good time, when the sun has generally reached its peak, but there is still a couple of hours of daylight for the dogs to enjoy playtime.
3. Preparing for your Canine Party
So everyone can relax and enjoy their time off lead, it’s essential to ensure the space has been appropriately dog-proofed. We make sure the fencing is secure, that there is a double-gated entry and exit point as some guests are occasional escape artists who may try and run out the door. Try to make sure there is enough space for dogs to play and for their owners to supervise effectively.
4. Managing the Food Obsession
Some (or a lot) of dogs are incredibly obsessed with food. Therefore it can be a good idea to ask that dog guests are fed before attending the party, and then you can place a treat jar filled with VitaPet Rewards for only the dog owner to treat their dog.
5. Don't Forget the Goodie Bags
If you have time you could also provide a goodie bag for each of the guests to take home with them. Include some treats, toys and food so the party doesn't end (responsibly of course, unlike us pet parents at times)!