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How to Celebrate Your Dog’s Birthday

August 04, 2022 3 min read
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Your dog’s birthday is the perfect excuse to spoil them a little extra. However, it can be hard to decide exactly how to celebrate their birthday. To help you out, we’ve rounded up six expert tips for celebrating your dog’s birthday — from giving them extra special treats for dogs to throwing them a doggie birthday party:

Give them a special treat.

Birthdays are the perfect excuse to spoil your dog with a premium treat such as healthy dog chews or a pair of antlers. For best results, we recommend choosing a treat that your dog has already tried before so that you know that you’re giving them something that they love. After all, you don’t want to give them something that they hate on their birthday! Remember to try to stick to a mostly regular diet on their special day to avoid upsetting their stomach. Tummy troubles are a birthday gift that no one — dog or human — wants.

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Bake them a homemade dog cake.

Regular birthday cake intended for humans isn’t okay for dogs to eat due to the inclusion of chocolate, sugar, and other potentially toxic ingredients. However, if you want to go the extra mile, you can totally bake your dog a “birthday cake” using canine-approved ingredients, such as the one in this recipe right here. Be super careful to follow the instructions closely and to avoid adding in any ingredients that might upset their stomach. If this sounds like too much effort for you, just give your dog a premium treat from a high-quality brand like Best Bully Sticks. They’ll appreciate it just as much!

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Host a party with their dog friends.

If your dog is a very social animal, their birthday is the perfect excuse to host a puppy play date with one or a few of their closest canine friends. You can host this party at your house if you have a yard or a large room where they can play, or do it at a local dog park if you don’t have the space at your own place. This birthday party idea is best if your dog isn’t easily overstimulated. If you think that your dog will be more overwhelmed than pleased with a birthday party, don’t be afraid to celebrate using one of the other ideas on this list!

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Take them on a special outing.

If your dog enjoys going on adventures, their birthday is the perfect excuse to grab their portable dog water bottle and take them on one! This excursion can definitely be low-key, like something as simple as taking them to their favorite dog park for an hour or two of playtime or visiting the pet store to let them pick out a new toy. However, you can totally make this outing more of an event if you want, such as taking them on a hike on a dog-friendly trail or going on a day trip together to a new place. It’s really about both of your preferences and what you want to make of the day.

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Spend some quality time together.

While you can certainly turn their birthday into a big event, not every dog wants or needs you to turn their birthday into a huge production. Dogs are simple creatures and their main desire is just to spend quality time with you, their beloved pet parent. Make sure that you carve out time during the day to give them a belly rub, watch TV together, throw the ball around, and otherwise spend some more quality time together than normal.

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Keep their preferences in mind.

Every single dog is different, which means that every single doggie birthday celebration should look different. If you have an older, more sedentary dog, their ideal birthday might look like lying on the couch all day instead of a busy birthday party or a day trip packed with activities. Whenever you’re planning a birthday for your dog, always keep their wants and needs first, since this is supposed to be a celebration of them.

Ready to spoil your dog a little extra for their birthday? Order them some premium single ingredient treats from Best Bully Sticks and they will definitely feel very loved on their birthday (and every day). Definitely be sure to check out our dog birthday bandana as well if you want to get them a present! Also, consider signing up for one of our dog treat subscription boxes so that you never have to worry about running out!


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