10 Fun Ways to Celebrate Your Dog’s Birthday

Our dogs are part of the family, and as such we want to make sure their birthday (or gotcha day) is a special one. The good news is there’s plenty of fun and easy ways to make your dog’s birthday a memorable one.

So if you’re not sure 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, here’s 10 fun ways to celebrate your dog’s birthday.

Host a Doggie Birthday Party

If you’re looking for a way to make your dog’s birthday extra special it’s hard to go wrong by hosting your own doggie birthday party. Invite some of your friends and family over (along with their friendly dogs) to celebrate.

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

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

Let Your Dog Pick Out a Gift

If you’re looking to get your dog an extra special gift for their birthday try letting them pick it out themselves. Take your dog to your local dog-friendly pet store and have them browse the aisles and pick out their own gift.

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Make a (Dog Friendly) Cake or Treats

You can show your dog some extra love on their birthday by making them a special treat. You can make your dog a pupcake (dog friendly cake) by using some puppy cake mix, or you can make one of these homemade dog cake recipes:

If you prefer treats over cake check out these 25 easy homemade dog treat recipes.

Explore a New Trail With Your Dog

How much does your dog love their daily walk? You can make your walk extra special on their birthday by taking them somewhere brand new. Explore a new hiking trail together or take your dog to a new park. To make it even more fun for them remember to give them some extra time to sniff around and take in all those new and exciting smells.

Pamper Your Dog

If you want an easy way to make your dog’s birthday extra special try pampering them. Spoil them and give them some extra love and attention on their special day. Give them a nice homemade meal, an extra long walk, a stuffed Kong, a relaxing doggie massage, and some nice cuddle time on the couch.

Turn It Into a Game Day

If you want to make your dog’s birthday a happy one turn it into a game day. Rather than celebrating your favorite team together set aside some time to play some extra games with your dog. Our dogs love to play, and engaging in some extra games on their birthday is a simple way to ensure it’s a fun day for them. Some of my favorite doggie games include:

Let Your Dog Unwrap a Present

My dog Laika gets a fun new toy on her birthday, and I make the unveiling 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 watch them closely — some dogs have a tendency to eat anything in sight, including wrapping paper and shredded bags.

Set Up a Doggie Playdate

Another simple way to make your dog’s birthday extra fun is by setting up a doggie playdate for them. Invite your dog’s best dog friend over for some play time. It may seem rather simple, but that one on one play time is really fun (and exhausting) for your dog. Just remember to keep an eye on things, and make sure the dogs have access to fresh water at all times.

Take Your Dog For a Swim

Most dogs love to swim, so if you want to make their birthday a fun one turn it into a swim day. You can take your dog to the local beach, or search for any dog friendly pools in your area. Just remember to keep an eye on your dog at all times, and follow the basic swimming safety tips for dogs such as bringing along fresh water and cleaning them off afterwards.

Have a Doggie Movie Night

One of my favorite ways to celebrate my dog’s birthday is by having a movie night. Put on your pajamas, make some popcorn, and cuddle up with your dog on the couch and watch some movies together. Bonus points if you watch dog movies.

How Do You Celebrate Your Dog’s Birthday?

How do you celebrate your dog’s birthday? Have you ever hosted your own doggie birthday party? Do you wrap your dog’s presents? Does cuddling up on the couch with your dog watching movies sound like a perfect evening, or is it just me?

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Puppy Party! How to Throw a Birthday Bash For Your Dog

Human birthdays are always fun, but why should we keep the good times to ourselves? Turn your dog’s birthday into a memorable event by throwing a puppy party focused on healthy fun for four-legged friends.


Fun-Filled Guest List and Venue

If your dog is social and always up for a romp with other pups, make their birthday special by including some of her furry friends in the celebration. Make sure the dog friends you invite are also good sports who play well with others. If you have doubts about one of the pups in your social circle, ask their owner or leave them off the guest list for this special occasion. It will ultimately be the right choice for the safety of all the dogs and people at the party.


Provide a safe play area for the dogs to run around and enjoy themselves freely. If you don’t have a fenced backyard, a local dog park or a friend’s house are good alternatives. If you pick a home, plan on clearing out certain fragile items from the area just to be safe. If you opt for a dog park, make sure you choose a park you visit frequently to minimize the risk of inadvertently picking a venue that has ongoing problems, such as poorly behaved dogs or sanitary issues.

Tasty Treats

No birthday party is complete without something tasty. Keep your dog’s pals healthy and ready to play by offering small quantities of dog-friendly foods.


Frozen Pupsicles: Drop a treat, such as a small dollop of peanut butter or pet-safe fruits and veggies like apple and sweet potato slices, into the compartments in an ice cube tray. Fill the tray with water and freeze. The little pupsicles should be light enough for each dog to have one or two without getting an upset tummy.


Birthday Pupcakes: Use Freshpet’s all-natural fresh food to create little cupcake bases. Use any Freshpet roll to slice out perfect circular for then. Then stack two slices on top of each other, filling the centers with an “icing” of your choice such as canned pumpkin or peanut butter. Then top the pupcakes with crushed treats like Dog Joy Turkey Bacon, a bit of grated cheese or slices of fruits and veggies. These are super easy to make and easily customizable. Make them your own!


Party Favors

Make the party even more fun by sending each dog home with a little memento. Personalized bandanas, special squeaky toys and homemade healthy treats are all great ideas. Even better, bundle some of these items into a goody bag for your doggy friends to take home. Don’t forget that the birthday dog will want favors too!

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