Is it almost your tail-wagger’s special day? Want to throw them the most fantastic and fun birthday paw-ty? Then dig out your running shoes because it’s time to show your furry companion and all their friends just how important they are to you. The good thing about poochy paw-ties, is that all the fur-balls can be kept both physically and mentally active while having fun and spending that all-important bonding time with their owners, as well as socializing with other canines. With a range of versatile activities that are suitable for all types of weather, is it any wonder that both owner and companion will have a great day? These ideas give you more time to work on some delicious and wholesome birthday treats!
An agility obstacle-style course is a great way to keep pooches active at a birthday paw-ty. You can use the materials you have lying around the house, so it can be free, or at least inexpensive. This type of course will help challenge your furry friend both mentally and physically. The good thing about this activity is its versatility. Although you will need space in your yard or party venue, your course can be long or short, and it can also be adapted to suit the weather conditions. You also choose the difficulty level. On a hot day, you could add a paddling pool with cool water for the canines to run through. Setting up the course can initially take time and effort, but your best friend is worth it, right? The timing of this activity really depends on how many doggie friends attend the event, and also the length of your obstacle course and your presentation ceremony at the end. If you don’t have things you can use in the home, you can pick up agility equipment quite cheaply online. There’s one thing for certain, this activity guarantees fun, bonding time, and exercise for your treasured ones.
Hide, howl and seek is a great way to develop the finding and retrieving skills of a dog. Some canines, like retrievers and terriers, already tend to excel in find and retrieve. Find and retrieve games can be fun and not only do they challenge your buddy physically, you can also build on those skills further to improve obedience and behavior. As this task initially involves running, it’s the perfect way to increase the dog’s heart rate which is excellent for their health and well being. They then have to use their nose and learn to trust their own instincts. This is difficult for the canine who is not used to completing activities of this sort, but still it can be a fun and interesting challenge.
This is a relatively easy game and if your pup is young or isn’t trained in tricks or agility, they can still excel at this game. All your pooch needs to be able to do is have fun and sit when instructed. Each canine friend should be on-leash for this game and be with their owners. This is a great social activity that is also athletic and challenges your buddy mentally, using basic training techniques. It does test behavior and obedience, as in order to be rewarded, the dog must listen to their owner and act quickly when instructed. If you want to increase the difficulty of the game, you can change it to be more like musical chairs. To do this, place mats on the floor, and have the dog sit on the mats rather than the ground. You should remove a mat before you repeat steps 1 and 2. For this game, the dog unable to sit on a mat will leave the game.
Why not dress your best friend up and take memorable pictures? Picture booths are popular at birthdays and weddings so why not capture memories by having a booth at your little buddy's paw-ty? Having a doggie dressing up box and a good back drop or sign will be great fun when snapping those pics. Hats and wigs can certainly make for humorous pictures too.
Tug of war can be great to strengthen teeth. Separate your canine pals into two teams and have one buddy verse another. Try to match the canines in size and weight so that it’s fair. You do need to be cautious with this game and watch that the little treasures don’t get annoyed with one another. If you are worried about this game, if you prefer, the furry friend can have a tug of war with their owner instead and the owners of the other dogs watching can be the judges, giving them marks out of ten. In this case, note down the scores, and the highest score wins.
A simple game of fetch is effective too. You can use a ball or Frisbee for your furry friend to catch or chase. Fetch is a great physical exercise. Your pooch sprints and sometimes jumps to retrieve the item, then uses their teeth to return the item back. Actions like retrieving, returning the thrown item, and dropping the item demonstrate your pal’s ability to follow instructions and obedience.
There are certainly many activities to spice up your pal’s party and if you include lots of activities, it can improve your canine’s health and well being as a whole. It can be really important to socialize your four-legged friend, so hosting or even attending can be a vital way to enhance your dog’s social skills, especially if your best pal is woof n' ready. Everyone knows that destructive behavior often occurs in pets because they are bored but taking part in these activities is a great way to exercise and challenge your buddies both physically and mentally. A paw-ty is a celebration and certainly isn’t boring. It should be a howl for both pooch and owner.