Dinner parties are tons of fun, and if yours includes your dog’s pupper pals, they can be simply furbulous! With great food and pawrrific pooch entertainment, your human and canine furiends can finally enjoy an evening out together. If you’ve never had a dog-friendly dinner party, don’t worry: Wag! will guide you step-by-step for a dinner party everyone will be barking about!
If the weather is fine, and you have a secure yard, outdoors is the perfect place for a dog-centric soiree. Hanging lights from tree branches and around the dinner table makes for an inviting atmosphere, and guests will have an easier time finding their doggo among the others. It’s a good idea to place the dinner or buffet table near the house entrance for easy serving if you’re planning to eat outside. If your dinner is buffet-style, have chairs placed in clusters around the yard or the dining and living rooms.
Plan to have a few crates available for those moments when a pupper has just had enough activity and needs a time-out. Leashes should be removed immediately upon entering the house or yard to prevent leash-reactions. Water spritzer bottles are furmazing for interrupting spats or unwanted behavior, and old mattresses, blankets and dog beds in various locations give pups a place for a break.
It’s a good idea to serve foods that are delicious for humans and safe for your pupper, in case a dog “accidentally” finds a morsel within reach.
Examples of people foods that are safe for pups include:
- Salmon or whitefish, in cuts without bones
- Dog-safe vegetables like string beans, carrots or broccoli
- Rice or potatoes
- Beef, pork or poultry without bones
- Homemade desserts without chocolate or raisins
Be sure to plan a menu for the pooches as well, and set in several feeding and watering stations scattered around the area to prevent competition for food and dehydration. Dog-safe food ideas include:
- Raw vegetables
- Safe fruits such as apples, bananas and watermelon
- Homemade dog cookies with peanut butter
- Plenty of water
Have some toys and balls available for the doggos to play with while people sip their cocktails and nibble on appetizers before dinner. Balls, frisbees and rope pulls are irresistible when people and dogs get together. Dog-and-human play is a pawsome way to occupy the puppers, if they aren’t wrestling and chasing each other!
Physical barriers like gates could be good tools for separating sparring pooches for a time. Doors into and within the house can be kept closed to prevent nosy sniffers from invading places you don’t want them to explore.
Supervision is the name of the game when several dogs get together, and a dinner party is no exception. Request that your guests keep an eye on their own puppers and their activities to avoid conflicts, and help keep food and drinks from falling to the floor. If a dog’s ears are back, their back hair is up or their teeth are bared, it’s time to step in and break it up. Remember that a wagging tail doesn’t always mean a pup is happy and feeling friendly.
If your dinner party is outdoors, watch out for poop and remove it as soon as you see it. Keep some rolls of clean-up bags or scoops handy for people to use if they see their dogs doing the deed. A bucket with a lid and a trash bag inside is a convenient way to make disposal easy during the party and after.