10 Ways to Celebrate Your Dog's Birthday

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Your dog showers your family with unconditional love, affection, and loyalty, so return the favor with doggy-approved desserts and gifts at a special birthday event for your favorite pooch. Read on for some easy—and adorable—ways to make your dog's birthday pawty memorable.

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    Choose the Perfect Present

    Dog in her bin of toys

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    Let's face it: Our dogs are spoiled every single day, but their birthdays are actually a legitimate reason for some serious doggy spoilage! Whether your pooch prefers tennis balls, Kongs, or softer, homemade toys, there's no better reason than its birthday to hit up the toy aisle at your pet store.

    Another fun (and hilariously adorable) idea: Put your pup in a room with a ton of tennis balls and watch the excitement ensue.

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    Deck the Halls

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    You've helped your friends and family decorate for a million birthday parties, so it's only appropriate that you decorate for your precious pooch's birthday.

    Balloons and streamers are standard birthday party decor, of course, but there are tons of doggy-themed ways to do it up, too. Make a cute, bone-shaped banner with construction paper and yarn or twine, toss dog-friendly confetti on all of the tables, and—if you're a little bit craftier—make a chalkboard sign with the drink and snack menu.

    If you're not super crafty, you can buy doggy-themed banners online instead.

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    Make Dog-Friendly Pupcakes

    Dog birthday party cakes

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    Believe it or not, lots of dog-friendly birthday cakes are human-friendly, too. All you need are some everyday baking ingredients, such as whole-wheat flour, baking soda, eggs, and applesauce or baby food, to make an amazing canine cake. Blend in shredded veggies such as carrots for a boost of nutrients and top it with cream cheese, peanut butter, or blended bananas.

    Don't feel like breaking out the baking gear? No dog has ever turned down peanut butter paired with his favorite treats.

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    Doggie Ice Cream

    Happy dog with a small tub of ice cream

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    Although real ice cream isn't great for your dog's gastrointestinal tract, it's easy to whip up some puppy-approved ice cream at home with ingredients you probably already have in your pantry. Blend bananas with plain yogurt and creamy peanut butter, then freeze overnight to get the right consistency. You can also make puppy ice pops with one basic ingredient: Chicken or beef broth. Simply pour it into a mold and freeze.

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    DIY Some Cute Party Wear

    Dog in a cute birthday outfit

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    There's literally nothing cuter in the world than a party hat on a puppy. It's super-easy to make your own by gluing—be sure to choose the non-toxic kind—construction paper, poster board, or foam paper into a cone shape. Then, decorate with a permanent marker, pompoms, tassels, or any other accouterments that will make your pupper feel extra festive.

    What if your dog won't wear its party hat for longer than 20 seconds? Whip up a no-sew bandana with some cute fabric and fabric glue or hemming tape or a no-sew tutu with elastic and strips of tulle.

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    Invite the Entire Squad

    Group of dogs in the back seat of a car

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    What's a puppy party without your dog's entire gang? Invite the crew over for a day of running, snacks, and sniffing in celebration of your furry family member's birth.

    Put out plenty of water and, if the other pet parents are OK with it, some snacks for paw-ty guests. Portioned dog treats, sliced frozen bananas, baby carrots, and green beans are all healthy snacks that are easy for dogs to pick up and munch on.

    Be sure to keep a close eye on your dog and its guests while they're playing. Even the best dog buds can have misunderstandings sometimes.

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    Don't Forget About the Humans

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    Grilled Cheese Social

    Aside from an afternoon of cute dog shenanigans, you have to give your human guests some incentive to come to the puppy party, too. Enter, delicious party foods and drinks. Whip up a few party favorites like chicken wings, spinach, and artichoke dip, and deviled eggs, serve beer, wine, or—if you're really into the party theme—a custom cocktail in honor of your doggy's day.

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    Set Up a Photo Booth

    Two dogs dressed up for a photo booth

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    Strike a paws! Make your own photo booth backdrop, grab some props (that your guests may or may not tolerate for a few seconds), and get 'gramming! Have your guests upload their photos to Instagram or Facebook with a custom hashtag (every happening event has one!), so you can see all of the fun in one place.

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    Play Games

    Dog bringing a stick from across the yard

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    The best part of these dog-friendly party games is that they're actually basic training techniques disguised as fun! Make sure you have plenty of toys (and treats) for games like hide-and-seek and fetch, which help dogs practice commands like "sit," "stay," "come," and "fetch."

    If you really want to take your puppy party games to the next level, try a round of Snoopy Says. Like the human version, Simon Says, participants listen to commands and make certain movements. The last pupper standing wins!

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    Make Paw-ty Favors for Guests

    Puppy party favors
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    What's a birthday party without a jam-packed favor bag? Include some small toys, such as a tennis ball or chew toy, a handful of dog bones or jerky sticks, a party hat or bandana and, of course, some on-the-go treats for the humans, too.

  • What day is a dog's birthday?

    This depends on you! Your dog's birthday can be on the actual day it was born (if you know it, give or take), or on its "gotcha" day, the day you adopted it! Our feeling? Have as many birthday parties as you want!

  • What kind of cake can dogs eat?

    Dogs cannot eat chocolate, and should not eat a cake made for humans. However, there are plenty of healthy recipes on the internet for you to make for your pup. Additionally, there are great deliverable birthday cakes your dog is sure to love.

  • How long do dogs live?

    Various breeds of dogs have different lifespans, but as a general rule, canines live from 10 to 15 year old.