Whether your dog is turning one year old or ten-years-old, we all want to spoil our “puppies” on their special day! Here are some ideas for how you can wish your canine companion a happy birthday!
Toys, Toys, Everywhere!
Your dog’s birthday is a great time to look through all his toys and toss any damaged ones. Donate the toys that he doesn’t play with anymore and pick up some new versions of his favorites! If your dog is too smart for his own good, look into some more advanced puzzle toys to test his problem-solving abilities.
AKC also offers puppy and dog gift baskets so your dog can enjoy a variety of new birthday treats. These packs can include a blanket, toys, stuffed animals and some tasty biscuits.
Everyone loves cake on their birthday and your dog is no exception. Stop in at your local barkery and pick up a dog-friendly birthday cake. If you like to spend time in the kitchen baking, check out these recipes for birthday pupcakes you can make at home!
Dog Birthday Paw-ty
A great gift for your dog is the company of his best four-legged friends! Throwing a birthday party for your dog can be fun and can inspire you to tap into your creative side. Turn your backyard into a mini-dog park by inviting your dog’s favorite friends (and their owners) over to play. Choose a theme to decorate and provide treats for both dogs and people. Exactly how you throw your dog’s birthday party is up to you, but here are some birthday party tips to make it a little easier to plan!
Safety and Wellness
We all want our dogs to be safe and healthy, so consider getting your dog a collar that can help do both! The LINK AKC smart collar not only monitors your dog’s location, but also provides activity tracking and wellness updates to keep your dog feeling his best!
If your dog’s bed is a place that he spends a lot of time, consider buying him a new one for his birthday! If your dog is constantly on his bed napping, chewing and hanging out, the fabric and stuffing may be less than comfortable. Replacing your dog’s bed is a nice treat, especially with the new memory foam options available!
If your dog loves being pampered, schedule a day of grooming on your dog’s birthday. Pull out all the stops and splurge for those extra touches. A dog massage, foot pad treatment or de-shedding are all nice ways to show your dog you care. If you want to make your spa day more personal, do it at home! Teaching your pup to love bath time is important and can be a fun activity for the two of you!
Better Dental Health
Who said dental health doesn’t have to be fun! There are a large variety of dental chews available that your pup will love. With their great taste and fun shapes, your dog will be begging for his chew every day. Not only does this serve as a treat, but it also helps with bad breath and keeping your dog’s teeth clean!
Monthly Subscription Box
There are a large number of subscription dog boxes that you can sign up for that will provide you with a monthly box of toys or treats. If your dog tends to get bored of toys or destroys them quickly, then this may be a great option for you. While Barkbox is the most well-known subscription box for dogs, there is a large selection of companies who also offer these boxes. Do some research and choose the option that provides the right toys for your dog!
Dog Day Care
Give your dog a gift certificate to doggie day care, so he can play during the day while you’re at work. Socialization is especially important for puppies, but dogs of all ages need to spend some time around their own kind! Keeping your dog at day care during the day gives them the chance to burn off steam and can leave you with a tired and happy pup at the end of the day.
Something for All Ages
The options for birthday gifts are endless, and there’s something for dogs of every age! Spending the day playing his favorite games, visiting with his friends or snuggling on the couch will ensure your pup has an unforgettable birthday.