Friday, February 15, 2008

How to Throw a Dog Halloween Party

Have you ever considered putting to use that dog costume that you have in the drawer? Why not throw a Dog Halloween party? Here are a few tips on how to have a great dog party for Halloween.

The first thing you want to decide when throwing a dog Halloween party is where will it be? A dog party will need to be in an area that is big enough to accommodate a number of dogs. Someone’s apartment would definitely not be a good place for a dog party. A big backyard or a park would be two good places to have your party.

The second thing you want to send out invitations. These should be sent to the animal, not the human. Of course we all know that the “human” will be the one to read it, but it is fun to get into the spirit of the party and make the invitation for who the party is actually for. On the invitation, make sure you put all the information you would put on a “human” party invitation and make sure you add that costumes are required. This way, no one shows up without one. Also a very important thing to put on the invitations is that all dog guests must be accompanied by their owners. This way, you don’t get a houseful of dogs and no one to help coral them.

The next thing you want to do is make sure that you send invitations to dogs that your dog has been around. Maybe you could invite a neighbor’s dog or dogs that you have seen and interacted with at the dog park. This is important so that the night of your party, there are no fights among dogs.

Another thing you might consider doing is hiring a dog training to come to your canine party. This way, the dogs will be “entertained” and they can learn some new tricks at the same time. Also having an agility course set up would provide an activity that the owners and their dogs can do. You will be amazed at the dogs that you think wouldn’t be any good at agility stuff and they actually turn out to be pretty great at it!

Having snacks or treats for your canine guest is important. Pet stores have a variety of treats and snacks to choose from or if you are feeling particular festive, you can always make doggie treats. A good one is liver cupcakes. Those don’t sound very good to me but your canine guest will love them. Also remember to have plenty of bowls with fresh water in it.

Another very important thing to have is plastic bags to help with the pooper scooping. You really don’t want to have a yard full of poo to clean up after your party.

Last but not least, have fun, socialize with friends, human and canine and just enjoy the time that you are spending making new friends and sharing time with your dog and his/her friends. Remember, part of the fun is dressing your dog up for the occasion!

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