February the month of love and what better way to show your dog that you love him or her but to throw a puppy party!  Well, not to mention it's the middle of winter, not much else to do at least here in the Midwest where we live :^)

Researching this topic, I found many puppy party planning ideas on-line. I was quite surprised at how elaborate some of these parties can be.  There are theme puppy parties, goodie doggy bags, party hats, doggie cakes and a multitude of party favors, just to name a few!  Crazy right?  Well, not so fast. I for one can't imagine going to this extent for a puppy party, but actually getting your puppy together with other dogs is really great, so why not have a party!

Here are a few tips and ideas when planning a Puppy Party...

  • Select an appropriate area to accommodate whatever size group you're having.  Outside is best, but this time of year, inside might be the only option. 
  • Tell you neighbors about your party, so they don't think you've lost your mind seeing several dogs arriving at your front door.
  • Provide "doggie bags" and a convenient outdoor trash for your guests to clean up after their dogs.  Have a designated area for theim to relieve themselves.
  • Have your party area where the flooring can be easily cleaned.
  • Make sure the room is puppy proofed.
  • Create a comfortable seating area for canine parents.
  • Designate a time-out zone for the misbehaving puppy.
  • Place water bowls throughtout the party areas.
  • Pick a theme, the ideas are unlimited.
  • Keep your dog and his guests on a leash until they are comfortable with each other. 
  • Plan games that are interactive with the puppies and your human guests, such as sit, stay and taking turns at fetch. 
  • Have plenty of doggy and human treats.

Here is a great treat that is easy to make and very healthy.

Biscotti for dogs

1/4 cup all-natural peanut butter
1/2 cup pumpkin pureed
1/4 cup oil
1/2 cup water
2 eggs slightly beaten
2 Tbls baking powder
4 cups whole wheat flour

Preheat oven to 350 degrees, lightly grease a baking sheet or biscotti pan.  Mix all ingredience. Knead dough, then form into a 14x4x1 1/2 inch loaf.  Bake for 50 min.  Cool on wire rack.  Cut the loaf into 1/4 inch slices and place on a lihgtly greased baking sheet.  Bake for 10 minutes.  Cool and store in sealed container in the refrigerator.

Yield :28-30 Biscotti's

If you think this is all too much and a bit on the strange side, you're not alone. But for those of you who love your dogs and love a reason get together with friends, it can be really fun. The best part is you're exposing your dog to a new experience and a well socialized puppy is the best kind of puppy.