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.