Puppy Party!

Posted by Theresa Goiffon on Monday, February 1, 2010 Under: Dunham Lake Monthly News

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.

In : Dunham Lake Monthly News 


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Theresa Greetings from Northwestern Wisconsin! I am a wife, mother, grandmother, breeder and author. I also work with helping small businesses with their website needs. Previously, I had a 25 year banking career. Retired several years ago, as a Vice President of Commercial Banking and Business Development Director for a financial institution. I have owned and raised dogs and cats for over 40 years. In 2007, we started to show and raise Australian Terriers. We now have 10 Australian Terriers and 1 Australian Shepherd an a Great Pyrenees. Breeder of Multiple Best in Show Aussies. We own and have bred some of the top Australian Terriers in the USA. We have bred and co-own the 16th and 17th Best in Show Australian Terrier in America he held the #1 in All-Breed in the USA in both 2013 and 2014. We have bred/own/handle the 2015 #1 Australian Terrier in the USA Jake who also won his first Best in Show with my 15 year old daughter Ellie handling him. Jake is only the 2nd "red" Australian Terrier to ever win a BIS. Breeder of 2 Australian Terriers to Win Best of Breed Westminster 2014 and 2015. We have Championed many Aussies and we have Champions in training, that being said, our dogs are first and foremost our companions. I take my role as a breeder very seriously. I support health testing and temperament testing as well as evaluating proper conformation prior to breeding. We believe in breeding for quality not quantity. We do not ship our puppies. Regardless of whether your puppy comes from us or not I hope you find our site a helpful resource. If you have questions about our program or about the Aussie Terrier, please e-mail me theresaagoiffon@msn.com or give me a call@ 715-689-2675. Thanks for visiting us! Blessings, Theresa