How to Throw a Pooch Party - Part 2

If you read our post last month on throwing a birthday party for your dog , you will probably already have started to plan for the big day. Here's a list of things you'll need on the day to make sure your puppy party goes jsut they way you want it too:

  • pooper-scoopers and bags: these are essential and messes should always be cleaned up straight away.

  • water bowls: no matter what the weather, all the guests need to be able to have easy access to fresh water. Make sure you have plenty of bowl, so there are no tiffs over sharing.

  • A good eye: Keep your eyes out for wrapping paper, ribbons or anything else that a dog would consider eating, and ensure its removed immediately.

  • A plan to beat the heat: If its hot, and you aren't near a swimming area, consider bringing a kids clam shell swimming pool (and of course, plenty of towels to dry off your furry friends before they get back in the car).

Now that you have everything you need, how about some doggie party games? Here are a couple of our favorites:

Running Races - Divide the dogs up in to small, medium and large catagories. Get each group to sit at one end of the area with their owner. have a judge at the finish line holding some balls and treats. Let the dogs go on the count of three and have the judge call the dogs. First dog to reach the judge is the winner! Hint: have enough treats for all dogs, not just the first. This helps avoid fights.

Charades - Write a different dog trick on small pieces of paper, fold each up and put in a (dog) bowl. Get each owner to draw out a trick. Then, one at a time, have each owner perform the trick with their dog, until the other partygoers guess the trick. Use tricks like "roll over" and "play dead". Watch the fun as the owners try and get their dog to perform the trick on cue.

Where's Rover - You'll need one towel per dog, and a judge. Have each owner get her dog to take a seat, and throw the towel over the seated dog. See the excitement as each dog tries to wiggle itself out. First dog out wins the prize.

Of course, that's just a sample. We're sure you can think of lots more great games. If your dog has a favorite party game, why not post a comment and share it?