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7 Fun Ways to Celebrate Your Dog’s Birthday in 2020

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Written by John Marmolejo

Let’s be honest here if you have a dog every day feels like a birthday, at least to you. There is a reason why dogs are considered best friends or part of a family and that’s ’cause their just awesome. They bring so much joy and happiness into our lives so it’s only fair that we do the same once in a while. With that being said, there’s no better occasion to make someone feel special than on their birthday. If you don’t know the birth date of your dog, don’t worry, they don’t either and they don’t really care, so pick any day to celebrate them, that’s the part that matters.

Okay, now that the date is decided upon and you’re set on making your dog feel like no other dog has ever felt before, let’s talk about how you can actually do that. Today, we’re going to cover x fun things you can do with or for your dog on its birthday. Let’s get right to it.

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  1. Have a birthday party

Everyone loves a birthday party and the same goes for our furry friends. Having a birthday party for your dog can be a memorable experience for both of you and it’s really simple to organize. There are not a lot of things that could go wrong, just invite some of your friends and family and their pets and have a wonderful, fluffy gathering.

If you don’t want to overwhelm your dog, or you just don’t want a large gathering of people and pets, it’s absolutely okay to start small. Just invite a few people over, it doesn’t matter. Your dog will enjoy a company of even a single dog. They’ll their doggie things and you can relax with a few drinks and then you can all play together so of your pet’s favourite games.

  1. Make them a cake

There’s nothing that represents birthdays more than cake. While blowing candles and making a wish might be a bit too much for dogs, eating a sweet, delicious cake sure wouldn’t. Just to be clear, we’re not talking a regular, chocolate cake we get for ourselves, definitely don’t do that. You can find a bunch of recipes for a dog-friendly cake online. It doesn’t necessarily have to be a cake. You could make some other treats like doggy cupcakes or cupcakes if you will. There are a lot of possibilities, it’s up to you to pick one (or more).

  • Here’s a simple recipe for a doggy cake

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Mix 2 cups of almond flour, 2 tablespoons of honey, 3 eggs, 3 tablespoons of coconut oil and a handful of strawberries or blueberries. Once you mix it up in your blender and bake it for 20 minutes at 170°C. Once it’s baked, ice it with the mix of low sugar yoghurt and 2 spoons of peanut butter. You can decorate with berries if you wish.

  1. Get them a new toy

Everyone loves new toys. Remember how happy we were when we got new toys for our birthday? To be fair, we still would be, it’s just our toys are slightly more expensive now and usually come in form of a new phone or console, but enough about us. Your dog will not cry over a new PlayStation, but will most certainly waggle its tail around if you get him a new ball or a chewing toy. If you feel like you’re out of great gifting ideas it could help to check this.

  1. Go for a walk

Even if you just say the word ‘walk’ in the vicinity of your dog their ears perk up, it’s a lovely thing to see. Dogs just love outdoors and walking around with their human friends. What you can do to spice things up on their special day is try and find a new trail for you guys to explore. Well, for them to explore, but that’s the whole point. Dogs just love being in new surroundings, sniffing around and getting familiar with the new place. If it so happens that the trail is kind of far from home, make sure you have a dish so your buddy can have some water. If you don’t have one, you can view more at Ultra Pet Shop.

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  1. Play games

We’re sure you play daily with your dog, but we’re often tired and have work to do all day, so there’s not a lot of time to play around with our pet. So, take a day off or just celebrate on a weekend and spend all day playing with your dog. You can play fetch or throw frisbee until either your shoulder hurts or your dog is just refusing to go for another run. And we’re fairly certain the latter is never going to happen. It doesn’t have to be just that, you can play all kinds of fun games with your dog. Find a towel or a piece of rope and play a little tug of war with your dog. It’s fun and it builds strength and confidence. Don’t listen to any of those myths saying it’ll make your dog aggressive or make you seem weak if you let them win – it’s a good, fun and useful game.

  1. Go swimming

Most dogs enjoy swimming, so this might be a fun experience for them. Go to a local beach, or a lake or a pet-friendly pool if there are some in your area and have fun. Just make sure you keep an eye on your dog at all times. Follow basic safety protocols and you should be fine. Most dogs are great swimmers – it just doesn’t hurt to be careful. Also, make sure you give them a proper bath afterwards, especially after the pool.

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  1. Get them a new friend

Like we’ve said, most of us are busy sometimes and our pets might get lonely if we don’t pay attention to them. So, why don’t get them a new buddy? Having two dogs is better than one. It’s double the fun and they get to enjoy each other’s company when you’re not around.

Anyway, whatever you decide to do for your dog’s birthday, one thing is certain – they’re going to love it. Go to a park or just cuddle with them while watching TV, if you love them as much as they love you, it’s more than enough for them.

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John Marmolejo