Holding a birthday party for your dog with dog birthday cake may sound silly to some, but to others, it’s not at all unusual. After all, our much-loved pooches are part of our family, and we give parties for our kids don’t we? Our dogs are more than just the family pet, they are our furry babies.
Our dogs are our buddies, our loved and cherished friends, and so, like ourselves, they should be spoiled occasionally. Apparently, 90% of people buy their pet a Christmas and birthday present, and it’s fair to say that the dog party celebrations are booming.
Your Dog Will Love Being the Centre of Attention
Ok, so your dog won’t know the reason for all the excitement, but you can be sure, they’ll definitely love being the centre of attention. With all their doggie playmates, the tasty food, and the playing, they’ll think that they’ve gone to doggie heaven.
A party for your dog is a social occasion, an event for both the dogs and their owners to get to know each other better. It could become an enjoyable and regular experience all around.
To make it a special day to remember, it’s essential to get organised in advance. There are several elements to consider when hosting a dog party. Whether you can afford to hire a professional to take it out of your hands, although there are not many dog party organisers around. Possibly, you might be able to convince a children’s party organiser to do it for you.
Or, for financial or other reasons, if you decide to take it on yourself, listed below are some ideas to help you have a happy pooch day. Obviously, you can make it as big or as small as the budget and time allows.
Dog Party Venue
This depends on your circumstances, and the weather, of course, you could hire a hall or a pub garden, or have it in your own home and garden. It’s essential to have a safe environment for the dogs to run free, with toilet facilities, plenty of poo bags, and fresh water.
Who to Invite
It would be better to invite those dogs (and their owners of course) that you already know get on well together. If dogs are unknown to each other, then there could be the possibility of fighting.
Invitations & Decorations
If you’re feeling artistic, you could make invitations yourself, maybe out of dog bone shapes. However, there are companies listed below that have very nice and reasonably priced dog party invitations, balloons and decorations, etc.
Food Glorious Party Food!
There are many recipes on the internet for dog birthday cakes, muffins, biscuits and dog cupcakes, but to save you time, I’ve listed some ideas below. Nice as it is to provide some tasty and colourful food for your dog party, it must be remembered not to overfeed. Their little tummies are not used to this richer type of food, and you don’t want any mishaps at the party venue.
Birthday Cakes for Dogs Recipes
Sunflower Doggie Birthday Cake
300g Minced lamb
50g Sunflower seeds (ground)
100g Cottage cheese
2 Eggs (beaten)
150g Low-fat cream cheese
100g Cheddar cheese slices, cut into small squares
1 tsp Finely chopped parsley
Preheat the over to 180°C – 350°F/Gas 4 and lightly grease a 20cm – 8 in round cake tin.
Mix the flour, oats, minced lamb, ground sunflower seeds, eggs and cottage cheese into a bowl and blend all together.
Tip the cake mixture into the prepared cake tin, bake approximately 45 minutes, until thoroughly cooked. After removing from the oven, leave the cake to stand for a short while, then remove from the tin and finish cooling on a wire rack.
When cool, spread cream cheese over and decorate with squares of cheddar cheese, with a sprinkle of parsley if required.
Doggie Carrot Birthday Cake
120g Wholemeal flour
60ml Vegetable oil
65g Peanut butter
135g Carrots (grated)
80g Honey (if required)
1 tsp Vanilla extract
1 tsp Bicarbonate of soda
Preheat oven to 180 C – Gas 4 and grease a medium-sized tin.
Mix together the egg, peanut butter, oil, vanilla, and honey in a large bowl and blend well. Stir the carrots into this mixture and mix fully.
The flour and bicarbonate of soda must be sifted together and then folded into the carrot mixture. Pour the mixture into your prepared tin and bake in the oven for 40 minutes.
When baked, allow to cool for ten minutes and then remove from the tin and put onto a rack to finish cooling. When cool, one or more of several different toppings can be spread over for decoration.
Alternative ingredients or toppings:
Crispy fried bacon
Chicken liver paste
Mini dog treats
Dog Party Cookies
150 g Plain flour
60 g Butter
1 heaped tbsp Cornflour
1 Chicken stock cube
1 tbsp Marmite
1 tbsp milk (if needed)
Preheat oven to 150C or 130C fan or gas 2 and grease and flour a baking tray.
Mix together in a bowl the flour, cornflour and butter and stir with a knife. Add the dry stock cube next and rub together with your hands to resemble breadcrumbs.
Next add the Marmite and the egg, draw together with your hands and gently knead. At this stage, if the dough is too dry then you can add a little milk.
On a floured surface, roll out the dough to the thickness of a pound coin and cut out as many shapes as you can, re-rolling any left-over pieces until you have used all of the dough.
Lay the cookies on the prepared tray and bake in the oven for approx 15 minutes until golden colour. Then put out onto a wire rack to cool. The biscuits will store in an airtight container for 2 weeks
Doggie Celebration Cupcakes
130g Wholewheat Flour
60 g Smooth peanut butter (no salt)
50 g Vegetable Oil
120 g Honey
50 g Bananas (mashed)
50 g Carrots (grated)
Any or all of the following can be used for the scrumptious topping.
Cheddar cheese (grated)
Mini Dog Treats
Preheat the oven to 175c – 350f or Gas Mark 4
Place all of the ingredients together, and stir until they are completely mixed. Spoon the mixture into cupcake cases in a muffin tin, or straight into a greased muffin tin.
Bake in the oven for 20/22 minutes approx. After removing from the oven, leave to cool for five minutes. Then place them onto a wire rack to cool thoroughly.
Decorate the cupcakes with your chosen topping for a delicious yummy doggie birthday treat.
Dog Cake Baking Tins & Cupcake Cases
K9 Cakery Silicone Mini Bone Pan
- 9 inch x 5.5 inch 18 Cavity 1.625 inch x 1 inch
- Acid and lignin free
- Suitable for paper craft projects
- Made in the USA
- Designed for easy usage and storage
Cookie Cutters Dog Bone Set of 3 In A Tub
Stainless steel, 7cm paw shaped cookie cutter. Dimensions: 9.8 x 9.6 x 2.8 cm.
K9 Cakery Silicone Bone Pan 7inch x 10 inch
- Acid and lignin free
- Suitable for paper craft projects
- Made in the USA
- Designed for easy usage and storage
- Dimensions: 25.4 x 17.8 x 5.1 cm
Games to Play
It could probably be better to let the doggie playmates play among themselves, with supervision of course. However, if you did want to organise games, ‘pass the parcel’ might be one that might go down well and shouldn’t cause too much chaos. Arrange chairs in a circle, obviously, one less than you need. Get guests, with their dogs on leads, to walk around the circle while the music plays etc., you know the drill.
Music to play might be, ‘How Much Is That Doggy In The Window’ or ‘Who Let The Dogs Out’, ‘Hound Dog’, ‘Walking The Dog’ etc. Stop the music at an appropriate time and the one without a chair is the loser. Provide dog treats as a prize for the winner.
Decoration Party Supplies
It would be cheaper to make your own decorations, for example:
Construct the doorway of a kennel from cardboard for the entrance to the venue.
Make a large sign saying ‘Please Wipe Your Paws’
Use chalk to draw paw prints on the pathway leading in.
Draw dog faces onto balloons and make paper ears to stick on.
If that all sounds a bit beyond you, then the suppliers below should be able to cater for your every need.
Dog Party Organisers
Based in South Shields Tyne and Wear, Pets2impress are now offering dog birthday party packages, tailored with treats and games, to make your dog’s party go with a woof, woof!
Based in Kent, Beeching Animal Behaviour Consultancy offer a variety of themed parties, where you can sit back and relax while they run the party for you.
Dog Cakes, Dog Cupcakes and Dog Treats Bakeries
The handmade cakes and treats made by Wilsons Pet Bakery, who are based in Staffordshire, take 4 -8 days to be delivered. They say that ‘Not only do dogs go ‘barking mad’ for our treats, they look so pretty too!’ Each stunning treat is beautifully hand finished with totally ‘dog safe’ carob & yoghurt coatings.
At The Hungry Hounds Bakery, their handmade dog treats and dog birthday cakes, that are packed with natural vitamins & minerals, are all beautifully presented so they look as good as they taste. Allow ten days notice when ordering.
The philosophy of The Black Dog Bakery is, ‘if we wouldn’t eat it ourselves, then we wouldn’t feed it to our dog!’ They make such treats as, Peanut Butter & Banana Muffins, Cheese & Bacon Bones, Garlic Balls and Banana & Honey Biscuits.
If you’re wanting some personalized dog-friendly cakes for your dogs birthday, or other special occasions, then Morgans Dog Boutique can provide them, and also gourmet dog treats like truffles.
The Dogs Cake Bakery, who are based in Bexhill, Kent, provide delicious designer, and traditional birthday cakes, as well as handmade treats, hampers, cards and a range of party items.
A party pack to include, personalised birthday cake, cupcakes, bone cookies and party bags to go home are provided by Doggie Patisserie. Cakes and bakes for your pampered pooch.
The philosophy of Barkers of Suffolk is to raise awareness of the benefits of healthy and at the same time, fun treats and cakes for dogs. Their range of birthday cakes are hand decorated with their own unique icing, to provide that special treat for your dogs special day.
Bespoke yummy dog birthday cakes are the perfect gift for your dog on its birthday, and Art and Co are the company to make them for you and your doggie. Make your choice from tasty carob (doggy safe chocolate), or lip-smacking peanut butter flavour, their cakes are sure to set your dogs drooling!
The Cheeky Dog Bakery is based in Dublin, Ireland and is a one woman and one dog online operation, run by Jenny and miniature dachshund Oscar. Making birthday cakes, cupcakes and more for those special events with your own cheeky dog.
Dog Party Suppliers
This company Party Delights is for children’s parties, but they do have Party Pups Party Supplies with matching plates, cups, napkins, decorations and more that would be suitable for a dogs birthday party.
A range of lovely dog party supplies can be found on etsy. Invitations, cake toppers, party in a box, treat boxes, banners, printables, stickers, door sign, and drink straws to name but a few. Check out the puppy party items from different sellers on this website.
Let’s Get This Paw-ty Started! is the motto on The Hungry Hound dog party page. They provide balloons, invitations, hats, banners, table covers etc. etc. Everything you need for the perfect pooch party.
For children, but the pup party kits would be suitable for a dogs party as well, with plates, cups, table cover, goody bags etc. The Boxed Up Party company provide everything you will need for your furry kid’s birthday party.
We all like a party and a get together with our favourite people, so why wouldn’t our furry kids. Give your pooch a party to remember with their hairy doggie mates, and you’ll all have a super fun day.