Dogust: How To Throw A Dog Birthday Party

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(Picture Credit: Getty Images)

What better way to celebrate your dog than to throw him or her a birthday bash? You don’t have to know when your dog was born; if you’ve got an adopted pup, you can celebrate the day you brought her home, or make it August 1st(or DOGust). August 1st is a special day set aside as the birthday of all dogs whose actual birth date is unknown.

Like people birthday parties, dog birthday parties can be as formal or as low-key as you want. You can choose a theme, send out invitations, put together goody bags, and dress your pup up if he’s into it. Or you can think about what your dog loves best in life, and give her one full day of it with a few of her best doggie pals and their people: A group romp in the woods, a day at the beach, a run through an agility course. And of course, an extra tasty treat when it’s all over.

No matter how you celebrate, invite as many or as few dogs and people as you and your pup will find enjoyable–and no more. Packs of dogs can be unruly, and nothing ruins the party spirit quicker than the birthday girl or hostess getting overwhelmed or stressed.

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