During this spooky season, there is no doubt you will see a slew of photos of adorable costumed dogs on your social media feeds. Given the fact that so many pooches will be dressed to the nines, there are bound to be Halloween puppy parties a plenty. After all, our pups are a part of our family, and we want to make sure they are having a fun and festive time this Halloween. Feel like throwing a little get-together for your pooch and a few of his closest friends? Consider these fun dog-friendly games to get the night going.
1. Bobbing For Bones
Dogs shouldn’t bob for apples because they can be toxic in large doses. Instead, offer your pup and his friends a chance to bob for bones! Fill a few large bowls with water and drop in several treats. Release the hounds to go grab their treats. This is a game that is good in smaller groups. If you play this game with larger groups of dogs, be sure to have multiple bowls out. Also, talk to your human friends to make sure their dog isn’t prone to possessive or food aggression. Any pups that get too intense with food guarding should sit this one out.
2. Werewolf Competition
Thankfully, none of our dogs are going to turn into human-eating machines at the sight of a full moon. What our domestic dogs have in common with these supernatural creatures is their ability to howl. Does your pup go nuts at the sound of a siren? How about if you howl? These is a noisy game, but it can be hilarious to watch and join in with a bunch of dogs howling. Award the dog with the spookiest howl a special treat (though we know you’re going to give them all a treat). How about a homemade treat?
3. Tear Apart The Zombie
This is a fun outdoor game that requires a bit of preparation prior to the party. Get several large stuffed dog safe toys (preferably Halloween themed ones of a zombie nature) and gut them as best as you can. Once you take out the fluffy stuffing, replace it with doggy treats. Sew the toys back up with just a few stitches so they are easy to tear open with minimal effort. Release all the pups into the backyard and have them hunt down and tear the zombies limb from limb and enjoy their tasty flesh…erm, treats.
Make sure the toys are not made of any substance that is toxic to dogs, make sure the stuffed animals don’t have parts that the dogs could chew on, and you want to keep an eye on the dogs so they don’t swallow the toy itself. If you have a dog that might eat the whole toy, best not to play this game. This game is better for some doggie personalities than others and you know your dog’s personality better than anyone else including what is going to be a bad idea. Trust your instincts.
4. Paranormal Puppy Parade
If all of your puppy guests are going to be in costume, why not have a fabulous parade around the block? Take loads of pictures and have friends on social media vote for their favorite costumed dog. Give the winner a special treat and the rest of the dogs treats as well – hey, it’s Halloween, every pup deserves more treats than usual!
5. Tricks For Treats
All of your guests are incredibly talented pups. Have them show off a trick – whether it be a simple “sit!” or something you have been working really hard on with him, like rolling over and then army crawling – and reward them with a treat!
As always, be sure to give all of the dogs proper space to play, socialize, and interact. Be sure to talk to the other puppy parents to make sure there won’t be any dominance issues or possessive aggression when it comes to treats. And, most importantly, have fun with it! Halloween can be a really stressful time for your pup, so try to make it as comfortable and enjoyable for him and his friends as you can. If your dog is uncomfortable with wearing a costume, never force it. It’s more important that your pup have fun than in a costume.