Parties aren't just for humans. From birthdays to parades, dogs enjoy dressing for special events, and we enjoy seeing them it their studliest duds. Social breeds, especially, love to strut their stuff during a party. Here's how to do it safely!

Let's Play Dress-Up

Nothing gets a party started like your adorable pup rocking a seasonal sweater. When choosing clothing for your party animal, keep these tips in mind:

  • Don't obstruct your dog's ability to see, walk, or breathe.
  • Choose an accessory or article of clothing made specifically for dogs.
  • Pick a quiet outfit (without bells and squeakers) that won't startle or annoy your pup.

And remember, if your furrball isn’t feeling his new clothes, sometimes his birthday suit is the better bet.

Special Party Treats

While we all love to indulge in a piece of celebratory cake or a tray of cookies, these sweet treats are no good for pets. In fact, chocolate is poisonous to both dogs and cats.

Commit to keeping your pets healthy and happy during a party. Keep all candy out of reach and head to the pet store to pick out something special for the four-legged partygoers. A fun variety of soft, chewy, and crunchy treats is sure to please!

Keep It Wild

Birthdays don’t always need to involve elaborate party planning. It’s important to take your dog’s personality into consideration. A big party thrown for a shy dog might not make his day. Instead, a low-key long walk or a visit to his favorite park could be just the thing to make his birthday special. You can also check out these other great ideas for having a memorable day with your pet.

However you decide to celebrate your dog’s birthday, it's important to make time to focus on your pet and the joy he brings to your life. Whether it's a special treat or a full-blown party, there is always a way to let your pup know how much you love him on his birthday.