Who says the Puppy Bowl can only happen once a year? You can recreate one in your own backyard and have a pup-a-palooza of a party for your furry children! You’ll be the talk of the neighborhood, and kids and dogs of all ages will have a blast.
Here are seven easy steps to achieving the soiree of your pets’ dreams:
1. Guest list.
This is the most important part of party planning! Be sure that all furry guests play well with other pets and have experience in dog groups. Don’t forget about the humans! Have games, drinks and snacks ready for your two-legged visitors as well.
Custom Dog Invitation: $4/ea.
2. Find “referees “ in your neighborhood.
This is a great job for any older neighborhood kids, or even an adult or two who likes to be in charge. Outfit them appropriately and make sure they take their jobs — keeping the pets safe and calm — very seriously. I mean, not so seriously they don’t have time for a hot dog or two, though!
Referee t-shirt: $18
3. Fun and Games!
We are obsessed with Kyjen dog games, and their outdoor agility kit is the perfect activity for excited pooches and their competitive owners! The easy-to-assemble kits come with weave poles, a hoop jump and a tunnel.
Kyjen Outdoor Agility Kit: $50
4. Time out!
After all that energy spent running, jumping and tugging, give Fido and his guests a chance to lounge poolside with this perfectly-sized splash-n-play pool. Makes for a great water dish and a splash zone!
Splash-n-Play Pool: $10
5. Treats: Shop Local!
My pooches love our local pet specialty shop, and I’m sure yours will, too if they don’t already! Find a pet shop that can provide some extra special treats and support your local businesses at the same time. It’s a win/win!
Personalized, All-Natural Cranberry Cookies: $10
6. Party Favors
Give your guests the ultimate memorable experience by treating them with a little take-home gift. From homemade dog treats to tennis balls, be sure to send them home with a reminder of what a great afternoon they had!
Classic Frisbees: $2
7. Clean Up
After the guests are gone, you don’t want any lingering reminders of the party in your yard. The Clean Response Swivel Bin and Rake are the perfect solution! Plus, you can use this time and time again to keep your backyard as pristine as it was before Fluffy became a beloved member of your family.
Swivel Bin and Rake: $18
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