Day: September 8, 2017

8 Sep

How to Have a Kids’ Puppy Dog Birthday Party

Young kids love pets – especially dogs. Nicole Franklin, of Middleburg, FL, decided to capitalize on her son’s love of puppies by planning a Puppy Dog Picnic themed party for his first birthday. Use some of her ideas along with your own to plan the perfect birthday party for your dog crazed child.

How to Make Puppy Dog Birthday Party Invitations

Puppy dog invitations can be made at home with colored paper and a computer. Use Microsoft Word to insert puppy dog clip art onto a blank document. Change the dog clip art from color to black and white and insert a text box onto the top of the graphic.

Write the party details in the text box underneath the poem, “A Puppy Picnic will be so much fun, and will help us celebrate Sam turning one! With lunch, games and a cool puppy cake, this is one birthday picnic you’ll just have to make!”

Next type the phrase, “Join us for a tail-waggin’ good time!” onto an outline of a bone and print both graphics out on colored paper. Cut out the shapes and glue the bone onto the bottom of the dog’s feet.

How to Make a Puppy Dog and Dog Bowl Birthday Cake

Baking your own puppy-themed birthday cake can be easy to do. Bake two 9-by-13-inch cakes and freeze them overnight. Place them on top of each other and cut the top layer at an angle to form a small hill. Frost the cake and decorate it to look like puppy construction site.

Bake two 6-inch circular cakes and cut and frost them to form a dog dish. Fill the dog dish cake with chocolate donut holes that resemble dog food and place a toy dump truck next to it so that it looks like the truck is dumping the food into the dish. Next secure the dump truck to the cake with toothpicks behind the wheels. Add a plastic toy dog and plastic construction workers to the top of the cake to complete the dog bowl theme.

Puppy Dog Birthday Party Games

Create dog themed games that are fun for all ages.

  1. Pin the Bone on the Puppy is a party game that all kids can play. To make your own paint a dog’s face on a large white poster board and glue folded construction paper ears on it. Cut bone shapes out of brown paper and place tape on the back of each one. The children take turns placing the bones on the puppy poster.
  2. The Hot Dog Game is modeled after the classic children’s game hot potato. The kids sit in a circle and pass a toy dog around the circle as music played. When the music stops the child who is holding the dog was out. The game continues until there is only one child left.
  3. Fetch the Dog Food gets kids moving outside in the backyard. Spread ball pit balls all over the backyard and place a small kid’s pool on the patio. Invite the children outside and tell them that a big dog has made a mess of his food and has gotten it all over the backyard. Explain to them that they have to collect all the food (balls) and place them back in the big dog dish.

Puppy Dog Birthday Party Food

Serve picnic food with a puppy theme at the birthday party. The main dish is, of course, hot dogs and macaroni salad. Set out bowls filled with Scooby Snack crackers and Puppy Chow cereal party mix for the guests to snack on.

Nicole’s son and his guests had lots of fun at their Puppy Dog Picnic. She would recommend this party theme for any young dog lover and felt that it was perfect for a multi-age crowd.

8 Sep

Dog Obedience Training

True, there are some basic commands all dogs should know. The universal Sit/Stay/Lay Down can actually make the difference between unruly animals and loveable household companions. We took this quite a step further for our dogs, ever since the oldest was a puppy and we made a list of all the commands we could possibly think of to teach him! We found a much-needed outlet for all of that magnificent intelligence and energy that dogs are known for.

Creating a smart, well-mannered dog is not as hard as you might think and it doesn’t require any special expertise in obedience training. All you need is a strong desire to see an improvement in your dog and the willingness to apply some time, patience, and a little common sense to their learning–you won’t ever regret it!

Knowing the commands is just the first step. When a stranger sees the list of things our dogs can do they feel a bit overwhelmed… Some typical responses include:

“Oh wow, look at that!”

“How can they possibly know so much?”

or

“My dog(s) can never behave like this!”

But handing that list over to a petsitter or a newly introduced person is like a golden ticket to fun, excitement, awe, and enthusiasm. They begin to play with the animals, interact more fully, and truly enjoy the experience. It is like being handed a remote control (with instructions) for our three loveable pooches.

Here are the commands they follow:

Our dogs will usually respond to the following commands no matter who delivers them, so long as they are focused on the person and the commands are delivered in a firm, direct manner. No begging or pleading here, think about the leader or person in a position of authority, when they tell you to sit, they expect you to sit–so there is no pleading or repeating over and over again what you already heard.

  • Sit
  • Stay
  • Lay down
  • Paw (for a handshake or to wipe muddy, wet feet)
  • Other Paw (they hand over the opposite one)
  • Paws up
  • Get off
  • Get up (dogs stand up from a seated or lying position)
  • Go over there (point any direction and they follow finger, useful for vacuuming or other navigation!)
  • Go to the door (they run to any door you point to and sit)
  • Go to bed (same idea, point to the doggie bed and they’ll go lay down there)
  • Get back (for reverse motion, walking backwards/backing up)
  • Speak
  • Howl
  • Crawl
  • Settle down
  • Get out of… [blank] (could be whatever room they’re in such as bathroom, kitchen or bedroom but could also be anything they’re into like trash, dirt, toilet, etc.
  • And of course… the classic: NO! SHH! HEY! NUH UNH! (any sharp phrase or utterance that gets their attention back on you and your loving leadership, keeping them out of trouble)

That should be an excellent start for any companion animal but keep in mind this is just a start. From all of the extremely well trained rescue and service animals to the performance and show animals that we have all seen over the years, dogs are obviously capable of much more but from here on out it just gets more complicated and involves holding their attention longer and stringing together many of the basic commands.

If you take another look at the list you’ll see that the commands aren’t any different from what I would say to a child or another person whom I wanted to see do the same thing… now thats common sense! Why would I make it any harder to remember what the word is to get my dog into the car when I can just speak far more naturally to them as though they are my friend. Many commands also include a hand signal which is a very natural part of human expression. In many cases dogs are more aware of our gestures and body language than the actual words that we apply to something, so be natural and communicate the way you would to anyone else who didn’t speak your language and you’ll do fine!

I feel that this is the key to great relationships with your animals… keep it natural feeling and fun for both of you. Thanks for reading this article, be sure to check out my other ones and good luck with your pet(s)!