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7 Ways to Spoil Your Dog on Their Birthday

By Stacy Painter
November 15, 2019 • 2 min. read
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Last updated Jan. 6, 2022

Happy birthday, dear pup! It’s your special day and you deserve to be treated like the wonderfully fabulous dog that you are. If your human isn’t sure how to celebrate, don’t worry—we’ve got them covered! Share this list of ideas to give your human some inspiration for ways to celebrate you.

Dog parent: Here are birthday ideas to help you celebrate your pup

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    Photo by Jasmin Chew on Unsplash

    Get some special playtime. Play fetch outside (or inside with a soft toy), hide treats around the house for your dog to sniff out, train a new trick, play tug-o-war, or any other activity you know your pup will enjoy.

  2. Make homemade treats. You don’t have to be a top chef to make something your dog will love. Try your hand at one of these dog biscuit treat recipes.
  3. Explore a new place. Find a park you’ve never visited or a hike you haven’t done yet and take your dog on an adventure to experience new sights and smells.
  4. Buy them a new toy (or remind them of their favorite toy). Make a trip to the pet store to pick out something special for your pup. If your dog’s toy basket is already overflowing, dig out an old favorite that they may have forgotten about.
  5. Plan a play date. What better way to delightfully surprise your dog than with a meetup with their best pal? Even if it’s only been a day since they last saw each other, you know your dog will be full-body-wag happy about this reunion.
  6. Give a massage or extra belly rubs. This is a great way to bond and spend time together while reminding your pet just how much you love them. Plus, they’ll never turn down the chance to spend extra quality time with you!
  7. Commemorate the day with a photoshoot. Decorate a space with brightly wrapped boxes, colorful streamers and party hats for an Instagram-worthy backdrop, then have your dog unleash their inner model.

Bonus: Throw your pup the most fabulous birthday party with these dog birthday party tips.

Which of these do you think is your dog’s favorite way to celebrate? You may just have to try all seven to find out!

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By Stacy Painter

Stacy has always been an animal lover and has worked in the pet industry for over a decade. As a writer since early childhood, content writing for a pet insurance company was a natural career path to combine her two passions. She currently lives in Florida with her boyfriend and Taiwanese rescue dog, Kaya.

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