Dogs love to play. They’re understandably in their element whenever we throw dog parties for them. As dog owners, we love to indulge our pets with colorful celebrations that are a mix of good food, great company, and exciting games.
After all, what could be more fun than having our pets, our friends, and their pets all together for one outlandish and entertaining celebration? Here are a few games you can use to spice things up even more at your next dog party.
#1. Obstacle Course
(Conclusion: Set up an obstacle course that dogs and their owners need to push a ball through.)
Divide your guests and their dogs into two teams and give each team a ball. The object of the game is to push the ball through the obstacle course — not with their hands, but with their dogs.
To make things even more fun, fill the obstacle course with, well, obstacles. The more space you have, the more room you’ll have for unusual and fun obstacles. Place objects they’ll have to move over, furniture they have to get under. Basically, anything that can add spice to the game is a great addition.
Have a prize for the winner and consolation prizes for all the others. It’s time to get creative.
#2. Simon Says
(Conclusion: Instead of barking out commands for people, have the dogs obey common commands like, sit and stay.)
Have fun seeing which dog is the best trained by holding a Simon Says game for dogs. Instead of barking out commands for people, have the dogs obey common commands like, sit and stay. Dogs that don’t follow the commands are automatically eliminated. The last dog standing wins.
#3. Tricks and Treats
(Conclusion: Get your friends to encourage their dogs to perform their most impressive tricks.)
This game lets you show off the tricks you’ve taught your dog. Get your friends to encourage their dogs to perform their most impressive tricks. Whether it’s playing dead, high-fiving them, or getting them to do something more unusual like assuming a prayer position, it will be great entertainment for all guests.
You can also get the kids involved by asking them to judge who the winner should be. You can have several award categories like “Funniest Trick,” “Most Impressive,” or “Most Obedient.” Award prizes to all the winners and the owners who trained them.
#4. Toy Hunt
(Conclusion: A modified version of an Easter egg hunt, hide rubber toys around the party grounds for dogs to find.)
A modified version of an Easter egg hunt, hide rubber toys around the party grounds for dogs to find. Your canine guests will be delighted to discover new chew toys around the area and their human owners will gladly let them take their new toys home.
The dog that discovers the most hidden toys wins and the toys are the reward.
#5. Musical Bumps
(Conclusion: The doggie-approved version of musical chairs will have dogs sit when the music stops.)
Musical Bumps is the doggie-approved version of musical chairs. The dogs must be leashed and their owners should be walking alongside them. Play some music and abruptly pause it. When the music stops, all the owners must command their dogs to sit down.
The pair whose dog sits last gets eliminated. Repeat the process until there is only one pair remaining so you can declare the winner.
Don’t Forget To Have Fun
(Conclusion: Whatever activities you decide on for your get-together, make sure to have fun and leave enough room for the unexpected.)
Turn up the fun factor by adding a theme to your party and giving away loot bags for the dogs and their owners. You can make your activities even more interesting by including interesting and attractive prizes that your guests will love competing for.
Dogs are good sports, unpredictable, and up for anything. This makes throwing parties for them and their owners uniquely enjoyable. Whatever activities you decide on for your get-together, make sure to have fun and leave enough room for the unexpected.
References and Citations: