Anyone who has dogs knows they can enjoy playdates and parties as much as children. If you live in an apartment, however, hosting a party for your dog may be a little tricky. If you keep a few tips in mind, you should be able to plan your dog's celebration without a hitch.
1. Inform Your Landlord
Landlords have some pretty complex laws when it comes to dogs and their property, so it might be good to tell them just in case. If there is more than one dog, it is even more important to tell your landlord that unfamiliar animals will be visiting the premises. Everyone loves their dogs, but animals can become unpredictable when excited. They could nip or knock someone over in their exuberance. You do not want to blindside your landlord if you need to contact him or her or enlist their help for an unexpected issue. Your landlord may even assist you in supplies or finding an appropriate spot. Your landlord may also ask that you also inform your neighbors. If you wanted, you could even invite some of the people from your complex to come to your dog’s party while you’re at it.
2. Find Space
Having human or canine friends over is an exciting time for your dog. Even a small dog needs room to run and release that pent-up energy. If your dog is small and only one or two are joining the party, then your apartment may be large enough for them. You still need to clear space and puppy-proof your home. Remove all small objects and anything valuable or breakable from reach. Remember, any visitors will be unfamiliar with what is off limits in your apartment. Dogs should be treated like small children who will eat anything they can get into their mouths and disregard anything within reach of their tails. Look into reserving a spot in the compound for your dog and his or her friends. Many apartment complexes have small dog parks, or you may be able to claim the barbecue or pool area for an afternoon. This is where talking to your landlord comes in handy. Keep in mind that dogs who are unfamiliar with each other will do better in larger spaces.
3. Plan Little Details
To have an apartment party for your dog will arguably require more planning than for other locations. Not only should you give your landlord and neighbors plenty of notice, but you should:
Organize your guest list well in advance.
If inviting people to bring their dogs, make sure your pet is familiar with them. Introduce them well before the party in a neutral place.
Do not forget your other pets.
if you have a cat or a bird, make sure you can secure them away from the commotion and potential harm. You may consider day boarding them if the party will be indoors.
Even if the party will take place largely in your apartment, figure out where dogs will take their bathroom breaks and how you will dispose of any waste. If the party is to include children, make sure supervision is sufficient for canine and child interactions.
What food will you serve?
Finally, make sure to prepare food appropriate for both dogs and humans. Ask your guests about any food allergies or intolerances. Provide plenty of fresh water.
Everyone loves parties, your dog included. Your apartment poses unique challenges for canine social events. However, by informing your landlord, finding plenty of space, and carefully organizing the small things, it can become the site of a joyous and satisfying celebration for you and your dog.
Rocky Kanaka is an entrepreneur, pet rescue advocate and dog dad to a rescue boxer named Flip, a blind Cane Corso called Kobe, and a terrier mix named Zoey. He's also a pet chef and owner of The Dog Bakery, which specializes in dog birthday cakes
and fresh baked dog treats. His three dogs can't get enough of the dog cakes and treats!
Lorna Paxton Ladd is a passionate dog lover and enthusiast of The Dog Bakery. She loves spoiling her 3 rescue dogs with dog cakes
and jerky. A 15 year veteran in the pet industry, her aim is to educate pet parents on the best recipes, products, tips and tricks to optimize the human/canine bond. Her favorite product at The Dog Bakery are the customizable dog birthday cakes.