Fun Ways to Celebrate Your Dachshund’s Birthday
Birthdays are the perfect time to celebrate the doxies we love. This year, I am celebrating the joy that my dachshund puppy brings into my life everyday.
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How Do You Plan a Birthday Party For A Puppy?
Some Simple and Fun ways to Celebrate Your Dachshund’s Birthday include a puppy photo session, puppy birthday gifts, yummy pupcakes, and some puppy dog games.
Our little Eko is turning 1! This year went by way too fast. What better way to show him how much we love him then with a special dog birthday party. I will show you how to keep it fun and simple. Don’t stress too much on the details.
Make sure to check out our cute birthday video at the end of the post.
As a busy dog mom of 2 fur babies and mama of 2 rambunctious boys, I needed some simple, yet memorable ways to celebrate my puppy’s 1st birthday.
Many dog mom’s have a huge celebration for their pups all in one day. I chose to split up the dog birthday fun into a couple of days. This way, I could fit in everything I wanted to do for my puppy, Eko, without any rushing.
Do you have a social dachshund who loves lots of people and other dogs? Great! Make sure to invite your doxie’s favorite people and doggie friends to the party.
On the other hand, if you have a doxie that doesn’t necessarily Love other people and dogs, you may want to consider having a more private birthday party at home with the family.
That is what we did for little Eko. Eko is ok with others, but not great with large crowds or too much chaos, so we kept it simple and sweet.
Birthday Photo Shoot
First, decide on your cute birthday themed props. I bought a cute dog birthday hat and bow set off of Amazon for the puppy photo shoot. I used a white photo backdrop and some of my son’s leftover birthday balloons for the background.
Get some fun inspiration online… there are tons of neat simple or elaborate ways to create your own DIY Birthday backdrop set up right at home.
I set up the white backdrop and the balloons outside to get some really good natural light for the photos. I also added a puppy gate and some boards to keep the area enclosed so Eko wouldn’t run off.
I used a Canon 70D DSLR camera for Eko’s puppy photo shoot and followed up with some detail clean up in Photoshop.
In my opinion, candid dog photos are best. Eko’s little hat only stayed on for a few seconds…and that was because we baited him with some yummy dog treats.
The photo session only took a few minutes, which is about how long Eko’s patience lasted. It helps to have a few extra helping hands during the session, to keep things quick and focused.
You can always use your smartphone camera and a white wall or sheet in the background as well. Get creative and use what you have available. This shot of Eko against the blue wall was taken with my iphone and edited in the Color Story App. I think it turned out pretty cute!
You know those adorable Birthday Milestone Birthday posters people have for their kids? I made one for little Eko’s Birthday to remember his first year with us.
I created this puppy birthday poster on Canva.com for free. You may print out and personalize one of you own if you would like.
Here is the free Puppy Poster PDF to download and print. Enjoy!
Dog Birthday Party Gifts
Some dogs love to open up wrapped presents and some dogs just don’t get it. I used some easy-to-open boxes for Eko’s Birthday presents since it was his first time trying to open a gift.
Growing up, my dachshund Heidi would demolish a wrapped gift. She was a fierce doxie who loved to hunt moles and mice outside. She had some pretty strong ‘dachshund’ instincts…ha ha.
I ordered Eko’s Birthday Presents on Amazon. I found the cutest little 2-in-1 cactus dog toy from Bark Box. It has multiple layers for the dogs to chew through…which is just perfect for a dachshund who loves to destroy their toys in no time.
It took him most of the day to get through all of the layers, which is a total winner in my book. He enjoyed every second of it!
I put Eko’s new cactus toy in a nice hat box, which was easy for him to pull it out and play. As you can see below, Eko isn’t willing to share his new cactus toy with anyone, not even me!
We also picked up the Dog Suction Cup Toy. It is a treat dispenser and a tug of war toy that will keep your dog entertained for you. We love it!
Here is a cute video of a small pup enjoying a similar version of this toy on YouTube.
Let Them Pick Their present:
Another option would be to let you pup pick out their own birthday present at the pet store.
In the past, when my older dog, Reno, had a birthday, I would take him to our local pet store to pick out his own birthday toy. I laid out a couple of nice looking ones (that were in my budget) and he would sniff each one until he found his favorite.
On the way out of the store, Reno would hold onto that special new toy in his mouth through check out and on the car ride home. He was so excited, which made me feel good.
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Birthday Party Decorations
I picked up the Oopsu Dog Birthday Party Supplies Set (from Amazon) for Eko’s party supplies. This set included 2 puppy birthday banners, a cute birthday hat and a bow tie. It was reasonably priced, and super adorable. Just right for Eko!
How to Make Birthday Pupcakes
Instead of a large doggie birthday cake, I made some pupcakes instead. These perfect little pupcakes were super easy to make and the dogs couldn’t get enough of them (Eko and his older brother, Bastian).
I love this pupcake recipe because it has non-toxic, safe ingredients for my pups…and the kids and I can enjoy them too.
(credit to Earth Rated)
Recipe Yields 6 Pupcakes
- Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
- 1/2 Cup of Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 Large Egg
- 1/4 cup Apple Sauce
- 1/4 cup Peanut Butter (no xylitol)
Mix the ingredients together in Large Bowl and add to a greased cupcake pan. I used coconut oil to grease my pan.
Bake for 10 minutes.
Pupcake Icing Recipe:
Block of Cream Cheese
2 TBSP Honey
Mix together in Large Bowl. Add Icing to the top of your pupcakes and viola! A birthday treat that is delicious and safe for dogs.
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Puppy Party Activities
Taking you pup for a nice walk, hike, or a swim would be a fun thing to do with your dog on his special day.
Eko loves to go on nature hikes. That fresh air, lots of places to sniff and mark along the way, it’s a Dachshund’s paradise. For an extra special treat, we took Eko to a new hike for his birthday.
Dogs love that one-on-one time with you, what better way to do that than with a game of fetch. Get your dog’s favorite ball or frisbee out and spend some quality time playing with your pup.
Hide and Seek
Dachshunds love playing hide and seek. If the weather outside isn’t favorable, it is the perfect game to play inside to get your pup running around and having fun. Check out some more Doggie Birthday Party Game Ideas from The Dog Bakery.
Dog Birthday Party Locations
I chose to have Eko’s puppy birthday party at home to keep it simple and celebrate with out family, but you can certainly take your pup to another location of you want to have a bigger bash for your pup.
Here are some fun places to have a dog birthday party:
- Dog Park
- Nature Park
- Dog Beach
- Doggy Daycare