Dog Birthday Gifts
I ordered Eko’s birthday presents on Amazon. I found the cutest little Cactus dog toy from BarkBox. It has multiple layers for a dog to chew through – which is just perfect for a Dachshund who loves to destroy their toys.
It took Eko most of the day to get through all of the layers of the cactus toy, which is a total winner in my book. He enjoyed every second of it and he wasn’t willing to share (see photo below).
For Eko’s 2nd birthday, we bought him Ollie the Octopus from Amazon. This adorable dog toy has a head that squeaks and tentacles that make a crackling sound.
Pick Their Own Present
Another option would be to let your pup pick out their own birthday present at the pet store.
When my older dog, Reno, had a birthday, I would take him to our local pet store to pick out his own birthday toys.
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.
Wrapping The Gifts
Some dogs love to shred their presents and some dogs just don’t get it. To keep it easy for your pup, cut a small hole in a shoebox or use a tissue box and add a thin layer of wrapping paper over top.
That open space will allow your doxie to push their nose through and grab onto their new toy.
Growing up, my Dachshund Heidi would demolish a wrapped gift – she loved it! She was a fierce doxie who loved to hunt moles and mice outside. She had some pretty strong hunting instincts.
Birthday Party Decorations
For the party and the photo shoot background, I picked up a cute a Dog Birthday Party Banner
(from Amazon). It was reasonably priced and super adorable.
Birthday Pupcake Recipe
Instead of a large doggie birthday cake, I made some pupcakes instead. These perfect little doggie cakes were super easy to make and my dogs couldn’t get enough of them. Eko and his older brother, Bastian, gobbled them up.
(credit to Earth Rated)
Recipe Yields 6 Pupcakes
- Preheat Oven to 350 degrees
- Coconut oil
- 1/2 Cup of Flour
- 1 tsp Baking Soda
- 1 Large Egg
- 1/4 cup Apple Sauce
- 1/4 cup Peanut Butter (no xylitol)
Preheat your oven and grease a cupcake pan with coconut oil. Mix the flour and baking soda together in a large bowl. Then, mix in the egg, applesauce, and peanut butter. Add the batter to your greased cupcake pan. Super Easy!
Bake for 10 minutes.
Pupcake Icing Recipe:
1 Block of Cream Cheese
2 TBSP Honey
Mix the cream cheese and honey together in a bowl. Add icing to the top of your cooled pupcakes and viola! A birthday treat that is delicious and safe for dogs.
Post You May Like: Grain-free dog birthday cake recipe from acozykitchen.com.
Dog Party Activities
Taking your pup for a nice walk, hike, or a swim would be a fun thing to do with your dog on their 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.
Dogs love that one-on-one time with you. 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 doxie running around and having fun. Check out some more Doggie Birthday Party Game Ideas from The Dog Bakery.
Birthday Party Locations
I chose to have Eko’s puppy birthday party at home to keep it simple and celebrate with our family, but you can certainly take your pup to another location if you want to have a bigger birthday bash.
Fun places to have a dog birthday party:
- Dog Park
- Nature Park
- Dog Beach
- Doggy Daycare
How Do You Celebrate Your Dachshund’s Birthday? Let us know below.