Remember that a dog’s stomach can be easily upset by new foods, so only offer special treats in limited amounts. Instead of a whole piece of cake, just a few bites will do.
It’s better to send home a selection of goodies that can be fed over a period instead of giving the dogs too much all at once.
Be sure to ask your guest’s owners about any allergies or special dietary considerations that may require special attention.
Avoid feeding anything too spicy or rich.
- Keep the number of guests reasonable for the space you have.
- Be sure the dogs have met before and are familiar with one another.
- Be prepared for a little mess and have some rags or moist wipes on hand for clean ups.
- Make certain little children at the party are supervised when with the dogs.
- Have a water bowl available at all times.
The special ingredient in this cake is freeze dried liver. You can simply use a package of liver treats and grind them into a powder in a blender or food processor.
- ½-cup cornmeal
- 1 ½ cups whole-wheat flour
- 1 egg
- 1/4 cup honey
- ¼-cup ground freeze-dried liver
- 1-cup water
- 1 tsp. baking powder
Mix all ingredients well and pour into greased 8-inch cake pan.
Bake at 350⁰ for 25 minutes
Cool completely before serving
If desired, ice with a thin coating of cream cheese sprinkled with a bit of carob powder
Cut into small squares and serve
Oatmeal Pumpkin Cake
Most dogs love the taste of pumpkin, and it’s so good for them too. The combination of cinnamon, pumpkin, and oatmeal is simply irresistible!
- 1-cup minute oats
- ¼-cup vegetable oil
- ½ cup canned pumpkin
- ¼-cup honey
- 2 eggs
- 1 ½ cups flour
- 1 tsp. cinnamon
Mix all ingredients and pour into greased 8-inch pan.
Bake at 350⁰ for 35-40 minutes
Frost with a thin layer of cream cheese when cool.
Yogurt Peanut Butter Cake
The yogurt adds creaminess and flavor to this all time favorite. Most dogs love peanut butter and this cake has lots of the tasty goodness in every bite! This one needs no icing!
- ½ cup natural peanut butter
- 1-cup applesauce
- 1 tsp cinnamon
- 1-cup plain yogurt
- 1 egg
- 2 cups flour
- 1 tsp baking powder
Combine all ingredients and mix well.
Pour into greased 9x 13 cake pan.
Bake at 350⁰ for 35- 50 minutes.
Cool and serve.
Believe it or not, many dogs love the flavor of banana. This cake combines banana and sour cream for a true canine delight! The honey and applesauce add just the right touch of sweetness.
- 31/2 cups flour.
- ¼ cup honey.
- ½ cup vegetable oil.
- ½ cup applesauce.
- 2 eggs.
- 3 mashed bananas.
- ½ cup sour cream.
- 1 tsp baking soda.
Mix all ingredients well and pour into greased 9×13 pan.
Bake at 350⁰ 45-50 minutes.
If desired, frost with a drizzle made from melted yogurt chips.
Doggie Frozen Dessert
Just like many humans, dogs prefer their cake with a scoop of ice cream. This frozen dessert is not only a tasty addition to your dog’s birthday cake, it’s also healthy and full of vitamins.
- 1 cup vanilla yogurt.
- 1 cup canned peaches.
- 1 banana.
- ¼ cup honey.
- ¼ cup carob chips.
Blend together until smooth and freeze in ice cube trays
Add one cube to each piece of doggie cake, letting the cubes soften a bit before serving
These take a little extra time to make but they are so cute, they’re well worth the effort. You’ll need to find small alphabet cookie cutters at a craft or bakery supply store. You’ll also need a large bone shaped cookie cutter, or a cardboard bone shaped template.
- 3 cups soft whole wheat flour.
- 1 cup broth or milk.
- ¼ cup vegetable oil.
- 1 tablespoon carob powder.
Combine flour, oil, and broth and knead into a soft ball
Roll out ½ inch thick and cut out large bone shape with template
Using small alphabet cutters, cut the name of the dog from the center of the bone shape
Take the dough that you removed with the cutters and add the carob powder to it to form a chocolate dough
Roll this dough out and cut the dogs’ names again with the small cutters
Place the “chocolate” letters back into the empty spaces of the large bone
Bake at 350⁰ about 30 minutes until crunchy
You will now have a personalized golden brown bone with the dogs name in chocolate on the inside!
Making a homemade dog toy to take home can be part of the fun of the party for your human guests. Here are a couple of quick ideas.
Provide guests with an assortment of fleece strips of various colors. Braid three strips together and knot at each end to create a quick and durable tug of war toy.
Braid three strips together and insert a small rubber ball about half way down. Continue braiding and knot at both ends. Now you have a chew toy that can also double as a fetch toy.
Give each guest an empty water bottle. Provide an assortment of old, clean socks with the toe cut off. Human guests can place a water bottle inside the sock of their choice and secure with a knot at each end. Dogs love chewing on the covered bottles because they make a neat crunching sound.
Frisbee “Gift Basket”
Arrange an assortment of homemade treats inside colorful Frisbees. Wrap in clear cello and tie with ribbon for a cool take away gift.
Bandana Gift Sack
Tie up an assortment of homemade treats in a colorful bandana. Secure with a decorative ribbon.
Dress Your Dog
For this game you will need a small basket of assorted clothing items for each dog and owner. Use easy to put on items such as children’s socks, ties, scarves, wrist bands, head bands, doggy boots, dog collars, etc. Have each owner and dog sit beside their basket of clothes. On the word go, each owner tries to put as many articles of clothing as possible on their dog. It doesn’t matter where or how the clothes go on, as long as they stay on. The winner is the team whose dog has the most number of articles on at the end of the given time limit. A special prize for this game might be a fancy bandana.
Treat Treasure Hunt
Before this game, you will need to hide an assortment of dog treats around the room. If you want to prepare ahead of time, it’s best to hide the treats in a room or area that the dogs will not be visiting until it’s time for the game. When it’s time to play the game, have each owner and dog stand together in the area where the treats have been hidden. Give each team a small basket for holding found treasures. On the word go, each team races to find as many treats as possible and put them into the basket without Fido eating the treats first! The team with the most treats in the basket at the end of the allotted time is the winner. The prize for this game is the treats of course!
Fetch the Toys
For this game you will need to buy some inexpensive dog toys or collect some used ones from friends and family. Have two small baskets for toys for each team of dog and owner. Put an assortment of toys in one basket for each team. Place the second empty basket a few feet away. On the word go, each owner tries to get their dog to pick up a toy from the full basket and carry it to the empty basket and drop it in. The winner is the team that has transferred the most toys from the full basket to the empty one. A new dog toy would be a good prize for this game.