Helping Your Kids Take Care of a Puppy

Kids simply love puppies and puppies love kids! As parents you want to make sure that your kids treat the puppy right so that he can grow up into the perfect dog companion for your children.

Kids benefit greatly from a dog in the house. Depending on their age they can become involved in the care of a puppy but you as the parent need to be aware that a kid can never bear the responsibility for another being. This means that you are and always will be responsible for your dog’s wellness just as you are responsible for the wellness of your kids.

Nevertheless your kids can help look after the puppy under your supervision – an activity they will enjoy greatly.

If you delegate certain puppy – care jobs to your kids they will soon learn what the puppy needs to be happy. These jobs depend on the development of your youngsters.

Smaller children can help Mummy and Daddy put food into a puppy’s bowl and put the bowl down in front of the puppy. They can fill up the water bowl together with an adult and learn how to groom the little dog.
A somewhat older child can be encouraged to make sure there is always enough water in the pup’s water bowl and fill it up whenever needed.
Kids can be involved into the training of the puppy and they are very good at teaching dogs once they know how to do it.

The more you educate your kids about the pup’s needs the better they can help care for the young dog. Understanding the fact that a puppy is not a toy nor a human being and has his own needs that have to be respected enables a kid to take the perspective of another being.

Helping you look after the puppy supports your kid’s development by learning to take responsibility in a fun and rewarding way. If you adjust the task to your kid’s abilities both your kid and your puppy will benefit greatly by growing up to be a super team.

Getting a Dog – Should You Get an Adult Or a Puppy?

An adult dog is an attractive choice if you:

want a dog but don’t feel like bringing up a puppy at all

dislike puppy poo and pee in your house

hate the thought of being tied to the house or neighborhood for some time whilst the puppy matures

want someone to go for long walks with straight away

feel you don’t have the time nor patience to educate a young dog

simply can not afford a few weeks off work to stay at home to accommodate the puppies needs for constant companionship

need a dog who is already able to be left on his own for a few hours on a daily basis

feel that you are too old to get a puppy

your kids are too small

fear that looking after and bringing up a puppy would simply overpower you

A puppy, on the other hand is a good choice if you:

have plenty of time

simply love puppies

want to see your own dog grow up

are eager to teach him all the things he needs to learn to be your perfect companion

are prepared to watch a youngster develop and mature

are not fussy about the occasional puddle and happy to house train a puppy

Some people are better off getting an adult dog because they lack the physical abilities needed to cope with a boisterous youngster who is ready to explore the world.

This was the case with my elderly parents who, after the loss of their beloved bitch decided to give an adult dog a new home. It took them a while to get used to each other since the bitch had already developed some habits which were new to my parents. Nevertheless, they managed to get over the initial problems and both dog and humans are now happy to be a team.

When you don’t mind whether your new companion is a puppy or an adult you might want to seriously consider giving an adult dog a second chance.

There are many dogs out there who lost their homes and are desperately looking for someone new to love and look after. Dogs of all ages need loving new homes – be it because their owners split up, be it because their owners bought them for their kids and now feel they can’t cope. The reasons are many but all end in the same tragedy for the dog when he needs to find a new person who cares for him.

How to House Train a Puppy

So you have taken the plunge and decided to purchase a lovely puppy. You hug it and caress it and then find out that your front is all wet, yes you’ve just been christened by your new best friend.

House training a new puppy is going to take a little time, effort and patience on your part. You are going to have to put up with some disappointments in the early stages and your best carpet may see a little action which may not please you too much but there is no instant fix for solving this common problem.

A puppy has a very weak bladder and they cannot hold things in as much as they would like. They need guidance from you, after all they are moving into your home so it’s time to set a few ground rules.

If you have to leave your puppy alone then you do not let them have the run of the house. If you do this then they are seriously going to redecorate it for you in a color and fragrance you may not like. You have to restrict their movements so if they do something, and they probably will, then it’s no big deal to clean up.

I would recommend a crate and pad. Try dividing up the crate into two areas. The last thing a puppy will want to do is have to sit in it’s own business so if you make available two areas then they can do it in one and relax in another. A pad should help the puppy go in that particular place. If you have one crate undivided then it will simply makes the problem worse and the puppy will be standing in the business until all the bottom of the create has been covered. Confining the puppy to a crate is not cruel, you are just educating the little one.

If you are at home then you need to try and let the puppy out into the garden at least every hour when they are very young. As I mentioned before, they have a very small bladder and if they are drinking and eating on a regular basis then nature is going to take it’s course. You will probably get the best results if you stand outside with the puppy and don’t let them in until they have completed their task. If you are impatient and bring them back in prematurely then you know what will happen.

Once your puppy does something outside you need to praise it so they know they have done something good. The more times you do this the better. Puppies are not stupid and are quick to catch on and love a little praise in big portions so never forget to praise them. After a while a puppy will do their business outside pretty quickly knowing that praise is on the way.

You may find that having newspaper near the back door is a good idea. It’s the closest thing to the outside and if you are not there when you are required to let the puppy out then hopefully they will do the next best thing and do it on the newspaper.

You will know when the puppy wants to go because they start sniffing around a little and have the look of someone searching for the right place. Just place them outside immediately. If you are too late then feel free to raise your voice. Never smack the puppy and there is certainly no need to rub their noses in it. You can point to the area so they know exactly why you are annoyed.

House training a puppy is not rocket science and much of it is common sense. They need a little guidance from you to show them the right way to do it. This training will take a few weeks to start to come together but trust me, the rewards are just around the corner.

Cockapoo Puppies

I had been looking to buy a new puppy for my grandmother after her last dog died just before Christmas. She always favored small terrier dogs such as Westies or Jack Russells so this definitely helped to narrow down my search. As my grandmother is quite elderly it had to be a small dog which required little care and wouldn’t pull her around the block when she takes it out for a walk! I was surprised to see a documentary on TV recently which was about rare breeds of dogs and one that really caught my eye was a Cockapoo. A Cockapoo is quite simply a mixture of a Poodle and an American Cocker Spaniel and are incredibly cute and loving puppies. I’ll admit I was completely ignorant to the breed but I was surprised to learn that they have been present in America since the 1960’s. It made me wonder what other strange types of breeds I didn’t know about! The interesting thing about Cockapoo puppies is that the looks and characteristics of the dogs can be quite unpredictable and so the American Kennel Club does not recognize it as a proper breed. So if you see pure breeds or pedigrees advertised anywhere don’t believe it. The breeder is simply trying to get some of your hard earned cash from out of your wallet!

The big thing for me and buying a Cockapoo puppy for my grandmother was the fact that they are actually very easy to train. I’d say even easier than the terriers she’s used to which tend to have other ideas when you’re training them with even the most basic of commands. The other thing which made me go for a Cockapoo puppy was the fact that they are mild mannered and great for kids. They are naturally affectionate and loving and with all the grandchildren coming to visit her this was absolutely essential. I had to buy a pup that could be OK with the kids when left unsupervised.

I looked up a local breeder of the puppies and went to take a look. They were absolutely gorgeous and I found it hard not to buy a puppy for myself never mind my grandmother! I went for a floppy eared cream color pup that I hoped my grandmother would love. I wasn’t disappointed. She absolutely loved the puppy and the feeling seemed to be mutual. She’s now had it for over a month and loves it. All the grandchildren seem to love it to as she’s getting so many more visitors than normal! Perhaps they all just want to see the strange looking pup called Malcolm.

Puppy Power! Tips for New Puppy Owners

Check out these great tips for new puppy owners, or those who are considering getting a new puppy. There are, of course, many more things to consider with a new puppy than what is listed here, but these tips should help give you a good start!

1. Do some research to determine the best diet for your puppy. Make sure to start a regular feeding regimen and minimize any excess snacks.

2. Look into puppy training courses. Puppy training courses are a great way to teach your new pup the basics, and they also help your pup begin to socialize with others. Many local vets and organizations provide these courses at a reasonable rate.

3. Make sure you spay or neuter your new puppy. There is much debate as to the proper age for spaying and neutering your pet, so consult with your veterinarian before making a decision.

4. Take advantage of crate training at an early age. Crate training does wonders for teaching your pup not to use the bathroom in the house, and it often provides your puppy with a special place they can call their own.

5. Take pictures! Your puppy won’t be a puppy for long, and you’ll wish you had more pics of him/her when she/he was little.

6. Keep your puppy on a consistent and frequent potty schedule. Puppies have small bladders, and need to go out frequently while they are young. If you work during the day and aren’t able to take your puppy out every few hours, consider hiring a dog walking / pet sitting service to help your puppy get some much needed breaks.

7. Love, love, love! Puppies need a ton of love and attention, so make sure to give your puppy as much quality time as you can!

8. Start leash training / walking training early. It’s a good idea to get your pup used to walking on a leash at an early age so that they walk properly on a leash as they get older. Determine whether or not you’ll be using a harness with your pup, and try to avoid retractable leashes, as they provide less control over your puppy’s walking behavior.

9. Bring your new puppy in for a complete physical. They’ll need to be examined to make sure they’re in good shape, and they’ll need some frequent vaccinations for the first few months.

10. Make sure everyone in the family is following all the rules. If you have a specific routine, training keywords, feeding rules, etc. it’s important that everyone who interacts with your puppy follows the same approach. Consistency is key, and different approaches will only confuse your puppy and prevent them from learning quickly.

11. Socialize! Your puppy will grow into a more approachable and better behaved dog if you begin socialization at an early age. Make sure they get as much human interaction as possible, and as they get older, keep them involved with other four-legged friends in a safe environment (make sure to keep a watchful eye on your puppy when around other animals, and avoid dog parks until your puppy is at least 16 weeks old).

12. If it’s around, they’ll eat it. Do your best to pick up anything in your home that your puppy could get into and chew/swallow/tear up. Puppies will eat just about anything they can find, so be mindful of what is available to them.

13. Stay strong. Puppies will often cry through the night at an early age, or whimper when you head out the door. Like with human babies, the best thing to do to avoid dependencies or separation anxiety is to stay strong, and to not make it a “big deal” when you leave or come home, or when you head to bed.

14. Don’t encourage any behaviors you won’t appreciate when your puppy is older. Jumping on you, carrying your shoes, chewing your fingers… these may be cute when your puppy is small, but could be less so when your puppy gets to 80 lbs!

15. Consider microchipping your puppy. At a minimum, you should make sure your puppy has all his/her relevant tags, as well as clear contact information in case they get lost. Microchipping is a great way to keep your puppy safe in situations where their tags come off or go missing.

16. Always use positive reinforcement. Never hit or scream at your puppy for inappropriate behavior. Instead, provide positive reinforcement when your puppy does something good. A firm “No!” or “Bad!” is necessary in some situations, but for the most part, puppies learn best through encouragement for good behavior, rather than discouraging bad behavior.

17. Groom your puppy at an early age. If you get your puppy used to brushing, nail clipping, teeth cleaning, etc. while they are young, it will be significantly easier to perform these activities when they get older.

Puppy Love – What Young Hearts Should Do


Everybody calls it puppy love. But what is that? Why in the world the word puppy attached to it? As long as you know, your feeling for her is real. Your affection for her is very deep. You want nothing except her. And the thought of losing her is unbearable!

You did not know what had happened to you. But now you feel that you have changed in someway, strange way. Unlike those good old days when you see all of your friends as your play mate, now it seems, for no reason at all, that girl looks very different from the others. A strange feeling that you have never had before….

Now her face is always on your mind, your mouth always whispers her name. You even tried to write a most beautiful poem for her, something that had never crossed your mind before.

You are confused, you do not know what to do. You feel the world has changed, all became very strange. Worse than that, you do not know if she, the one you have a crush on, is having the same feeling for you or not. You long for her, but when you meet her your nervousness makes you look silly before her. Wow! This yearning is torturing… but beautiful!

The Cause

Young friend, if that is what you feel, know this: you are not alone. Every teenager in the world sooner or later will face it. It is normal. The hormone changes in your body make you see those from the opposite sex differently.

In fact, every adult in the world had had been through it. There is even funny calls for it: puppy-love, calf-love, or even kitten-love. “Puppy-love?”, you asked. Yes, because just like a puppy which is always very excited to every new thing she can find, so are we when we enter that puberty period and experience attraction to the opposite sex.

It is like a whole new world opened before our eyes, a beautiful new world of romance. We want to experience it to the fullness of it, but our fear and lack of experience make us sit there and waiting.

You do not know what to do. But too ashamed to ask your parents about it. Moreover, it seems they will not care enough. “At most they will just laugh and say that it is only a puppy love”, you thought.

Yeah, you might be right. Your parents, uncles and every other adult around you might not take that seriously. They might just make fun of you and call you “a puppy in love”. “It is just a puppy love”, they might say heartlessly.

“How come they say that? Calling a pure love like this a puppy love? Very offending!”, you thought.

Relax! They are just teasing you. They do not mean to belittle your feeling. They know and understand what you feel. All of them had been there. And because of it, they know well that most probably it will not be long. If you do not close yourself from the other girls, you will find that you have another crush to another girl soon… another puppy love:-)

What To Do

So, it is good that you wait. Do not take that feeling of infatuation too seriously. Because as a very young adult, your mind and heart are still not mature enough to handle the complexities that a relationship can bring. Your young heart and mind might not be able to handle well the pain and misery that will always be there in an unhealthy relationship.

Actually, in this “new world of romance”, beauty and happiness belong only to those who are matured in mind and emotion. Why? Because both parties in every relationship have very different background & characters. Without understanding and maturity, no relationship will bring happiness to the persons involved in it. And bad relationship will always diminish the quality of lives of the ones involved.

So, it is good that you wait. Learn a bit more, observe your feeling as well as your surrounding. Enjoy your young life and do not let anything deviate you from what you are supposed to do. Remember, you have a very long way to walk on in your life. Do not let these temporary changes ruin your future!

How to Treat Four Puppy Problems

Don’t you just love puppies? They are absolutely adorable! Having a new puppy at home is a source of endless joy and happiness…that is until ‘bad’ puppy behaviors start to develop. Don’t fret, here’s how you can treat unwanted puppies problems:

1. Excessive or destructive chewing. Chewing is quite normal for young puppy in that it is necessary because it minimizes the pain of teething, strengthens his jaws and with the proper chew toy, eliminates some dental problems like tartar and plaque build-up.

Between the ages of 5 – 9 months, puppies engage in moderate to intense chewing. Some breeds are more active chewers than others. If this behavior is left unchecked (or unchallenged) you may have to say goodbye to your tennis shoes or the coffee table’s legs!

The smartest thing to do is to give your puppy a chew toy. When you go to a pet store, you will surely be overwhelmed by the many different shapes, sizes, and colors of chew toys to choose from. Make sure to get the ones that are appropriate to the size of your puppy.

When you see your puppy chewing on anything but his chew toy, let him know immediately by issuing a firm command. Then, move him away from the unacceptable item and give him his chew toy.

2. Biting and Nipping

Biting and nipping can get out of hand if not addressed properly and is probably the most important of puppies problems. If this is not treated it can lead to more serious biting in adulthood.

Puppies usually do not bite or nip in an aggressive manner. As such, puppy owners find this behavior cute. It’s not! Pupps have to learn that this is not acceptable, especially when their sharp teeth may cause you or someone else pain and discomfort. Say ‘Ouch!’ and pull out your hand from his bite.

A firm, solid reaction is what you need to show the puppy. Screaming, shouting, or continuing to rough house with him after he bites you sends the message that you are playing with him. This encourages him to continue with this unwanted nipping.

3. Barking

Barking is normal. You want to hear your little critter’s arfs and woofs. However, when he barks constantly, it becomes a problem.

Puppies may bark because: they are hungry, bored, need attention, hear other dogs, animals or persons that he is unfamiliar with, or wants to go potty. Find out why he barks. If he has been in his crate for a long time, he may need to go for a walk or relieve himself. Make sure you feed him on time and the right amount. Check that his water bowl is full as well. Knowing why the little fur ball barks will help you correct the excessive barking properly.

4. Jumping Up

Jumping up to you or others constantly needs to be addressed before it turns into a long term problem. Sometimes, it may not be the owner but other persons that the puppy comes in contact with who unwittingly encourage this type of negative behavior. If a puppy jumps up to someone, and that someone leans down to pet or acknowledge the puppy, the little doggie will think what he did is acceptable. He will then continue this action because he knows it will get him attention.

Ignore the puppy when he jumps up towards you and walk away. Tell your family and friends to do the same. Of course Spot will not take this sitting down and will continue jumping towards you. Be consistent. Ignore him even if you are dying to smother him with kisses. When you see that he is already calm, that’s when you can call his name so he can come to you.

Different dog owners and trainers have different solutions to puppies problems. Some owners turn to aversive conditioning while other use physical punishment. Nobody likes to be spanked or in the case of the jumping up behavior, dogs don’t like being kneed on the chest. If you can, it is best to stay away from physical punishment. This may work at certain times but think of the long term effects on your puppy. Train and discipline him with love. This will guarantee a long lasting friendship with your new best friend.

5 Easy Puppy Training Tips

Who does not love puppies? Of course, every one of us would like to own puppies because they are man’s best friend. Having a puppy does not only bring fun to a person’s life but it also comes with new responsibilities. These responsibilities should not be neglected instead these must be one of your priorities. Yes, puppies are cute but there is a higher possibility that they can be a nuisance at your home if they are not trained well. They can be a threat to your visitor if they are not properly taught. For you to have a fun and enjoyable time with your puppy here are 5 easy puppy training tips that would be helpful to you.

Tip 1. Never leave your puppy unattended. If the puppy is not well trained, he tends to follow his instincts by biting your sofa, peeing on the floor, climbing on your bed, and others. To avoid this, you must keep an eye on him and train him not do these things. If you do not have enough time to oversee your new puppy, you can try getting a dog kennel of highest quality.

Tip 2. Expose your puppy to the outside world. Let your dog socialize by bringing him into the park where there are lots of people as well as other dogs. But before bringing the puppy at some crowded places, your puppy must already be used to being touched or patted by strangers. If you plan to bring your puppy to the vet for a check-up or to the pet shop to be groomed, you must check the puppy’s teeth, pat the paws, hold the belly, and stroke the ears before proceeding to the shop. With these, your puppy will not be conscious when you bring him to the vet, the groomer, or if some children wants to touch your puppy.

Tip 3. The effective puppy training tips include the use of hand signals and motivation. Hands signals will help tell the puppies what their masters want them to do. Since dogs are very good at reading body language, it is most advantageous to teach them when they are still puppies. Motivation is another factor that hastens the training pace of your puppy. Positive reinforcements are highly recommended when training your puppy the basic skills like sit, roll over, and lie down.

Tip 4. Feed the puppy on a regular schedule. If the puppy knows the specific time to eat, the puppy will be trained to be never violent with his bowl when eating. In this training, obesity of your puppy can also be prevented. If the puppy knows his feeding schedules, it follows that he will easily learn to obey a command such as stop, sit, and move.

Tip 5. You must never appear dominant for your puppy when training him. Show him leadership not dominance. Teach your puppy to just lie with their belly instead of the “Alpha roll”.

Of these 5 easy puppy training tips, the most important is letting your dog learn how to socialize. Remember to always pat his head, rub his warm belly and touch his whole body so he could automatically adjust should other people give him a pat on the head.

Everyone wants to have his own dog. But it is wise to already bring a dog in your house while he is still a puppy. A puppy can be easily trained as you can teach him a specific behaviour you want him to possess. Crate training puppy is the most efficient and effective way of training a puppy. What is crate training? Is it easy to do? These are some questions you may ask yourself.

What is crate training?
Your dog should learn to love their crate so that they won’t pee or destroy it. Crates for them should be their safe haven or their special den. During the training you must prepare the following,

a)an appropriate crate for your puppy,
b)diary and pen,
c)toy and
d)rewards or treats.

The crate should not be too large since having a huger crate for your puppy will encourage him to pee on one end and sleep on the other. Crate training puppy would be enough for your puppy to learn when and where to pee or poop. Through this training he will learn to control his bowel movement. In the future with the help of this training, you can already leave him unsupervised and run free on your house.

How to do it
Immediately put your puppy in the crate after he arrives at your house. Don’t let him free when he’s unsupervised because he will surely chew on your sofa and poop everywhere without proper training. The puppy must only stay at the crate for only a short period of time. Locking him up in the crate for longer periods will just worsen the behaviour of your puppy. Never let the puppy out when he is just fussing. If you let him out, you teach him to just fuss enough so he could get out of the crate. Give him lots of rewards like toys when he is in the crate. For two hour intervals, let him out and bring him to a place where he could eliminate. If he doesn’t poop then bring him back in the crate. Give him rewards or some treats when he poops the time you bring him out. As a reward, you can also let him run free in your house longer than the usual time.

Get your diary and record the time when he usually does his peeing and pooping. Use this as your basis on when to let him out to eliminate. Always praise him whenever he follows your command. If you already identify the specific time that your puppy pees, usher him to the right spot to pee. After several tries of this routine, he will learn when to pee and where. If you can observe a great improvement with his behaviour, you can lengthen the time of his exposure to the outside world and take him to a walk. In the crate training puppy, you need to avoid having mistakes because you have to go back to the training process for several weeks or even months if you fail to use it properly. Don’t leave him alone even if he is in the crate. If you need to go to the living room, take him with you by putting him on a leash. If you haven’t observed any improvement after several months of training, you need to go back to the start of training process because you may have made some mistakes during the process. Remember, don’t get mad at your puppy and don’t be cruel if he messes up. Lastly, don’t let the puppy see you cleaning his mess.

Selecting the Right Puppy Food

All loving puppy owners have their pup’s health and well-being in mind when feeding their puppy. Some owners are not as discerning when it comes puppy food. For as long as the label indicates that it is food meant for puppies, they are good to go.

Unfortunately, when feeding a puppy, you have to be more discriminating. More than training your puppy, feeding her the right diet is your top responsibility. After all, you cannot expect to train a puppy that is sluggish or even obese.

All puppies need a healthy, balanced diet. As soon as she has been weaned from her mommy, you should be ready with a feeding schedule with the right puppy food.

Puppy feeding
A puppy that eats a balanced and nutritious diet grows up to be a healthy dog. Her diet will allow her to fight off sickness and disease, prevent obesity and minimize skin allergies. It guarantees a healthier and longer life for her.

Your growing puppy has a different set of nutritional requirements as compared to an adult dog. Her diet should consist of higher concentration of proteins, fats, vitamins and minerals. Most commercially prepared puppy foods contain the required mix of these four nutrients plus carbohydrates. The Association of American Feed Control Officials or AAFCO requires that commercially prepared foods for pups meet the puppy food standard that they have set.

With the wide array of choices, which food is best for your new pet? Your vet should be your number one source of information regarding puppy nutrition. If you go with a commercially prepared brand, he would know from experience which brands are nutritionally complete for your pup. Your vet, knowing your puppy’s medical history, will advise you if your puppy needs a special diet. If your puppy has skin allergies, then she needs hypoallergenic food. The breed your puppy belongs to is also a factor in choosing puppy food.

Whichever brand you choose, read the label. Avoid those with artificial colorings, sweeteners, and unidentified additives. You can also opt for natural foods instead of commercially prepared ones.

Dry versus Canned
Both dry and canned puppy food can provide your little puppy with a nutritionally balanced meal. Part of the decision in choosing the type of food is the cost. Canned foods are more expensive but more appealing to puppies due to its texture. Dry foods, kibble, are said to be good for your puppy’s overall dental health. It lessens the build-up of tartar giving them shiny, white teeth. So which is better? It is a matter of personal preference really. Again, your vet can help you in this decision making process.

Feeding schedule and amount
Every puppy is different. The amount of food is determined by your puppy’s age and weight. You can use the guidelines set on the commercially prepared food label or ask your vet for instructions. Giving the puppy too much food is not a sign of love. All dogs, puppies and adults, will eat basically everything you give them without being concerned about their weight. It is your job to make sure that they only eat the right amount of food each meal. Obesity will cause your puppy developmental and medical problems.

If your puppy is between 7 to 16 weeks, three times a day of feeding is just about right for her. As she reaches the 4 month mark, she can shift to two feedings per day. When you feed her, don’t leave the food bowl out the whole day. Give her a maximum of 15 minutes to finish her meal then take it away. It is a bad habit to allow her to feed from her bowl anytime she desires.

On the other hand, the water bowl should be available all day. Make sure the water is clean and fresh all the time. If you are house training her, you may want to take away the water bowl 2 hours before bedtime. This will lessen her urge to void during the night.

In feeding your puppy you need to make intelligent choices. Don’t just grab any pack or can of puppy food. Make sure to follow your vet’s advice. Read the label well and check that the ingredients are all good for her. A puppy is like a little baby, you must feed her nutritionally balanced food specific to her needs. Doing this assures you that she will grow healthy, full of life, and have a long life!

Puppy Birthday Party Ideas

Puppies are absolutely adorable. They have oversized paws and big eyes that can get you to do just about anything. Chances are that your child loves puppies. Throw them a Puppy Birthday Party that they will not soon forget. Make your planning easy with these tips.

All puppies love dog bones. Use this as inspiration for planning your party. Create your own puppy party invitations by cutting bone shapes out of card stock. Print out the party details onto the card stock. Don’t forget to write down who the party is for, when it is, where it is, and RSVP information.

A craft is a great way to kick off any party. Set up an activity table so that each party guest can make their own set of puppy ears. You will need foam sheets cut into puppy ear shapes, headbands, and adhesive. Another set of adult hands would be very helpful. Each child will need to pick out a headband and two ears. Use a quick drying adhesive so that they can wear them right away. For an added step you can also allow them to embellish the ears with markers, beads, and glitter.

Put together a menu that a puppy would love. Puppies are often fed puppy chow and you can make something similar. Make sugar cookies using a bone shaped cookie cutter. The bone shaped cookie cutter can be used to cut a sheet cake as well to make puppy cakes.