Throw a Puppy Shower to Welcome a Pup Home
Did you know that you can actually create a puppy registry? Just like parents of humans can register for everything their baby might need, pet parents can register for what they will need too with a puppy registry. After all, our fur kids should be celebrated just as much as a new baby, and having a puppy shower is a fun way to do just that!
Why create a puppy registry?
1) Share the love
A registry serves as a platform to unite your loved ones in the delightful journey of greeting the latest addition to your family.
2) Concentrate on the essentials
The process of adopting a new pet can be costly and daunting. However, a pet registry can help you prepare in advance, lowering your anxiety and financial burden. This allows you to focus on establishing a bond with your new four-legged companion from the moment they step into your home, assured that their necessities are taken care of.
3) Celebrate unique occasions
Hosting a celebration for your pet's arrival, birthday, or any other milestone is now more convenient than ever. What could be more entertaining than organizing a puppy shower? Be it a pet-centric event, your own wedding or a housewarming party, a registry helps you commemorate these special moments in a distinctive and personalised manner.
Puppy Showers Aren’t Just for Puppies
Not everyone adopts puppies. Even if you’re adopting an older dog, you can still host a puppy shower to welcome your new pup into your life. Regardless of the age of your dog, hosting a puppy shower gives you a great opportunity to celebrate the new addition to your family as proud pet parents. It also gives your friends and family a fun way to celebrate with you.
What to Expect at a Puppy Shower
In a lot of ways, they are very similar to a baby shower - albeit in many cases with a little more drool and squeaker toys to boot.
The event typically involves inviting friends and family over for an afternoon or evening of games, food, and puppy-related festivities. Puppy showers can take place in your home, in a park or backyard setting, or even at a pet-friendly venue.
The length of time for a puppy shower varies depending on the host's preference, but it usually lasts around 2-3 hours.
As with any other celebration, guests are typically invited through invitations that include all relevant details such as date, time and location. When it comes to food options, you could choose to go with dog-themed snacks like pupcakes (dog-friendly cupcakes) or human finger foods depending on your preferences.
How to Throw the Best Puppy Shower Ever
You already know the theme of your event will be dog-related, and you can have as much fun with that idea as you like. For example, serving food in dog bowls, and playing K-9 themed games. But what else do you need to know? Whether you're planning a puppy shower for yourself or someone else, the tips below will help you throw the best one ever.
1) Invite Your Favorite People
Every good party starts with the guest list right? The first thing to consider when creating yours, is who makes the most sense to invite.
If you are planning on inviting other dogs, and your pup will be present, it’s important to consider a couple of quick things:
- Any dogs that attend need to have all their vaccinations because new pups are especially prone to infection since their immune systems haven’t fully formed just yet. If possible, your pup should have its vaccinations too!
- New pups, and even older dogs in a new location tend to get overwhelmed in crowds. It might mean that your new dog will need to spend the party in a crate if things get too hectic for him or her.
- Well meaning kiddos may want to pick up your puppy and that can be difficult for them. Though you want everyone to have fun, it’s also important to protect your new fur kid.
That said, you should invite anyone and everyone you think would want to celebrate with you.
2) Serve Tasty Treats
You could serve hot dogs, corn dogs, pupcakes and cupcakes, doggie bags (trail mix), or even a “barkcuterie” charcuterie board filled with foods that both pups and people can eat. For example, you could add fresh fruits and veggies such as carrots, apples or blueberries which offer a healthy crunch and are packed with vitamins. Just be sure to avoid giving grapes or raisins which can be toxic for dogs.
3) Plan Some Activities
Every fun baby shower has games, and puppy showers should be no different. Here are just a few dog party ideas for fun games to play with your guests:
- Pin the tail on the dog
- Guess the dog’s breed
- Puppy names word scramble
- Dog themed bingo
- Hide and seek the treats
4) Safety First
As a new puppy owner, you will be responsible for taking care of your furry friend's safety. Puppies are curious and energetic creatures that require attention at all times to prevent them from getting into mischief. It is essential to take the necessary precautions to ensure your pup remains safe while exploring their environment.
That said, if your new puppy will be in attendance at the party, it may be best to keep them in a crate and away from the party commotion during the puppy shower for a number of reasons. These include:
- The risk of escaping with people coming and going
- The chance of the puppy getting access to people food or trash
- The stress of loud noises and new people
- The chance of getting a virus or infection if your pup isn’t fully vaccinated yet, and
- The risk of being harmed by other pets or people in attendance (i.e. being tripped over or stepped on)
5) Register for Gifts with a Puppy Registry
Finally, be sure to sign up for a puppy gift registry so you can be showered with everything your new family member will need. Here are a few new puppy gift ideas to get you started:
You can set up your puppy registry right here on this website. Click here to set up yours.
Puppy Shower + Puppy Registry FAQ’s
To close things out, we thought we’d answer some of the most frequently asked questions we’re hearing related to puppy showers and creating a puppy gift registry.What do you bring to a puppy shower?
If you’re attending a puppy shower, you can bring a new puppy gift, or you can just show up to give your support. There’s never a requirement to bring a gift to a new puppy owner, but we can assure you any pet parent will appreciate it if you do.
Can you make a puppy registry?
Yes! It’s so easy to do too. Diggs is known for our high-quality pet products, and with the help of our partner myregistry.com, you can now add those products to your registry along with other puppy essentials like food bowls, leashes, and toys.
You'll have access to a wide variety of options so you can choose what works best for both you and your pup. Plus, setting up the registry is quick and easy so you can spend more time celebrating your new
What should you register for on a puppy registry?
Here’s what we recommended in our Ultimate New Puppy Checklist:
- Dog bed/crate pad
- Training aids
- Water and food bowls
- Puppy food
- Poop Bags
- Safety Gate(s)
- Grooming Equipment
Should the new dog or puppy attend the puppy shower?
Maybe, but maybe not. If you want to have all of your friends and family meet the puppy, this is a good time to do so. However, it’s important to make sure that you keep your pup safe during the event. So this might mean your pup needs to stay crated during the party. Of course, if you haven’t yet been able to pick up your puppy for some reason, having your new dog in attendance might not be practical.
Your best bet is to keep an eye on your dog and see how they are faring with all the attention. If they seem overwhelmed or stressed, you can always take them into another room or place them in their crate so they can relax freely.
Should guests bring their dogs to a puppy shower?
Your party, your rules. If you’re hosting your puppy shower in a small confined space, it may not be conducive to allow other dogs. However, if you’re hosting at a dog friendly place like a park or a beach, the more the merrier!
Bottom line - It’s really up to you whether or not you allow other pets. Do what you feel is best.
In conclusion,having a puppy shower for your new dog is a wonderful way to include everyone in the joy of adding a furry friend to your family. Not only is it an opportunity to get all the essentials, but it’s also a chance to make lasting memories. With just a few simple steps, you can make sure that everyone has an enjoyable experience and shares in the celebration of this special moment. So plan your puppy party today and let the festivities begin!
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