Adopting a new dog is as big a deal as having a newborn baby in the family. Dogs provide companionship, devotion, and friendship to their parents, and so deserve a ‘welcome-to-the-family party.’ Puppy showers help pet parents who have just adopted a puppy to kick off his or her social life. It serves as an opportunity to introduce the newest member of the family to other dogs as well as other humans in your life.
How To Throw The Perfect Puppy Shower
There are no set-in-stone rules for throwing a puppy shower. Whatever you do, as long as you, your new pet and invited guests are happy, then your puppy shower is perfect.
You can decide to throw your new pet a puppy shower before or after she arrives, depending on her personality. Throwing the shower before your puppy arrives offers the benefit of not overwhelming her with the presence of too many people in her new home. However, if you decide to throw the shower after she arrives, you can ask the foster parent or rescue group from which you adopted your puppy for insights on your new puppy’s behavior and how she’s likely to behave at the party.
Send out cute puppy shower invitations to family, friends, dog park buddies, and decorate the venue with a doggy theme to make the scene exciting and fun. You may decide to have other dog parents bring their pets along. However, you should limit your guest list to ensure that your new puppy and all attending dogs have had their vaccination shots, to minimize the exposure to germs and diseases. You should also provide a quiet corner where your puppy can escape to when she starts to feel overwhelmed, as well as a large doggy bed for invited dogs to lounge on when they get tired.
A must-have at your shower is a customized cake to celebrate your new puppy, dog-decorated pastries and treats for everyone – humans and pets. You should also have fun games for both the dogs and the humans attending the shower, such as ‘guess the number of treats,’ ‘name the dog,’ and match the dog to the parents, and ‘dog agility course and ball pit’ for the dogs.