August 25 2019

dog eating cake

Welcoming Your New Fur Baby to The Family

Congratulations on the addition to your family!  Your new puppy whether young or old will bring happiness, love and much laughter to your family!

The joy of this time can be so immense that you wish to share it with family and friends.

Hosting a puppy shower is a great way to share this moment with those who are important to you.

When should I have my puppy shower?

Dogs of all ages can have a puppy shower to welcome them to their new family.  Family and friends will want to meet and greet the new addition.  There are some important things to remember prior to hosting a puppy shower.

If your new pooch happens to be a puppy, you should wait until they are at least 12-18 weeks of age and have had their first series of vaccines completed.  This lessens the likelihood of your new baby becoming sick from exposure to bacteria and illnesses by socializing.

If your new pup is older, it is best to allow them a few weeks to become acclimated to their new home and family before hosting a puppy shower for them.

How long should the puppy shower last?

The length of the puppy shower depends on if you want a traditional shower or an open-house style shower.

If you choose to have a traditional puppy shower it should generally last approximately 2 hours.  For those new dog owners who want to try an open-house style shower this can last up to 6 hours.  Proper planning is important when hosting and open house style puppy shower to prevent you and your dog from getting overwhelmed by the constant flow of guests.   Provide plenty of breaks and time away from guests for your new furry baby so they don’t get over tired or anxious.

Should I encourage guests to bring their dogs or children?

Having other dogs and children at the party is a great way for your new pooch to learn social skills.

When planning to have a party with children and other dogs it is best to speak with each guest that is bringing them.  If it is possible, having them come at different times, therefore spacing out the meet and greet for your puppy help to minimize stress and anxiety.  Meeting 1 or 2 is a good number to keep things running smooth.

The dogs and children should have good behavior around the new pup and be up to date on shots as well as healthy.

Should at any time aggressive behaviors appear or your dog seem anxious, simply separate everyone and take your new best friend to a quiet area to rest for a while away from the entertainment.

If this doesn’t seem like a good idea to you, it is always possible to schedule future playdates with dogs and kids on a 1 on 1 basis.  This will allow for a more personal experience and easier time for socialization.

Where should I host my puppy shower?

There is no perfect location for hosting a puppy shower.  Finances, time of day, number of guests and weather are some of the factors that play a part in this decision.

Some great locations can be:

  • A back yard that is fenced
  • Inside a house that is safety equipped
  • A park with plenty of shade, be sure to know the park rules
  • A dog-friendly restaurant or outdoor café

Whatever location you choose, ensure that dogs are welcome and follow rules and regulations.  Make sure that the location you do choose has enough space for everyone invited, but also extra room for puppy to roam around (as well as other dogs).  Having a separate but secluded spot available is also necessary in case your new puppy needs a break from the party.

puppy shower party card

Are guests required to bring a gift?

There is no right or wrong way to approach this topic.  Gifts are not required for any party but are generally welcomed and accepted.  Take into consideration your guest list as well as your own situation.

You will need many items to keep your dog happy and healthy, some of these include:

  • Dog First Aid Kit
  • Baby Gates
  • Homemade Gift Cards for Puppy Sitting or Walking
  • Special Treats
  • Leash and Collar Sets
  • Travel Bowls
  • Grooming items
  • A Dog Crate
  • Dog Clothing
  • Dog Beds
  • Dog Toys
  • Training Guides and Sessions
  • Pet Insurance
  • Poop Bags
  • Dog Food

This list isn’t exhaustive but merely a starting point for ideas.

If you wish, a gift registry at can be tailored to your puppies needs and included with your invite to ensure that you receive the items your pooch truly needs.

If your family doesn’t need anything you can always include a note stating this information and informing guests that should they still wish to do something to celebrate the new addition to your family than donating to a local dog shelter or other organization that supports the well being of dogs within their local community.

It can even be stated that no gifts are needed but we would enjoy your presence at our puppy shower to welcome our new family member, just come for fun!

Whichever way you choose to go with your doggie’s shower, this information should be clearly stated on the invitation each guest receives.

Tips for Keeping Your Dog Happy During the Puppy Shower

Puppies of any age can tire easily from all the excitement and entertainment a party of this sort brings.  The socializing, noises, lights, movements, food and drink and plenty of playtime and snuggles can make the most relaxed and easy-going dog.

In order to ensure that your pup makes it through the event with ease you will want to:

  • Ensure they are well rested prior to the event
  • Provide plenty of food, water, bathroom and rest breaks
  • Watch for signs of stress, anxiety, fatigue and other issues that can affect your new family member
  • Have a quiet area separate from the party for them to rest if needed
  • Pay close attention to time spent around the other dogs for behavior issues that may arise
  • Always keep your eyes on your baby

Invitations for Humans and Canines

The internet has a bounty of resources for invitations that are designed for your puppy’s shower.  You can create an event on Social Media or use an online invitation service.  For those who want to offer nostalgia, paper invites are another great option.

Food, Beverages and Doggie Decorations

puppy shower puppy eating dog bone  cake

Let your creativity run wild here.  From buckets full of pupcorn to bone shaped cookies and finger foods that can be shared by guests and their beloved pets the possibilities are endless.

These items can be served in dog bowls with paw print cups and bone shaped plates to compliment.

You will want to have a special table set up for the treats that are only for the dogs attending and have water bowls in a variety of places to ensure that every dog attending has plenty of water.

No party would be complete without a variety of cakes, one for the human guests and some dog friendly cupcakes for your four-legged friends.

Take home treats can include a special themed cookie that is made of ingredients that both human and furry guests will enjoy or possibly homemade mini meatloaves for the furry guests.

Do your best to keep the treats healthy, for some ideas see 5 Refreshing Dog Treat Recipes with CBD Oil for Summer

Fun and Games - Puppies Just Wanna Have Fun

Dog themed music, movies and games such as those listed below will have everyone laughing and making memories. 

  • dog bone hunts for canines
  • guess number of treats in a jar for hoomans
  • obstacle course where kids and dogs can participate together
  • dress up for kids and doggies

 In Conclusion

Hosting a puppy shower is a great way to provide your pooch with some socialization practice while introducing him to the family and friends that love him.

Memories will be made as time is spent together bonding over shared moments.  Be sure to check out our blog post Tips for Taking Great Photos of Your Dog  for some suggestions on how to capture those memories.

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