The National Retail Federation estimates that about 20 million pet owners will be dressing up their pets this Halloween, so surely at least some of them will be throwing dog Halloween parties. If you have been spending your time this month picking out decorations and treats to make sure that your pup’s bash is the best on the block, you can’t forget the party games! Here are seven of them that are sure to be a hit with your four-legged friends (and their parents!).
Bobbing for Bones (or Balls)
Get some especially meaty bones or tennis balls and toss ’em in a metal tub. Give dogs a chance to get a bone, and make sure you give them some space to go chow down with their winnings. Anytime you have food and a bunch of dogs together, make sure everyone has their own space, and let them bob one at a time.
This is a fun way to see whose dog will listen in a crowd and whose dog will wander off looking for the treat table. You can line the dogs up with their owners, or give everyone their own space and see who can pay attention to what “Fido says” as well as follow the directions!
Trick & Treat
Give each pet parent a treat or two and ask them to go up to a random dog at the party and ask for a trick (even if it is a simple sit or down). This one is for dogs who aren’t shy with strangers. You can also have the dogs come in front of the group one at a time and perform their best trick for a special treat.
Instead of musical chairs, make squares with either carpet or just construction paper. Play some fun Halloween music and when the music stops, have the dogs sit and stay on a square.
Find the Treat
Spread some treats around the yard, house, or even the neighborhood and have your guests sniff them out! Again, this is one that everyone should have their own space, possibly even on leash.
Set up a mini-agility course in your backyard, or take your party to a nearby park! Use PVC pipes and joints to make hurdles, hula hoops to jump through, use a kids or dog agility tunnel to run through, etc. Just make sure you don’t force your dog to do anything that he doesn’t want to do – it’s all for fun!
If you are throwing a Halloween party for dogs, they are definitely going to be dressing up, right? Why not have a pawrade around the block before the party gets started, so everyone can burn off some energy and show off their fancy costumes! You can just have the walk, or have a judge deciding “best costumes” – scariest, prettiest, most creative, etc.