Party Time: The Ultimate Guide to Pet-Friendly Events

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The Dish on Dog-Friendly Events

Whether it's your neighbor's dog's birthday party or your local baseball stadium's "Bark in the Park" day, pet-friendly events are on the rise. If you're a pet parent, chances are, you've had at least one of those events on your calendar in recent years.

Pet-friendly events can be great for getting to know your community, meeting like-minded pet lovers, and raising money for local animal welfare organizations. Plus, your four-legged friend gets to have a fun outing (if your dog is into that sort of thing). But, when planning events with your pup, taking precautions is crucial to keep them safe and healthy.

Where to Find a Dog-Friendly Event

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From small local events to large national ones, there are plenty of dog-friendly events to choose from.

Local Pet-Friendly Events

You can typically find pet-friendly events hosted by local parks and small businesses in your area. A simple internet search of "pet-friendly events near me" should help you find some options. Common pet events include pet expos, dog walks for charities, "Pups and Pints" brewery events, "Bark in the Park" days at baseball stadiums, and dog-friendly festivals, including fairs and farmer's markets. Some waterparks even offer "dog days," so your pup can have a splashing good time.

Pet-Friendly Holiday Events

Around the holidays, you can find festive events and opportunities like photos with Santa or the Easter Bunny, as well as dog-friendly light displays. Dog costume contests, pet-friendly pumpkin patches, and "Howl-o-ween" events are also popular in the fall.

National Pet-Friendly Events

If you have an athletic dog, The Frankenmuth Dog Bowl, which takes place every spring in Michigan, is one of the largest dog events in the country. Active dogs can enjoy sports like dock diving, frisbee competitions, agility courses, and more. Have more of a couch potato pup? Don't worry; spectators are also welcome, and plenty of other dog-friendly activities exist. You and your four-legged friend can enjoy watching the competitions, browsing the pet marketplace, and checking out the pet parade.

Do you have a unique-looking pup that you'd love to show off? The World's Ugliest Dog Contest takes place every summer in California and is the ultimate underdog show. From unusual breed mixes and hairless wonders to extra-large ears and excessively droopy jowls, the World's Ugliest Dog Contest is the opposite of a traditional dog show, celebrating the most beautifully unique pups.

Host Your Own Dog-Friendly Event

Want to celebrate your dog's birthday with all their friends, or would you prefer to throw your own dog-friendly event? There are lots of ways to throw a dog party! Look for pet-friendly event venues such as private dog parks like Sniffspots, doggy daycares, or dog play gyms like Zoom Rooms that host dog parties. Many even offer unique party packages with decorations, party favors, "pupcakes," and more.

Know Before You Go (Or Throw) That Pet Party

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While we all want our pups to have a great time at events, safety should always come first when mixing dogs, food, and outdoor activities! Here are some things to keep in mind for your next dog-friendly event.

How to Have a Howling Good Time

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Ready to host a party with dogs? Here's how to make sure they have a pawsome time!

Final Takeaways on Dog-Friendly Events

Whether you're traveling to a big event with your dog, throwing them a birthday party, or just heading to the local farmer's market with your pup in tow, bringing your dog along requires a little planning. Consider your dog's health and temperament when bringing them to events, and make sure you have all the essentials to keep them cool and hydrated.

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