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  • Posted on May 20, 2014 by Stephanie Pronschinske

    Summer is finally here! Everyone including your pup is ready to get outside and enjoy some fun in the sun. After enjoying some summer activities, treat your pup to a banana and peanut butter pup-sicle. Pup-sicles are a refreshing dog treat for summer parties, especially for outdoor bruffday pawties or hot diggity dog grilling parties.

    Peanut Butter & Banana Pup-sicles Recipe - WhenPoochComesToShove.com #dogtreats #pupsiclerecipe
    {Banana & Peanut Butter Pup-sicle Recipe}

    What You’ll Need:

    16 oz Plain Greek Yogurt
    3 Tablespoons Natural Peanut Butter
    2 Tablespoons Honey
    1 Banana
    1 Ice Cube Tray

    How To Make It:

    1. Mix Greek yogurt, peanut butter, honey and banana together.
    2. Divide mixture into each section of the ice cube tray.
    3. Let the pup-sicle freeze for at least four hours.
    4. When you are ready to serve the pup-sicles let them thaw for a couple minutes before popping them out of the tray.

    I got to enjoy a summer afternoon with our neighborhood pups and treat them to some pup-sicles. Check out some pictures from my afternoon with Cali and Duncan below.

    Summer Fun For Your Pup & Pup-sicle Recipe
    {Bonus} Dog Days of Summer Activity Ideas

    Enjoy a day at the beach. Let your pup enjoy the water, sand, and plenty of play time at the beach. Don’t forget to bring a dog life vest if your puppy is a beginner swimmer.

    Take a hike. Enjoy bonding time with your dog by going for a hike at a local park.

    Plan an extra special doggy date at a dog park with a picnic. Pack the picnic basket with a bunch of your dog’s favorite treat for him/her to enjoy after a couple laps around the dog park.

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Recipes and was tagged with Recipes

  • Posted on May 19, 2014 by Michelle Thatcher

    Remember as a little girl dressing up in your moms dresses and high heels, putting on make-up and jewelry and strutting around the house? Remember sitting down to a tea party with all of your favorite dolls and stuff animals in attendance and feeling like the most special person in the whole wide world?  It's every little girls dream to be a princess, so why not give your furry four legged friend the same kind of dream.  Here are a couple of things as pet owners we can do to make our pets feel like a princess.

    Show Attention - One of the easiest ways to show your pet attention is taking them for a daily walk. Not only is the exercise good for both you and your pet, but it shows them that you are attentive to their needs and doing it on a daily basis will give your pet a sense of routine.

    Give Them Some Bling - The old saying Diamonds are a girls best friend really is true, but if you're like me you probably can't afford to have your furry friend sporting a diamond studded collar.  While there are several company's that sell fancy dog collars Diva Dog Collars has a wonderful selection that won't break the bank. Watch your pooch strut her stuff when she sports a blinged out collar.

    Dine Out - From a quick service sandwich shop to the fanciest sit-down restaurant dining with your pet is now a reality.  A quick Google search and you will find more than one website with a list of pet friendly restaurants.

    Book a Day at the Spa - Put away the garden hose and the kiddie pool and schedule a day at the spa.  Pet boutiques are popping up everywhere offering such services as bathing, brushing, teeth cleaning, nail trim and polish, facials, coat conditioners and even paw pad treatments.   Mani - Pedi's aren't just for humans any more.

    Whether you choose one or all of these ideas I have no doubt in my mind your pooch will definitely feel like a princess.


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    This post was posted in Puppy Parties and was tagged with Get Party Trained

  • Posted on May 16, 2014 by Brenda Knutson

    Dog Life JacketMost of us assume all dogs know how to swim, which is a common misconception. The “doggie paddle” was named that for a reason, right? While some dog breeds love to be in the water, there are some that don’t enjoy being anywhere near the water. For some breeds that have low body fat, like Greyhounds, it can even be dangerous. These breeds may have a very difficult time staying afloat and regulating their body temperature. If a dog is afraid of the water, and shows high levels of anxiety when put in the water, their normal breathing can even be affected. Dogs that are elderly, sick, overweight and out of shape can also have issues in the water. Waves, currents, undertows, and fast-moving rivers and waters can overtake even the strongest swimmer – including a dog. Wearing a life vest may make the difference between life and death.

    Dog Boating My pup loves to be in the boat with us, and will even jump into the lake on his own and swim. He doesn’t, however, have the best stamina in the water. This has been a concern for us, as we spend a ton of time in the water in the summer. I had seen life vests for dogs in stores, but had previously never seriously considered them. Then, last year my youngest daughter was jumping off the boat to me, and Mocha got excited and jumped in the water too. We were in the middle of the lake, and here I was with two little bodies swimming towards me. Thankfully my daughter always wears a life vest, but it still made for a juggling act getting everyone back onto the boat.

    If you have ever had a dog swim to you, they are all paddling legs that don’t stop and claws. It is definitely not easy to keep yourself afloat and manage that moving furry body, and not get scratched up in the process. Dog life vests not only help your pup stay afloat, most also have a handle on the back that helps handle your pup in the water and lift them out of the water. After using the life vest, Mocha seemed to appreciate the additional lift and support from the vest, and we appreciated the piece of mind.

    If you are considering a life vest for your pet, I would talk to other pet owners for their recommendations. Dogs come in every shape/size/weight, so be sure to have your pet fitted for the vest that will work best and be most comfortable for them. There are many dog life vest styles out there and the materials used have different levels of buoyancy in the water. I would also never leave your pet unattended while wearing a life vest - they can be quite hot to wear if not in the water and your pup may chew or become entangled in the vest if bored or wanting to escape.

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties and was tagged with Pet Safety, Puppy Care, Dog Training

  • Posted on May 15, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    BlogPaws 2014 Conference Recap #PoochPawty #BlogPawsWe all know what happens in Vegas, stays in Vegas – BUT when you to go to Las Vegas for a BlogPaws conference, you can’t wait to get home and tell everyone what you saw, who you met and what pet celebs were there. I traveled to BlogPaws 2014 alone, leaving my furbaby at home. I knew there would be other furry friends there but I didn’t quite see how it could be an effective learning and networking environment with me worrying about where and when his next potty break was. Boy was I wrong! BlogPaws thought of everything – outdoor doggie daycare, grassy areas, a venue that was attached to the hotel and plenty of breaks for walks and meet-ups.

    The three reasons to go to BlogPaws are to finally put a face on that fabulous dog blogger you follow; to meet brands just as concerned with the welfare of our furbabies as we are; and to travel to a wonderful place, fully immersing yourself into the pet blog world.

    BlogPaws-2014-Pet-Blogger-Conference #PoochPawty #BlogPaws

    First, the people. The people were amazing. Never have I been to a conference where so many like-minded individuals were in one place. I never felt unwelcome or out-of-place - Everyone was accepting and eager to learn, as well as willing to share their knowledge. From products to rescues to the techy part of the biz, everyone was a joy to talk with.

    Meeting Sugar the Golden Retriever and Emma from My GBGV Life were tops on my list. I am a regular visitor to their blogs and meeting these adorable pups in person made my day. I also had the privilege of talking with Melanie from the ROUS foundation. She is very passionate about capybara education and time flew by as I learned about this extra large, extra adorable, rodent.

    BlogPaws 2014 Pet Blogger Conference #PoochPawty #BlogPaws

    Samantha Ratcliffe from Vegas Rock Dog, was a wonderful source of information on the struggles the Vegas rescue community has with the animal population as well as how the shelter operates. Bryce and Jennifer Henderson of Go Vegas Dog told me about their vision for a no-kill Las Vegas and how they are working with the numerous rescue organizations to make that dream a reality. And Cheryl Prater explained how she has affected the movement by becoming a voice within the community. Together, these three were a trifecta of information on local dogs, rescues and “their” Las Vegas.

    There were so many others who welcomed me to my first BlogPaws conference and I could honestly go on and on about who was there and what impact they had on my understanding of this wonderful group. It was a pleasure meeting each of you!

    BlogPaws 2014 Pet Blogger Conference #PoochPawty #BlogPaws

    Next, the one-on-one time with brands. BlogPaws offered a great opportunity to see what new things were happening in the pet world and even offered opportunities to connect with up-and-coming brands, getting in with them on the ground level. I met with pawTree and learned about their innovative approach to pet food. With custom food blends and a variety of other pet care products, their in-home sales approach is one that has never been tried in the pet market and it will be exciting to see how they evolve as a premier pet company.

    And finally, the venue. The hotel, The Westin Lake Las Vegas Resort & Spa, was absolutely gorg! It has plenty of areas outside for relaxing or chatting with other blogger friends. The terrace had lovely fireplaces and fountains. Two pools, a lake for dog swimming and plenty of water activities made it hard to know what to do next. It was perfect.

    BlogPaws 2014 Conference Recap #PoochPawty #BlogPaws

    All in all, if you have yet to attend a BlogPaws conference, I strongly encourage it. Don't be worried if you travel alone - you will find new friends quickly. You never know who you will meet...

    BlogPaws 2014 Pet Blogger Conference #PoochPawty #BlogPaws

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Meet Big Dot and was tagged with Get Party Trained

  • Posted on May 13, 2014 by Nicole Knutson

    Most children want a pet. Most of those pets they want are dogs. You’d think they would go together perfect but they don’t always. In order to get a great relationship, it takes time, training, and patience.  My oldest daughter is 3 years old and she can sometimes be rough or unaware she might hurt our dog. Our dog Lulu is very small and old...so even though they are comfortable with each other, my daughter still shouldn’t carry her like a baby or get too rough just in case of injury of her or the dog. I’ve been researching tips and techniques to practice with them.

    I narrowed  it down to four helpful tips to help your dogs and children happy and safe together.

    • Supervision

    Children (especially younger ones) should be supervised around your dog. Playing rough, moving too quickly, or making a scary noise for your dog could result in defensive growling, snapping, or biting. Don’t let your little one carry around your dog or let them bring them alone to another room..you never know what could happen...with the dog or your child.

    • Respect

    Sometimes not all dogs enjoy or appreciate the company of children. Don’t force it—this could negatively affect their opinion of children as a result. I tell my daughter, "Lulu does not like it when you do that" or "you are going to hurt Lulu’s feelings if you do that"...so she stops. She wants Lulu to like her and be happy just as much as I do. If your dog doesn’t like their proximity, contact a trainer or behaviorist.

    • Teaching Good Manners

    Teach your dog boundaries for your child’s safety. For example, approaching your dog from the side or back instead of hovering over him Encouraging your children to play calmly, avoid direct eye contact, and to not try to pick the dog up. Explain that sometimes your dog needs alone time and that he should have some space to eat his food. Every dog should be taught to sit, stay, drop it, come, and down. A dog that is trained with the basics is much easier to manage around small children.

    • Rewarding Positive Behavior

    Obviously the best motivation for your dog to keep behaving well is with positive reinforcement…like dog treats! Every time they listen to you or play well with your children, give him a treat. Telling your children how well they are acting and how proud you are of how good they are being with your dog will remind them that they need to keep doing it. Doing all this will help strengthen their connection and safety.

    Doing these little things little by little has already helped calm my daughter down and has stressed my dog out less. I hope you find them as helpful as I did!

    Tips for Dogs and Kids

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Tips and Tricks and was tagged with Puppy Care

  • Posted on May 8, 2014 by Stephanie Pronschinske

    Celebrate your pup’s birthday with these delicious and easy doggie pupcakes. These treats will be the hit of your bruffday party, all of the pooches will be drooling over them and begging to take one home. You can decorate the pupcakes with personalized cupake picks and sticker kits from WhenPoochComesToShove.com. Not only will your pupcakes be yummy, they will also look amazing! Happy Baking & Pawty Planning!

    Doggie Pupcake Recipe{Doggie Pupcake Recipe}

    The Details:

    Yield: 6 Pupcakes
    Prep Time: 10 Minutes
    Cook Time: 10 to 15 Minutes
    Keep in refrigerator for up to 3 days

    What You’ll Need:

    1/2 Cup Whole Wheat Flour or All-Purpose Flour
    1 Teaspoon Baking Powder
    1/3 Cup Vegetable Oil
    1/2 Cup Unsweetened Applesauce
    1 Egg
    2 Tablespoons Honey

    How to Make It:

    1. Preheat oven to 350 degrees F.
    2. Spray standard muffin tin with non-stick cooking spray or use six paper liners in the muffin tray.
    3. Whisk together flour and baking powder in a medium bowl.
    4. Add applesauce, vegetable oil, egg and honey to the mixture, and gently whisk together.
    5. Divide batter into six muffin tins.
    6. Bake 10 to 15 minutes or until a toothpick inserted into cupcake comes out clean.
    7. Let pupcakes cool and add Peanut Butter-Yogurt Frosting.

    Pupcake Treats For Your Dogs Birthday

    { Peanut Butter Yogurt Frosting}

    What You’ll Need:

    3 Tablespoons Greek Yogurt
    1 ½ Tablespoons Creamy Natural Peanut Butter

     How To Make It:

    Add an extra touch of detail to your pupcakes with yummy peanut butter yogurt frosting. Stir the yogurt and peanut butter together and frost the pupcakes.

    Doggie Pupcake Recipe with Peanut Butter Yogurt Frosting

    Recipe inspiration from Yummly.com 

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Recipes and was tagged with Recipes

  • Posted on May 1, 2014 by Lindsey Mattson

    Give your puppy party guests an extra-special doggie bag party favor with these {almost} homemade dog treats. Made from a puppy cake mix with a minor adjustment to the ingredients, these soft dog cookies are the perfect treat!

    Almost Homemade Dog Treat Recipe #PoochPawty #DogTreats

    I used a box Puppy Cake mix to make these super easy dog biscuits. You can use any flavor, simply add all the ingredients - except for the water. Then slowly add the water until you have a bread dough consistency.

    With some whole wheat flour on my counter top, I rolled out spoon-fulls of dough into long strips, like making a pretzel. Then I wrapped them around themselves into a coil. These were baked for the shortest time listed on the box and they turned out perfectly.
    Almost Homemade Dog Treat Recipe #PoochPawty #DogTreats

    The frosting was made in the same way as the dough. I mixed in small amounts of water until I had the right consistency to spoon onto the top of the dog cookies.

    After a little while drying, they were ready to packaged into clear treat bags and tie off with a custom tag in our Boy Puppy Party theme. Adorbs!


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    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Recipes and was tagged with Do It Yourself Puppy Party Ideas, Get Party Trained

  • Posted on April 28, 2014 by Jessy Robelia

    Loosing your pet is completely terrifying but leave it to my dog to lighten the mood.

    What's your Ruh-roh dog moment? Tell us below in the comments and it may be featured as one of our favorites.

    Ruh-Roh - Dog Owner Moment #PoochPawty #PuppyParty

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Mom Moments and was tagged with Ruh-roh - Dog Moment

  • Posted on April 18, 2014 by Brenda Knutson

    Don't you ever wonder what your pooch is thinking on the twenty-third time you are tossing his ball while playing fetch? This infographic may not reveal your pup's thoughts, but it does tell you exactly what is going on in his brain! Training actually stimulates sections of his brain, both releases and reduces different chemicals, and makes him physically addicted to listening to you. (Now if I could only figure out a way to do that with my kids!)

    This great reference really drew me in with all of their additional training tips, tricks, easiest and hardest to train dog breeds, dog training behaviors, easiest and hardest tricks to teach, and popular training techniques. I  have been working on the "sneeze" trick with my dog for a while now, and I feel better seeing it is in the list of five hardest tricks to teach.  This amazing information has really motivated me to spend even more time with my pup, and get in some consistent quality training time.

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    - See more at: http://www.thedogtrainingsecret.com/blog/effects-training-dog-brain/#sthash.ShOsHIgD.dpuf

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Tips and Tricks and was tagged with Training, Dog Training

  • Posted on April 14, 2014 by Meeko ThePooch

    We are happy to host Brandi Elliott, author of Death by Chocolate Lab, with her reasons to celebrate with a dog party.

    We all love a good party, and this includes our pups.  While we may be happy just throwing a birthday party for our best friends, the fun doesn’t have to stop there.  Here is a list of 5 more reasons to celebrate with our favorite four-legged friends.

     1.  Any Human Holiday

    Having a 4th of July party for friends--why not invite their dogs too?  Wouldn’t it be great fun to throw a Valentine’s Day party for your single friends and their furry Valentines? My favorite human holiday to celebrate with my Coco is Easter.  After we celebrate with the human family, we get some of the pooches together to hunt goodies.  While the dogs are safely in the house, I hide a hard-boiled egg or two (depending on the number of dogs present), a stuffed Kong toy, a few treats, a handful of kibble, and a couple of new toys in the yard.

    Dogs love to hunt for things as it stimulates their brains and expends some of their mental and physical energy.  Also, it is the perfect excuse for you to throw a party for your closest fur-family.  Don’t forget the decorations!

    2.  Graduation Party

    It is always a good idea to take your doggy to a training or obedience class, and when you’re finished, why not celebrate those accomplishments with a graduation party?  Our dogs learn so much in these types of trainings, from basic commands such as sit and stay, to fun tricks.  A party is just the place to show off your dog’s new skills.  Not to mention, with so many humans around to reinforce these new skills, your dog will get all the practice she needs.  Maybe it a party will encourage others to sign their dogs up for classes too!

    5 Reasons To Celebrate With A Dog Party #PoochPawty3.  Doggy Sleepovers

    Have a friend who is going out of town?  Offer to dog sit and have a doggy sleepover!  Your dog will love the company and your friend will appreciate the help.  There are so many fun activities to do at doggy sleepovers. Try things like going for a hike or playing tug-of-war in the yard.  You can also make lots of yummy treats for your companions like doggy granola and pupsicles.  Some great indoor games to play include hide and seek, treat hunt or you can teach the dogs a new trick (that will really impress your friend when they return).  With just a little planning, a doggy sleepover can mean tons of fun for you and a weekend--or so--of non stop learning and stimulation for your dog, and her friends.

    4. Gotcha Day

    Lots of us have thrown a birthday party for our pups (if not, you should--so much fun), but with so many of us adopting our dogs, it is hard to pinpoint an actual birth-date.  This is why many people celebrate a gotcha day--the day you got/adopted them.  This day is a little more than a birthday; it is a time to be thankful for your dog, your journey together, and maybe most importantly can be used as a time to advocate for adoption.  Remember, you are celebrating the fact that you saved a life.  Why not throw a big party with pups, humans, and invite a local rescue to bring some up-for-adoption dogs and try to find some forever homes?

    5 Reasons To Celebrate With A Dog Party #PoochPawty5.  Pool Party

    Here in Florida the summers are brutal, and luckily my Coco loves her kiddie pool. Often we will have a pool party with a number of pools set up and a few of Coco’s furry friends.  If you are new to the neighborhood, you can invite some of the dogs on the block and their companions over for a dip.  It is a good way to beat the heat and get to know new people.  Also, it gives your dog a way to socialize with the pooches he will be coming into contact with more.  There is nothing like a pool party to get the summer started!

    New to throwing puppy parties?  Here is a handy checklist to help you out!

    About Brandi Elliott

    I am the mommy of one rambunctious yet loveable mutt, Coco, and an old cranky kitty, Spooky.  I love cooking and baking treats and have a passion for learning new things.  I love Westerns, reading, and giving quality belly rubs. I can usually be found relaxing with my husband, watching sporting events--mostly against my will.  You can read more about my crazy life with Coco and Co. at http://deathbychocolatelab.blogspot.com/

    This post was posted in Puppy Parties, Everyday Parties, Tips and Tricks, Birthday Parties and was tagged with Training, Get Party Trained