Is your dog quite social? Is he always showing his love and affection to you? Would you love the chance to introduce him to other dogs? Then it may be time for a pet playdate! (Yes, they’re real things!)

Pet playdates are a great way for your dog to socialize with other dogs and have some fun at the same time.

Of course, they do require some planning! Here are some tips to make for the perfect pet playdate!


Choose Your Guests Carefully

When it comes to inviting other dogs to your home, choose carefully. You will most likely want to invite a dog (or dogs) that are similar in age and size. You also want to make sure that it’s a 1:1 ratio of dogs to humans – so there will be plenty of supervision. And finally, make sure that all dogs are healthy and up-to-date on vaccinations.


Pet-Proof Your Home

While you know how your dog behaves at home, when another dog comes over, you’ll want to make sure you’ve pet-proofed it. This may mean putting away tempting items, shutting doors, and putting trash bins away.


Have Some Extra Supplies Available

You don’t need anything extravagant, but an extra water bowl, a leash (in case you go outdoors), and some treats will make your guest feel at home.


Introduce Them on a Leash

If you are introducing the dogs to each other for the first time, do so with each dog on a leash. This allows for you to have control of the situation and will help to keep your pet relaxed. Once it seems like all is well, the leashes can come off.


Watch Their Interactions

Of course, you’ll want to keep an eye on them during the playdate. While some pets will get along just fine, you may find that sometimes behaviors change – and you’ll need to step in to prevent things from getting out of hand.

Your dog can get a lot out of a pet playdate – as long as you go about it the right way. Use these tips to make it safe and fun for everyone!