What To Get for Your Pups 1st Birthday? (Including a Birthday Cookie Recipe)

Firstly, huge congratulations on surviving the first year of puppy-hood! Your pup’s 1st birthday is a milestone of epic proportions that marks the end of the puppy stage so, let’s celebrate!

Here are VisioCare Services puppy’s 1st Birthday treat ideas… including our tried and tested apple and peanut butter cookie recipe

“Happiness is a warm puppy”
Charles M. Schulz

We really do treat our dogs as part of the family and so why not treat them to a special birthday gift – we know you will anyway. However, the key is to think about what they would love, rather than what you would love them to have! So, a new collar is a great idea, but they don’t care what collar they are wearing!

With that in mind, why not give our ideas a try –

A puppy party, with all their best doggy friends. Hire a field or book a doggy day care space. Invite all your pup’s besties and let them have some playtime. Dogs live for socialising and exercise. Your pup would love this!

A trip to your local independent pet shop, with all those amazing smells and treats is a real treat for your pup! Give them some freedom to choose what they would like. Let them have a sniff around, the staff will probably make a fuss and give them a treat too (remember to ask them for a ‘sit’ before they get their treat) and buy them a big tasty pupsnack or toy.

Book in for a new training class, for example a sniffer dog class, or agility session. There are loads of incredible fun training classes, suitable for all breeds and ages and your pup loves nothing more than spending quality time with you.

Finally, subscribe to a doggy treat box – such as Doggy Treat Box – The World’s Favourite Monthly Dog Treat Box delivered monthly and packed with treats that your pup will LOVE, plus opening the box is super fun too!

Apple and peanut butter Cookies:


  • 375g wholewheat Flour
  • 250g Oats
  • 125g Peanut butter (make sure it is dog friendly and contains no xylitol)
  • 125g Unsweetened apple sauce (homemade is best)
  • 1tsp baking powder
  • 50ml Olive oil

Preheat the oven to 175C. Mix the dry ingredients and then add the wet ingredients. Combine to make a dough and leave covered in the fridge for 10 mins. Flour a surface and roll out to 1cm then using your favourite cookie cutter, cut the dough and place on to a pre-lined baking sheet. Bake for 25 minutes or until golden brown then cool on a wire rack. Voila!

Please share your pups birthday videos with us using #visiocarepuppy and happy baking!

Through our pet app, myBuddy we always provide the best guidance we can to help you with issues that affect your pets, whether cats, dogs, rats, rabbits or reptiles. However, we would always recommend you call your vet or get in touch via the myBuddy app.