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Worried about dog's not getting along!

This is our first House Party, and first dog party- some of our neighbors have very rowdy dogs and we are worried about how to "keep the peace".  Our Lab is 108 lbs. and he's only 1 1/2, so he's still very playful.

Did I mention we do not have a fenced in yard?  We were thinking of having the party in our driveway and setting up tables in the garage for the dogs and people to get out of the heat - super hot here in NC this time of year.

Any suggestions/ideas would be so appreciated, we are excited just not sure how to make this a success!  Thank you!

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Elizabeth H. Do you have any local parks with dog parks? Maybe you could hold it there? When we lived in a condo I held one of my dog's 10th bday parties at an off leash dog park and then the dogs all got leashed after they ran off their energy (or at least a little) when it was time for treats (human and dog).
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shari f. I do not have a fenced yard either, but am renting the local Humane Society dog park with a cash donation for an hour of play with just the dogs for my party. This will give them time to run free and have fun. It might be something you could do in your area. I'm also asking my guests to donate to them to so we can help out the less fortunate four-legged friends.
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Madeleine T. ok, someone said a few weeks ago they where having it at a dog park...we dont have one, and no fenced yard. So, thinking on how dogs do better together when there is no territorry involved, I called our local park. Explained what was going on....and they donated the park to me for 4 hours. It will be reserved and no one else can use it while we are there. We do have to pick up poop...lol. We are also having our vet bring 2 dogs that need homes and the local HS is bring a couple too. I am making bandanas that say "ADOPT ME" for those dogs to wear. We invited a bunch of families we know that are dogless and want a dog to come. This way they can meet some dogs and maybe someone will get a forever home. All dogs will be on leashes. And my hubby....bless him, is making some loopy things that the dog leashes can be hook to so owners dont have to hold them at all times. I am thinking of keeping the food dishes at least 2 feet away from each other.
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msteffen04 We have a fenced in yard but if you don't please keep your dogs on leashes. Luckily all our friends have either small dogs or Labs so they all do (as far as my experience) get along, but I think this will be a great opportunity for some socializing among the animals and people. I'm so looking forward to it.
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Sharon R. I have a Lab and a mixed Lab breed. Funny, all their friends are small breeds (Chiuaha's! Haha!) but they all get along. Some friends it wont work out well to come with their dogs, so my boys have helped me put the goodie bags together as "to go" bags. It will be fun no matter what.
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August 16, 2009

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