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Games suggestions, please

Hi everyone,
I'm organizing a Hav-a-Ween party for our area. I have no idea how many dogs to expect, but usually we have about 25 in attendance. Mostly we just have a chat and watch our dogs play. We've gone for a short walk as well.
But, in honour of our 3rd get together I thought it would be fun to have games as the little kids in attendance would probably love to do something. any of you have specific game how to play, what size play area, how many dogs at the game at a time....whatever you've found works would be fantastic!
I searched here and couldn't find anything that has been done before. If it's been done, could you please point me to the right discussion? Or, if not, suggest away!!! I'd love any and all ideas. Then I'll pick about 4 to try and I promise to report back (I've been on the 'net and have some basic ideas, but they don't seem to be concrete, well-loved, well-used ideas. I am an organized kind of person and don't like unexpected 'surprises'! Tried and true works for me!)
I still haven't figured out how to post pictures, but maybe this might be the time for me to learn.

Huge thanks for any ideas or suggestions!

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No suggestions here but please do learn to post pictures - we will definitely want to see the Hav-a-Ween party pix!

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Just a thought,
you can set it up like a carnival with different 'booths' that have a game at each station.

Like one station can have an agility course, one might be the dogs doing tricks for treats, one could be a 'fetch' station', one could be a dress up station, one could be just a free play station, one could be a photo station - where you take pics with the dogs, just off the top of my head.

sound like fun.
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Well, here's a costume preview. My dog is all black. I have a little ladybug on an elastic. I put it around his middle. When he sits, he's a ladybug ready to take off. When he goes down, he's a resting ladybug. if he goes backwards, he's a confused ladybug. If he weaves, he's a flying ladybug. And, in the go to move for a Hav, the dance, he's a free flying get the idea. But, I'm not the most creative person around....
In our last get together, there was a very pretty little girl in pearls!!! And Doggles. She made quite the statement especially when she just went into the Cowichan River and sat her pearls! I'm expecting her to be in some amazing girlie girlie costume.
I've been amazed at the response to my simple request to get Havanese together in the Victoria BC area. (If you live in our area, contact me!) Everyone is so excited about just meeting up. And, now that we've had 2 meets, a Hav-o-Ween event is generating even more interest. So, I want to have a few (4 if possible) simple fun games that let us get to know each other even more.

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We posted at the same time, sporchid. Thank you!!! I have some agility equipment and thought it might be a possibility. Kind of tempting those who haven't tried anything like that. I'll plan something with mucho treat bribes to do a (LOW) jump or a weave. The photograph station is excellent!!! We have lots of people who may just go there and nowhere else!!! A great spot to show off those wonderful Hav smiles.
Fetch station could be tons of fun. I'd thought of a hot dog dunk station.
I'm almost there!!! And, I have only scratched the surface of this forum! Wow!!!
Keep the ideas coming!
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I heard about one lady that used the top of her cake plate (plastic) and froze ice in layers over several days. She added treats and small rubber toys to each new layer. When the party started she dumped the big frozen 'cake' on a piece of carpet, in the shade, in an area of her yard. The dogs enjoyed licking the ice and as it melted some discovered they could get a 'surprise'.

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Oh that sounds soooo much fun!! lol,Instead of dunking for apples, you can have them dunk for bones?? LOL, (kidding) gosh, I'm sure it will be fun enough with the costumes and conversations!

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This Musical Chairs game can be adapted quite easily. It was actually part of Puppy training that Molly and I took . It was a hoot.

Musical Chairs is a doggy variation of the classic childrenís game. Music plays as handlers walk with their dogs off-leash counter-clockwise around a rectangular area. A line of chairs (with alternating chairs facing in opposite direction) runs down the centerline of the rectangle. When the music stops, the handlers instruct their dogs to sit by verbal request and/or hand signal only, (i.e., without touching them), and rush to sit on a vacant chair in the center of the rectangle. Musical chairs is meant to be a non-contact sport; with the exception of two human rear ends making contact when attempting to sit simultaneously on the same seat, physical contact with any dog or other competitors is not allowed.

The dogs must remain in sit-stays outside of the rectangle. If a dog breaks his sit-stay, or if any part of the dogís body causes a Line Fault by cutting the line of the rectangle, (paw-faults and tail faults included), the handler must vacate their chair and completely leave the rectangular area to re-sit their dog without contact before trying to find an empty chair once more.

There are always fewer chairs than handlers. The chair-less handler may attempt to get other dogs to break their sit stays by sweet-talking, calling, offering food treats, and by generally acting silly. However, the handler must not use any dogís name and they must not touch or frighten any dog. Once all of the chairs are occupied by handlers whose dogs remain in sit stays outside of the rectangle, the handler left standing is eliminated. One chair is removed from the line and the next round begins. The top two qualifiers from each round go into the Final.

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you can have a digging station! you can call it treasure hunt if something is 'buried'. sand is heavy but won't dirty the dogs. maybe a small kiddie pool. bury 2-3 treasures at a time. then reset the station when a wave of dogs have finished.

you can have a recall station. 2-3 dogs test their recall skills, a ribbon or treat for the winner. doesn't have to be far, 10 ft. maybe.
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Short little relay/recall races? 4 Havs and handlers at one end - cute kids with treats at the other. Ready-set-go! Whichever kid get licked first wins!


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