Yappy Hour Hot
During this time of the year, it can be easy to get caught up in planning Resident Events which revolve around the holiday themes of November and December. This week’s Resident Event is not specific to any month or holiday, and can be planned any time of the year. In fact, if it ends up being a big hit amongst your residents you could make it a weekly, monthly, or quarterly event!
This event is only applicable to pet-friendly communities but is sure to be a big hit! Let’s plan a resident Yappy Hour! How many events do you plan that include your residents’ pets? This one is just for them! Get creative with your flyers using cute slogans such as “dogs + humans + treats for all = Yappy Hour”; put up a sign during the event which says, “Let’s Pawty”. Make little dog goodie bags using treats, bones, and tennis balls. Purchase a few of the bone-shaped holders for the doggy waste bags that clip onto their leash and include them in the bags. Based on your budget, have Frisbees made with your property logo on them and pass them out during the event- usually with items such as these you have to buy in bulk to get the best price, but you can always give the extras out as move-in gifts or save the rest for future Yappy Hours! Be sure to provide beverages and light refreshments for your residents, too. You could get a gift card to a local pet supply store (Pet Smart or Pet Co) and every attendee will be entered into a drawing to win it. Use pictures and decorations that are “dog-friendly” such as bones, paw prints, and fire hydrants. Reach out to local groomers, pet sitters, dog walkers, or veterinarians to see if they would like to have their info available to the attendees. If your community has a dog park, plan the Yappy Hour near that area so the dogs can run around!
This is an easy event where you don’t have to have too much going on or planned activities- get your residents and their dogs together and the fun will just happen! You’ll want to be sure to lay out some ground rules to ensure safety and reduce liability for all. Rules should include: all dogs must be spayed or neutered and up to date on vaccinations; dogs must be kept on the leash at all times while inside the clubhouse (or whatever area you are using for the Yappy Hour); consider restricting the event to children over the age of 8 only for their safety; etc.