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Throw A Great Dog Party!

Updated on January 31, 2014

How to throw a great party for your dog!

Whether it's a Birthday, Gotcha Day, a new puppy shower, Holiday or any other significant day it's always a great time to celebrate. You can throw a fun and safe dog party. And we're here to help!

My first Gotcha Day was the best party ever! What a day we had -- lots of pups, fun humans, games, cake, toys, presents, and goodie bags. I have to say it was one of the funnest days of my life! If you want to see everything that happened - just go to my website and check it out

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A good time is all in the planning!

Your pet is a part of the family, why not throw them a great party. And as with any party, success is all in the planning.

Start with a theme and build from there. A theme always helps your creativity and build a base for planning your party. From deciding on the location, food, goodie bags, invitation designs, decorations, activities and more - a theme will make a party much more fun!

Click here to download a party planning checklist!

If you need a little help -- here's a great book!

When Mom was thinking about having a party to celebrate my first Gotcha Day (that's the day she got me); she searched around for a little help in planning.

She found this great book! Get it here!

Pups having fun on their party day!

Three weeks before the big day....

  • Plan guest list and set time and date
  • Decide on a theme
  • Reserve location and send invitations
  • Plan menus for both pups and people
  • Order supplies, decorations, celebration cake, goodie bags items, activity equipment and prizes
  • Plan games and activities

Week before the big day....

  • Confirm guests and location
  • Shop and begin preparing food
  • Put together goodie bags
  • Compile game/activity descriptions and rules

On the big day!

  • Designate a separate poo, food and activity area
  • Put out plenty of water for the pups
  • Have poo bags and trash can on hand
  • Make sure leashes and quiet time areas are available for 4-leggers to keep the peace
  • Decorate, put out food, set out prizes and goodie bags
  • Have fun!

Be sure and visit my website! - where you can shop for cool stuff for cool dogs. has put together, in one place, all the cool stuff you need for your dog.

Find dog beds, all natural foods and treats, collars, leashes, charms, training and agility gear, vitamins and supplements, books, clothing, toys, crates, dog seat belts, t-shirts and other cool stuff for two and four-leggers!

And the best part is they donate 10% of their profits to dog shelters and rescues!

Location, location, location!

Well that's what they say! Location is everything. And that's true for pup parties.

There are many places you can hold your party. From your own backyard, to local parks (check with your Parks Department), area dog parks, doggie day camps, and dog sports and obedence training centers -- just to name a few.

Ask your pup pals to help you can find just the right place for your next party. Be sure and reserve your location at least 3 weeks in advance!

Great theme ideas!

Here are some theme ideas for you! And this is just a beginning -- you can basically turn any theme into a great pup party! You're only limited by your imagination.

  • Garden Party - a great backyard party idea, decorate with bugs and bees!
  • Pool Party - another great backyard idea, if you have a pool that is, or bring out the kiddie pools! Turn your backyard into the beach and let your pups swim to their hearts content.
  • Holiday Themes - from the 4th of July to New Year's Eve; any holiday is a great time for a party!
  • Hollywood - why not turn your pups into stars with a great Hollywood themed party!
  • Sports - all dogs love sports, or at least playing, right? So, why not try a sports related or Olympic theme for your party?

You're gonna need some party supplies.

Napkins, hats, cups, tablecloths, balloons, candles, and more - to round out your theme, you'll need supplies. Check out some of these great doggie and theme related party supplies! We're sure you'll find just what you need!

To us dogs (and some humans) food is just about everything!

A party just isn't a party without good food. We'll let you take care of the people food, but we can sure help with the pup pastries, fur food and canine candies!

All kinds of treats and goodies - you can find it all at

Goodie bags are all about goodies!

You can put together great goodie bags for all your 2 and 4 legged guests; and they will love you for it!

Add in some doggie treats, a doggie banadana, a training clicker, tennis ball or small toy - and you have the ingredients for a terrific goodie bag. See a bunch of items perfect for your goodie bags at

Try paw bone shaped post-its, dog bone cookie cutter, paw print stickers, and other cool stuff for your 2-leggers. They will be impressed!

A party isn't a party without great dog games!

There are all kinds of games you can play at your pup's party. We've just listed a few, but many games can be modified just for your celebration!

  • Hot Dog Dunk - For each dog, take a hot dog (preferably all natural) and cut into 10 slices. Throw them in a kiddie pool and see how long it takes the dog to eat them. Fastest dog wins!
  • Water Relay - At the start line (with dog on leash) the dog parent fills a small cup, races with the dog to the finish line to fill a larger cup. Continue until the big cup is full.
  • Dog Painting - This is one of my favorites! I did a dog painting at my Gotcha Day party. Mix together corn starch, flour, water and food coloring (safe for dogs) to desired consistency and color. Put paint on dog's paws with a sponge, put them on paper and let them go at it!
  • Snoopy Says - Guests form a line with their dog and play a variation of the game Simon Says with their dogs. You give commands like sit, Simon says sit, Simon says down your dog, etc. -- last dog 'standing' wins!
  • Agility! - Yep, it's my favorite thing in the entire world! You can get inexpensive agility equipment at; or make your own. Set up a small agility course and have the dogs and 'handlers' take turns!

Give the honored pup a great gift!

At we've got a terrific assortment of gift ideas for any pup.

Try out some of these:

Birthday cake plush toy

Doggie gift box

Pup picture frame

Be Kind to Animals doggie t-shirt

Rub My Tummy collar charm

EarthDog Hemp collar

Henrietta Rubber Chicken

And there's so much more - check out all the toys, treats, books, magazines, collars, charms, clothing and more at

Add your pups Birthday or Gotcha Day! We'd sure love to know and help you share in the fun! Add it here:

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      how much does a dog party cost?

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      anonymous 5 years ago

      thanks for the ideas. they will make Poppy,s party

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      Miriam2008 6 years ago

      this is too cute. Thanks for sharing

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      Sheila 6 years ago from Omaha, NE

      This is so awesome! Great ideas! Blessed.

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      PamelaDW 6 years ago

      What a fun lens. You have some great ideas for fun parties.

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      Noelle and Dan 6 years ago

      Thoughtful tips. Thanks for the ideas.

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      SquidooFanatic 7 years ago

      love it! Every year I hold a little party for my dog. He enjoys the presents...although he loves the wrapping paper more than the toys

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      RaintreeAnnie 8 years ago from UK

      Wonderful lens! Love it. Really good ideas for dog parties. Something to try if we get another dog.

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      AshleyBretting-MS 9 years ago

      This is very cute! Come by and see if you'd like to be featured on my dog lens

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      singaporehosting 9 years ago

      Lovely! But how do you get those dogs to behave so well?

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      carmine 9 years ago

      Great lens - Your lens rocks! Kona Coffee

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      AEAdviser 10 years ago

      Good ideas! My Golden loves the sports theme. thanks

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      feb4 lm 10 years ago

      Nice gave ya 5 stars

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      Salud 10 years ago

      creative, fantastic

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      GypsyPirate LM 10 years ago

      What a great lens! And, congratulations for being featured on Shakadu, great job!

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      Gatsby LM 10 years ago

      5 Woofs! Uh..I mean stars. Count me in! Solve Dog Behavior Problems

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      DogWhisperWoman1 10 years ago

      5* Hey Joanna! Lets Party! Dog Whisper Woman

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      my dog's birthday is on dec.02,'07..that's why i'm checkin' around to see how's party for dogs goes on..i find dis site soooo cooollll

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      Paul 10 years ago from Montreal

      Hey, any excuse to put a hat on a dog is good with me!

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      AlisonMeacham 10 years ago

      Such a talented dog - amazing achievement.

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      Guinness LM 10 years ago

      Johann, you make me want to party! You are so resourceful and fun. 5 woofs! - Guinness at Best Dog Health Care Solutions to Dog Health Problems

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      Karendelac 10 years ago

      Great lens. I might throw a party to my dogs.

      Congratulations on a well designed site.

      This was most informative and I learned a lot !

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      datingtips93 10 years ago

      So cute! Love it.

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      Nicegoogoo 10 years ago

      Great lens for dogs partying.I have rated this lens 5 stars.

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      Gayle10 10 years ago

      Hi JohannTheDog, What a fun lens you have! Four tails and a paw to you (5 stars). Gayle, author of How to Stop Your Dog from Chewing.

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      maswee 10 years ago

      Great party lens tip, 5 stars..Mas from puppy chow recipes, healthy dog food

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      Great dog party lens! 5 stars, Jas from uppy health care, puppy house training, dog food review

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      anonymous 10 years ago

      WOW, wonderful job! I voted 5 stars - I invite you to check out mine too, and rate it for me!Live Streaming Video

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      kathysart 10 years ago

      OMG.. this is sooo darn clever and sooo well done! DARLING!

      5 STARS


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      JasonMPA 10 years ago

      You have a great lens! Interesting perspective. I rated it 5 stars! Come visit my lens for more info about homemade dog food recipes.

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      ReviewKing 10 years ago

      Love the angle you took by letting the dog narrate. Great job! Great information too!

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      DeWayne-FilmFreak 10 years ago

      What a cool dog party lens!


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      Lady Gotrocks 10 years ago

      Great fin lens. I never could get my cats to wear a hat.

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      Susan1 LM 10 years ago

      Great idea thanks for this wonderful lens! 5 stars

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      Gail Faulkner 10 years ago

      Welcome to the Best Ratings Group. I love dogs too.

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      Barkely 10 years ago

      Emily, Gotcha Day 5/29/2006, we adopted her when she was two years old so we use 5/29 for her birthday too. Fun lens!

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      RobinPlan 10 years ago

      Tara: Birthday Feb 16, 1990, 17 years old and still going strong!

      Scotty: birthday Nov. 12, 2004

      Riley: birthday March28, 2005

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      Margaret Schaut 11 years ago from Detroit

      His Excellency Thor the Verdant of Mabe Burnthouse celebrates his Gotcha day on Jan 22, 2005. He loves your lens so much he has lensrolled it into his own! Welcome to the Dogster Group on Squidoo!

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      Johann The Dog 11 years ago from Northeast Georgia

      Johann: Birthday 6-25-2004; Gotcha Day 9-3-2004 - Gracie: Birthday 7-25-2005; Gotcha Day 3-7-2006