26 Awesome Reasons to Throw Your Dog a Party

 31 reasons to celebrate your dog like their birthday 

Why Celebrate?

Parties aren’t just for birthdays! There are lots of reasons to celebrate your dog, and certainly you don’t have to wait until your dog’s birthday to bring out your party shoes.


So, If your dog's birthday isn't for another 9 months, who cares? Here's a list of reasons to throw a canine fiesta!

1. Obedience / Puppy School Graduation

2. Ribbon winner in contest

3. Canine Weddings

photo credit @matchatuna1

(the wedding cake you see in this video was made by The Dog Bakery

4. Birthday / Gotcha Day/ Adoptversary

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5. Bark Mitzvahs

Muzzle Tov Doggo! These have to be our favorite Bark Mitzvah photos on Instagram! (photo credit @mwdesignsltd)

6. Puppy Shower - you don’t even need a dog for this one… this is awesome reason to invite your friends over for cocktails and maybe your friends will even bring gifts for your new puppy.

Throw a puppy shower for your dog or for your friend who is getting a new dog


photo credit: @adtreventplanning

7. a Doggie Quinceañera - this is the huge party that Hispanic girls who turn 15 often throw. So in dog years, this is somewhere between 2-4 years old, depending on the breed of the dog. (Larger dogs age faster than smaller breeds typically)

The most iconic thing about a quinceañera is the fancy dress that the girls wears. Look for fancy dresses for your dog, there's plenty of them out there.

8. Mardi Gras (Mutti Gras)

9. Paw nukkah

10. Christmas

photo credit @deanthebasset

11. Halloween/ Bow Wow Ween / Growloween

dog Halloween party

12. Thanksgiving (Barksgiving)

13. Yappy Hour
14. Dog Park Gathering / Breed Specific Meetups
15. Fundraiser for local animal shelter
16. National Love Your Pet Day - February 20
17. National Pet Month - April
18. National Pet Day April 11
19. Bulldogs are Beautiful Day - April 21
20. International Chihuahua Appreciation Day - May 14
21. Pet Appreciation Week - 1st week June
22. National Dog Party Day - June 21
23 Spoil Your Dog Day - August 10
24. National Dog Day - August 26
25. National Pitbull Awareness Day - Oct 28
26. National Mutt Day - December 2

Also read: The Ultimate Guide To Throwing Your Dog The Best Party Ever!

Also read: The Ultimate Guide To Throwing Your Dog The Best Party Ever!


Have you thrown a party for your dog, or have any other reasons we should add to the list? Leave them in the comment section below (bonus points if you post a photo!)

Rocky Kanaka

Rocky Kanaka is an entrepreneur, pet rescue advocate and dog dad to a rescue boxer named Flip, a blind Cane Corso called Kobe, and a terrier mix named Zoey. He's also a pet chef and owner of The Dog Bakery, which specializes in dog birthday cakes and fresh baked dog treats. His three dogs can't get enough of the dog cakes and treats!

Lorna Ladd

Lorna Paxton Ladd is a passionate dog lover and enthusiast of The Dog Bakery. She loves spoiling her 3 rescue dogs with dog cakes and jerky. A 15 year veteran in the pet industry, her aim is to educate pet parents on the best recipes, products, tips and tricks to optimize the human/canine bond. Her favorite product at The Dog Bakery are the customizable dog birthday cakes.