If your friends are anything like ours, you’ve probably been to more dog parties than kids parties in the last 12 months. Yes, dog parties are taking Melbourne by storm. Fancy hats, doggy treats, photography and playtime are just some of the activities dog owners are whipping up in celebration of their pup’s big day. Sure, your dog doesn’t need a party but sometimes it’s nice to catch up with all your dog-owning friends and eat cake. Here are our top six venues for a pawesome time:
1. The Dog House
195 Johnston Street, Collingwood
H: 10am-5pm Wed-Fri, 9am-5pm Sat-Sun
A cafe for dogs where humans are welcome. The Dog House has become the go-to destination for Melbourne’s dog parties with its amazing doggy menu. Your pup can slurp a dogachino, chow down on Kangaroo and Sweet Potato Doggy Muffins or maybe even indulge in a bit of Doggy Icecream. There’s a basic coffee menu available for humans so everyone will be leaving satisfied.
32 Lower Somerville Road, Somerville
H: 930am-4pm Mon, 930am-6pm Tues, 930am-830pm Wed, 930am-6pm Thurs-Fri, 930am-130pm Sat.
Is your pup obsessed with water? Then why not hire a pool! Yes, Somerville’s AquaPaws welcomes event bookings for their 12m heated indoor pool. They also have a large garden area with BBQ facilities, a fenced off leash area and their lovely staff will even organise a marquee and catering for you!
3. The Dog Cafe
Rear of 120 Boronia Road, Boronia
H: 9am-4pm Thursday-Sunday
From puppacinos to doggie donuts to dried meat treats and lamingtons, the Dog Cafe sure does know how to spoil a pup. Their dog birthday parties are next level. Enjoy 90 minutes of doggie fun, food and games, doggie bags for guests to take home and even a birthday cake starting from $20per dog! You won’t be going hungry either, with a human menu of tea, coffee, delicious cakes and slices.
4. PETstock Pakenham
55 Bald Hill Road, Pakenham
H: 830am-545pm Mon, Wed, Thurs, Fri; 830am-445pm Sat-Sun. Please note: hours may change if a party is booked.
PETstock Pakenham isn’t just any old regular pet store. The Southeast’s best kept secret, PETstock Pakenham has an indoor dog park that you can book for your next dog party! Your pups can frolic in the ballpit, play with toys and roll around on the turf to their heart’s content.
5. Kepala Canine Country Club
55 Edwards Road, Diggers Rest
H: 9am-4pm Mon-Sun (Outdoor areas close over winter)
With 10,000sqm of doggy grounds, it’s fair to say that the Kepala Canine Country Club is Melbourne’s dog oasis. There are 2 large grass runs, an agility area and sand run, an indoor heated pool and an outdoor solar heated lagoon pool. They even have do it yourself hydrobaths so you can wash your pup before jumping back in the car. The undercover BBQ area rounds out a comprehensive venue space but keep in mind this venue gets busy. Book ahead!
6. Your Local Park!
Why pick somewhere fancy when there’s nothing your dog would love more than a good roll in the mud. If you want to be extra outlandish you can ever order your own doggy treats and birthday cake from Melbourne pet bakery favourites like Laila and Me and the Supaw Pet Bakery. Not sure what park would be best? Want to find somewhere with bbqs? Looking for a fenced park? We can help with that! Download the Pupbeat Dog Park App and find all the closest dog parks plus details about fencing, bbqs and toilets. Or just send us a message on Facebook.