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Dora's Got a Puppy
Airdate Monday, May 16, 2005 (Nickelodeon)
Tuesday, November 6, 2007 (DVD)
Sunday, September 27, 2009 (Noggin)
U.S. Premiere Time (est.) {{{premiere}}}
Season 4
Episode 6 (airing)
10 (production)
Written by Chris Gifford
Storyboard by:
Miyuki Hoshikawa
Enrico Santana
Arthur Valencia
Directed by Sherie Pollack
Previous Catch the Babies (airing order)
A Crown for King Juan el Bobo (production order)
Next Dora and Diego to the Rescue! (airing order)
Big Sister Dora (production order)
Bark, Bark to Play Park (chronologically)

Dora's Got a Puppy is the 6th episode of Dora the Explorer from Season 4.

In production order, this is the 10th episode of Season 4 which means that it took place before the events of Big Sister Dora.



After school, Dora has some exciting news to tell the viewer: she has a new puppy named Perrito and she and Boots have to bring a gift from Abuela to her house. But they must get Perrito's present home quickly because Swiper has some new swiping tricks up his sleeves! He uses a swiping grabber toy; he builds a swiping Robot Butterfly; he uses super fast rocket skates; he hides in a submarine fish; and he even disguises himself as an eleventh dancing tree! But what happens when Swiper finds out that the present is for Perrito? The surprise ending must be seen to be believed!


The episode starts before the birth of Dora's twins Guillermo and Isabella, Dora and Boots are walking through the rainforest. Dora tells the viewer that she just got a new puppy. His name is Perrito. The two friends notice Abuela’s house and they see her with a box wrapped in red wrapping paper with dog bones on it and tied with a yellow ribbon she tell them that it’s a present for Perrito. After Dora and Boots picked up a present for Perrito from Abuela, she warns the kids to watch out for Swiper. Dora and Boots saw a skunk, but later saw Swiper. He tells the viewers that with his grabber toy, he can swipe the present from far away. However, he didn't. Instead, he grabbed the skunk. It stunk so bad that he went "PU!" and then "Oh man!". Dora and Boots notice that Swiper has new gadgets as new tricks to swipe their stuff instead of his own hands! And this time, he has gone to far. So they have to hurry home to take the present to Perrito before Swiper swipes it. Dora and Boots ask the Map for assistance. He said that they had hurry home and avoid Swiper by going through the Butterfly Garden and through the ten dancing trees. On their way to Butterfly Garden, Swiper was up to something. Dora and Boots don’t know what he’s up to so they call Spy Star, the super spy explorer star for help. Spy Star sees that Swiper is building a robot butterfly that can swipe anything. As he tested it, the butterfly swiped a pile of bananas. Dora and Boots entered the garden and found the butterfly. They said "Butterfly no swiping" three times, and it said "Oh man!" (just like what Swiper always says when he’s defeated). Swiper was frustrated that it didn’t get the present. As he tried to make it swipe something else, something insane happened: it actually swiped Swiper's mask and gloves for malfunction! He got very angry and followed it to try to get his stuff back. Now, Dora and Boots had to go to the 10 dancing trees. It was a long walk, but Tico offered a ride in his car. All of a sudden, Swiper had rocket skates. Tico went as fast as he can to avoid Swiper. They later slowed down to get across a huge mud puddle. As Swiper was still coming after them, he’s still going too fast and didn’t even pay attention to the mud puddle. He got very muddy and ended up hanging on a tree branch. Now Dora and Boots made it to a bridge that leads them to the dancing trees, it was bouncy, slippery, and windy. The wind knocked the present out of their hands and it went in the water. They got a fishing pole from Backpack. After that, they saw Swiper in a submarine fish, so they fished for the present very fast. Swiper then saw a giant fish and got away. Dora and Boots made it to the 10 dancing trees. To get through, they had to dance like the trees. They did so and made it to the other side. Swiper comes back and disguised himself as a tree labeled "11" on it. He finally got the present, but as he was about to throw it far away, Boots tells him that the present is for Perrito the Puppy. He then reveals to them that he really loves puppies and returns it to Dora. So far, Dora and Boots made it through Butterfly Garden and past the ten dancing trees. Now they had to get home. Once they made it, Perrito comes up to Dora and Boots and they show him the presents. When Dora opened the present, there was a dog bowl, a collar, a leash and a bone. Perrito is happy with all his presents. The episode ends with Dora and Boots playing with Perrito and even Swiper pets him and Perrito licks Swiper's face.

Places in this episode[]

  1. Butterfly Garden
  2. 10 Dancing Trees
  3. Dora's House



This episode can be found in Puppy Power! on DVD.


  • This is the first appearance of Perrito, Dora's puppy, in production order.
  • This is the first episode in the series, both in production and airing order, where Swiper refers to Dora by name.
  • Although this episode premiered in 2005, it was produced in 2003 according to the end credits.
  • It is revealed that Map and Swiper love puppies.
  • This is the first and only episode seeing Swiper without his bandana, mask, and gloves. However, in The Lost City, he’s missing one glove, but in this episode he’s seen with no gloves.
  • Instead of by hand, Swiper uses new gadgets as his new plans for swiping, which they all failed.
  • This is the second episode where Dora and Boots have gone through Butterfly Garden, first being Lost Map.
  • It is a very rare event that Swiper returns any items he swipes. This previously happened in A Present for Santa.
  • When Map was about to be checked the first time, Dora and Boots both ask "Who do we ask for help when we don’t know which way to go?" in a unison, just like in Lost Map.
  • In the beginning of the episode, Dora's School makes a cameo appearance. It’s revealed that it was a school day before going home.
  • This is one of few episodes where Map's zoom-wipe effect is used after telling the viewers to go to the second location.
  • Dora and Boots stop Swiper five times, but they don't say "Swiper, no swiping!" to stop him at all when they do in this episode, they actually instead just stop him in many different ways. However, all of the inventions he created failed, so they never even had the need to say "Swiper, no swiping!".
    • The first time Swiper swiped a skunk instead of the present with his grabber.
      Robot butterfly's oh man

      "Oh, man!" moaned the Robot Butterfly.

    • The second time Swiper built a robot butterfly and it ended up swiping Swiper's bandana, mask and gloves after Dora and Boots stopped the butterfly by saying "Butterfly, no swiping!" (this is actually the only attempt in which Dora and Boots said "no swiping!").
    • The third time Swiper was going super duper fast on his rocket skates and hung himself on a tree after running into the mud.
    • The fourth time Swiper built a large submarine fish, but Dora and Boots were fast enough to fish the present, then a larger fish scared Swiper so he ran away fast.
    • The fifth time Swiper finally swipes the present, but returns it to Dora and Boots before he throws it after telling him that the present is for Dora's new puppy Perrito. He then reveals the fact that he really loves puppies.
  • This is the second episode in which Swiper got muddy, just like in ¡Rápido, Tico!.
  • This episode is almost similar to Grandma's House in many ways:
    • Both involve Dora receiving a gift to bring to someone and Swiper trying to swipe it multiple times, whereas Dora's family told her to watch out for Swiper.
    • The blue bridge Dora and Boots cross looks similar to the Bumpy Bridge.
    • When the gift falls from the bridge, Dora gets a fishing line out of Backpack to wind it back up to them, just like with the Bumpy Bridge.
    • Swiper disguises himself as a tree on his last attempt, just like in his last attempt to swipe Abuela's basket in said episode.
      • Coincidentally, both episodes are from the Puppy Power! DVD.
  • This is the 82nd episode of the show (83rd if counting the Noggin premiere of "To the South Pole").
  • There was no star-catching in this episode, so a character find plays instead of an Explorer Star minigame. However, Spy Star did appear to help Dora and Boots figure out what Swiper was doing at the Butterfly Garden (inventing a robot swiping butterfly). It is possible that they caught him before the episode starts like in The Shy Rainbow where they caught Sliparooni Star in the beginning.
  • The Fiesta Trio do not play their extended fanfare before We Did It! starts.
  • Since Swiper is on to Dora and Boots wanting to swipe the present, the Travel Song is not sung at all in this episode.
    • Though if the Travel Song is sung, Swiper would most likely cut Dora and Boots off in the middle of them singing because he's trying everything into getting the present, so they just run to every place without singing it and/or other songs, unlike in Beaches. The only song that was sung in this episode is We Did It!, (excluding the theme song, Backpack, Backpack! and I'm The Map).
  • When Dora and Boots are telling their favorite parts at the end of the episode, Swiper is on his good side because he loves Dora's new puppy, but he doesn't tell his favorite parts with Dora and Boots to the viewer, as he was on his bad side throughout the episode as he was chasing Dora and Boots, creating inventions to swipe the present.
  • Perrito means Puppy in Spanish.
  • Isa and Benny don’t appear in this episode.
  • When Dora and Boots spot the Ten Dancing Trees, it is not that far, but when they’re going there, it’s much further away than usual due to a long drive with Tico and dropping the present in the water at the bouncy bridge.
  • Due to this being Perrito's third appearance of the show, this episode most likely takes place before Big Sister Dora as a prequel.
  • According to the credits, the Robot Butterfly is voiced by Kathleen Herles, the same voice actress who voiced Dora.
  • When Swiper swiped the present on his fifth attempt (not knowing, at first, it was for Perrito) he does not say "You'll never find it now!" after saying "You're too late!". He instead says "I got it!" three times and laughs.
    • In fact, he did not say that phrase ("You'll never find it now!") at all in this episode, but he does keep saying "Oh, man!" whenever he fails, except for the second attempt when he built the robot butterfly.
  • This episode premiered on Noggin the day before the channel was renamed to Nick Jr.
    • Speaking of which, this is the last episode to premiere on the channel before the rebrand.
  • The episode appears in Nostalgia Critic when he reviews The Adventures of Elmo in Grouchland (A Sesame Street movie).
  • Map only zoom wipes during the second segment after telling the viewers to go to the 10 Dancing Trees (the second location on the map).


  • It’s unknown how Swiper got to all the places Dora and Boots are going, including the sub-place (the Bridge).
    • Also, if one looks closely, when Dora asks the viewer if they see the garden, Swiper can be found there.
  • When Swiper invents the robot butterfly, the back of the robot butterfly was all in red, the bottom was in pink, the butterfly had feet, and it faced down at the table. However, when Swiper picks up the robot butterfly, it had no feet, it was looking at Swiper, and the colors red and pink in the back were alternating.
  • It is unknown how Backpack can carry a giant fishing pole. This also occurred in Big River and Grandma's House.
  • If you look closely when Dora asks the viewer where they are going first we can see that one of the two turpentines in her backpack is pink like her sweater.
  • When the robot butterfly says "Oh, man!", some of its spots disappear and reappear for a few frames.
  • Boots said the 10 Dancing Trees were far away, but judging from the scene where Dora asks the viewer if they see them, they appear to be not that far, then while Tico is driving and when they cross the bridge, they appear to go even farther before they reach the trees.
  • If you look closely when Perrito enters the living room, he can be briefly seen with the collar from his present before he receives it later.
  • When Perrito is about to jump into Dora's arms, his eye becomes transparent for a split second.

Number of stars[]


Character Find[]

Baby Red Fish

Dora the Explorer Season 4
Star Catcher | Dora's Fairytale Adventure | Daisy, La Quinceañera | Big Sister Dora | Super Babies | Catch the Babies | Dora's Got a Puppy | Dora and Diego to the Rescue! | A Crown for King Juan el Bobo | The Mixed-Up Seasons | Dora's Dance to the Rescue | Dora's First Trip | Baby Jaguar's Roar | Boots to the Rescue | Dora's World Adventure! | Star Mountain | Baby Crab | La Maestra de Música | Dora Saves the Mermaids | The Shy Rainbow| Super Spies 2: The Swiping Machine | We're a Team! | Save Diego! | Swiper the Explorer
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