Halloween Contests and Parades for Dogs

It’s that time of year again– Time for goblins, princesses, pirates, and three-headed Chihuahuas to take to the streets!

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Three-Headed Chihuahua — Image courtesy of Petful

If you’re one to celebrate or participate in Halloween festivities you might check this out to see if there is an event near you: 2015 Halloween Events .

I’d like to point out a few things that will help keep you and your dog safe.

If you head out with your dog to partake in Halloween events, keep an eye on your dog for signs of stress.

 

The signs can be as subtle as your dog looking a bit embarrassed:

Calypso Dancer Dog -- Image courtesy of Petful

Calypso Dancer Dog — Image courtesy of Petful

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

When a dog sticks his tongue out to lick his nose, he is most likely expressing stress:

"Take This Off"

“Take This Off” – Image Courtesy of Mike McCune

Signs of stress: eyes and tongue

Here both dogs exhibit signs of stress. Notice the eyes of both, and the nose-licking – Image courtesy of Brett Neilson

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Big yawns can be a sign of stress

Big yawns can be a sign of stress – Image courtesy of istolethetv

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You will also want to be alert to the behaviors of other dogs. Be sure that you stay clear of dogs that might be aggressive, cranky or scared.

Be sure you are aware of the behavior of other people's dogs. Halloween can be a very stressful time for some dogs.

Be sure you are aware of the behavior of other people’s dogs. Halloween can be a very stressful time for some dogs. – Image courtesy of North Charleston

Can you tell which dogs might be stirring up trouble?

Can you tell which dogs might be stirring up trouble? – Image by Konrad Summers

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

You’ll want to be sure that your dog feels safe. Some dogs don’t mind having detailed costumes. Others might feel a little claustrophobic. Check out these dogs:

Do you see the worry in this dog's eyes?

Do you see the worry in this dog’s eyes? – Image courtesy of Petful

Some dogs may find costumes that restrict vision or mobility to be frightening or stressful.

Some dogs may find costumes that restrict vision or mobility to be frightening or stressful. – Image courtesy of istolethetv

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Some dogs think dress up is fun!

Some dogs jump right in there!

Some dogs jump right in there! – Image courtesy of Mike Licht

 

 

 

 

Even with an eye patch, there is no sign of discomfort in this dogs demeanor

Even with an eye patch, there is no sign of discomfort in this dogs demeanor. – Image courtesy of Petful

Loos lips, relaxed body-- No sign of stress with this dog

Loos lips, relaxed body– No sign of stress with this dog. – Image courtesy of istolethetv

Oh! She's having a FINE time-- the star of the show!

Oh! She’s having a FINE time– the star of the show! – Image courtesy of editrixie

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Click here: 2015 Halloween Events  to download the spreadsheet of Halloween contests, parades and other dog events.

 

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