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Costume Ideas

From home-made costumes to store bought ones to just having a festive bandana, there’s no right or wrong way to dress up your dog for Toby’s Pet Parade!

Costume Contest Categories

Owner/Pet Look-a-Like
Doggie Diva
Macho Mutt
Best Group (new category!)
Most Original
Judges’ Choice

2016 Costume Contest Winners

Owner/Pet Look-a-Like

Persephone and her pup Coco charmed the judges with their matching fairy costumes.

Doggie Diva

Susan and her fabulous dog Bella won the Doggie Diva award for their fun style.

Macho Mutt

Shaun brought her dog Avery to show off his toughness and walked away with the Macho Mutt Award.

Most Original

Kasey and Chloe stole the judges hearts with this homemade music box costume.

Judges' Choice

Bonnie and Guido campaigned for the Judges' Choice award and walked away champions.

Want even more inspiration for your dog’s costume? Check out this Flickr album of the creative costumes from last year’s Parade!

Tips for Dressing Up Your Dog

  • It’s important to keep your dog cool, calm and happy in their costumes.
  • We recommend trying on the costume before the event to make sure it fits comfortably.
  • If he or she seems distressed or shows abnormal behavior, consider letting your pet wear a festive bandana or a more minimal costume.
  • Make sure the costume doesn’t hinder his/her ability to move, breathe or bark.