DogWatch asked for the best Halloween photos of your pets in costume, and you delivered! We received hundreds of entries on Facebook and Instagram, and were thoroughly delighted by all of the spooky, silly, super-cute and fantastically creative costumes on display. And we want to give a special salute to all of the dogs who patiently posed for the photos – these good boys and girls have definitely earned some yummy dog treats and belly rubs!

As usual, the DogWatch team had a VERY hard time choosing a winner. After lots of deliberation (and many laughs), we are thrilled to announce the winners of the 2021 DogWatch® How-O-Ween Costume Contest!

THIRD PLACE: Charlie the Dachshund as a Ghost


Charlie the Dachshund as a Ghost

Photo by Sarah Haskins

SECOND PLACE: Keno the Jack Russell Terrier as Cruella DeVil


Jack Russell Terrier dressed as Cruella DeVil

Photo by Shannon Casserly

FIRST PLACE: Barkley and Jasper as Lady Bugs

Jasper and Barkley, two Westies, dressed as lady bugs

Photo by Charlotta Harris

Barkley and Jasper have been on their DogWatch Hidden Fence for three months now, and haven’t chased a deer outside of their yard since! Barkley, 3, is a bit calmer, and Jasper, 1, is all about excitement, but they still get along great, and both did fantastic during their training! Barkley and Jasper’s parents will be donating their $500 first prize winnings to The Mountain Humane No-Kill Shelter in Sun Valley, Idaho. Congratulations, Barkley and Jasper!


In addition to our top four winners, we also wanted to give a shout out to some of other favorites this year! Here are our 2021 Honorable Mentions:

A pride of Golden lions! (Photo by Meg Kieszowski)

Three Golden Retrievers dressed as lions

Diesel’s Albert Einstein costume makes the most of his adorably fuzzy mop top. (Photo by Michelle Morehouse)

Diesel, a small white dog, dressed as Albert Einstein

Syre, Phoenix and Kitty make up the cutest little circus! (Photo by @weeweefrenchie)

Two French bulldogs and a cat dressed as Circus performers

Teddy the Pit Bull is the cutest ‘senior citizen’ on the block this Halloween! (Photo by @teddyandeansworld)

Teddy the senior citizen Pit Bull


Here a just some of @the.frenchie.stitch‘s amazing 31 days of costumes!

Assorted Halloween costumes from Stitch the French Bulldog

Tiny puppy Delta’s first Halloween costume is an appropriately tiny little witch cap! (Photo by Emilie Eling)

Golden retriever puppy in tiny witch hat

Is that Samantha the Biewer Terrier or is it the biggest, fluffiest spider we’ve ever seen?!? (Photo by @broncobonnie)

Samantha the Biewer Terrier dressed as a spider

And finally, Kermit the Frog is a little worse for wear after a tussle with this Fozzie Bear (aka Larry the Goldendoodle)! (Photo by Holly Miernicki Johnson)

Larry the Goldendoodle as Fozzie Bear

We’d like to say a great big THANK YOU to everyone who participated in this year’s DogWatch Howl-O-Ween Costume Contest! And if you don’t already, follow us on Facebook and Instagram (@dogwatchfence) to see the rest of the Halloween photo contest entries!