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Dog Days of Denton


Dog Days of Denton is celebrating 26 years as Denton’s most original festival for pooches and their people.  The event is typically held on the first weekend in October and is FREE to the public. The event features arts, crafts, educational demonstrations, canine talent contests, entertainment and fun for the entire family! If imitation is the finest form of flattery, Dog Days certainly has a strong legacy.  Texas’ original event for an about dogs has frequently been borrowed from both locally and state-wide.  The event is made possible of our event sponsors.

Meet “Jazz”, the 2019 Spokesdog. Jazz is a ten year old Bichon Frise. Jazz was a rescue pup and he loves attention. He has many costumes and his favorite hobby is traveling with his Mom. They have been to Mexico and Canada and many parts in between. His favorite thing about being the 2019 Spokesdog is all the parades and events he gets to attend and and is always happy to “work his tail off” for the Dog Days of Denton!

A signature for Denton, Dog Days is a fun and entertaining day welcoming friendly dogs and their owners.  For everyone’s safety, all dogs must remain leashed and owners must provide proof of current vaccinations. Owners and responsible an liable for their pets.

New for 2018 is the “Meet The Rescue” session where each rescue present will give a brief presentation on their organization and how it meets its mission. Also new for 2018, the event will bring back The Great Barkini, Paw Reader Extraordinaire who will be set up and foretelling your best friend’s future by reading their paws throughout the day.

All of your favorite contests will be back: Dog Singing, Dancing With Your Dog, Pet Tricks and How Obedient is your Dog?; And, of course, everyone’s favorite the Spokesdog Contest. The lucky pup selected Spokesdog will represent Denton and Dog Days throughout the coming year. Registration is not required for any of the contests with the exception of Spokesdog – prior registration (by Sept. 24) is required. The Glamfur Booth will back to take photos of your best friend in (or out) of costume for a $5 fee. Zoom Room will also be there with their agility course. For a $5 donation your can try your dog’s paws at the course with the assistance of the Zoom Room staff and volunteers. All donations collected from the Agility Course will be donated to Heel The Heroes to further with their mission of providing Therapy Dogs for our returning Veterans.

There is lots of fun to be had at Dog Days of Denton with many pup-friendly events like:

  • Canine Couture Costume Contest
  • Dancing with the Dog
  • How Obedient is Your Dog
  • Glamfur Shots
  • Courses
  • Pet Tricks
  • Dog Singing Contests
  • Spokesdog Pageant (must be entered in advance – visit the Dog Days of Denton website for registration forms).

Dog Days of Denton welcomes FRIENDLY DOGS and their owners. All owners are responsible and liable for their pet(s). For everyone’s safety, dogs MUST BE ON A LEASH and have CURRENT VACCINATIONS. Demos and performances by canines and their trainers, in addition to contests you can participate in, abound at the event!  Check out the full schedule for details.

Traveling to Denton with your pet? Check out our handy list of pet-friendly hotels. Attendees are welcome to bring pet food donations for the Denton Animal Shelter and drop them off at the Information Booth.

25th Annual DOG DAYS OF DENTON Celebration

Saturday, October 6, 2018   9:00 am – 3:00 pm

All times are subject to change. Please see our website for contest guidelines. Spokesdog Pageant entries must be received in advance; all other contests are open to the public and will be called at the scheduled time.


On Stage or In Demo Field:

9:00 AM All booths Open
9:30 AM Canine Couture Parade
10:00 AM MEET THE RESCUES An opportunity to get to know the different rescue organizations at the event. Each organization will speak briefly about their programs.
10:30 AM Do The Hokey Pokey with your dog onstage. Following the Dancing with the Dogs contest, we will invite the audience to participate in The Hokey Pokey with their own animals.
10:45 AM Dancing With Your Dog Contest.
11 AM Dr. Beau Black from Town and Country Animal Hospital will discuss keeping your pet healthy and demonstrate what to during an actual emergency.
11:30 AM 2018 SPOKESDOG PAGEANTPre-entry required
12:45 PM Pamela Flint with the UNT Animal Assisted Therapy Program will discuss how UNT is using Therapy animals to get students through the trials and tribulations of college life.
1:00 PM Pet Tricks Contest
1:15 PM Heather Gillihan with The Zoom Room will talk about their training facility and how they can enhance your best friend’s life and will demonstrate the types of training with her own best friend.
1:45 PM How Obedient is Your Dog contest.
2:00 PM Lyndon Villone will talk about Heel The Heroes, recipients of this year’s Agility Course, and how they are helping Veterans. He will also offer a mini-training session for Therapy Dogs.
2:30 PM Dog Singing Contest
2:45 PM “Heinz 57” Dog Show:

– Most Drool

– Longest / Shortest Ears

– Longest / Shortest Tongue

– Longest / Shortest Legs

– Fluffiest / Shortest Hair

– Dog Travelling the Farthest

3:00 PM Event Wrap-Up and Thank you!



Booth/Demo Area:

9:00 AM to Noon Try out your canine’s skills for a donation of $5 at the Agility Course – The $5 donation benefits the Heel The Heroes Program.
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Visit the Rescue Area and see if your new best friend may be waiting for you.
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Visit the GLAMFUR booth for a glamorous photo of your pet for a $5 donation. Also visit our Arts and Crafts vendors and Rescue Groups to find your new best friend.
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Pet food donations for the Denton Animal Shelter taken at the Dog Days Information Booth
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Visit the Food Trucks on the perimeter of the event. Enjoy coffee and donuts in the morning and BBQ for lunch at THE PIT WAGON or the have some ribs at Fried Ribs and More To Go!
9:00 AM to 3:00 PM Stop by the Heel The Heroes booth to learn how they are helping returning Veterans cope with their return to civilian life.