Paws for Applause Dog Show at Arts and Acts

The Northville Art House and Northville Parks & Recreation invite dog owners to show off their pet’s creative looks and styles at the Paws for Applause Dog Show while viewers celebrate their artistry online and live in person.

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LIVE DOG SHOW – Sunday, June 20, 10 am – 3 pm & VIRTUAL PHOTO CONTEST – Open May 22 to  June 20

The Northville Art House and Northville Parks & Rec invite dog owners and dogs of all breeds, ages, abilities, and sizes to show off their creative looks and styles in a series of fun categories at the Paws for Applause Dog Show. Held live on the third Sunday in June next to the Cady Street Dog Park behind the Art House, or in a virtual contest from the comfort of home, owners and dogs can enter any category of choice with prizes awarded in each category. No rain date. 

LIVE DOG SHOW – Sunday, June 20, 2021 10 am – 3 pm

Eligibility: Owners and dogs of all breeds, ages, abilities, and sizes from the Metro Detroit Area are invited to participate in the Live Dog Show next to the Cady Street Dog Park. Limited to 15 dogs in each category.

Categories:  (Subject to Change) Most Artistic, Best Costume, Best Behaved, Worst Behaved, Best Groomed, Best Dressed, Best Trick, Most Stylish Seni0r ( 7+), Most Stylish Handbag Dog, and Longest Legs. 

Check-in: Owners and dogs check-in 20 minutes before start time on Sunday, June 2o at the tent next to the Cady Street Dog Park behind the Northville Art House. There is no rain date, the show must go on! Please be sure that your dog has a current license and immunizations. All dogs must be on a leash! Use of the Cady Street Dog Park requires membership.

Cady Street Dog Park – Owners and dogs can become Dog Park Members at this popular park at


10:00 AM Most Artistic 10:25 AM
10:30 AM Best Costume 10:55 AM
11:00 AM Best Behaved 11:25 AM
11:30 AM Worst Behaved 11:55 AM
12:00 PM Best Groomed 12:25 PM
12:30 PM Best Dressed 12:55 PM
1:00 PM Best Trick 1:25 PM
1:30 PM Most Stylish Senior (7+ Years) 1:55 PM
2:00 PM Most Stylish Handbag Dog 2:25 PM
2:30 PM Longest Legs 2:55 PM

Awards: Judges award prizes for 1st and 2nd place in each category at the show. All winning dogs get a photo taken and receive a 5 x 7 photo thanks to local photographer Jennifer McCallum, owner of Pawdacious Portraits.

Fee: $5 per category

LIVE Online Registration Deadline: Saturday, June 19 at 5:o0 pm EST. or until All Categories are filled.

Questions? Email Northville Art House at


The Arts and Acts Festival will follow all current COVID-19 City of Northville, State of Michigan, and CDC guidelines with face coverings recommended to be worn by unvaccinated visitors for the protection of everyone. Visitors are asked to keep a safe social distance from others, avoid standing in crowded areas, and wash their hands frequently. Hand washing stations and sanitizer will be available throughout the festival.


Do you have a dog that gets into silly positions? Do you have a pup that adores being dressed up? Maybe you and your furry friend look alike! Do you think your dog is the cutest? We want to see it all!

Enter and submit your pet photo. Tell your family and friends to go online to vote for your photo. They can vote as many times as desired. The more votes the better the chance for your pet to become a local Northville celebrity!

Awards: Grand Prize, Second Place and additional awards given.

GRAND PRIZE: The Northville Art House has partnered with local photographer Jennifer McCallum, owner of Pawdacious Portraits, to offer the GRAND PRIZE to the owner and pooch who receive the most online votes for their pet photo (Minimum 25 votes). The winner receives an outdoor pet portrait session, a 2-page feature celebrating your pet in the upcoming book “Tails of Northville,” a copy of the book and more! Learn more about the project at

Official Rules: Visit for Official Rules; must have or sign up for an account. 

Photo Submission Fee is $5. Each vote is $1. Vote as many times as you wish!

Submit your pet photo and support the Arts today!

Questions? Email Northville Art House at

Proceeds go toward awards and public programs at the Northville Art House.

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