June marks Pride Month for the LGBTQ+ community, and although many cities have postponed or cancelled their annual Pride events due to the 19 pandemic, there are still ways to celebrate at home.

From attending online drag shows to watching LGBTQ+ lectures and talks online, there are plenty of ways to honour the queer community while safely social distancing at home – and you can get your pet involved too!

With a wide range of rainbow-coloured collars, leads and accessories available online, here are some of the best ways you can get your pup dressed up to celebrate Pride, whether it's out and about or over a Zoom call.

Rainbow dog collar

Rainbow dog collar
Rainbow dog collar

Keep it simple but stylish with a rainbow-coloured dog collar for any pet that doesn't enjoy wearing clothes and dressing up.

Although there are several different flags to symbolise facets of the LGBTQ+ community – such as blue, pink and purple stripes representing bisexuality – the rainbow is considered to honour the whole community more widely, and is a staple of Pride events.

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Matching dog lead

Rainbow dog lead
Rainbow dog lead

Another way to keep it simple for your pup is walking around town with a Pride-themed lead.

The original Pride flag - first flown during the Gay Freedom Day Parade in San Francisco in 1978 – was made of eight colours, but later the colours hot pink and turquoise were dropped from its design.

We think the collar and the lead go really well together without being too flamboyant.

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Dapper waistcoat

Doggy waistcoat
Doggy waistcoat

If you're looking for a dressier start to Pride month, waistcoats are available in a range of sizes for a dapper doggy who likes to impress.

Not every dog will be comfortable wearing a waistcoat, so make sure you know that they're the costume-wearing sort of pet before you commit to an all-day Pride event. There’s a chance your dog might become hot and bothered in an outfit.

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Party Frock

Dog party frock
Dog party frock

For dogs that are even more comfortable with glamming it up in elaborate costumes, a dress like this gorgeous gown would suit your princess pooch - or maybe a boy dog who fancies himself as a bit of a drag diva.

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On cloud nine

Dog rainbow costume
Dog rainbow costume

This adorable costume might have to wait for Pride 2022 as it’s only available from a US website, but you know it will turn your dog Insta-famous as soon as they slide it on. It’s available in small and large sizes and the fabric is sequin-printed for extra sparkle.

For a way to go all-out like this without your pet being uncomfortable with layers of fabric on a hot June day, try a novelty costume that attaches with just a strap under their belly. Just make sure to measure your pet and get the right size to avoid costumes being too tight or too loose.

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Bandana Bling

Doggy bandana
Doggy bandana

We love a dog in a bandana and it’s a good way to get pets that don’t like coats or clothing to still rock a pop of colour and show off their Pride allegiances in June..

Pride accessories are often adorned with the phrase “love is love”, a popular show of support to the LGBTQ+ community, and a sentiment expressed by Barack Obama when same-sex marriage was brought into the United States in 2015.

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Harness

Pride dog harness
Pride dog harness

After more than a year away from big social gatherings, large events such as Pride may now prove frightening for some dogs who aren't used to crowds.

You can inject yet more colour into your daily walks with this cute harness which will also offer both you and your dog that extra sense of security. If big events are permitted later in the year, remember to test your dog’s sensitivities on the periphery rather than jumping straight into the melee.

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