Halloween can be tough to plan for: You want to find a costume that's timely, recognizable and unique. More importantly, if you're a dog owner, you don't want to leave you pup without a great outfit to match your sense of style. You're a team, and a well-dressed dog means that it's well-dressed owner has an excellent sense of fashion. When both an owner and his dog dress well, they can make Halloween a smash hit.

Lucky of you, dogs have been dressing up year-round to make things a little easier for the rest of us. Costume shows, dog exhibitions and more have seen some of the most stylish canines strut their stuff. For the best Halloween ideas, turn to the professionals. Here is a look at some of the best dog costumes of 2011.