I used acrylic paint on the dog head.
Here it is mounted. All that is left at this point is the candy in the mouth and some back mounting pieces which I will add in the morning. Mounting the head was a pain. I originally gave it a flat cardboard backing which I am very afraid wont be strong enough. After trying out several different kinds of screws I finally used 6 long sheet rock screws along with lots of Loctite Powergrip glue. It seems pretty stable but a bit crooked. Partially it is because the head was made tilted at an angle. I have it sitting until the morning at which point I will test the hold and see if it is going to be stable enough to hang from the wall.