Your Dog, the Artist

DIY Paw Print Canvases – perfect for a holiday weekend

By Lindsay Shostal


What mom doesn’t cherish a print of her precious baby’s hands and feet?  Pinterest posts on how to capture your little one’s prints are everywhere, and I started thinking about how I could make this craft dog-friendly. After all, moms come in all shapes and sizes, and whether you’re a mom to a human baby or a fur baby, it’s special to know that you’re loved and appreciated. I also thought that creating paw prints would be a cute little project to do with my regular doggie daycare clients as a gift for their owners, who do such a wonderful job taking care of them.

Tools needed for this project:

– Canvas, or anything else you’d like to hang in your house. Something as simple as a piece of paper would even work.

– Non-toxic paint. Be creative! For added flair, do your paw prints in more than one color!

– Rag/Towel

– Bin of water

– A cooperative dog!


Keep in mind:  this isn’t supposed to be a traumatic experience for your dog. If your pup’s not comfortable with this activity, don’t force it.

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I found all of my supplies at the dollar store. I went with purple, as it’s one of my favorite colors.

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Set everything up on the floor, so the dogs can check it out…sniff sniff sniff!

Lady even made sure the paint was non-toxic (don’t worry, she didn’t actually eat it!)

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Theo was wondering about his canvas. I had to explain to him that Father’s Day isn’t until June!

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Lady was ready to go! Stamping was easy with her, because she’s very relaxed with being handled. She enjoyed the extra attention.

Check out her beautiful art work… I think her mom is going to LOVE it!


And here is a completed piece! Declan, Ducati and Lady had a fun afternoon at doggie daycare, and I hope their moms loved their special paw-made gifts.