Ever seen a dog do a painting? Maybe you have seen it on TV or YouTube. It’s taking off as a popular trick to train your dog. Some dogs are even painting pictures that are selling for good money as a unique art piece.
How do they do it? Here is an example of a painting dog, Sammy from Shore Service Dogs
In the video intro you can also see some of their other service dogs performing service tasks. The training methods used to teach these dogs are the same methods whether they are teaching their dog to put dishes in the sink, turn on the light, or paint a painting. You can teach your dog tricks (LINK: http://trainyourdogtricks.com) using the same methods as trainers use for assistance dogs. There are many places online that you can learn these skills but I recommend Dove Cresswell ‘s Dog Training Online
So why would you want to train your dog to paint? Well if you’re like us, you love art and so you’ll probably enjoy sharing this with your furry friend if you have a dog. The quality time you spend with your dog is also invaluable and fun. Training provides bonding time plus has added benefits such as providing mental stimulation and helping your dog to be tired and satisfied at the end of the day. If you can’t take your dog for a walk, try some trick training. Mental exercise can make a dog even more tired than physical exercise.
If teaching your dog to hold a paint brush proves a little too challenging at first, you might like to start with dog finger (well, paw print) paintings which just about any dog can do. Rather than teaching your dog to paint, it involves dipping your dog’s paws into the paint and letting them walk over the canvas. For smaller dogs you could even hold them up to the canvas and make a nice neat print. Here’s an entertaining example from YouTube star, Jenna Marbles:
Whether you go for fun and easy with doggy finger painting or still fun, yet more challenging with teaching your dog how to paint with a paint brush, painting with your dog can be really rewarding. Make sure you use non-toxic paints and that you paint on a surface that you can easily clean afterwards. Last but not least, always make sure while painting and while training that both you and the dog are having fun and enjoying yourselves.