So as I was surfing the internet one day I came across the YouTube video Dog Finger Painting. It was created by YouTuber Jenna Marbles. Now, I don’t think she invented this activity, but she sure did a good job of getting her two tiny dogs to paint an actually pretty cute picture. This inspired me to investigate the world of dog finger painting, because I want a painting made by my dogs. I’m basically going to take you on my research process of trying out this activity. If you’re even slightly interested, use this as another excuse to procrastinate any work you have to do and come down this rabbit hole with me.

First Stop: Instagram

My first instinct was to type in “#dogfingerpainting”.

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The first photo is a screen shot of Jenna Marbles in her own video. The second photo is of an Instagramer trying out the activity with their own dog. It honestly looks like something I will try with my own dogs, even though most people seem to be using their smaller dogs. My dogs are very large, like each are over 80 pounds, so it should be an interesting time, and I will be documenting it here in the coming weeks.

There were many more examples of people trying this out. I suggest you go and search the hashtag yourself if you enjoy this type of thing.

Second Stop: YouTube

Okay, I’m going back to where I started. I learn better with video examples rather than photos. I want to find more examples of this activity where the dogs are larger. Jenna was able to life her dogs into the paint, and then lift them onto the paper. I won’t be able to do that with my dogs so I need some more guidance.

Here’s one video I found that was inspired by Jenna’s video. Sarah Creek had multiple dogs in her video, and they were all large dogs. Her biggest problems were her dogs didn’t want to step in the paint, and afterwards they didn’t want to step on the paper. So, I’m taking notes here.

  • Keep my dogs on a leash
  • I’ll have to dunk their feet in the paint myself
  • Make sure to use kid-safe paint
  • I’ll need to give them a bath afterwards
  • Don’t use colours that will blend together to make brown
  • Document, document, document

Well, now that I have an idea of what I’m doing, I can do it myself. These two girls have no idea they’re about to become two of the world’s greatest painters.

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