Activities For Painters With Dogs

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Introduction

You’ve got artistic talent, and you’re perhaps busy making a name for yourself or simply enjoying painting for pure pleasure. You are also a terrific dog owner, and you’re realizing it’s time to drop the brushes for a while and head out to play with your pup. But what if you could hang onto those brushes and hang out with your fur child at the same time? We’ve got some activities that afford you the best of both of your beloved worlds.

Blank Canvases

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Any Day
Cheap
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2 hrs
Items needed
Canvases or poster board
Dog-safe Paint
Paintbrushes
Height-Appropriate Easels
Activity description
Have you seen Dog Vinci on Instagram? This charitable dog is so amazing, and his adorable pastime inspires us to let our pooches paint. They can be quite creative. Canines are very bright, and once you hand over a paintbrush dipped in paint, we think you’ll be surprised by what your doggo might achieve. It will be so exciting to track their artwork and progress. Buddy up with your fluffy pal, and work on a couple of masterpieces today. We truly feel your kindred spirit will absolutely cherish the time with you. They’re intuitive enough to understand you love it. Let them know you love them, too.
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Set up
You’ll need to place the blank canvas (or poster board, if you prefer) on the dog appropriate easel. Then you’ll need to place open paints in areas where your excited pooch won’t accidentally eat it. Dip the paintbrush for your little bestie, and then place the paintbrush in their mouth.
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Get to painting
It may take a little while for them to get the hang of things, but they’ll get it. Just be patient. If you’re painting too, that will more than likely help them understand. Move the paintbrush for them, while it’s still in their mouth. Show them what they can do. They’ll see that the strokes are making marks on the white space.
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Share your work
Track your fur baby’s pieces over time, and you might see improvement. You might see that they grow more experimental. Dog Vinci sells his paintings for charity, but you might give yours as gifts. You could pass them on to family and friends and even to your pet’s furry friends.
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Pawpaints

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2 hrs
Items needed
Canvases, poster board, or butcher paper
Dog-safe Paint
Paintbrushes
Activity description
This is a great activity to do with dogs of different sizes. You may have multiple dogs of your own, or you might invite friends and their pet pooches over for this particular activity. Extra sets of hands will be great for this, and it’d probably be best if this was carried out either outside or in a spacious art studio. Paint will more than likely be everywhere, so bear that in mind. This makes a great doggie playdate activity or puppy birthday party entertainment. And best of all, you’ll have a really cool keepsake when it’s all said and done.
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Prepare the area
You’ll want to clear a large space or find an open spot in the yard. Place a large canvas, poster board, or butcher paper down. Open your paints and get the brushes ready. This time, your dog won’t get his jaws on the brushes. You’ll actually use them to make this magic happen.
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Paint those paws
Like I said, it’s great if you have some help with this. With larger dogs that are more difficult to lift, you’ll lose some wet paint. But that’s okay. Essentially, you want to paint their paws and let them walk, run, jump, and skip around on the white surface. Be sure the paint is safe for the dog and the environment.
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Repeat and treasure
For little dogs, you can pick them up, paint their paws, and set them down on the white canvas. Entice them (with treats if you have to) to walk back and forth, making paw trails across, around, over, and back down. The more colors you can add, the better. Repeat with a variety of paints. Treasure this cool banner forever!
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Paintbrush Fetch

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1 hr
Items needed
Water
Bucket
Clean paintbrushes
Activity description
It’s always cool when you can include your dog in your daily chores. As an artist, you have to do so much before, during, and after a painting session. It’s a lot of work. Your pup may watch you and nap while you work, but do they get to participate at all? When you've got to clean your brushes, you might sit on the steps, sidewalk, or lawn. As you carry out the chore, here’s a way to bring your dog along for the task. They’ll enjoy every minute of it! If your dog doesn’t already fetch, you may need some treats for this one.
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Get comfy
Get yourself situated first. Your pooch will probably follow you and grow curious. They’ll see you with water and maybe even try to sniff the paint. Be sure you keep them from drinking the dirty water. Find your place, and then get ready to place a painting-inspired game of classic (in its own way) fetch.
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Fetch time
You’ve got old paintbrushes, right? The bigger the better, depending on the size of your dog. A paintbrush is similar to a small stick, so your pup should know what to do. They’ll like having something new to fetch. We recommend older paintbrushes, as newer, wet ones could still have paint remnants on them.
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Tug-of-war: paint edition
When your doggo finally brings the paintbrush back to you, you may notice that they want to hang onto it. That’s fine. They more than likely want to play tug-of-war with you. They want to challenge you to a friendly game. So, grab those bristles and have some fun with them!
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More Fun Ideas...

Host a Paint and Pooch Party

Invite your friends over for a painting lesson, and allow them to bring their dogs. The dogs can either paint with everyone or play together while their mommies and daddies create pieces of art.

Paint Your Dog's Portrait

Wait for your dog to grow calm. Then try painting a portrait of them. That’ll be so much better than a photo. And it’ll be a piece of you crafting a piece of them.

Conclusion

You have such an amazing gift as an artist. Why not share your abilities with your trusty, fluffy sidekick? They’ll be so happy you want to include them. Being a painter can consume a lot of your time. Be careful that you don’t forget about your pup. They love it when you talk to them, even as you work. And they certainly love it when you physically make them a part of whatever happens to be going on.