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How to Draw a Dog

Ready to learn how to draw a dog? This one lets you see his cute face and the side of his body, with just a few step by step instructions.

Draw a Dog

Front views of dogs are nice, and they make for easy symmetrical drawings, but sometimes you want to see a bit of the side too.

This tutorial will help students draw a dog with a simple face and slightly turned body. It makes the dog look a bit more active, and allows room to really showcase the tail too.

Preview of the step by step Dog tutorial

Draw a Dog


  • Pencil. The Ticonderoga brand are the most reliable, make nice dark lines when you need them, and are the easiest to erase. Buying the pre-sharpened ones will save busy teachers a lot of time.
  • Eraser. Large ones you can hold in your hand do a much better job than just the pencil tip erasers, especially when erasing leftover pencil lines after tracing.
  • Black Sharpie Marker. These fine point permanent markers make nice black lines, have a good tip for coloring, and never bleed when they get wet. Use them with good ventilation and add extra paper underneath to protect your tables.
  • Prang Crayons. These are a bit softer than other crayons so they sometimes look like oil pastels. They also have a some nice brown shades that Crayola does not have unless you buy their larger boxes.
  • Crayola Crayons. The reliable brand that always works well. The 24 pack has some of my favorite golden orange and yellow colors that seem a bit richer and warmer than the ones Prang has.


Time needed: 45 minutes.

Dog Drawing

  1. Draw a collar and head.

  2. Add two ears on top.

  3. Draw the face and dog tag. Erase inside ears.

  4. Draw one front leg.

  5. Add the other front leg.

  6. Draw the back leg.

  7. Finish the back leg and tail.

  8. Add a background and dog house.

  9. Trace with a marker and color.

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How to Draw a Poodle

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