Sign Language Dictionary

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Dog in Sign Language

Learn how to sign dog to talk about this favorite household pet.

1. This sign has two variations. The first is just to pat one leg a couple of times.
2. The second way to sign dog is to pat your leg and then snap your fingers with the same hand.
3. Either way, this sign looks like you are calling a dog to come to you. Use this visual to help you remember the sign.

Teaching Tips

  • Teaching sign language to babies (and big kids!) is easy when you are practicing the signs for favorite animals. Dogs are everywhere – at home, in the neighborhood, and in books. Anytime you see a dog, be sure to demonstrate the sign.
  • Engage in imaginative play and pretend to be dogs. How does a dog move? How does a dog sound? What does a dog like to do? Make it as silly as you can – and practice the sign as you.

Pat your leg, or pat and snap. Show me the sign for dog.