Dog Sign

Animated Video of Sign Language Movement for Dog Pat hip with palm of hand and snap fingers. Since it is difficult for a child to snap fingers, you may want to just pat hip or leg to teach this sign.

Suggestions

When child sees a dog; While taking a walk and child hears a dog barking; While reading picture books together. This may be a difficult sign for children. You may find it helpful to make up your own sign signifying a dog tail wagging or tongue panting. (Remember to pair animal sound with gesture in order to add interest.)

Other Signs

Airplane : When your child sees an airplane; When your child hears an airplane flying above them; While reading picture books together. (Remember to pair the sound an airplane makes while signing "airplane".)
Apple : When a child requests an apple; When giving child an apple; When grocery shopping in produce; When child sees an apple.
Ball : Use this sign while playing ball with child. Ask the child, "Do you want to play ball?" while signing.
Balloon : Children love balloons! Point them out at birthday parties or while grocery shopping. This is a sign your little one will surely pick up!
Banana : Use this sign prior to giving child a banana. Ask the child to sign when requesting a banana. Ask what a monkey eats.
Barn : Pointing out buildings at the farm.
Bear : Use this sign to label childs favorite teddy bear. Make the sounds of a bear while signing to add interest.
Bird : When childs sees a bird; While taking walks outside and child hears bird (May pair the two signs "hear" and "bird"); While reading picture books. (Remember to pair animal sound with gesture.)
Blanket : At bedtime; In naming blankie
Blocks : Playing with blocks.
Book : While asking child if he/she would like to read a book; Ask child to bring his/her favorite book to you to read.
Butterfly : When child sees a butterfly while taking walks; While reading picture books together.
Cat : Use this sign when referring to family pet. Make cat sounds while signing to add interest. You may want to teach child the sign for "gentle touch" in order to keep them from being too rough with small animals.
Chicken : When eating or talking about a chicken
Cloud : When exporing environment together.
Coat : While preparing child to go outside you might ask, "What do we need to go outside?" and model "shoes" and "coat".
Computer : While playing on the computer.
Cow : At the farm or learning about cows
Dog : When child sees a dog; While taking a walk and child hears a dog barking; While reading picture books together. This may be a difficult sign for children. You may find it helpful to make up your own sign signifying a dog tail wagging or tongue panting. (Remember to pair animal sound with gesture in order to add interest.)
Dog : When child sees a dog; While taking a walk and child hears a dog barking; While reading picture books together. This may be a difficult sign for children. You may find it helpful to make up your own sign signifying a dog tail wagging or tongue panting. (Remember to pair animal sound with gesture in order to add interest.)
Donkey : While learning about a donkey or at a farm or zoo
Duck : Use this sign to label a duck. Make duck sounds to add interest. Use sign while child bathes with his/her rubber duckie.
Egg : To want, cook or eat eggs
Elephant : When child sees an elephant at the zoo or while reading a picture book together. (Remember to pair animal sounds with gestures.)
Farm : To tell the child that you are going to the farm or the child tells you that they want to go to the farm
Fish : Use this sign when child sees a fish in a fish tank or aquarium or while reading picture books. Make the "fishy face" while signing to add interest.
Flower : When child sees a flower; While reading picture books together. (Remember to pair the sound of sniffing with the sign "flower" in order to add interest. The child may prefer to sniff rather than sign "flower". Always follow your his/her lead.)
Gift : You can tell them that they are getting a gift or they can tell you.
Giraffe : When introcing child to zoo animals.
Glue : They will ask for glue to make an arts and crafts
Goose : At the farm or zoo or also learning about a goose
Grass : When exploring outside.
Hat : Use this sign when putting hat on child before going outside. This is a sign that can be mastered at an early age. The sign "hat" may be used interchangeably with the word "head" when labeling body parts.
Horse : When introducing farm animals and animal sounds. To add interest, remember to pair the animal sound with the sign. Have fun! Animal signs are some of the first signs your child will attempt.
Moon : They might sign moon if they want to look at the moon before bedtime
Mosquito : This is a helpful sign to learn for climates that are affected by mosquitos. Use this sign when you notice mosquitos and want your child to come inside. Once a child learns this sign, it is particularly effective because your child will be able to tell you when bit and you are able to respond quickly.
Mouse : If they see a mouse they might sign it
Paper : If they want paper to color on
Pig : If the child wants to see a pig or learn about a pig
Pumpkin : When the child sees a pumpkin the child might sign pumpkin because they want one
Puzzle : If the child wants to play with a puzzle and cant find one they might sign puzzle
Rabbit : If the child wants to hold or play with a rabbit
Rooster : If you are at the farm or learning about roosters
Sheep : If you were at a farm or zoo
Shoes : Use this sign when referring to shoes. You may find it helpful to ask the child, "What do we need before we go outside? Shoes!" The child may sign shoes whenever he/she wants to play outside and is less likely to fuss because he/she will understand that shoes must be on before leaving.
Socks : Use this sign when putting shoes and socks on child.
Stars : To look at the stars or learning about stars
Sun : If you go and watch the sun set
Telephone : Use this sign when pretending to talk on the phone. You may want to say "Daddy is on the phone", while handing a pretend phone to child. If child hears the phone ring, sign "telephone" in order to label that sound.
Toothbrush : At bedtime when it is time to brush teeth. You may want to teach the signs "bath", "book", "brush teeth", "potty" and "bed" so that it becomes part of the nightly routine and is something the child can participate in.
Towel : They need one to get out of the bath
Turkey : At the farm or at the zoo
Water : Use this sign when the child is in the bath or pool; while walking next to a lake; or to ask the child if he/she would like some water.