How to Draw a Happy Dog Wagging Tail

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Draw a great looking Happy Dog Wagging Tail with easy, step-by-step drawing instructions and video tutorial. Great for kids and beginner artists!

Happy Dog Wagging Tail step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 10
Complete Happy Dog Wagging Tail drawing

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Would you like to learn how to draw a happy dog wagging tail cartoon? This easy, step-by-canine drawing tutorial can show you how.

Dogs have been wagging their tails for thousands of years - that's how long they have been domesticated. But why do dogs wag their tails?

Wagging is a form of communication signaling contentment, excitement, or greeting. Dogs typically don't wag their tails when alone, even if they are happy.

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Excited and dominant dogs hold their tails up high. When a dog is scared or nervous, it lowers and tucks its tail instead of wagging.

Did you know? Even wolves wag their tails when they are excited or they want to play!

It's time to welcome home your new best friend - the animal known as man's best friend. Get your pencils and crayons ready to trace this happy dog wagging tail outline.

If you liked this tutorial, see also the following drawing guides: Shiba Inu, Puppy, and Golden Retriever.

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Step-by-Step Instructions for Drawing a Happy Dog Wagging Tail

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Happy Dog Wagging Tail drawing - step 1
Happy Dog Wagging Tail step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 01

1. Begin your happy dog wagging tail outline by drawing the pup's face. Use curved lines to outline the oval-shaped eyes and nose, as well as the snout and eyebrows. Shade a large oval within each eye to indicate the pupils.

Happy Dog Wagging Tail drawing - step 2
Happy Dog Wagging Tail step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 02

2. Next, draw the dog's open mouth and lolling tongue. Use curved lines to outline the mouth, teeth, and tongue. Draw another curved line down the center of the tongue.

Happy Dog Wagging Tail drawing - step 3
Happy Dog Wagging Tail step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 03

3. Use a series of curved lines to sketch the side of the happy dog's face. Notice how the lines meet at gentle points and give the face a furry texture.

Then, draw the dog's floppy ear. Use curved lines to sketch an inverted triangle that is open at one corner. Then, use additional curved lines for the sides of the ear, and to detail inside it.

Happy Dog Wagging Tail drawing - step 4
Happy Dog Wagging Tail step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 04

4. Use curved lines to sketch the remaining ear and finish the outline of the dog's head. Notice the tuft of fur on top of his head. Then, extend two lines below the head to form the neck. Connect them with a curved line.

Happy Dog Wagging Tail drawing - step 5
Happy Dog Wagging Tail step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 05

5. At the base of the neck, outline a curved rectangle shape. This is the dog's collar. At the front of the collar, draw a circle. This is the dog's ID tag. Draw a curved line at one side of the circle to give it a three-dimensional appearance. Then, draw curved shapes above it to attach it to the collar.

Happy Dog Wagging Tail drawing - step 6
Happy Dog Wagging Tail step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 06

6. Draw a small dog bone on the ID tag. Then, sketch the dog's leg. Use long lines for the leg itself, with overlapping lines forming the toes of the paw. Notice the furry texture at the elbow.

Happy Dog Wagging Tail drawing - step 7
Happy Dog Wagging Tail step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 07

7. Sit! Use curved lines to draw the remaining front leg and furry chest. Then, use a "C" shaped line for the sitting rear leg.

Happy Dog Wagging Tail drawing - step 8
Happy Dog Wagging Tail step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 08

8. Complete the outline of the dog with a long, curved line for the back and several overlapping lines to enclose the feet. He's not a happy dog wagging tail just yet - you've got one more step.

Happy Dog Wagging Tail drawing - step 9
Happy Dog Wagging Tail step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 09

9. Draw the happy dog's wagging tail. Use a series of curved lines to give it a furry texture. Then, draw curved lines on both sides of it to simulate movement.

Complete Happy Dog Wagging Tail drawing
Happy Dog Wagging Tail step-by-step drawing tutorial: step 10

Color your happy dog wagging tail outline. What will your cartoon dog look like? Will he be brown like the dog in our illustration? Black? White? Spotted? If you're feeling really creative, you could even make him a brindle - a pattern of black and brown fur.

Did you know? This dog can even play video games with you! All you have to do is pixelate him.

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