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How to Describe a Dog

How to Describe a Dog

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Published by JM Murray
On my blog, WordDreams, I have a series on descriptions of common items that writers cover in their novels. I cull them from books I read and originally collected them to spark my imagination when I got stuck. I’d read through what other writers said on a topic and it would kick start my brain.
On my blog, WordDreams, I have a series on descriptions of common items that writers cover in their novels. I cull them from books I read and originally collected them to spark my imagination when I got stuck. I’d read through what other writers said on a topic and it would kick start my brain.

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How to Describe a Dog
By Jacqui Murray 
On my blog, WordDreams,I have a series on descriptions of common items that writers coverin their novels. I cull them from books I read andoriginally collected them to spark myimagination when I got stuck. I
d read throughwhat other writers said on a topic and it wouldkick start my brain.I
ve shared topics like nature, landscape,emotions (how do you show someone is irritatedor pensive?), but the most popular by far is thecollection I have on dogs. I get hundreds of people a day who read that article even though I wrote it months ago. I love dogs so every time
there’s a dog in a story, I take notice. I like to see how authors describe their actions, emotions,
movements, thoughts. I decided to share it here, for my Scribd friends. I hope you enjoy it!
Greeting
 
 
The dog snorted happily and bounded forward
 
Tail-wagging Labrador bravado
 
Feet like saucepans, took a cheerful rush at the American, leapt up and planted his muddypaws
 
When a dog approaches a strange dog or man in asavage or hostile frame of mind he walks upright andstiffly; his head slightly raised; the tail is held erect,and rigid; the hairs bristle, especially along the neck and back; the pricked ears are directed forwards, andthe eyes have a fixed stare
 
Came in the room, sat quietly until I stopped what Iwas doing and said hi, then he turned and left.
Exploring
 
 
Max heard Susan moving around in the kitchen and
hustled out of the bathroom to investigate. You could never be certain someone wouldn’t
give you a second breakfast.
 
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The dog got worried, crawled up on the bed, raced around chasing a ball, finally chased itout of the room. From her roommates room, she heard her barking, growling at the dog,slapping and playing, tossing the ball and the dog returned. She wondered who thoughtwho was whose pack.
 
happy woofing sounds of a dog discoveringhidden treasures
 
Abby greeted me with an exuberant lungeand when I went into the hall, I squattedand endured her exuberance until it abated
 
I heard Spot return to the closed door andsnuffle a little, and sigh and lie downagainst it. She seemed to have figure outthat there were times when we had to bealone.
 
Sylvester forged ahead again, keeping the leash taut.
Angry
 
 
flopped onto the floor in full doggy snit
Characteristics
 
 
Dogs after voiding their excrement often make with all four feet a few scratchesbackwards, even on a bare stone pavement,Wolves and jackals behave in the samemanner, yet, as I am assured by the keepers,neither wolves, jackals, nor foxes, when theyhave the means of doing so, ever cover uptheir excrement, any more than do dogs. Allthese animals, however, bury superfluousfood.
 
Dogs and jackals take much pleasure in rollingand rubbing their necks and backs on carrion.The odor seems delightful to them. wolves
don’t roll in the odor 
 
 
Nothing but bone and bark 
Miscellaneous
 
 
It’s take your dog to work day
 
 
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the one which first sees the other, lowers its bead, crouches a little, or even lies down;takes the proper attitude for concealing himself 
 
trotting gravely with high steps, head much raised, moderately erected ears, and tailcarried aloft but not stiffly.
 
Dog crawling up the back of the chair
Paying Attention
 
 
With pricked ears, he watched for amoment and then yawned
 
Roaming the backyard, engaged in dogintrigue
Defending
 
 
Dog’s eyes wide, ears flat, a vibrating
growl deep in his chest
 
As he prepares to spring with a savagegrowl, canine teeth are uncovered, and the ears pressed close backwards on the head
 
dogs when intently watching and slowly approaching prey, keep one of their fore-legsdoubled up for a long time, ready for the next cautious step. they behave in exactly thesame manner whenever their attention is aroused. I have seen a dog at the foot of a highwall, listening attentively to a sound on the opposite side, with one leg doubled up;
 
dogs wandered off to rest their noses in their paws
 
roughed them up the way Labs expect to be treated
Playing
 
 
Ran to the couch and got a pillow and shook it violently until it was dead, and came back to show us.
 
she lay down with a headache. The dog got worried, crawled up on the bed, raced aroundchasing a ball, finally chased it out of the room. From her roommates room,she heard her barking, growling at thedog, slapping and playing, tossing theball and the dog returned. She wonderedwho thought who was whose pack.
 
Dogs scratch themselves with one of their hind-feet; and when their backs arerubbed, they rapidly scratch the air orthe ground in a useless and ludicrous

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That's great, thanks. So many are like my dog :)
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