Sarah Wilson

Dog Expert

Dog Body Language Coloring Page for Children


Dog Body Language Free Coloring Pages Most dogs do not bite but some do, and a lot of those bites can be avoided. After handling many thousands of dogs in the last 25 years, I have only been bitten once. I want to help everyone avoid bites – especially kids. These free-to-all, please-download-and-share, make-all-the-copies-you-want pages are to coach kids (and parents) about dog body language. What generally means “friendly” and what means “leave alone/stay away”.

Most dogs give us plenty of warning that they are unhappy/frightened/stressed but too many of us just don’t know what those warnings look like until we’re in real trouble.

My goal is to change that.

The coloring page includes words that can be circled and then matched with the right dog picture. The tip sheet is to aid you in helping the child understand what the dog is “saying” and to make connections to things the child already knows about interacting with people.

Doing this activity together will only take a few minutes, will be fun and will help you and your child understand dogs better and be safer around them. Just click the links and the PDFs will open into a downloadable form.

Please share your thoughts, questions and comments below. I love hearing from you!

Canine Body Language Coloring Page -

For Children: Canine Body Language Coloring Page

For Adults: Canine Body Language Coloring Page Tip Sheet

Interested in making your dog safer around kids? I wrote Childproofing Your Dog: A Complete Guide to Preparing Your Dog for the Children in Your Life for just that purpose.


  1. This is a great idea and every kid could learn from this 🙂

  2. Great way to teach children.

  3. Perfect timing! I have a dog safety class next week for kids at an inner city church – its the ideal activity. They will love it. Thanks for sharing Sarah!

    • Fantastic, Julie! You have put a smile on my face. Let me know how the class goes as I value your feedback.

  4. With all the reports of police shooting pets lately, I really believe something like this would benefit police departments. It would need to be presented in a more adult way.
    Please consider this to prevent further heartache for pet owners. I crosspost animals for rescue groups, and the number of dogs being killed by police is alarming. Thanks.

  5. This is great. It’s good for adults, too. In training volunteers at my local shelter, I always look for educational material that is designed for kids because it gets adults on the same page immediately. I’ve come across some useful stuff, like this.

  6. I think this is a really great idea. A key for grownups would be good, not every adult knows the answers.

    • Hi Amber –

      Thank you for your comment. The Tip Sheet is just that, to help the adult coach the child, but clearly that was labeled well enough. Changed that. Is it more clear now? Again, comments like yours are a big help to me. Hope you have a great Saturday! Sarah

  7. Thank you for this most-important tool to help teach children about dogs and dog posturing. I have a grandchild who is not afraid of any animal. Her parents have been working with her on how to correctly approach animals. She has learned that she cannot rush up to dogs, and that she must always ask permission of the owner before she approaches or pets the animal, be it cat or dog.

  8. Thank you for these wonderful coloring pages and tips. Our Team works with first responders and survivors in the aftermath of disaster as well as preparedness events. Kids are naturally attracted to our dogs but need some coaching on how-to safely approach. Often their parents are uncertain about what to say and do. Your materials are just what we needed. With much appreciation—The Indiana K-9 Assisted Crisis Response Team

    • I am THRILLED that these can be of help to you in your work and to children after painful times.
      Thank you for letting me know.
      If there are other support material I can produce that would be of use, please let me know.

      Good luck in your important work –


  9. Great article, I think a must read for all parents and lovers alike. In the past 62 years I haved worked with family dogs and working dogs. During this time I have been bitten twice. Both dogs appeared friendly and after petting both dogs when I turned my back to them I got bitten in the calf of my legg. I missed the read on the dog, my fault.

    Your article is one of the best I have seen in a long time. I will be passing it along especially to young parents as an educating tool.

    Your article is a great public service. Thank you.

  10. This is such a great way for kids to understand what they can do without harming themselves or their pet. Sharing. Thanks, Sarah!
    x Dana

  11. Would it be OK for me to print these off and give out in puppy kits, etc. at my veterinary practice (with credit to you of course)?

    • YES!!!

      Thank you for asking and thank you for being so proactive on behalf of your client pups and of their kids.



  12. Thanks so much Sarah. Non-verbal communication is a skill that can benefit more then a child’s interaction with dogs. Making the world a “safer” place one paw at a time – you are amazing.

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