Pet Paw Print Impression Process
step-by-step procedure on how to get the perfect impression
of your pet's paw print.
Key Points for a successful impression resulting in an awesome
Play-doh must be smooth, flat, and level.
2. Leave a
minimum of 1" margin between the paw impression and
the sides of the container.
3. Paw impression
depth should be 1/8" to 1/4" for cats and small
dogs and 1/4" to 3/8" for large dogs.
Label your impression container and lid with your name and
your pet's name.
what you see in your impression is what you get in your
mistake: customers are making their impressions too deep!
make the impressions no deeper than listed below:
1/8" to 1/4" deep
dogs: 1/4" deep
dogs: 1/4" to 3/8" deep
example of what an impression looks like that is too deep.
are two wax patterns made from the same paw with two different
The impression for the paw on the right is too deep. The paw
The impression on the left is just right. There is no paw
This is the SAME PAW.
need an impression kit. You can make your own,
or buy one from us (with purchase of Pet-Paw - see "Order"
page). An impression kit includes a container with a lid,
some Play-doh, and a mini rolling pin.
Make sure your container is big enough so that the paw does
not come in contact with the edges of the container. Make
sure it has a lid so that you can seal it. Sandwich containers
work really well because they are big enough for the biggest
dogs and they fit very well into a small flat-rate Priority
Homemade Play-doh works very well. See recipe below if you
decide to make your own Play-doh. Any color of store-bought
Play-doh will work.
You can use a rolling pin to smooth and flatten your Play-doh
after you press it into the container. A piece of PVC pipe
works well. Your fingers will do the trick also.
The Pet-Paw impression
- prepare the Play-doh
Play-doh seems a bit hard, put it into the microwave for about
30 seconds to soften it. Knead the Play-dow and then pack
it down into the container so that it will stick to the bottom.
Push down along the edges too. When you turn the container
upside-down the Play-doh should not move or fall out. This
must be done so that the Play-doh will not dislodge during
shipping. Make sure the Play-doh is at least 1" thick.
Very important: for great Pet-Paw results, make the
surface of the Play-doh as flat and smooth as possible. Use
a mini rolling pin, or your fingers. Also keep the Play-doh
level in the container as shown in the photo.
Should I use store-bought Play-doh or homemade Play-doh? If
you are sending your impression from England or some place
far away and the impression will take a couple of weeks to
arrive, then use store-bought Play-doh. Also use store-bought
Play-doh if you plan to store your impression for any time
before sending it to us. Use home-made Play-doh if you are
going to send the impression right away and you live within
the United States.
A perfect imression container
with homemade Play-doh flattened and smoothed using my thumbs.
Notice the Play-doh surface is level all the way around the
- take the impression
Wipe off the bottom of your dog's paw so it is clean. If the
paw is really furry, you may need to do a little trimming.
Make sure the claws are trimmed if they are long. Coat the
surface of the paw pads with a little vegetable oil.
It is much easier to get the paw impression with two people.
One person can hold the dog in their arms while the second
person simply pushes the Play-doh container into the dog's
paw. It is best to gently push each toe pad and the large
middle pad slightly down into the Play-doh to be sure all
pads make an impression. Gently pull the paw out of the Play-doh.
The vegetable oil will keep the pads and fur from sticking.
The impression should be between than 1/8" to 1/4"
Again, it is always easier to get the paw impression with
two people. A great way to get a big dog's paw impression
is to have him lay down on the floor. One person can distract
the dog (treats are a big hit!) while the other person pushes
the Play-doh container into the paw. Please make sure that
the impression is 1/4" to 3/8" deep.
No need to use vegetable oil on the bottom of the paw. Cat's
paws don't stick to the Play-doh. Cats prefer two people when
having their paw impression taken. One person can hold the
cat while the other person pushes the Play-doh container into
the cat's paw. If you are brave enough to try and get your
cat's paw impression by yourself, follow this procedure: very
carefully, reach around your cat from behind and hold both
shoulders and front legs in each hand. Hold your cat's front
end up over the Play-doh container and gently lower your cat
towards the container keeping the leg straight so that one
of the paws pushes into the Play-doh. You can gently press
the toes to make sure that all the pads make an impression.
The impression should only be 1/8" to 1/4" deep.
Minx takes his paw impression.
3 - make sure you got a good impression
your impression. The photo shows what your pet's paw impression
should look like. The impression should be as close to the
center of the container as possible. There should be at least
a 1" margin between the paw impression and the sides
of the container. You should be able to see the main pad and
all 4 toe pads. Dog impressions should include the claw marks
for a natural paw print look. You may or may not see the claw
marks with cat paw impressions. The overall impression depth
should be approximately 1/8" to 1/4" for small animals
and 1/4" to 3/8" for medium and large animals. There
should still be Play-doh material underneath the impression.
If any part of your pet's paw touched the bottom or the sides
of the container, the impression should be taken over again.
Some toes may press into the Play-doh deeper than others,
or one may be positioned away from the other toes. This makes
for a unique and interesting Pet-Paw. Don't worry if the first
one doesn't come out looking just right, you can always retake
the impression again.
Molly's perfect paw impression. It is centered well and not
too deep with nice wide margins between the paw impression
and the container edges.
retake: If you think that you
need to retake the paw impression, simply remove all the
Play-doh from the container. Knead it or heat it in the
microwave if it is not soft enough. Pack it firmly back
into the container and smooth out the surface with your
fingers or with a mini rolling pin. Remember that taking
an impression should be a fun experience for you and your
pet. Have patience. If your pet is unsure about the whole
ordeal, try using food as a distraction. The more treats
the better! Impression taking is easier with two people.
word to the wise: 2 impressions are better than one.
Take a second impression to keep as a back-up just in case
the impression you send to us gets lost or damaged in the
If you have questions or need some technical support, don't
hesitate to call us or send an email, we're here to help.
4 - send your impression to us
you have your pet's paw print impression, seal the container
with the lid. This will keep the Play-doh from drying out.
Label both lid and container with your name and your pet's
name. Store in the refrigerator until you are ready to ship.
Play-doh impressions may also be stored in the freezer for
long-term storage. When ready to ship, pack the container
in a box so that it will not shift or get crushed when en
route in the postal system. Do not pack any material between
the impression surface and the lid of the container. Send
20421 SR 194
Pullman, WA 99163
your impression container and send it to us.
* 1 cup
* 1 cup warm water
* 2 teaspoons cream of tartar
* 1 teaspoon oil
* 1/4 cup salt
ingredients. Stir over medium heat until smooth. The dough
will get very lumpy as it "cooks" just keep stirring
and it will eventually turn into one big ball of Play-doh.
Remove from pan and knead until blended smooth - make sure
there are no lumps. Be careful, it's hot! Place in plastic
bag or airtight container when cooled. Keep in refrigerator.
Will last for a long time.