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
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
should be no more than 1/2" deep.
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 consists of a container with a lid,
some Play-doh, and a mini rolling pin.
Container: 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 mail box.
Play-doh: 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, white seems to work a little
Rolling pin: 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
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 won't 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.
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
- get the paw 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.
Small dogs: 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. The impression should
be no more than 1/4" to 3/8" deep. If your dog has
big thick pads, and the impression is deep, the Pet-Paw cannot
be poured in bronze or copper (aluminum and brass will work).
Gently pull the paw out of the Play-doh. The vegetable oil
will keep the pads and fur from sticking.
Big dogs: 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 no more than 1/2" 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 1/4" 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 should
be approximately 1/4" deep for small animals and 1/2"
deep 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.
A 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 the container with your name, address, and phone number
or email address. 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 it to:
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.