ASL sign for DOG

Definition: A domesticated carnivorous mammal that typically has a long snout, an acute sense of smell, and a barking, howling, or whining voice.

Note: This ASL sign may look like a snap to a naive eye but it's actually a fingerspelled loan of the three letters "D-O-G".


Friend: CAT.

Gloss: [tp]for dog, [loc-lf]cl-container label[on-cl] ix "texturizing bodifier" chemical-things inside[loc] almost exact [lf]same-to[rt] ix-rt [old] regular hairspray q-rh. ix-me not-know, maybe[bu] #but actually cl-container(lf) label[on-cl] ix-cl important.

English equivalent: Are the ingredients in texturizing bodifier nearly identical to those in regular old hair spray? I have no idea. Maybe. But the label matters.

Context: marketing (a hairspray for dog is not permitted for dog shows so a modified product called "texturizing bodifier" is okay to use).

Printable ASL for DOG
ASL writing for DOG

Written/contributed by Adrean Clark.

Written ASL for DOG

Experimental writing digits, 2015 or 2016 (the little circle system by Jolanta).

ASL Entertainment

Dog Tricks: Deaf owners (and sometimes hearing signers) of dogs speak ASL for communication with their dogs in the same way hearing owners speak English with their dogs.

The video (2020) by Jayme Eyben demonstrated some commands in ASL with his cute dog, Winry.

Baby signing

Watch how a child acquires the ASL sign DOG in a time lapse from baby to kindergarten age, including fingerspelling the word and signing the lexicalized loan.

Interesting to watch how the brain processes differently for fingerspelling (equivalent to writing letter by letter) and fingerspelled loans (equivalent to whole words, not letter by letter).