When your pet begins to cry, there are times when it can be difficult to figure out how to help them.
And when it comes to finding the right cartoon character, it can take a bit of research.
The Dog Emoji Lab at the University of Alberta says there are a number of good cartoon characters out there, but there’s not a whole lot of advice on how to draw them.
“We’re not going to tell you what to do,” said study co-author and dog cartoon creator Dan Poulin.
“It’s all a matter of personal preference.”
“If you’re a dog owner, you know how to tell if someone’s having a good day,” he added.
“If you live in a house, you’re going to know how the owners interact with their dogs.”
For now, there’s no advice on when to draw a cartoon dog, but Pouins suggested that the first few minutes of the episode are critical.
“The more emotional you are, the more likely you are to have a good episode,” he said.
“As the episode goes on, your dogs get more excited.”
Pouins said there’s also a whole range of emotions and facial expressions that can go with a cartoon animal, including anger, sadness, fear and even curiosity.
And, of course, there might be something that you don’t want your dog to do.
“If your dog is acting up, you want to be able to point out why,” he noted.
“There are so many things you can do with a dog in a cartoon, but it can get a bit complicated.”
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The Dog Emojis Lab’s website is full of other helpful tips for drawing cartoons, from simple instructions for a “good day” to more complex ones for dogs with special needs.
Here are some of the best ones: If your pet is crying, turn the volume down to “quiet,” said Pouin.
If your dog has a sore throat, start by drawing a pink line with your finger, Pouyn said.
If your pup is having a rough day, Pounis suggested adding some kind of sound to the cartoon, or a splash of water, and starting again.
“You could make it sound like you’re drowning in the water, or you could have your dog jumping into the water,” he explained.
Don’t be afraid to make your cartoon animal a little silly, Pouchle said.
“When your dog looks at you, it is a bit more vulnerable,” he continued.
“So if you make your dog look silly, you can start to get a reaction.”
For more information about dog cartooning, visit dogemojislab.ca.
For more tips on how best to interact with your pet in the cartoon world, visit www.dogemojiab.ca or follow the Dog EmoLab on Twitter: @dogemoLab