This origami model is composed of two individual models one for the front of the dog and another for the back.
This intermediate-advanced level origami project will take approximately 20 minutes or to complete. Just follow the directions carefully and move on to the next step only when you are confident that all previous steps have been correctly completed.
You will need two squares of paper for this model. Start with plain, white copy paper (or similar) for practice and then move on to colored or patterned paper once you have mastered the model. Any paper that is heavier than the average sheet of notebook paper will do. You will also need a small amount of tape or glue to attach the front half of the dog to the back half and a pair of scissors to snip the dog’s ears.
In order for this model to work up correctly, you will need to fold against a hard, flat surface. This will allow you to achieve the sharpest creases and most accurate folds, elements that are especially crucial when attempting a complex model such as this. Run a pencil or ruler edge over each crease as you work to make your creases even sharper.
- Position a square of paper on your work surface so that its points are facing up and down, left and right. If you are using two-sided paper, the color you want for the exterior of the bird dog should be face down
- Bring the left point over to meet the right point. Crease and unfold.
- Bring the top point down to meet the bottom point. Crease and unfold. Turn the paper over.
- Position the square so that the edges are now facing up and down, left and right.
- Bring the left edge over to meet the right edge. Crease and unfold.
- Bring the top edge down to meet the bottom edge. Crease and leave folded.
- Grasp the resulting rectangle model at its left and right edges and push inward. It should collapse along the pre-existing crease lines. The result will be a diamond shape that has one folded flap sticking out toward the back of the model and another sticking out toward the front.
- Bring the front flap back to meet the left point of the diamond and bring the back flap up to meet the right point. Make sure all of the creases are as sharp as possible and that your model lies as flat as possible. Position the model so that the open end is pointing toward you.
- Bring the lower-left edge of the model’s top layer over to meet the vertical center crease. Crease and unfold. Repeat with the lower right edge.
- Bring the top point down toward the center of the model. Locate the crease lines made in Step 9. Fold the top point down just far enough so that the resulting crease will touch each of the previous crease lines at the upper left and right edges of the model. Crease and unfold.
- Pull the bottom point of the model (top layer only) up toward the top point. The top layer should collapse along the existing crease lines as you move upward and you should be able to take the bottom point up and over to lie flat on the work surface. The result will be a long, skinny diamond shape sitting on top of the diamond-shaped bottom layer. Turn the model over.
- Repeat Steps 8-11. The result will be a long diamond shape with a lower half divided into two legs.
- Open up the right edge of the model’s right leg a bit and locate the midpoint of the leg with your thumb. Push the leg straight out to the right and then up. Once the leg is completely flattened, reverse the existing crease and push the leg between the layers of the model’s right edge. Most of the leg should still extend from the model at a slight angle. Crease and leave folded.
- Repeat Step 12 for the left leg so that both sides of the model are identical.
- Bring the lower right edge of the model (top layer only) up so that the top layer of the leg you brought up in Step 12 is now folded in half. Crease and leave folded. Repeat for the left side so that both sides of the model are equal.
- Bring the top point of the model (top layer only) down so that the tip extends just past the bottom. Crease and leave folded.
- Bring the point you just folded down back up again, stopping just short of the model’s top point. Crease and leave folded. This should create a small, horizontal pleat on the model’s top layer.
- Bring the entire top half of the model down and to the right so that the resulting crease line will run from just under the pleat you made in Step 15 to the point where the left edge of the model and the left leg meet. Make sure that the crease will not extend upward any farther than the pleated portion. Crease and unfold.
- Bring the top half of the model down once again, this time to the left to create an identical crease line that will run from just under the pleat to the point where the right edge of the model and the right leg meet. Crease and unfold.
- Bring the two legs of the model together. By doing this, you will be folding the bottom half of the model in half. As a result, the upper half of the model will lower and you will see the dog’s chest form at the back.
- Pinch the edge of the model’s top point and bring it to the back to form the dog’s head. Once the head is formed, bring its very tip back inside the folds of the head shape. Pinch the fold to secure it. This forms the dog’s nose.
- Locate the remaining top point of the model – it should be sticking straight up behind the dog’s head. Cut this portion in half, down to a point that is just about level with the head. Open up each resulting flap to form the dog’s ears.
- Fold the tip of the left leg up, toward the dog’s chest, to create a paw. The folded portion should remain perpendicular to the leg. Pinch to keep in place. Repeat for the opposite leg and then set this model aside.
- Repeat Steps 1-13 for your second square of paper.
- Bring the top point of the model (top layer only) to the bottom. Press flat. The top layer of the model should now resemble a kite shape.
- Bring the left point of the kite shape halfway toward the center of the model. Crease and leave folded. Repeat for the right point of the kite shape.
- Fold in the left and right lower edges of the kite shape just enough to create a fold. Crease and leave folded.
- Bring the top point of the model down as far as it will easily go. The resulting crease line should run along the top of the kite shape. Crease and leave folded.
- Open up the left leg of the model and push down at its midpoint. The leg will flatten out. Reverse the exiting crease so that the portion you are pushing down on is enclosed between the two paper layers and the left portion of the leg points downward. Pinch to keep in place. This creates one of the dog’s back knees.
- Open up the portion of the left leg that is pointing downward and push up against the folded edge. Reverse the existing crease so that the portion you are pushing on is enclosed between the two paper layers and the unfolded portion of the left leg points outward. Pinch to keep in place. This creates one of the dog’s back paws.
- Repeat Steps 27-28 for the right leg of the model.
- Fold the model in half lengthwise from left to right and press flat. You will see that the back of the dog has taken shape.
- Use tape or glue to attach the back of the model to the front.
- Fold up one of the dog’s front legs so that a pointing leg is created.