How to Taxidermy a Dog

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If you've ever loved a dog so much that you were unable to say goodbye, there's now a way to still have Fido around forever. You may want to consider having your beloved pet stuffed. Follow these steps to find out how to preserve your dog through taxidermy.

Skill level:
Moderately Challenging


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    Euthanize the dog that is to be preserved through taxidermy. Be sure to do this in a way that will not mangle the dog's body or face. Lethal injection by a veterinarian is best.

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    Remove the skin of the dog with a skinning tool. This can be purchased at your local taxidermy shop or online from Wildlife Artist Supply Company. Be gentle with the removed skin. Do not allow it to rip or tear in any way because you will be using it again for the final taxidermy product.

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    Dip the remains of the dog in a plaster of Paris solution to make a mold of his body. When dipping the dog be sure to keep him in the shape that the final product is to be like. Plaster of Paris is a permanent casting solution that will take the shape of whatever it is coating. When the casting is dry remove the dog's dead body gently so the plaster of Paris does not crack.

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    Make a mold of the dog using papier-mâché or fiberglass. If using papier-mâché be sure to use a thick layer strong enough to hold the skin that was previously removed.

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    Glue marbles to the mold for eyes. Add the original teeth back to the mold as well. Place the previously removed skin back on the mold and be sure it fits. Once in place you can glue the skin on the mold.

  6. 6

    Set Fido in your favorite corner of the room so he will always be remembered. Feel free to pet him from time to time.

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