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Dog Themed Lesson Plan Activities For Teletherapy

I00% dog person here, folks.

National Dog Day is August 26th, and I've got your speech therapy dog-themed activity needs more than covered. Full disclosure, I probably won't be your go-to for National Cat Day ideas (is that a thing?), but check out these doggone good finds from around the web to engage your teletherapy students at the end of August.... or any time!

Dog Themed Boom Cards for Speech Therapy

This Boom Card deck has something for nearly all of my students. With 8 different speech and language activities including vocabulary, sequencing, inferencing, listening comprehension, verbs, and more, I'll be using this to introduce the theme and tons of dog-related vocabulary, hone in on specific skills, and send for homework practice.

Dog Boom Cards activity for Speech Therapy Language and Articulation

Dog Themed Books for Speech Therapy

Search the following book titles/authors wherever you access digital versions of books (your local library, YouTube, websites, online stores, etc.).


  • My Dog Thinks I'm A Genius by Harriet Ziefert

  • Lucy Rescued by Harriet Ziefert

  • The Poky Little Puppy by Janette Sebring Lowrey

  • Clifford the Big Red Dog series by Norman Bridwell

  • Harry the Dirty Dog by Gene Zion


  • My Dog Likes Me by Bobbi Kalman

  • Guess the Dog by Kari Noel

  • Short, Shorter, Shortest by Rebecca Felix

  • Cool Pets for Kids: Dogs by Dawn Titmus

Dog Themed Videos for Speech Therapy

Perfect to address almost anything! Verb tenses, pronouns, making inferences and predictions, sequencing, retelling, and so much more!

Dog Themed Games and Activities for Speech Therapy

These activities can be used for reinforcement or any number of speech and language goals!

  • The PBS Kids website has a slew of fun dog-themed games and activities, such as these Clifford games, these Martha Speaks ones, and this Arthur Animal-Home Builder activity.

  • "Dog Doodle" on Toy Theater allows students to draw on a photo of a dog. Additionally, this Toy Theater sticker activity includes a few dog stickers so you can create your own dog-themed scene.

  • "New Puppies" Hidden Picture on Highlights Kids is a cute activity that can last a couple or several minutes.

  • A "Which dog breed are you?" quiz is always fun (and funny)! This one from Highlights Kids is perfect for younger kids since it includes photo choices.

  • "Dog" activity on OwlieBoo is a simple activity, but it's full of language! You make dogs (of different shapes and sizes) do various actions like bark, wag their tail, lay down, and even go to the bathroom!

  • Puppies memory game on includes real photos of puppies of various dog breeds.

  • There are dozens of digital coloring pages of dogs on, which are great to fill a few minutes of extra time or target description and vocabulary.

  • This dog breed guessing game is an easy way to elicit a variety of language goals because it will easily get your kids talking! Students of any age will love chatting about who has what dog breed as they play this guessing game. It includes a printable too, so it can be sent for homework.

Dog Themed Activities for Older Students

These activities are great for targeting comprehension, vocabulary in context, main idea and supporting details, articulation carryover, and more!

Dog Speech Therapy Passage and Language Activities for Older Students

Phew! You should be set to "work like a dog" on those speech and language goals for National Dog Day, or any day. This favorite theme is sure to capture students' attention and get them barking, I mean, talking! Have fun!

Originally published on 08/22/2020. Updated on 8/17/23.

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