I'm trying to record/design some dog footsteps. any suggestions? I dont have a dog and havent seen a dogs feet for a while but from what I remember their quite hardened, kind of plasticy sounding..??
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I that not to long ago. i used leather gloves with plastic spoons taped to my fingernails. Works fine. On another note dogs are a bit difficult for perfect sync. 4 feet. I found that the easiest approach is to sync the feet you see when the dog starts walking and stops walking, everything in between is more about rhythm than sync.
My favorite for this is very soft lamb-skin gloves (so there will be no creaks) with paper clips on all fingers :-) It's no problem simulating a quadrupedal animal as they do not set down more than one foot at a time while walking. Even for running in full speed, no animal puts down more than two feet at the same time, that includes jumping. When jumping, a take off starts with the fore legs taking off first, followed by both the hind-legs pushing off, lifting at the same time, with a slight scratch in the ground. When landing, as far as I remember right now, both forefeet enter at the same time, taking most of the impact thus being a little harder, followed by the hind-feet, but here it seems a little different from individual to individual how they land. My old Golden Retriever used to land first with both forefeet no matter what kind of jump, but when hopping down from the sofa she used to still have one paw left in it while taking support with the first hind-paw, then when stabilized, she put down the other as well. Seems like smaller dogs generally tends to move more symmetrically than bigger, though it might just be the dogs I know behaving that way. Though I seriously doubt that :-)
Remember, it's less of what you use as props and more how good you are to mimic dog-walk that nails if it looks convincible or not :-)