- The game starts when a dog is seen and a player says "Dog!", signifying that the game has started.
- The first dog starting the game is not counted. This is similar to an offside rule and prevents games being won in the last few seconds of the day.
- Points are accumulated by players seeing a dog before their opponent and saying "Dog"
- All dog sightings must be corroborated by another player or the dog will be disallowed.
- If you see more than one dog at a time, to claim them all dogs must be announced. Three dogs, for example, is announced "Dog, Dog, Dog". It is illegal in this game to say "Three dogs" or "dogs times three"
- No points for spotting your own dog.
- No points for spotting a dog involved in sport or what some people think is sport
- You lose all points for seeing a cat and saying "cat"
- The game finishes at midnight.
- The player with the highest number of points is the winner.
- In the event of a draw, the winner will be the player who saw the most number of dogs. After that, it goes to Golden Dog.
- Crying Wolf, meaning saying dog when there isn't one deliberately to get your friends to look, -1 point for each utterance
- A dog
- Police Dog
- Guide Dog
- Rescue Dog
- Dog in a silly coat (Unless you are in Stockholm and it's vinter)
- Dog going about its business (This can mean many things)
- Dog having a swim
- Dog hanging out a car window (Careful pooch)
- Dog in a pub
- Dog with a stick
- Dog enjoying a Wanger
- Dog digging a hole
- Dog on a bike
- Dog on public transport (Bus, Train, Tube or Cable Car)
- Dog missing a leg
- Dog with a dish thing on its head
- Dog seen in a school or workplace (This does not count if you are a policeman, vet or farmer)
- Dog at a Polling Station (UK only)
- Dog on a conference call (A woof in the background gets you points)
- An urban fox
- Dog with boots on (a point for each paw)
- Celebrity dog
- Dog on the ski slopes (Extra 2 points if mountain rescue)
- Dog chasing a cat
- A Dalmatian grinning at you
- A WOLF!
One Hundred points
- A Varulv!
- Calling the breed correctly (no need to say dog)
- Combinations are key to winning a game such as this. Like scrabble inventiveness is encouraged
Police dog, missing a leg, going about it's business 2+3+2 = 7 (or one human)