Kananginak is known primarily for his achievements as a printmaker of wildlife subjects, though he is also an accomplished sculptor. He was one of the founding printmakers of Cape Dorset, first producing graphics in the late 1950s. Kanginak’s work is characterized by an attention to detail and naturalism, but also by an ability to create dramatic effects. Howling Dog is an example of Kanaginak’s carving, which is less common than his graphic work. The pose of the dog as it howls into the sky demonstrates the artist’s keen observation of his subject. Kananginak also has added realistic detail, the wooden tongue, which contributes to the realism of the piece.