"Walking the Dog" (or "Walkin' the Dog") is a Rufus Thomas song. It was released on his 1963 album Walking the Dog. It was his signature hit and also his biggest, reaching number 10 on the Billboard Hot 100 in December 1963 and remaining on the Hot 100 for 14 weeks. The lyrics make frequent references to children's nursery rhymes.
The song has been covered by a number of artists, including The Rolling Stones, The Flamin' Groovies, The Sonics, Aerosmith, Roger Daltrey, Green Day, The Trashmen, Luv'd Ones, Bob Paisley and the Southern Grass and Ratt.
There are three widely-known 1985 performances of this song by the Grateful Dead: April 8, November 11 and November 21, with the last performance generally regarded as the superior of the three....