Make Your Pet a Star This Year in 2019
Tips on Getting Your Dog to Strike a Pose for the Camera by The Pet Lady
According to a recent study released by BarkBox, "dogs are flooding the pages and feeds of their people, and some pups even have their own feeds." The study found that on average, dog people post a picture or talk about their dog on social media six times per week. It also found that American dog parents watch dog videos or look at dog photos three times per week, on average. Whether your dog is a social media star, or you simply enjoy capturing your pet in their happiest moments; here are some helpful tips on how to get your dog to strike the "paw-fect" pose for the camera!
Basic Commands: There are a few basic commands all dogs should know. "Sit" and "stay" are two essential cues to start with. Training your dog to master these commands will work to your advantage during a photo shoot. If your dog can hold a solid "sit" and "stay" position, you'll have a greater chance of getting that perfect photo. The "stay" command is especially important because this will allow you to step away from your dog and capture the angle you need.
Grab Their Attention: What does your pet respond to best? Their name? A certain sound, like a squeaky toy? Or is your pup very food motivated and will do just about anything for a treat? Figure out what works for your dog and try to use the object or sound to grab their attention. If this is a planned photo session, you may want to have a friend help to hold their attention while you take the photo. Regardless of what trick works best for catching their attention, you should always reward your dog with a yummy treat or a quick game of fetch after for a job well done!
Get A Smile: There's nothing more charming then an adorable canine smile. An easy and fun way to get that sweet happy face out of your pooch is to play or exercise with them first. An active dog is a happy dog! Tug on a toy, go for a walk, or have a quick chase around your living room. You'll be sure to catch one of those happy pup smiles after having some fun.
Patience and Practice: It's important to keep in mind that a camera or cell phone can be a very threatening entity to many animals. However, paired with treats and repetition, the camera can lose its scary feeling. If your dog seems nervous in front of a camera or a cellphone, be sure to ease them into the process. Using treats to create a positive experience for them is the best way to ensure a happy and successful photo shoot for all.
Go Natural: If all else fails and your dog just won't look at you or sit still, capture some of their energy in fun action shot. Sometimes a natural and candid moment can make for the best photo. Many pets prefer entertaining as oppose to modeling, so filming a video of your pet in action may be a better option for you.
If your dog is a ham for entertaining in front of the camera, there's a new way to share your pet's personality for a chance to win a big prize, all while giving back to a good cause. The World's Most Amazing Dog is an interactive competition series from Facebook that allows pet lovers to upload a video of their pup doing something amazing. Viewers have the opportunity to vote and the top dogs will compete for $100,000 U.S. dollars. For every audition, Facebook will donate $1.00 to an animal charity. Learn more and submit your dog's video to the World's Most Amazing Dog FB page: https://www.facebook.com/
About The Pet Lady: Meet "The Pet Lady," Dana Humphrey. She happily wears many collars in the pet industry, including operating the very successful Whitegate PR firm, staging pet fashion events and educating all of us pet lovers about the must-have pet products and pet trends. And, her home base in New York City, but this is a gal who travels coast-to-coast and beyond to ensure pets everywhere lead enriching lives. Learn more at: http://www.thepetlady.net./