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Teach Your Dog To Pose For Family Photos

Posted By SLCo Animal Services
November 24, 2020

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It's the time of year where you gather up all the family, the 4-legged ones in particular, to look cute in a holiday photo. Salt Lake County Animal Services will walk you through step-by-step on how to get your pups to look great in a photo.

Including your dog in your next family photo session.

  1. Practice Commands: (recommend sit, stay and down). If your dog has a cute trick that highlights their personality, practice that as well, so that they’re fresh in your dog’s mind. Check out our video on teaching your dog to ‘stay.’
  1. Exercise your dog the day-of: Take them for a walk or hike, let them play at doggy daycare. If weather is bad and you can’t get out to excise them, playing nose games in the house or your yard will help tire them out by using their noses. (we have a nose games video as well)

  2. Bring high value treats that your dog loves: boiled chicken, cheese, hot dogs, etc. This will help them stay focused. You can also bring a toy for your dog: but if your dog is highly toy motivated and gets distracted by them easily, wait until the end of the session to get photos of your dog with their toy.

  3. Bring a squeaker toy for photographer to get your dogs attention. Practice teaching your dog to stay in position around squeaky toys so that they don’t get up to get the toy

  4. Make sure pet is cleaned and groomed beforehand. If your dog has a lot of dandruff that shows, you can take a lint roller and lightly roll it down your pets back to pick up the dandruff. It’s also good to have one on hand to use on your clothes right before photos if your pet sheds.

Don’t worry if your dog isn’t doing what you ask, never stress a pet by asking it to do something that it’s not comfortable doing. Stress will show in the photos. A good photographer will be able to use the unpredictability of pet photoshoots and make them fun! What is important is that your dog’s personality and the tender moments between you and your pet are captured.