Training Your Furry Family Members to Pose Like Models
Believe it or not, it’s possible to get the best photos of your pets by training them for just minutes a day. With the right commands, plenty of patience and fresh pet food as a positive reinforcement reward, your pet can learn to pose like a pro.
Master the process with these pet photography tips:
Master the “Sit” Command
Before your pup can pose for the camera, he must learn to sit and stay seated. Start with brief training sessions, and gradually increase the time you spend working on it every day. To teach this command, get down on your dog’s level, hold a treat near his nose and move your hand up. As you do this, your dog’s head will follow, and his butt will lower. Once your dog’s butt is on the floor, give him the treat and praise him. Repeat the process multiple times daily, pairing it with the command to “sit.”
Train Your Dog to “Pay Attention”
Training your dog to pay attention with the “pay attention” game is fun and effective. To play, you need a timer, your dog’s leash, a clicker and some bite-size training or cut up some fresh dog treats into smaller sizes.
- Put your dog on a leash, and sit in a chair.
- Set the timer for one minute, and count the number of times your dog looks at you, clicking and treating each time it happens.
- Repeat the process, giving your dog more than one treat for every look.
- Repeat it a third time, giving your pup one treat and click for every look.
If your training is working, the number during the third minute should be higher than that in the first minute. If the number is the same or lower, you may need to move to a quieter environment. As your dog improves, play the game in increasingly busy spots.
Practice Makes Perfect
Like everything else in life, the more you and your pooch practice, the better his posing skills will be. Let your pup get used to the feeling of the camera trained on him or her, and make sure you reward him with plenty of healthy treats along the way.
Pet Photography Tips
Now that you’ve trained your pup to pose, you need to start upping your game as photographer extraordinaire. Follow these tips to get the best shots:
- Time Your Photo Session: If you want your dog to remain calm and relaxed, time your session for after a long walk. Alternatively, if you’re looking for action-packed shots, hold your photo shoot early in the day.
- Take More Photos Than You Need: The more shots you take, the more likely you are to end up with multiple amazing photos.
- Lose the Flash: Avoid the strange alien eyes that a flash can give your pup, and opt for warm, natural light instead. Skipping the flash is also less stressful on your pet.
During training and photo shoots, use tasty, nutritious food to reward your sweetheart for his model behavior. The best food choices are fresh, nutritious and delicious. Your pup is sure to sit, pay attention and strike his best pose for the right food.