With all of the excitement around Halloween and picking out the perfect Halloween costumes for you and your pup, you’re probably going to want to capture the festive magic on camera. But, how exactly can you get your little furry friend to pose for a good photo?
Getting a pet to sit still long enough to snap a pic can be challenging, but with these simple tips, some treats, and a lot of patience, you’ll have a successful photoshoot going in no time! Here’s what you need to do:
- Master “Sit” – To get a great shot of your dog in costume, you first need to make sure that they have a solid grasp on the “sit” command. The good news is that this is one of those commands that you can work on all day long without anyone breaking a sweat. You just need to keep some treats nearby, and then every time your buddy comes around, ask them to sit. If they do so successfully, reward them with a treat. It’s that simple!
- Teach “Pay Attention” – This command will really come in handy once you pull out your camera, as dogs typically don’t like to be starred at. They’re likely to just avert their gaze, which presents a problem if you’re trying to take a nice photo of them. So, to overcome this, teach your dog to “pay attention.” To learn this command, you’ll need to start slow, keep treats on-hand, and reward them as they improve. You’re looking for that slight head turn, then you can build from there until they overcome their natural inclination to look away.
- Develop Patience – The most important thing to remember as you teach your four-legged friend to pose for the camera is to maintain patience at all times. After all, this is supposed to be fun, not frustrating. If your pup is having an off day, or it’s taking too long to stage a shot, or your camera settings have to be reconfigured, just take a break for the sake of both you and your dog. You don’t want your pup to sense any irritation, because then they’ll just become more anxious, and you’ll lose any chance at getting a decent picture. Besides, you’re really there to spend time with your pet, so give them some extra love, and keep it fun.
- Practice – As with any kind of training when it comes to pets, the more practice you put in, the better the results will be. So, maybe have a test photoshoot with your pup to get them used to the process. Start taking photos in places that they’re familiar with where there aren’t any distractions, then work your way to the big Halloween display we know some of you will be planning. You might even simply start out taking cute selfies with your pup using the commands that you’ve taught them to stay still and look at the camera. Practice, practice, practice, and eventually it will all come together.
With a little practice and patience, you and your dog can pull off the cutest Halloween photoshoot. But, no matter what happens, just have fun with the whole process! Remember to embrace the imperfections, and know when to walk away. You may be surprised at what you find on your camera after all of your work trying to capture the perfect moment, as often the best photos are the ones that you least expect to turn out. And, those are the ones that will make you fall in love with your dog all over again!