It’s no secret that I love having my photo taken. It’s been years and years of practice to get these super model moves down pat!
And while I’m pretty much a pro infront of the lens, I do have a mom who’s got a few tricks up her sleeve when it comes to capturing adorable shots of yours truly. So I thought it would be fun to pick her brain, and share some tips on how you can capture some great pictures like these of your own pets!
5 Tips for Taking Better Pictures of Your Dog:
1. Have Amazing Treats
Until you find that amazing treat (or meat) that makes your dog do back flips, you’re not going to get them to be interested in your photo session. Good treats go a long way, and if your dog is willing to do anything to get them, then you might just get that shot you were looking for.
2. Get Down Low
Dogs aren’t that big (well unless maybe you have a great dane), so getting yourself on the floor and down to the dog’s level is going to give you a better picture every time.
3. Practice “Waiting”
Teaching your dog commands such as “wait” (my term for stay put and don’t move) is only going to help you get that amazing picture. Using positive reinforcement and some yummy treats practice asking your dog to hold still for pictures.
4. Let Your Dog Be a Dog
As fun as some of the posed shots are, it’s even more fun for your dog just to play and be themselves. Some of the best shots come from letting your dog do their own thing and being there to capture the moment (or the mess).
5. Prop Up Your Pet
Have a squirmy dog that won’t sit still? Prop them up on something high (and safe) so they don’t have room to roam. This will keep you from chasing your dog all over trying to snag a photo.
And there you have it, 5 tips to grabbing shots of your pet like a pro! Above all else, make picture time fun for your dog and I’m sure you’ll get that photograph! There’s many more where that came from, if you liked my mom’s tips for photographing pets let me know in the comments below and perhaps I’ll share some more soon!
P.S. if you’re wondering what camera gear my mom uses to photograph me, be sure to check out my gear page!
A couple weeks ago some of my out-of-town family came to visit. I had a blast going on adventures with them, and you may recall I even performed a daring water rescue of my Uncle Taylor.
See my uncle, he’s a bit of a daredevil. (or clumsy on the water, depending on how you look at it).
See, I know how to have a good time on the lake…..and keep up with the best of them! (P.S. did you see my super model strut across the paddle board?)
Is your dog a daredevil too?
Disclosure: This post and giveaway is brought to you by the Dog Agility Shop. All opinions are my own and I only share products I think you and your dog will love!
Us dogs are powerful, muscled beasts (well when we’re in proper shape), and I’ve always been one to believe that the greatest service you can do for your dog is to help them keep in shape! As hard as it is to “feel the burn”, I’ve always believed that being the ideal weight will help keep us dogs from getting injuries, health problems, and even back issues (especially important for us dachshunds). Which is also why I’m so excited to tell you about a product to help keep your pup well muscled from my friends at the Dog Agility Shop.
The attached wooden ball to the underside keeps the board “wobbly”. It’s even painted with silica (sand) on the surface for added traction.
The Wobble Board has lots of great benefits for your dog:
With Trooper as my coach, mom used some yummy treats to lure me onto the Wobble Board.
Once I was confident enough to put all 4 paws on, she used the treat to lure me around on the board to get my core really working! But to really get the full effect of how the Wobble Board works, you’ll have to watch me in action…
I’ve actually been using the Wobble Board a couple time a week, and it’s going to be great in the winter months especially when it’s a little too cold to run around on the farm. I’ll use this to keep fit indoors!
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Camp Cloon Canine Equipment totally won me over recently with their awesomely fun and stylish gear for adventurous dogs! Um that’s me! This New Zealand based company ships their products worldwide so all adventurers can enjoy their goods. And after checking out their shop, I totally want to be BFF’s with their super model dog, Clooney the Cavoodle!
You can fetch these fun goodies and more from Camp Cloon.
Disclaimer: this is not a sponsored post, nor do I own any of these products. Just simply wanted to share the latest thing I’m digging!
P.S. Thanks to one of my favorite blogs, Dog Milk for the awesome find!
It’s been a little while since I’ve done a Throwback Thursday post, so today I thought I’d share a little peek behind the lens from way back in 2012.
While it’s very true, I know how to take a dashing photo, I also sometimes like to be a little demanding behind the lens.
As in “give me more cookies now”. Supermodels are allowed to be demanding though right?
Well, I guess when you look this cute you can be! *wink* Happy #tbt!
I bet you never knew napping could be so interesting? Well when you’re a dog and you nap 90% of your life, you tend to get a little creative. Here’s where I’ve been napping over the past month…
Now if you’ll excuse me, I’ve got to go take a nap!
Check out where else I’ve been sleeping in my “Oh the Places You Sleep” series!
Adventures around my house have been pretty light lately while mom and dad are busy working on my new kitchen. If all goes well, by the end of next week I should have my food bowls back where they belong, in the kitchen!
From electrical work, plumbing, drywall, spackling & painting – my mom and dad are doing it all (with a little help from our friends at Lowes on the new flooring). As much as I hate that this weekend work is cutting into my adventure time, mom says with all the money we are saving by doing it ourselves – there will be so many more adventures we’ll be able to go on!
That does sound pretty good to me. What sort of home renovations has your dog lived through?
A few weekends ago some of my family from out of town came for a visit. Since I’m always up for a fun adventure, I decided to show them a good time with a weekend excursion on the river!
Just down the road from the family farm is the Brandywine River, which is the perfect place to do some river tubing on a hot day!
I wasn’t the only one enjoying the river that day either, we even found this adorable turtle taking a dip!
As the sun started to set over the river I decided to trade in my tube for a canoe since it was getting a little chilly in the water.
I love to navigate the waters and I always have to stand at the very tip of the canoe (so I get to see everything first), even if it means that I might occasionally fall overboard. Not to worry though, I’m a pretty good swimmer!
Eventually we decided to park the canoe so we could take a swim in the river, which is also where I got to perform my very first water rescue!
Ok technically no one was ever really drowning, but how was I supposed to know that? I’m a Super Hero trained to save people, and when you’re a teeny tiny dog like me everything looks dangerous!
Thankfully everyone survived the rope swing, and I made sure my entire family made it back into their rafts for the remainder of the trip home.
Well, that is until we hit a river road block! “Everyone stay with your flotation device, keep your hands inside the raft, and do not drown!”
Phew! River Tubing is stressful for a Super Hero!
Do you think your dog would attempt to save you if you were drowning? (Don’t worry, I’m sure they probably would….unless there was an alluring groundhog hole nearby of course!)
Disclaimer: This post is brought to you by The Honest Kitchen. All opinions are my own and I only share products I think you will love.
Soap. I have a love/hate relationship with it. As in when I smell like soap (instead of my preferred odor of stink) my mom wants to snuggle with me more, strangers stroke my glorious fur, and I can coax a cookie out of the ups man that much easier.
Joining me on my bath time excursion was Mr. Crab. He somehow avoided the whole being lathered up in soap thing. I must remember to ask him later what the secret is!
I tolerate bath time quite well. I’ve even figured out that if I use my sad puppy dog eyes then I’m more likely to get a whole bunch of cookies in the process. It’s the little things.
Mom applied the Sparkle Bar directly to my furs. I hear that these bars are hand-made from a base of organic goat’s milk from a family farm (holla to my farming friends) in the Deep South, and blended with olive and coconut oil plus precious, functional herbs and botanicals that gently nourish the different needs of the skin and coat. All I know is it got me S O A P Y.
The Honest Kitchen sells several different kinds of the Sparkle Bars, but I got to test the Lavender, Cedar, Juniper & Rosemary Sparkle Bar. It is their most aromatic shampoo bar, and I could even smell it through the packaging when it arrived!
I was surprised to see how sudsy the bar was able to get me, even with just a few passes, one bar should last for about 18 baths for a 30lb dog.
Until recently I hadn’t really ever used bar soap to take a bath. Most of the time I had used liquid shampoo (as probably the general dog population does), but did you know that old-fashioned liquid shampoos create a larger carbon footprint, because they are bulky and heavy to ship. Regular shampoo also requires loads of plastic packaging, which usually means reliance on fossil fuels and questionable recyclability after use, not to mention the risk of leaks and spills from a broken bottle! After learning how liquid shampoos are not as good for the environment I was more than happy to grab a bar instead!
In contrast, Sparkle Shampoo Bars are like ‘dehydrated’ shampoo – compact, free of wasteful “water weight”, efficient to ship and minimal on the packaging front too. Which comes in handy when all you have are paws and a set of chompers to open the box with!
The best part is, they smell super good (according to human noses at least), but I’m still waiting for The Honest Kitchen to come out with a “Rabbit Poop Scented Sparkle Bar”. I know lots of dog friends that would pay good money for that!
After my bath (ok, it was 2 baths over the course of a week…I had a lot of stink to roll in) I was smelling oh-so-fresh.
Of course I didn’t think it was right to hog all of that wonderful smelling Sparkle Bar all to myself, so I decided to share…
You’re welcome mom, because the carpet never smelled better! Sparkle Dachshund to the rescue.
If you’d like to help your dog Sparkle too, you can fetch the Sparkle Shampoo Bars from The Honest Kitchen for $12.99 (that’s 72 cents per bath ….since a bar lasts about 18 baths, even more for us small dogs!)
P.S. Coming up in a few weeks I’ll be sharing a review (+giveaway) of some of the excellent dehydrated food available from The Honest Kitchen. But if you’d like to get a jump on testing it yourself, you can use my special code to get a FREE SAMPLE BUNDLE! (coupon automatically applied at checkout)
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I can’t believe that the summer is almost over. It makes me sad to see it go, but I’m glad I’ve been able to pack in so much fun. I can’t wait to share what I’ve been up to this past July!
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And now onto my July Adventures…
I kicked off July by reaping my annual camping trip, that came with lots and lots of rain!
I celebrated the 4th of July!
I tested out what is now my new favorite dog life vest from my friends at Ruffwear.
Things dried out on my camping trip, and I went fishing!
I visited the Beltzville Lake with my pal Shilah the Husky.
I shared Vol. 4 of my crazy sleeping spots. Things got a little weird.
I threw a party with Jones Natural Chews!
I practiced my dog agility on the farm, because real dogs gotta keep up their muscular physique!
My dad read me a super hero bedtime story.
I helped my parents start a kitchen renovation project.
I dove head first into a WHOLE BAG OF MEAT from my friends at Chewy.
I shared some more of the struggles in my life.
I shared one of the newest toys I’m totally digging on Pinterest.
I shared some toys with my kitty pal Spider.
I made some super easy frozen pet treats.
I shared how my parents choose the healthiest foods for me to eat!
Trooper and I had an epic wrestling match.
I shared a video about why I wish my legs were a little longer.
Man, July was so much fun, don’t you think? What sort of fun have you been having with your dog this past month? Do tell!