Easy Dog Photography Tips: Posing

Posing your dog for photos

Whether you’re an Instagram superstar or just want some quality photos of your pooch, no doubt you’ll be wondering…

How do I get my dog to pose for pictures?

We’ve compiled some ‘dos’ and ‘donts’ below to get terrific photos of your beloved family member.


DONT: give the dog treats as a way to make them stay in place. It’s likely they will be looking down

If all else fails - get a Pooch Selfie attachment for your smartphone

If all else fails – get a Pooch Selfie attachment for your smartphone

and chewing on, the food so you won’t be able to get a good shot. Worse still, as soon as the treat is gone, they’ll come over to you, hoping for more.

DO: Use a squeak toy instead of treats if you’re aiming for an alert and attentive shot with their ears up. To do this,  hide a squeaky toy and when your fur baby is positioned properly, squeak the toy and his (or her) ears will lift giving your a fantastic, interested expression.

DO: Time it well. If you’re looking for a jack-in-a-box style action shot, arrange your photo shoot before your daily walk. If you’re looking for a zen, style shot wait until after you’ve both had a nice long walk.

DO: Be relaxed. Let your dog get used to the camera and remember that trying to force a pose or jamming your dog full of treats while waving balloons is just likely to weird them out – rather than create your next photographic masterpiece. Good photos take time.

DONT: Expect your dog to pose if you havent yet established the ‘stay’ command. First up, you need a solid stay. Figure out what your dog is most comfortable holding for a couple minutes – this might be a ‘sit’ for some dogs or a ‘down’ for others.

DONT: get hung up on perfection. Often the best shots are the spontaneous ones.

DO: Get down on your dog’s level. Photos taken looking down at a dog from human height are so yawn-worthy!

Getting down to dogs level photography

Get down diggedy on their level.

HINT: Kneeling or lying on the ground to shoot from low viewpoints can be uncomfortable, especially on a wet day. Taking along some plastic sheeting to keep you dry will make the experience more bearable.

DO: Be creative and playful. Lots of full-body shots taken from ten feet away can get mighty dull. Get up close so your dog fills the entire frame. Get even closer so you get the full effect of that cute little nose.

DO: Consider experimenting with unfamiliar tastes or smells to get a really quirky portrait of your dog.

DONT: Forget to share plenty of photos with us on social media. We’d love to profile your doggy photographic masterpieces! Tag us on @dogstralia on Instagram or post a pic on the Dogstralia facebook page so we can share it with everyone!




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