With all that is happening in the world right now with social distancing and #stayhomestaysafe, you may be finding yourself with a little extra time on your hands. If you’ve had your fill of #netflixandchill, or #quarantineandchill it may be time for your pet to shine by creating their own #pupstagram. Why am I using so many hashtags??
To get you started, I thought I’d share a few of my tried and true tricks to get some cute pics of Porky, or Fido, or Floofnugget.
First off, make sure you’re in a space that has plenty of natural light. Beside a window, or in your yard is great. As long as that yard is 6ft or longer. I’ve ruined many a cute photo op by thinking the dark and moody look meant cornering my dog in the basement. It doesn’t.
Next, get down on their level. You have a low-riding Dachshund you say? Get ready to army crawl your way to an adorable photo! I have yet to return home from a photoshoot where I haven’t ended up on my belly at one point. Nothin’ a little Tide can’t take care of. Although, there was an incident at a lake involving an unfortunate amount of duck poop…
Now to get your puppers attention! This can be the tricky one for some doggos. If you have some sort of squeaky toy they haven’t grown tired of, get into position and make sure you’re ready to snap away before using the noisemaker. When ready, squeeze it once slowly so the noise is drawn out. Do not keep squeaking it over and over again like a hyperventilating mouse. Keep in mind, each noise has a limited number of times it will hold your dog’s attention so use them wisely.
Other noisemakers that have worked fabulously have been:
-An empty plastic water bottle to crinkle.
-Rattling a treat bag, although this tends to get them running towards you.
-Your mouth. High pitched whining can usually produce a head tilt or two.
I hope this is a good start to get you on your way to Instagram stardom. Or at least have a few favorite pics of your pooch to treasure. I can’t wait to see what you capture!