Lauren and Josh brought their pup Gunner to their family photo session at Adair Park a couple weeks ago! Usually when people tell me they’re bringing their dogs, I know that I’m going to have to have some extra patience and some extra work in store to get the pup to look at the camera. It is not an easy task. Although I do still love when people bring their doggies along! But Gunner was SO easy! Lauren and Josh got their yellow lab just over a year and a half ago. He is totally still a puppy and you know what that means… lots and lots and lots of energy and usually total ADHD. But Gunner was different. First, he didn’t have to wear a leash because he stayed right there by Lauren and Josh’s side the whole time. Even when other walkers came by… even when other dogs were heard barking in the back ground… still Gunner was right there by their side. So I want to go over a couple things that you can do if you want to bring your dog to your next family session that will make it go a little more smoothly:
- Bring treats! Obviously dogs can be trained through treats. They can be given incentive to do what you want them to do if they know they’re getting a little snack afterwards. This can also be used to get them to come to the spot that you need them. They follow the treat, so holding it up and pulling it around to where you want them to be lures them to the right spot!
- Bring a squeaky toy. This is particularly great for getting them to look at the camera. I will take the squeaky toy in my hand right above my lens and squeak it right when I need them to look at the camera.
- If your dog isn’t as trustworthy as Gunner and you don’t know if they’re going to stay right by your side or not, make sure you bring a leash that can be hooked up to a local tree so we can get some shots of just you and your family without the dog.
So there’s my tips! I hope they help you out! I was so impressed with Gunner and his awesome behavior. It definitely helps though that Lauren and Josh sent Gunner to a 5 week training program after they got him. But after a year, all those training skills are still fully in tact which can totally be contributed to having an awesome mom and dad!