Your Pet Holiday Photos

Tips for dog lovers while taking your holiday

Family photos always seem to find their way into holiday celebrations. Everyone lines up in their holiday dress and smiles big for the camera. And while most might be thinking that it’s all about the parents and the kids, we can’t forget about our four-legged family members too.

Dogs always seem to have some of the cutest pictures, but that’s because we have to work at it. It can be difficult to catch the right angle or keep your young pup looking right at the camera. They always seem to look away right as you press the button.

What day is it?

Of course, keeping your dog’s attention isn’t the only concern of a photographer, because it all comes down to setting up the right scenario that gives your pup the holiday spirit. So, what type of occasion and theme does your holiday have? Christmas? Birthday? Doggy Birthday! (Celebrating your dog’s birthday is a completely legitimate holiday for dog lovers everywhere). Consider what type of theme you want to capture, then you can focus on making it happen.

That leaves you considering how exactly to put your puppy’s pictures into perspective. It’s up to you to set the moment with the season, which means it may be time to be a little creative. For a holiday picture, you’ll definitely want to make sure your dog is in character. Try going with a theme, and be sure that your dog’s theme coincides with the rest of the family. If everyone is in costume, have your dog in costume as well. Consider theme holidays such as Thanksgiving or Halloween. These are great opportunities to set your dog in a theme, like featuring them with a stuffed turkey or a pumpkin to maintain simplicity. You don’t have to take extreme pictures to capture the moment.

Start with a quality situation

So, what about taking pictures in general? Dogs almost always seem to have an unnatural talent for looking away at the last second. Sometimes you even end up with a little “red” in their eyes from the flash. For starters, getting your dog’s attention and keeping their attention are two very different things. Consider only taking a picture when you first get their attention instead of trying to maintain their attention while you try to get the right angle.

Getting rid of “red” glare is actually much simpler than you might think. The “red” is actually just the reflection of your flash. You can solve this by putting your dog in an already well-lit area, such as outdoors, and avoid using the flash in general.

That brings us to the live-action moments. While getting your dog to sit still for your photographs, it doesn’t really capture what makes our dogs so lovable in the first place. Capturing your dog in a moment of curiosity or an excited jump in the air that says “I’m having a great time” can really give your holiday card some extra spirit. Sometimes all you have to do is follow them around for a while and they’ll present you with the perfect picture you’ve been looking for (dogs can be real hams sometimes).

Are you getting the right angle of your dog? Maybe your photos just don’t seem to put your dog in the right perspective. Of course, you must consider the fact that because they walk on four legs instead of two, they tend to see the world from an entirely different angle. What they see is completely different, and getting a picture from their point-of-view can sometimes give your photo just the canine style you want.

Making a decision

What about choosing the best pictures? By the end of your photo session, you may end up with a plethora of different styles, angles, and themes. Some you may not like, while others can be difficult to decide between. Holiday pictures should really maintain a theme, but if you can catch a great moment that you and your dog shared together, you may have exactly what you need to capture the meaning of holidays. After all, nobody can say “happy holidays” like a happy pup.

Setting up and capturing your dog in the right photographic moment is a fun challenge that will really set the mood for your holiday celebration. Whether it’s an invitation, a family newsletter, or a holiday card, a picture featuring your family with your faithful canine companion will be the perfect way to express a special holiday occasion.

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Celebrate National Pet Week

This first week of May celebrates National Pet Week, exemplifying the importance that our four-legged friends have in our lives. Whilst all pets are appreciated, those within the K-9 category share their own unique qualities that give them a special place in our homes and hearts.

While our affection and attention should definitely be a year-round experience, this week presses the importance of our obligations to our faithful companions that we love unconditionally. There are various ways we as dog owners can celebrate this unique week and really pamper our pups to show them how much we appreciate their companionship.

Responsible pet ownership

Perhaps the most important thing you can do is to influence the importance of responsible pet ownership. While most dog owners love and adore their pets, there are still many people out there that do not practice proper dog handling.

One of these is proper training. Consider the fact that many people attain a dog only to neglect their needs and essential training. They keep their dogs without ever teaching them social skills like the human and dog interaction that is necessary for safety and happiness. These are crucial for ensuring a dog’s effective importance in society, including the ability to not only protect you but help those around you. These key elements in a well-trained dog make for an excellent addition to the world we live in, providing a dog with a happy and purposeful life.

This means that we must educate others about dog week. Because the internet is so influential in this electronic age, we can take advantage of the various social mediums to effectively get the message across. Share, explore, and learn what everyone has to say about dogs.

The press release is one of the best things to post. Saying something that has a predisposition to influence can be a powerful tool in influencing proper dog care and even events. It only takes a few minutes to research and find some valuable information that could help your fellow dog owners, so make an effort to bettering the lives of dogs everywhere.

Party time

The event is what really makes your dog happy. A great chance to explore and enjoy the company of other dogs can ultimately be an effective event in your dog’s life. While your dog runs and plays, you can also utilize the event to share and incorporate other dog owners to help educate them on proper training methods and care-taking processes that can ease and even simplify their lifestyles.

Treats are a favorite for dogs, but always be sure that what you feed your dog is good for them. There are plenty of unhealthy and even dangerous foods for dogs like grapes and other fruits. There are even certain dog food products which have recently proven to be potentially harmful to our pets, so be sure you properly educate yourself before feeding your companion something dangerous.

Amongst favored treats are the homemade peanut butter and banana treats. Online sources can provide a definitive amount of treats you can make at home to help your dog celebrate an exciting event.

While dog parks are fun, be sure that you utilize flea and tick collars or powdered applications to help prevent the spread of any annoying insects and parasites. These precautions are not only friendly to our dogs, but also imperative in preventing the spread of diseases and even worms. Feces is renowned for its ability to spread worms through fleas, so in order to protect your dog and the companions of others, be sure you utilize flea and tick inhibiting products.

Take your dog in for a checkup

Because it’s not always an expense we can often afford, taking your dog to the vet is becoming an uncommon event. Unfortunately for our dogs, this can result in serious issues arising later on that we could easily prevent with a simple checkup. Consider your dog’s health and take them to the vet this week, if only to satisfy yourself with the knowledge that your dog is doing well and in good health.

Dog owners should help each other learn and grow through their own knowledge. As we interact, we can effectively become better pet owners, and will be able to provide the best home possible for our beloved four-legged friends that trust and adore us. Treat your pup especially well this week, because they deserve all the love and appreciation you have to offer.

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3 Ways To Participate In Love Your Pet Day

Our daily lives can often get so busy that we don’t always have a lot of time to really enjoy the companionship of our four-legged friends. Work, school, and chores leave us a little exhausted with little time to play with and show some quality affection to our dogs. But, this year we need to set some time aside for our canine companions. This February, Love Your Pet Day gives you a special opportunity to really spend some quality time with your companion and give them the attention and love they need to really enjoy life.

Just around the house

Start by scratching them behind the ear just a little bit longer. Then you can move on to more generous ways to give your pup some love. Perhaps you could give them a belly rub and puppy massage. Puppy massages can be a great experience for any dog, especially our older senior companions. It stimulates both blood flow and the nervous system to keep your dog healthy and active. Don’t forget to rub their paws, too! Even the more “grooming” related of activities can give your dog the attention and affection they want. Bath time isn’t popular for every dog, but for some, it can be an experience to feel fresh and get any dirt out of their fur for their special day. You could finish by giving them a good brushing to get tangles and stickers out of their fur (plus if feels great on their skin too).

Playtime outside

As for the methods by which we get dirty again, that brings us to playtime. There are certain places where our friends can’t always run free to enjoy their special day, so try to avoid most of them. Instead, take them to the park where they can be off their leash and play a good game of fetch. Make sure you bring plenty of tennis balls, Frisbees, and even a tug-o-war rope to keep things versatile and exciting. There may even be a couple of friends there that are celebrating the same thing with their canine companions, so it’s your dog’s chance to make some new friends. While you’re there, you can try and teach them a new trick or go through the old ones to keep up the practice. If you’re having trouble finding a place where your pup doesn’t have to be on their leash, you can always enjoy a walk together through the park or better yet- a new park that your pup has never been to before, where they can sniff and explore to keep their senses tuned and their tail wagging.

Give them a treat

Amongst your dog’s favorites is the always pleasing treat. So what does your dog enjoy the most? Perhaps there is a tasty treat that they favor? Or you might even cook up some new ones for your dog to try. Puppy muffins or even banana related treats can be delicious and best of all…new for your pup. When it comes to snacking, the best things are often something they’ve never tasted before, especially when you cook it just for them.

But you don’t always have to stick with the edible treat- give your dog some new toys, too. Chew toys, squeaky toys, and tug-o-war ropes that are new to their environment tell your pup that today is definitely a good day to be a dog. Dogs love new and interesting toys, so you might even invent some of your own. While very simple, few dogs can resist this particular toy, and plus, there’s no stuffing to clean up if your dog likes to pull their toys apart.

Try this: One-gallon water jugs are noisy and hard for a dog to catch, and when you combine two of them with a simple shoe string, it can make for a special, but very noisy, toy that they can chase around and get a little wild with. Just make sure to remove the caps and any extra water inside. You can even hold onto one jug while your pup holds onto the other for a fun one-on-one gaming experience.

Remember that February 20 is a special day to help remind us that we should love our companion every day of the year. Don’t let the fun stop on the 21st. Spend some quality time with your faithful friend every day. After all, that’s why we have them, and they have us.

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