Get Your Dog #SelfieReady - 5 Photo Tips for Dogs

by Maggie Marton January 09, 2017

Get Your Dog #SelfieReady - 5 Photo Tips for Dogs

No duck lips here!

Are you ready to up your game and take #instagramworthy photos with your pup? I mean, who can resist hearting a cute dog? But you need to know not all dogs are instantly camera-ready. So here are five tips that will help you prep your pup for a photoshoot:

1// Some dogs feel frightened by photo equipment. Help her feel comfortable with your camera or phone before you do anything else. Let her sniff it, smell it, and get used to it being around. If she’s good with it at first go, move on to step two! 

2// Give her a good fluff. Grab some brush spray and give her a quick brush from nose to tail. Then, take a grooming wipe and give her a quick face cleaning. Add any accessories like a cute bandanna or some bling.

3// Gather up tasty but healthy treats. You can use them as training treats if you’re having her sit-stay in a pose, or as rewards for a successful shoot. Bonus points for doling out functional treats that help her look beautiful from the inside out.

4// Pose… but be patient. She might not have the right angles down, so plan on snapping A TON to find a couple good ones. Keep an eye on her comfort level throughout. If she seems uncomfortable or stressed, finish the shoot another day.

5// Share! Your cute, groomed pup (enticed into posing with delicious treats) will draw tons of hearts and likes, for sure. Be sure to share the pics across social. (And tag @iodogs so we can see your cutie!)

The most important tip? Have fun with it! Photoshoots can be a great bonding experience for you and your dog!

(awesome photo from Pooch Selfie!)

Maggie Marton
Maggie Marton


Maggie Marton is a freelance writer based in Indianapolis. When not hiking with her two pit mixes, Emmett and Cooper, or playing with Newt the Cat, Maggie writes about them (and the pet industry) at and 

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