Dog Dancing Basics 101: Teach your dog to spin (video)

Welcome to Dog Dancing Basics 101, where the Border Collie and I demonstrate, and teach some of the basic moves of Dog Dancing. The move ‘spin’ is a pretty easy to learn move, that is great by itself but also forms a foundation for some other tricks that we use as part of our routines. Spin is also a great, quick warm-up and gets the blood pumping and your pup ready for work!

Keep training sessions short to start off with, and don’t worry if your dog doesn’t get it right away, there is plenty of time for that! Consistent practice is important and short training sessions everyday will mean your pup will be spinning like a pro in no time!

Ready to teach your dog to spin? Check out our video below! 🙂

Three quick and easy pet photography tips

We all love to capture that special moment with our pets and photographs are a great way to do this. Pets, like children, can be difficult to photograph well as they often move quite a bit and can get pretty distracted easily. I wanted to share three quick and easy tips to help you take some wonderful pictures of your furry friend!

  1. Use a natural backdrop and natural light: I prefer to shoot outside when it’s not too sunny, or too overcast. Natural light works best as you get a mix of shadows and light that really bring your pet’s personality out. CynderOnGrassJust make sure to adjust the settings on your camera accordingly. It’s always best to allow your pet to relax into the area before you start shooting, get them used to the camera and the noises it may make, and find an area where the colours of the background contrast so that your pet will really stand out. I like taking photos with Cynder on grass because the green really contrasts her coat and the pictures look almost magical.
  2. The eyes say it all: I generally try and focus shots around the eyes of the pet, because they really help capture their personality. Chloe and eyesThe eyes truly are the window to the soul, this is also another reason I try and take a few shots in the same position. Sometimes the eyes will be slightly different and it can change the whole feel of the shot. The next tip will help get their attention and get their eyes wide open towards the camera for that perfect shot.
  3. Toys, treats or trills: One of the things I notice a lot when looking at photos people take of their pets is that sometimes you just can’t get them looking at the camera. Toys, treats and trills are three different things that I use, depending on the situation. Toys (especially ones with squeakers in them) are great for those dogs that are toy obsessed, and if they squeak it’s even better cause you can get some really cute head tilts going. Luna staring down a treatBoth the Border Collie and the Beagle will stop whatever they are doing when there are treats involved so it’s easier to get them to sit still and watch the camera if you hold a treat where you want them to look. This is also great as you can reward them when they are being great models! Trills are any sort of high pitched noise, usually I use a short, sharp, high pitched “pup, pup, pup”. This doesn’t always work with every dog, but trying a variety of noises can also help get their attention and some great expressions on their face as they try and work out where the noise came from.

Don’t be afraid to shoot continuously as you will often find that there is slight differences between each shot. I usually try and take about 3 or 4 photos in a quick succession to account for blinking, eye opening, etc. Hopefully these tips will help you take some purrfect pictures of your pets!

For more examples of my Pet Photography please check out my Flickr Photostreams!