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5 Fun Photo Ideas to Try With Your Dog This Holiday Season

I'm feeling verrrry Christmassy these days and I just love the ambiance and overall feeling at this time of year. Everything feels cozy and magical. And I get so excited to create images that evoke that feeling as well.

I want you to get the most out of your holiday celebrations and have images that you cherish as well, so I've compiled a list of 5 fun photo ideas to try during the holidays, as well as tips on how to make the magic happen.

If you try some of these and post them on Facebook or Instagram, I'd love for you to tag my Wet Nose Images account so that I can see them. I love seeing everyone's photos.

 

Counting down from 5 to 1, we start with...

#5 - In front of the tree

 
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This is the first one I always want to do every year. I love the lights on the tree, but with a few tips you can make it even more magical! Have your pup sit away from the tree instead of right in front of it. That way when you focus on your dog, the tree goes out of focus. That's where the magic happens! When you make lights go out of focus they turn into beautiful orbs of light!

#4 - Playing in the snow

 
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Depending on where you live and the weather, this opportunity may not present itself as easily. But hopefully you'll get some snow for Christmas! Ruby loves snow zoomies and she leaps through it like a gazelle when it's deep. I love her love for snow - it brightens my days when I'm grumpy about the cold.

On a sunny day the snow will be very bright, so you'll need to keep that in mind. If you have a brown or black dog this type of shot will be even trickier because the dog and the snow are at opposite ends of the spectrum. I recommend making sure your dog is lit by the sun so that he or she isn't too dark to see.

#3 - Enjoying the outdoor lights

 
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Similar to the tree photo, you can make the outside lights turn into beautiful orbs if you position yourself and your pup carefully. Again, you'll want to keep your dog far from the lights so that they are quite out of focus, and then have your dog close to the camera. You can use the lights on houses in your neighbourhood, lights downtown, street lights, or even a big tree downtown!

#2 - Waiting for treats/Waiting for Santa

 
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If you've got a patient pup, this can be a fun one to try! And if your pup isn't very patient just yet, this is something fun you two can work on together. Build up to it, and you'll be so excited when you get there! Check out my blog about teaching tricks if you're not sure where to start.

You could have the treats on the table and take a photo to show your pup waiting on the floor with big eyes, or try a setup on the floor like I did with Ruby.

 

And finally....

#1 - With their favourite person - you.

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The best idea of them all is to make sure YOU get in some photos with your sweet pups. They love you so much, and I know you love them just the same! Having a photo of you together is so precious. You can have someone take more candid photos as well, of your interaction together - giving kisses, hugging, snuggling on the couch, etc. Whatever shows your special bond! Just make sure you get in there with them sometimes. You won't regret it.

Top 5 Toys For Tough Chewers

Does your sweet pup love to chew? Do even the cutest or most expensive toys end up completely demolished within 5 minutes of giving it to them?

Have no fear! Wet Nose Images knows just how you feel and has compiled a list of great toy options for your tough chewer (or destroyer!).

 

1. Deer Antlers

(click on the green links to see the products) :)

You can find these awesome natural chews in many stores including PetSmart and even Bulk Barn! They come in a few size options and often there will be some advice on the shelf about which is best for your pup based on size and age. These shouldn't be given to young pups, though, as they might hurt themselves trying to chew them. They're long-lasting and very strong.

Ruby loves her antler and is still working away on one that she received more than a month ago!

 

2. Chuckit Balls

I had seen many people using these balls in the past (along with the handy picker-upper/launcher arm) at the beach and park, but I assumed the ball was nothing special. Certainly nothing that could stand up to Ruby's jaws. But one day Ruby found one left behind in the grass and she started to chew. It's been many months since then, and she still has that ball! It's got a tiny hole so it makes a loud sigh when she chomps down on it, but there's no other damage to it (and I don't think she made that hole herself). I'm very impressed!

There's also the much larger Chuckit Kick Fetch Ball but Ruby hasn't tested this one out yet. I did get some enthusiastic recommendations for it during my research, though! Some really tough chewers haven't been able to destroy this big ball.

 

3. West Paw Toys

This brand makes all sorts of fun toys in a variety of shapes and sizes. The Jive Ball is "West Paw’s most durable dog ball yet" as well as being bouncy, buoyant, dishwasher safe, and made for use with a standard ball thrower! West Paw also offers a lifetime guarantee on the material they use for their toys and will give you a one time replacement if anything should happen to it.

 

4. Playstrong Toys

These durable rubber toys are available at Jollytails in Halifax and are virtually indestructible. They also come with a lifetime guarantee! They've even got grooves in the middle for you to put peanut butter or some treats for your pup to enjoy while they chomp.

 

5. Kong

Kong is a very well-known and reputable brand in the dog world. Their product line ranges from soft plush toys for wee pups to their line of Extreme toys for strong chewers. The toys are also colour-coded for their rating with strong chewers. Pink and blue are for small puppies, red is the average, and black is the strongest. Kongs also have pockets and grooves for peanut butter, treats, or Kong's own tasty filling.

Making this list has inspired me to get Ruby a few more toys to test out! :)

 

So... which toys do you prefer for your tough chewer? Let us know in the comments!

6 Tips to Prepare for Your Session

Getting ready for your Wet Nose session will be a breeze with this handy little list. I've compiled 6 tips for my clients to help every session go smoothly and result in gorgeous, wall-worthy images!

 

Sullivan (Sully)

Sullivan (Sully)

1. Grooming

In the week leading up to your session, I recommend that you have your pup professionally groomed, including nail trims, face trims, and/or a brush out if needed (depending on the breed). You’ll be keeping these photographs for years to come, and you want your pup to look spectacular!

 

2. Your Outfit

If you’ve requested to be in some of the photos with your pup, you’ll want to choose your outfit carefully for your session. Try to stay away from busy patterns or flashy colours. Even deep blacks or pure whites can be difficult to show nicely in a photograph. I recommend pastels or neutrals for the best results: greys, creams, etc. And you’re always welcome to talk to me prior to your session about your outfit choices and I can help you decide on the best one for your big day!

 

3. Lots of Treats

Be sure to bring LOTS of teeny tiny treats for your pup during the session. If his/her usual treats are larger, try breaking them into smaller bits. This will allow us to treat your sweet pup for all their great posing, without worrying about overfeeding them. We want to keep rewarding them when they do what we’ve asked, and we don’t want to run out of the good stuff!

 

4. A Long, Thin Leash and Your Favourite Collar

Elvis

Elvis

Please bring a long, thin leash if your pup will need to stay on their leash during the session. Many of my clients’ pups are on leash - it’s nothing to worry about! I can remove the leash and other distractions from your images when I’m editing. The thinner it is, the easier it will be to remove digitally. And the longer it is, the farther you can stand off to the side if you’re not planning to be in any photos. This allows you to keep full control of your sweet pup, but not be in the frame.

You can also pick your favourite collar for your pup to wear and show off in their photos.

 

5. Arrive Early

I recommend that you arrive 10-15 minutes early to our chosen location, to give your pup a chance to explore the area and get comfortable. And if you notice that they’ve got a lot of energy, you can take them for a quick walk to expel some of it. You can also make sure they’ve had their evening walk at home, if you have time. The more exercise they’ve had, the calmer and more focused they’ll be during the session.

 

6. Relax and Enjoy!

Once our session time arrives, all the preparation is done! Now you can relax and enjoy our time together with your pup. Our sessions are no-pressure and all giggles. If there’s an idea I’d like to try, but your pup just isn’t feeling it that day, don’t worry. We’ve got plenty of other options; we’ll just go with the flow. Wet Nose sessions are all about the pups, after all! :)

Coco and Maggie

Coco and Maggie

And there you have it. 6 simple tips that will make a world of difference for your Wet Nose session! Have some questions? Send me a message and let's get chatting about what I can do for you!

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