“How do you teach your puppy to model” is a question we get asked all the time. I guess at our house, we grow up with the camera from day one, learn from our siblings, and it just happens. Olivia has been a bit challenging because she likes to be right next to Mom all the time which isn’t good for photos. We thought we would share some of our tips to get Olivia on the right track.
How To Teach Your Dog To Model Like A Pro
Keep Training Short And Fun
It’s no surprise, a puppy’s attention span is short. Try to limit any training sessions to less than five minutes, and keep repetitions to three or less. Boredom is not productive for puppies. This was Olivia’s first photo in the training session and you can see it is not the best one, but she did stay still at least.
Make sure your camera settings are correct before asking your puppy to pose. When possible, use a “real” camera in manual mode to adjust the settings to keep movement from making your photos blurry.
A Tired Puppy Works Better
Mom took Olivia to meet Gramma and some other people on Saturday. On the way, they stopped for a short walk on some trails to practice modeling and to tire out Olivia a little bit. A short walk in a fun area is a great way to train as the puppy is getting tired, but it is also a really fun time. They stopped for a couple photos, then walked for a few minutes, and did some more photos.
Trying to train in an area with lots of people, other dogs, or any real distractions should be avoided. Although Mom and Olivia were in the woods, they were in a place without many dogs or people to distract their work. One cannot ask too much of a puppy. Focusing on staying still for a couple photos is hard enough when we are young. Distractions may be added once a puppy has the basics of sitting still down.
Sometimes your puppy will just post without being asked. Take a shot, and praise them as if they were asked to pose.
Tie Training In With Obedience And Rewards
Olivia is learning sit, which is great for photos. She can get some of her obedience homework done while working on her modeling. Always reward your pup after each photo and session. Use marker words when she does a good photo and treat, or give praise. Puppies are not keen on working for free!
You can’t teach your puppy to become a model overnight. It is a process, and is a process your pup will work on for her entire life. Even if you have a successful session one day, the next day may not work out as well. We are still working on our family photo! Sometimes the bloopers a puppy creates do make for a better photo than a perfect one too!
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