Here at Shooting The Dog the main priority is the dog. Your dog’s health and well being is foremost in our approach to photography.
If we feel your dog is getting too stressed by the experience, we will stop and have a break – actually if YOU are getting too stressed by the experience we will also have a break. Your dog will pick up on your anxiety, and will lead to it in turn getting stressed out.
After stopping and having a game and (if allowed) some cuddles, your dog is still not happy, we will be more than happy to reschedule your shoot on another occasion, free of charge.
A relaxed dog makes for a much better photograph – after all you would not want a framed print of you best friend freaking out on your wall.
We have no fixed time limit to our shoots, and it sometimes takes a little while for our models to calm down, but most dogs will get bored after a prolonged amount of time; so again, if we don’t get shots that you are happy with, then we’ll reschedule, free of charge.
Having studied dog behaviour, our photographer is pretty good when it comes to getting your dog to do what is needed, and whilst we want you to stay with your dog to keep it reassured, it really is best to leave things to the photographer to get the shots – nothing is more frustrating than getting the perfect shot lined up and just as you are about to press the shutter the owner says “Good Boy!!” and the dog looks in the opposite direction.
We want your dog (and you) to have enjoyed the experience, so we will always make sure everyone one stays safe and goes home satisfied; and our photographer loves working with your dogs, so if he has to do it twice to get the end result, then he doesn’t really mind – it just gives him another chance to have some fun with your dog!