Tip of the Day – Don’t run out of ideas

Tip of the Day – Don’t run out of ideas

There’s nothing quite like a good old ball-chasing flat-out run to get some great expressions from a dog. I love the intense look of focus and the pure joy that chasing a ball usually elicits. 🎾

But what do you do when the dog just isn’t interested in a ball? Well, you have a few options.

If they will come when called and have a good “stay” – you can put them in a stay at a distance, then have the dog’s owner walk back to you before recalling them enthusiastically towards you.

If they don’t have a good stay, you can have an additional person hold them at a distance (just by the collar), then when you’re ready, have the owner recall them towards you as the helper lets go and runs to the side.

If they don’t come when called, increase the reward for coming – you could use treats or extreme excitement from the owner, or even the owner running away in the other direction.

Then failing that, you can have the owner run along beside the dog with them on leash. Definitely more work to edit them out, but if it means getting a running shot vs not getting one, I usually just do whatever it takes!

Disclaimer: If the dog is old, sick or not capable of running for whatever reason, obviously running shots should not be attempted.

Canon EOS 1D X Mark II, Canon EF 70-200mm ƒ/2.8L IS II @ 170mm, ISO 800, 1/1600 sec, ƒ/2.8


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