Tip of the Day – Positive association

Tip of the Day – Positive association

Image 2 of 5 of Chloe’s Session in the series Creating Variety in Your Dog Photography Sessions

Although Chloe is quite deaf, there’s nothing wrong with her senses of smell and sight! I used treats to help direct her focus upwards towards the camera. I had her mum settle her in a sit each time but she’d often get up and walk towards me – no worries though – we’d just take her back to the original spot and settle her down before trying again.

I made sure she got lots of yummy treats when she stayed still and although it wasn’t a training session as such, the positive reinforcement meant she eventually realised that she just had to sit in one place and the treats would come! Who said you can’t teach an old dog new tricks?

I love this puppy dog eyes look and her mum did too – this picture ended up as one of three shots in a framed piece of art for her wall.

Canon EOS 1D X, Canon EF 24-70mm f/2.8L II @ 42mm, ISO 400, 1/1000 sec, f/2.8

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