Have your pooch well-groomed and clean, including clipping nails, brushing his coat and cleaning weepy eyes. The Paw Spa will be gladly groom your pet for his session.
Exercise your pet a couple of hours prior your session to bring down the energy and excitement levels. A calm dog (but not dead-tired) makes for a great portrait!
Have your pooch come to the session a bit hungry. There will be lots of healthy treats for motivation and attention, so they won't be hungry for very long.
Bring only essential family members with you (2 people max is a good number). This will be easier for your dog to pay attention to me and I can capture a much better portrait with a trusted family member as an assistant.
Work on your pooch's "4 S": SIT - STAY - STAND STILL. This is really helpful to capture wonderful expressions of your best friend.
Arrive a bit earlier to your session so your dog can get used to the shooting location, smells and sounds and meet some new friends.
Remove your pooch's collar for the session, if your dog is well-behaved and can sit/stand still. Otherwise, please bring a decorative collar and leash.
Forget your supplies. Bring poop pick up bags and ample special toys and treats to the session as well as his regular grooming brush.
Let your doggie know you've brought some of her special treats with you. It'll give me a chance to surprise them and get some great expressions.
Worry, don't stress. Your pet will pick up on your stress level. Your pet may not do exactly as you want them too, but that is not a problem. Just be the calming force for them :)