Sometimes, it just seems that dogs exhibit behaviors of a human being. Not only dog owners believe that their pets are almost human that every intelligent canine worthy of love and care feels such emotions as embarrassment, annoyance, irritation, and is startled by certain sights and sounds. Knowledge about a dog's moods as well as its interests makes for a successful animal portrait.
Refusal to have his picture taken could be indicated by his baring at the wrong instant, the wagging of his tail, or the refusal to prick up his ears. The dog could start being hardheaded and give the portrait artist a difficult time. Instead of appealing to the dog's sense of smell to get it to do a noticeable pose, try to surprise it by appealing to its sense of hearing. If a dog sniffs around, he would tilt his neck upward and ruin the lines and contours of the shot, but if the dog is slightly startled, he would stand with ears up.
A dog's photograph is best shot in the early morning since this is when he is bright and alert. Being always alert, the hungry dog is more capable of doing the pose. During this time of the day, it is cool and so his mouth would not be hanging open as much compared to the later hours of the day. Tired looking dogs and dogs with mouths wide open do not make good portraits.
We can say that the studios of dog photographers are similar to the studios of radio broadcasting stations in one particular way. Different kinds of sound effects are available for use just in case one sound effect cannot be used to bring out the attention the photographer wants. Available sounds include mouse squeaks and duck quacks.
A breeder wants to see perfection shown in his dog's portrait as he inspects the proofs. An artist who sketches has work that is distinct from an artist who photographs dogs. In drawing a picture, the artist makes an effort to show only what he can see and not what he knows is also there. But with dogs it is just the opposite and the photographer must try to get into the plate what should be there rather than what is easily visible.
Magnify a daschund's length. Dogs' bodies should be slightly tilted at an angle and their feet should be placed firmly on the ground for the shot. Handling German boxers would be an arduous task. While friendly to humans, he is capable of being unfriendly with other dogs present.
Although taking pictures of dogs while they are hungry make the task easier, amateur photographers often forget this fact. They make a mistake of feeding their dogs before or during the shoot and naturally have lazy and disinterested subjects. The alert dog assumes his stance without difficulty.
Most photographers want the breeder absent when they are posing a dog. Dog owners can make a big fuss about a lot of things regarding their dogs, and it is for this reason that they do this. Since the dog knows what tricks the master would do to get his attention, the owner's presence wouldn't help much. The desirable response of the animal would be brought out if various sound effects were used.