"My dog isn't good off the lead."
It's common for people to think that every dog on a photo shoot is exceptionally well trained and will come back every single time or they sit perfectly still whilst I get the shots that I need.
I'll let you in on a little secret...
Although some are very well behaved and can be let off the lead, this isn't always the case.
Is it a problem? Absolutely not!
Your dog's safety is a priority so if you're not comfortable letting them off the lead, then you don't have to.
With a little bit of post-processing magic, you'll never even know the lead was there.
For dogs in action, this will involve a long training lead and somebody who's willing to run alongside your dog but just out of frame.
It may or may not take us a little longer but it's better to be safe than sorry, right?
"I can never get my dog to stand still!"
Being outside, your dog is going to be excitable, especially if we are somewhere new. Can you blame them? Lots of fun new smells, sounds and sights they're not used to, so I don't expect them to stand perfectly still. In fact, they might even want to run around and play for a bit first and do some dog stuff....and that's ok! It should be as fun for them as it is for us.
It doesn't mean we can't use a few tricks to get them where we need them.
It might mean we need to put them on a lead briefly and have a cool human (that's you!) stand just out of the frame.
Then, using a combination of toys, treats and silly noises, I'll get that split second to do what I need to do.
Then it's back to them doing what they do best.......being a dog.