Taking photos with Santa is a traditional holiday ritual, and there are now more ways to involve your dog in the festivities. Read our top ideas for making Christmas magic happen during your pet’s time with Santa before whisking them off to the nearest winter wonderland for a snowy photo with Santa.
Tip #1: Get your pet ready for the photoshoot ahead of time.
Preparation is the key to every good photoshoot. It relieves a lot of the anxiety of being in unfamiliar places and situations.
Tip #2: Make sure your pet is well-groomed.
Dogs, like humans, have visible teeth in photographs. So before the photoshoot, give them a quick cleaning and show off those dazzling whites.
If you want your pet groomed professionally, schedule it a week ahead of time so that any necessary alterations can be made during the week.
Tip #3: Grooming supplies for your pet
Bring a brush to maintain your pet in tip-top shape. If they appreciate being brushed, this will also help to relax them. Additionally, remember to bring wipes and a few plastic bags.
Tip #4: Things to do with your pet
Bring their favorite toy (ideally not one that squeaks). Make sure you have adequate snacks. This could help to encourage the photoshoot in the future (a little Pavlovian conditioning never hurts).
Tip #5: How to persuade your pet to smile for the camera
Practice “Sit” and “Stay” instructions in various settings with varying levels of noise and activity for weeks in advance. Treats can be used to reinforce the commands. The majority of pets draw off your energy, and the calmer you are, the calmer they will be. Smile and speak softly to them.
Tip # 6: Talk to the photographer and Santa.
Make it obvious to the photographer and Santa what soothes your pet. Explanation of what will relax your pet, such as scratching behind the ear. Use goodies to reward (or bribe) good behavior with their favorite snacks. Moreover, to get your pet’s attention, ask the photographer if you can stand behind the camera.
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