On My Nightstand: The Secret Language of Dogs
Part of my job as a dog photographer is making sure your dog is relaxed and happy during their session. That includes having an understanding of how dogs communicate. Sometimes stress is clearly visible: ears are back, tail is tucked, they resist the nudge on their lead.
But sometimes the signs are a little more subtle. Did you know that yawning can be a sign of stress?
In order to really enjoy a dog, one doesn't merely try to train him to be semihuman. The point of it is to open oneself to the possibility of becoming partly a dog.
– Edward Hoagland
I’ve been reading Victoria Stilwell’s “The Secret Language of Dogs” to make sure I can identify and mitigate any signs of stress your dog may exhibit during their session. During your session, I may give you instructions to stand quietly or put the treats and squeaky toys away for a bit. I want to make sure your dog guides the session so that you get the best images and everyone has a fun time as well.
If you want to learn more about how your dog communicates, I highly recommend Victoria’s book.