Tips on Taking Photos of Your Pet

Step 1 – To shoot or not to shoot
Before snapping your first photo, there are some important factors to consider for your pet. It is important to familiarize your pet with the camera and its different sounds, this way they will not be afraid in front of the lens, and you can create a much more photogenic reaction. Let your pet sniff the camera and take some pictures so they can hear the different snaps and clicks. Location and environment are also very important choices when trying to get a successful photo. Be sure to choose a location that does not have a lot of distractions. Busy parks or streets have loud noises that can be stressful for animals.


Step 2 – Motivate your model
When taking photos of your pet, you have to make sure there is a proper amount of motivation for them to corporate. If your furry friend is food motivated then bringing some yummy treats along would be a great idea. Perhaps a favourite squeaky toy? The idea is to pick something that helps bring your pet’s attention back to you (the camera) while also keeping them interested and wanting more. Don’t forget to give a lot of encouragement! Let your furry friend know how good they look!

Step 3 – Nailing the shot
Moving slowly and not making any sudden, loud noises is important in keeping your pet calm and not ruining the shot at the last moment. You will want to make sure you’re using a fast shutter speed on your camera to catch all the action. Being patient is key when taking photos with animals so be sure to keep yourself happy and hydrated too! Personalizing your pet’s photo is a great way to show off their personality. Consider choosing a quieter environment, like a home office with a fireplace, if your pet is shy or perhaps the backyard in the garden if your pet loves the outdoors. Don’t be afraid to get creative. The sky’s the limit!

Written by: Chelsea Blyth, VA



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Last updated: September 29, 2021

Dear valued clients,

Given the current state of the pandemic in Alberta, we have made the decision to return to a closed-door protocol in an effort to do our best to help control the spread of COVID-19. The health and safety of you and all our staff is our top priority so that we can continue to offer your pets the care they deserve. We ask for your patience and understanding while we navigate these challenging times together.

When you arrive for your appointment, please give us a call from your vehicle. We will ask a few questions before we start the appointment and ensure we have all of your information. We will then meet you and your pet at the door. For all appointments, we ask that you wait in your vehicle in the parking lot while your pet is being examined. The doctor will give you a call once your pet is in the clinic so we ask that you have your cell phone on at all times so there are no delays.

If you are picking up food or medication, give us a call and we will put your order in the bins outside the front Dog Entrance. Please note that you can purchase your food through our online store. Just head over to our website https://www.airdrievets.com/ and choose the online store tab at the top.

Thank you for your cooperation and for helping us all stay healthy. Please be considerate of our staff. We ask only for courtesy and kindness when working with our team as they continue to work tirelessly to provide the best level of care for your pet during these trying times.

Thank you for your continued trust in us.

- Your dedicated team at Airdrie Animal Health Centre