1. Capture them engaged in one of their favorite activities.
Pets show more emotion when they are doing something they love. Hazel loves it when we put Alice out for a romp in the grass. She gets so excited she can’t help but smile for the camera.
2. Get down on their level.
I often find myself with my belly on the ground, stretched out and ready to snap. If they are already engaged in a favorite activity, you are less likely to get licked in the face.
3. Be patient.
You may have to get comfy on the grass for a while to get the shot you want, but it will happen.
4. Make a soft noise.
I make a clicking sound with my tongue when my dogs are in the perfect spot but not looking at me. Almost every time this will get them to look up at me without bounding towards me.
5. Reward good behavior.
After all that hard work you deserve some chocolate! Go ahead and give your pet a treat too.