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Dogs can’t see red! Plus 5 facts about red you didn’t know!

Did you know that dogs can’t see red? It’s true!

Dogs are dichromatic, meaning they only have two kinds of cones in their eyes (humans are trichromatic which means 3 kinds of cones!).  The red cone is missing from dogs’ eyes which means they can’t see the color red, but instead they see grays or dark browns. 

The red cone is missing meaning that dogs can’t see red, nor tell it apart from green. Instead they can see in blue and yellow tones as well as muddy browns, blacks and greys. Though, in their red color trade off dogs gained a broader peripheral vision and ability to see better in the dark than humans. 

Crazy that dogs can’t see red! 

Here are 5 facts about red you didn’t know!

  • Due to its long wavelength, red is one of the most visible colors (second only to yellow) in the color spectrum!
  • Red was the first color humans fabricated, reproduced and turned into different shades! 
  • The Middle Ages held red in religious significance – the blood of Christ & the fires of hell. 
  • Red amplifies feelings of attraction, passion, romance and can increase heart rate. 
  • In comparison with other colors, red provokes the most potent emotions – from power and dominance to anger to excitement, passion and love. 


And speaking of love, we are a week from Valentines Day! Ah Valentine’s Day! The holiday celebrating all things love, desire and passion.

The holiday harks from ancient pagan lineage – either as the festival Februalis or Lupercalia – and was a day of sacrifice, passion and drawing partners for the year to come (hoping they would result in marriage). Evolution was pushed by the Church in the early days (though not fully adapted), then as trends and civilization evolved further change arrived for Valentine’s Day. Letters sent to loved ones were one of the first traditions, evolving into Valentine’s cards of ornateness (and de-evolving into mass produced hand out to classmates cards.)

The second tradition was giving a gift to a person you loved and adored, along with the Valentine’s card. Now there are bunches of flowers, stuffed animals of ginormous proportions, prepackaged cards and candies of every heart shaped variety! All in various shades of … RED!

We had a friend stop by – Wendell! He’s Blue’s friend, smaller, floofy and very sweet! He was eager to pose as long as there were snacks (though sitting next to things was weird haha!).

Isn’t he MEGA cute???? Thanks Wendell for helping out with the red backdrop!

And… did you know these epic backdrop images are set up… in my garage? Heck yes! The little heater gets turned on, the trio of lights setup and the backdrop gaff taped to the floor and viola! 

Below are more images featuring the red backdrop! Check out those EPIC Blue catching treats images!

So even though this red backdrop is rather bold to us, dogs like Blue and Wendell, aren’t able to see the vibrant red like we do! 

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Keeping your dog cozy this winter season!

BRRRRRR! It’s cold out there! And unless your dog is of husky or arctic dog breed lineage, they will feel that chill too! Let us all bundle up in our sweaters and blankets and bunker down until the milder above 30 degree temps arrive (randomly next week is forecasted at… 40 degrees! CRAZY WARM for WINTER in MN!!!)

So how do you keep your dog cozy during the winter season, especially when the temps are below freezing? See below!

But first…
Let’s talk winter temperatures!

Water freezes at 32 degrees, which means temps under 32 degrees are considered freezing temperatures. Average temp for January in MN is in the teens, with lows in the single digits. (This doesn’t account for any wind! Adding wind = windchill = VERY COLD!) Which means we are all frozen popsicles for the month haha! February holds similar averages though a titch warmer in the 20s on average. March bumps us to 30s when we finally begin to thaw out slightly. April arrives frequently with snow… so April snows bring… frozen roses? Haha!

The cold and windchill also bring something gnarly with them: frostbite!

Frostbite can occur at any temp under 32 degrees! Add in wind for those lovely windchills and frostbite can happen even quicker!  This nifty chart from the National Weather Service gives a wad of different temps and winds where frostbite can happen. Yes we get -15 to -30 temps here in Minnesota on an average winter. 

Once the temperature drops below 32 degrees DOGS can also get frostbite! Ears, tails, noses and paws are the most susceptible! Frostbite occurs due to the body redirecting the warm cozy blood to the main organs and away from the extremities. The drop in blood flow causes the extremities to freeze resulting in frostbite! EEK! Small dogs, shorthaired dogs, puppies and senior dogs are at the most risk of frostbite. 

The general rule of thumb: too cold for you, then it is too cold for your pup!

So how do you keep your dog cozy during the winter season?

  • Start with short outdoor time and short walks.
    Roughly 30 minutes is the timeframe where both you and your pup will start to feel the uncomfortable effects of below 32 degree weather.

  • Load up you pup and pop into a dog friendly shop to get your steps in. 
    You’ll brave the chilly temps for a brief moment from house to car to store and back, but you’ll be able to stroll in comfortable temperatures in a large space.  If you visit a non dog supply store, make sure you dog is well pottied before strolling.
    • Pack a cleanup kit for just in case: poo bags and some paper towels moistened with the enzyme cleaner you have at home (DIY doggy wet wipes!). Don’t forget some dry paper towels as well. Clean up, put everything back into the bag your brought it in and drop it into the nearest trash bin. 

  • Dress your pup for the elements.
    There are a multitude of different clothing items that will keep your dog warm and cozy this winter from boots, hats and full bodied coats. Some dogs may not need a coat (Blue & Axle) while others of the shorter hair variety would prefer a wam cozy jacket (Bender).  Blue being a no coat guy there aren’t any coats I can recommend at the moment!

    Load up on cozy dog beds and ample warm cozy blankets. Set them in warm areas, such as the couch and near heat registers (Bender’s favorite haha!). Encourage your pup to cozy up on a bed, on or under a blanket with you. Add a loved plush and ready up your favorite show. 

  • Boredom busters!
    Ok, boredom busters won’t make your dog comfy and cozy this winter, but they will help them from going completely bananas in your house while you attempt to stay cozy until the winter passes. 

    • Find the treats
      This can be as basic or challenging you want to make it. Hide treats and have your dog find them, hide them in Easter eggs and hide those, scatter around the room with your dog in the room or out of the room. Pair with the find it command. 
      – For Blue and I it goes like this: soft tasty treats broken into teenie tiny bits and tossed around the living room. Brown treats are the best as they tend to blend in to the rug, toys and his bed making Blue use his nose heavily to find where each teeenie morsel is. (We used popcorn originally but he can see the light color contrast so finding the pieces was rather easy for him haha!)

    • Which cup?
      Similar to find the treats, but only this time put a treat under one of two opaque cups. When your pup picks the right cup they get the treat. Up the ante by adding more cups. No cups around? Use bowels, boxes or anything else to cover the treats. 

    • Train a new trick!
      Your dog may already known sit, lay, stay but what about bow? Bow, high five, hug, shy (cover their eyes), spin, sit pretty, and kiss are great easy tricks you can teach your pup. Working together helps to strengthen your bond, plus the mental exercise will tire out your dog. 

    • Get your “XYZ”
      This is a fun one to teach your dog. Start with a couple of toys – ie bear, ball, lizard. Name one (say “lizard”) and hand it to your pup. Repeat a couple of times. Put the trio on the floor and say “lizard”. If you dog picks the lizard, huzzah! If not, repeat the name of the toy and try again. Once your dog gets one toy name down, add in another name until your dog can pick out each individual toy in his toy box by name. Remember, dogs can only see in blues, yellows, some brown tones, greys, blacks & whites, so telling them to find the “pink toy” may not work (unless pink toy means the shape toy that looks like star wand). 
    • Sniffy sniff!
      As easy as the spice rack in your cupboard. Break out a bunch of spices, tea, coffee or other aromatic items from your kitchen and let your dog sniff them (not lick or eat them though!). Sniffing is great mental exercise for dogs and when they can’t do it outdoors, the kitchen is a cozy place that also has loads of smells! You can also let them sniff through your groceries too! Be cautious of spicy spices – red pepper, cayenne, black pepper, etc – as they can irritate your dog’s nose!

Break out the blankets, take short walks and do the boredom busters this winter and you and your dog will stay nice and cozy this winter season!

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Snow day & dogs – Minne-SNOW-ta has arrived!

Indeed, Minne-SNOW-ta has finally arrived! To those not in our neck of the woods, we haven’t had a covering snow in a long long long time. In fact, Christmas day it rained. And was brown. With balmy mid 30s to 40s temps. 

For those of us living here, it was comfortable temp wise, though a little weird to not have a white Christmas. 

With the arrival of the snow on Monday, it meant the weekly adventure to Tri County Humane Society on Tuesday would sport a lovely, crisp white floordrop for each of the assorted dogs to pose within. (Oh you didn’t know I was volunteering there weekly? Yup! I started back in August!)

First up, the energetic, bouncy, LOVES everyone… Schnapps! He’s a cattle dog mix, a year and half old and started life as an outdoor farm dog. He and his buddy found it enjoyable to chase cattle and now they are looking for new homes to settle into. Want a bouncy (he can jump up to face height!) energetic, happy dog in your life? Opt for Schnapps!

Next up, a slightly naughty, energetic 6 month old puppy Buddy! He’s a German shepherd x husky mix and brimming with puppy energy. Its thought that he may have been under socialized as a younger puppy and may have a bit of reactivity towards other dogs. With slow, positive interactions with other dogs and the world this pup will blossom into a wonderful dog. While we hung out, I noticed a bit of alarm barking at various sounds – makes me think he’s a little over watchful (akin to the German shepherd perhaps?). Otherwise he’s a wonderful bouncy and sometimes naughty puppy! Also, did I mention how AWESOME his ears are???

Following was an energetic, compact lady lab Suzie! Classic to labs I meet she LOVED treats and had a whole bundle of excited energy. This girl needs a home that will help her continue to come out of her shell, expel that excited energy in games of fetch and loads of treats & snuggles. 

Last up, the brindle beauty Konky! This lovely lady has been at TCHS quite a while, so let’s aim to get her a new home! She knows how to sit, shake hands and throughly enjoys treats. Though… she’ll pull you like a freight train to get to different places while on a leash! Also… she’s crafty. She figured out how to open the sliding door at the back of her kennel to let herself outside in the back kennel area! Another quirk you will get with this lovely lady… she SCREAMS when she whines. No barks, just a very loud whine to let you know that she would rather be walking out the door with you than staying at TCHS. (Teaching a quiet or whisper would be ideal, perhaps she’s completely different in a home setting!) She would be a wonderful companion and she’s mega cute in her brindle paint job!

And then… my camera battery died. Which meant Spike (husky mix, he’s talker and quite friendly) and Kodi (big Pyrenees) weren’t able to have their pictures updated! (Also no assorted cats either, drat!) Hopefully they aren’t at TCHS next week, but if they are, BOTH of my batteries are fully charged!

Note: all of the adoptable dogs are on leash for safety. Leashes and eye boogies have been removed to focus on each of the dogs available for adoption. 

Looking to add a new dog or cat into your family? Stop in to Tri County Humane Society (Tuesdays I’m there in the morning, you might see me!) or peruse their website for the perfect addition to your family! Yes, adoptable dogs are adorable in the snow, but they’d be much more adorable in the snow in a yard of their own!

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Why do doodles have hairy faces?

What makes a doodle’s face so hairy? Furnishings!

And as for doodle, it is a blanket term for mixed breed dogs with a percentage of poodle ancestry from 50% to a slim less than 25%, pending generation. And yes doodle lovers, they are mixed breed as they don’t breed true – poodle x lab doesn’t always produce the same result!

The common doodles:

  • Labradoodle / poodle x lab
  • Goldendoodle / poodle x golden retriever
  • Cockapoo / poodle x cocker spaniel
  • Aussiepoo / poodle x Australian shepherd 
  • Bernadoodle / poodle x Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Cavapoo / poodle x Cavalier King Charles
  • Sheepadoodle / poodle x Old English Sheepdog
  • Yorkipoo / poodle x yorkie

Of course there are variables of nearly every dog breed crossed with poodles to create “hypoallergenic” dogs. (Hypoallergenic dogs is a whole other conversation!)

Now what does the poodle aspect of doodles lend to appearance? Furnishings!

Furnishings are the extra long hair that can be found in eyebrows, mustaches and beards of various dog breeds, poodles included. The gene that causes them, RSPO2, is a dominant gene. Which means any parent dog with furnishings will automatically pass the furnishings gene down to its offspring. Thus, any dog with poodle ancestry will always have furnishings. 

Are poodles the only dogs that have furnishings? Nope! These breeds all carry the furnishings gene:

  • Airedale Terrier
  • Australian Terrier
  • Bearded Collie
  • Bichon Frise
  • Black Russian Terrier
  • Border Terrier
  • Bouvier Des Flandres
  • Briard
  • Brussels Griffon
  • Cairn Terrier
  • Chinese Crested
  • Dachshund (Wire-haired)
  • Dandie Dinmont Terrier
  • Fox Terrier (Wire-haired)
  • German Wirehaired Pointer
  • Glen of Imaal Terrier
  • Havanese
  • Irish Terrier
  • Irish Wolfhound
  • Jack Russell Terrier (and related breeds)
  • Kerry Blue Terrier
  • Lhasa Apso
  • Maltese
  • Norfolk Terrier
  • Old English Sheepdog
  • Petit Basset Griffon Vendeen
  • Portuguese Water Dog
  • Schnauzer (all varieties)
  • Scottish Deerhound
  • Shih Tzu
  • Silky Terrier
  • Skye Terrier
  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier
  • Spinone Italiano
  • Welsh Terrier
  • West Highland White Terrier
  • Wirehaired Pointing Griffon
  • Yorkshire Terrier,

The above isn’t a complete list, merely more commonly owned dog breeds that have furnishings. 

Where in the domestication history did wire hair, curly hair and furnishings begin?

Not from aliens but more likely from a mutation in a dog’s genes that created the eyebrow hair, mustaches and wiry coat. And with a dominant gene, you only need one copy for the offspring to have the attributes. Original dog ancestors and ancestor wolves carried a double coat, with variation in thickness due to geographically location – thicker the farther into the Arctic they moved and smoother and thinner the more seasonal the temperatures.

To get from the double coat to a wiry coat is a genetic mutation. These frequently show up when inbreeding occurs. Mom & son, dad & daughter, siblings, grandparents, dogs don’t keep track of how they’re related to one another. Female in heat? Every male in the area is going to take advantage of spreading his genetic code. Inbreeding occurs.  From this, variations in coat length and texture started to occur.  (Did you know that short hair is dominant over long hair in dogs?)

And not only did dogs not keep track of who was related to who, humans too didn’t take that into account until they moved away from their nomadic ways. Even then, only the upper crust of nobility could have the best dogs of a type being bred with another best dog of the same or similar type. Ancient farm dogs, town dogs and hunting dogs would have been less regulated, excepting when one farmer to another proposed a union of a good herder with a good watchdog, coat & color aside. 

  • Ancient Egyptians had two different types of domesticated canines: iwiw for “barking dog” and tesem for “barkless dog,” or hunting hounds. Within those two types there were roughly 7 different kinds of dogs noted in various hieroglyphs. Many are shown with upright ears, narrow noses & thin curled tails or as hound types with drop ears and feathering on their tails. [3100 BC – 332 BC.]
  • The Greeks had 4 types of dogs: The Laconian (greyhound type) and Molossian (mastiff type) the Cretan (hunting dog, perhaps a mix of Laconian & Molassian). and the Melitan from Malta (Small lap dog with long hair type – Maltese!) [Ancient Greece 700 – 480 BC. ]
  • The Romans had 5 different types of dog: watchdoghuntingluxury(peace), fighting and herding.  [From 625 BC to 476 AD, in 3 separate ages]
  • A Celtic hound called a Vertragus (deerhound or greyhound type?). Known to be fast & a skillful hunter. [Celtic age was 600 BC to 43 AD.]

After the fall of Rome, developing different types and breeds of dogs continued. Greyhound types and mastiffs were still common, as were the hounds and hunting type dogs in various sizes and abilities (some smaller & slower, others larger & faster) and lap dogs, the smaller the cuter, living lux lives with royal ladies. Small stocky working man’s type dogs became turnspit dogs – they would run in a caged wheel that would turn the spit for evenly roasting a hunk of meat.

As time moved from the Middle Ages into the Renaissance even more types and breeds of dogs came into being (Alaunt, basset, beagle, harrier, Irish wolfhound, Levrier / greyhound, Lymer / Bloodhound, spaniels, Barbet, and terriers.)

History moved forward and created more specialized dogs for more specialized jobs, especially for hunting. Early 19th century (1800s) began the start of dog shows in England, with hounds being the first dogs shown and pugs in 1850 (though it turned into more of a social event than show). The first recognized dog show was in June of 1859 featuring pointers & setters with the first American dog show arriving in 1874, also featuring pointers & setters. In 1877 the first Westminster show was held, though it was originally called “The First Annual N.Y. Bench Show.” By 1884 a group of gentlemen fanciers created a national organization to rule the sport of dog shows – this group would become the American Kennel Club. 

The Victorians adopted dog shows with great vigor after the first show in 1877, men & women alike. A large percentage of the dog breeds we know today were “tightened up” in the late 1800s and early 1900s and fashioned into many modern breeds. Extensive rebuilding of breeds had to occur after each of the World Wars, formally landing us to the dog breeds of our modern age. Whew!

Ok, a bit of a ramble, but man do I love history!

Back to furnishings! Where might they have come from aside from a random perchance?

  • Greyhound type – nope unless deerhound & wolfhound are considered part of the type, then yes
  • Mastiffs – nope
  • Maltese – YES!

How about some other very old, if not ancient breeds? (Hint, these dogs all have furnishings!)

  • Tibetan Terrier – roughly 2,000 years old
  • Irish Wolfhound – 1,000+ years old
  • Barbet – descended from the ancient canis aquaticus, progenitor of the poodle & many pointing breeds
  • Pyrenean Sheepdog – centuries old if not the oldest French sheepdogs – YES to both versions! 
  • Picard – known since the Middle Ages, widespread in northern France
  • Catalan Sheepdog – possibly migrated with cowherders into Spain 
  • Bergamasco – roughly 2,000 years old – technically it has furnishings, though the coat is corded like the Komondor (1,000+ years old)
  •  Bearded Collie – popular in Scotland by the time of the Roman invasion
  • Old English Sheepdog – rather old…
  • Schnauzer – originates from medieval Biberhund & two old & wide spread indigenous types of dogs – rough haired companions of waggoners & ratters
  • Wiredhaired Fox Terrier – earlier than 55 B.C (modern breed has been improved on)
  • Otterhound – first known in 1212
  • Irish Terrier – approx 2,000 years old
  • Italian Hound rough haired variation – ancient, cross of Egyptian racing hound & Roman molossus, it’s golden age occurred during the Renaissance period
  • Griffon Fauve De Breyagne – known in the Middle Ages
  • Spinone Italiano – known since the 15th century
  • Bolognese – known since the 13th century
  • Bichon Frise – developed in the 15th century
  • Shih-tzu – dating from the 6th century
  • Deerhound – oldest breed of the British Isles, earliest notation is 9th century
  • Spanish Greyhound, wire hair variation – ancient lineage
  • Soft Coated Wheaten Terrier – believed to be the oldest terrier breed in Ireland

And how many of those breeds do you know? All of them? Hahaha! Thank you dog breed books (Guide to the Dogs of the World 1983 & Simon & Schuster’s Guide to Dogs 1980) for all of those furnished breeds, known & obscure! (Did you know I borrow & read dog breed books from the library when I was in grade school? True fact!)

The genetics of furnishings!

As a rule, a dog with furnishings will always pass the furnishings down to its offspring, regardless if the other parent is furnished or not.  Pretty straight forward until we get into multiple generations with non furnished parents. 
To explain we’ll use a poodle and a lab. The poodle is F/F (which means furnished), while the lab is “improper coat” – for simplicity we will use N/N as none. 
Poodle x Lab = 3 puppies! Yay!
Each puppy is F/N which means each puppy is furnished! This will continue as long as the lab & the poodle produce puppies. 
One of those doodle (F/N) puppies is bred to another poodle (F/F).
The puppies will be furnished either F/N or F/F.
A different doodle puppy (F/N) is bred to a lab (N/N).
Up to 50% of the puppies with be unfurnished! You can get F/N & N/N puppies!
Doodle puppy #3 (F/N) is bred to a different doodle (F/N)
Up to 25% of the puppies will be unfurnished! You can get F/F, F/N & N/N puppies!
Due to the variable of doodle x doodle potentially producing up to 3 different varieties pending parents each litter means that they don’t breed true. Which means they aren’t considered a breed. 
And… the Foundation Stock Service (FSS) created by the AKC to allow aspiring AKC breeds to maintain a studbook and compete in events such as agility, obedience, rally & tracking, states that to protect breeds that are already AKC recognized, they do not accept any dogs that result from crossing two AKC registrable breeds.
Which means doodles of all types are out. The poodle, in all 3 sizes, was recognized in 1887 by the AKC. The Labrador in 1917, Golden Retriever in 1925, Bernese Mountain Dog in 1937, Australian Shepherd in 1991 and so on and so forth for each dog that is combined with a poodle to create a doodle type dog. 
Sorry doodles,  you’re just mixed pups with teddy bear looks!

A long read for sure, but now you know why doodles have hairy faces!

Oh and if you were curious:

  • curly hair is dominate, straight hair recessive 
  • short hair is dominate, long hair recessive

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Fresh air has nothing to do with how to do Easter pictures of your puppy!

WHEW! That’s a doozy of a title! But it is true… fresh air has nothing to do with how to do Easter pictures of your puppy! (We’ll get to those briefly!)

As we travel throughout the weeks of the blog ring, we sometimes land on interpret as you will type themes. Fresh air is one of those.

For those who live in Minnesota, our fresh air for the past half a year has been freeze your face off and make your nose runny as you marvel at all of the snow we’ve gotten (a record year, I think we’re landing about the 3rd snowiest on record…) and do your best not to turn into a comic as you encounter ice & slush. Which means many of us have avoided fresh air as we’ve kept to our cozy interiors. I know Blue and I have. 

Oh my, did you know it was spring? And do you know what Minnesota is often called? Minne-SNOW-ta! In fact we got a few inches the evening and into the morning of April 1st. Good joke Mother Nature! Move forward a couple days and there was more impending snow / rain / sleet / freezing rain (pending on where you live in the state) so Blue and I headed out to the river for some fresh air before the mess hit.

I forget how pretty the banks of the Mississippi River are during the winter. The wind was brisk, but tromping through semi supportive snow and getting dragged about by Blue had me rather warm. We paused at a few pretty spots (Blue was leashed the whole time, we need to work on his photography skills outdoors…) then took some time to gawk at the geese and ducks on the open water. Blue couldn’t quite decide if he could figure out what the floaty noisy things were. The geese seemed to question us too, it seemed they thought the human form should have snacks, but the 4 legged form was most likely predatory and swam towards us and slightly away to return towards us. 

The fresh air did wonders for Blue and he snoozed into the afternoon. 

How to take Easter pictures of your puppy!

Indeed this is a two part blog! This weekend hosts Easter on Sunday. So Blue and I thought up some tips for you to get adorable Easter images of your pup!

  • Start with patience.
    Bunny ears and Easter things are new and novel, especially for puppies. Let them sniff the props you want to use and remind them not to eat them.
  • Request a sit & place the bunny ears.
    Place the ears on your puppy, followed by “leave it”. Don’t worry if they brush the ears off and attempt to eat them, these are a mega weird thing to them. Remove the ears, get your puppy settled into a calm sit and replace the ears. Use “leave it”. Repeat until your pup doesn’t bother with the ears.
  •  Enter the props.
    Same as the ears, use “leave it” for the prop. Remove if it becomes too much of a toy, the retry. Repeat until your dog doesn’t pay much mind to the prop. As for props, there are loads of things that can be used – carrots, bunnies, lambs, pastel colored things and flowers all could help convey spring & Easter time. When picking props, I recommend thinking like your puppy is a baby or a toddler – things will go in their mouth! Plush props are great as they won’t break if chomped on. Metal & wood items can handle chomps as well. Or just opt for dog and puppy toys that will handle teeth, chomps and play!
    Blue says loads of treats will help your pup focus on you and realize that leaving the ears & Easter props alone equals loads of treats. 

Once you’ve gotten your pup comfortable with bunny ears on their head, THEN add in the camera.

You may only get a couple of seconds for each image before the ears are dismounted, but remember to be patient. The more you practice having the weird ears (this works for Christmas antlers & decorative headbands for other seasons too!) on their head, the less likely your pup with try to swipe them off. 

If your pup is too nervous for the bunny ears, don’t push it! You want this experience to be fun. You can use the bunny ears as a prop next to your pup or opt to not even have them (you can wear them instead!). Pick a different prop that is less intrusive but still conveys Easter / spring and see it it works. If it doesn’t, take a break, go for a walk or have a batch of play and revisit later. Always remember to make pictures fun, especially when props are involved. 

Blue is nearly a pro as we’ve been doing props since he was a teenie pup and he’s now 9 months old. It takes a couple of “leave it / leave” instructions to refresh him, loads of treats, sometimes a soda can (he’s a weirdo) and he’ll pose like a pro model. 

And if you want to get pictures of your pup holding flowers, you can work on a “hold” command or… let your pup chew on the flowers as you get their attention. Can you tell he’s chomping on the stem of the tulips? Haha!

For those who want the tech details for the “shitty weather studio Easter pictures”:

  • Interfit S1 monolight at 4.0 power + front baffle, placed at photographer’s left. 
  • Neewer TT560 Speedlight at 2nd to lowest power (1/64th?), no modifier, placed at right on loveseat or floor
  • Nikon Z9 + Tamron 35-150mm f2.8-4 / most images at 35mm
  • ISO 100 + 1/200th shutter

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