1. Be Patient
The first step is the most important, and you probably already know it... put yourself into your doggies mindset and be PATIENT! You have to understand that they have no idea what a camera is, or what a picture is, or even what you're trying to achieve when you present your pet with a camera.
In fact, the lens of a DSLR camera can actually be scary to a dog because it looks like a big eye staring directly at your dog's face, which can be seen as a challenge in the animal world. So maybe if patience isn’t your strongest point, then you can always get pictures of your dog doing doggy things! It’s how I started out.
2. Take Five!
It's equally important to know when to stop and take a break for a little bit during your photoshoot. For me, this could literally be the first minutes into the shoot.
Dogs have ways of telling us "not right now please, I don't feel comfortable" and these are easy signs to recognise as an owner. So be vigilant because the more relaxed and happy your dog is, the better the pictures will be.
Two things I will always do at the start of a dog photography shoot is to firstly… do nothing. I let every dog get comfortable around me, the environment, and my cameras, and secondly, I let them play and explore a bit. Dogs love being out and about, so letting them explore is a good way to get them settled later for some pictures.