Be Sensitive to Senior Dogs' Needs when Taking Photographs

Before you know it, little Victor’s muzzle will start to go white, and eventually, you’ll notice how he takes his sweet time going up and down the stairs that he used to bound off of. Senior dogs have a special place in your heart; their soulful eyes and wise demeanors only come with age, so be sure to capture those golden years before they slip away.

When photographing senior dogs, bear in mind that they may have some special needs or limitations that you need to be aware of:

  • If the dog has arthritis, repeated sitting may be too painful for him, so let him stand instead.

  • If he’s hard of hearing, calling his name or using a squeaker to get his attention obviously won’t work. Try working with his sense of smell instead by putting a treat near his nose and slowly pulling it away in the direction you need his head to turn.

    If he’s been deaf for a while, he may also respond to vibrations on the floor. Use your foot to tap on the floor in the direction you need his attention.

  • If he has cataracts and can’t see very well, be cautious about where you place him. For example, he may not necessarily realize that when you picked him up you placed him on a sofa that’s 2 feet off the ground.

  • Just as you should take lots of breaks with a puppy, you also want to take frequent breaks when working with senior dogs.

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