Keeping your Dog Safe

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Dog safety

April is National Pet Safety awareness month so what better time to talk about your dogs safety during the photo session.

Let’s talk Safety

The first step toward safety is discussing it. When booking your session, we will schedule a consultation at which time I will asking many questions about your dog(s) in order to get to know them better and their temperment and needs for the session. These questions will help guide me to find the perfect location for you and your dog in order to keep him safe. How does this help? If the dog is afraid of other dogs or gets distracted easily, we will discuss locations where there would be less dogs and less distractions. This is designed to be a great session for you and your dog to enjoy each others company and I want to take any stress you and/or your dog may have out of the equation.

Session Safety

I know you have seen lots of my images of dogs without a leash. You are probably thinking, well my dog can’t be off a leash, that wouldn’t be safe. I have a little secret to share. All of my dogs are on leash. I can remove the leash during the editing process on the images you choose for your artwork. The only way to ensure the safety of your pet is to keep a leash on him. I may have you hold the leash in a certain way to ensure that it can be edited.

If you want a running image- I will have a 10′ or 30′ leash available so the dog has some space to run.

General Pet Safety

Since this is national Pet safety awareness month, I thought it would be helpful to provide some basic tips, to be prepared in case you have an injured or sick pet.

  • Keep phone numbers available for the veterinarian, emergency animal hospital
  • keep a pet emergency kit (include gauze, adhesive tape, hydrogen peroxide available)
  • Keep a muzzle available or make one out of gauze, or towels. remember that when a pet is injured and in pain he might bite out of instinct.
  • Download a Free Pet First Aid App from the American Red Cross. This may be beneficial in an emergency


It’s an International circle!

Join the fun! This group of International Professional Pet Photographers bring you information on our weekly topics. While we focus on one broad subject, we may each have a different spin on it or provide you with additional information from our world of pet photography. Follow the next link to view how the next amazing photographer tackles this weeks challenge.  Follow each link at the end of each blog until you return to me. Then you have successfully completed our blog circle. Enjoy!

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Award winning Wyoming photographer Erin Schwartzkopf of Erin Kathleen Photography sets your mind at ease by explaining how she makes your pet’s safety a priority and still captures beautiful images for your home.




Come and find your Best Friend!

Second Chance has a unique program near Syracuse N.Y. where inmates train the rescued dogs. This program gives both the dogs and the inmates a second chance in life.  Appointments currently required related to Covid-19 protocols.

Meet Wynnie!

Wynnie is the sweetest little girl. She would love a home with another dog to bond with. She is good with kids and just likes being by your side.

Please contact Friends of Second Chance.

Friends of Second Chance Canine Adoption Shelter
6660 E. Seneca Turnpike
Jamesville, NY 13078
315-435-5584

https://www.jamesvillesecondchance.com/


Capture your journey with your pet. Nancy Kieffer is a Certified Professional Pet, Equine and Nature Photographer Through Professional Photographers of America (PPA). Nancy serves Central New York, the Adirondacks and Beyond.  Capture how you share your life with your pet! It may be a vacation adventure or curled up on the couch with you. Travel assignments welcomed.

2 Comments

  1. Tracy Allard on May 11, 2022 at 6:12 pm

    Love the bonus tips to help keep your own pups safe even when at home (and fingers crossed for Winnie to find her forever home!!!)



  2. Cahlean on April 29, 2022 at 8:09 am

    Great tips on keeping your dog safe even beyond a session!