How to Get the Perfect Photo of Your Dog 

June 8, 2018 ​​

 Whether you’re taking family photos, engagement or wedding photos, or just trying to snap a quick picture at the dog park, keeping your dog’s attention for a photo isn’t always easy. They often look away the second you lift your camera or they just won’t sit still. We all know the struggle, you have a photo stream full of photos but not one where they’re actually looking or in focus. So what is a dog parent to do? Luckily, we have some tips to help you get that perfect photo of your pup so you can capture all of your memories from now on.
Take Photos After a Long Walk or After Giving your Dog Exercise
Dogs often get distracted easily, especially if they’re in a new location. Hello, it’s adventure time not photo time! There are a lot of new smells and sounds to explore making them much more excited and well, less likely to listen at times. Because of this, you might want to take your dog on a long walk around the area prior to taking photos. Not only will this allow them to explore these new smells and sounds, but it will also get all their pent up energy out. Both of which mean a more well behaved dog when it comes time for pictures! This is especially important if you’re planning a more elaborate session like family or engagement photos.


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Make Sure They Have Someone to Focus on
One reason your dog looks away during pictures is because your face (or someone else’s) is behind the camera so your dog can’t make eye contact. To counter this, make your dog can see your face or have someone stand behind whoever is taking the photo. This will give the dog someone to focus on so they’re less likely to get distracted and look away!



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Use Props and Treats to Your Advantage
If you don’t have someone to stand behind you or the photographer, a squeaky toy or treat is definitely the next step. Place it right above the camera so your dog is looking almost directly at the camera. Squeak the toy to get their attention (or that adorable head tilt). While we don’t suggest giving your dog a Thanksgiving feast of treats for taking photos, a couple certainly won’t hurt to get the perfect shot.


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Take Photos in Burst or Live Mode
If you have a high-energy pup then burst or live mode will be your best friend when taking photos on your phone. Even with a tired dog or using the tricks above, getting the perfect photo to post on your Global Dog account can be tough. With burst mode, you will be able to take a bunch of photos all at once, similar to how sports photography is taken. Then, you can go back through and find the best option and delete the others. Using live mode is another option for active pups. This allows the image to be taken as a video and then you can select frames you would like to turn into images.

No matter what the occasion is we hope these tips help you get the best pictures you can! Have fun and be sure to share your pictures on our app!

How To Keep Your Dog Safe During Summer Holidays ​​

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June 1, 2018

While most of us look forward to holiday weekends, the truth is, they can be a little stressful for our dogs sometimes. From traveling to new places to summer fireworks displays, there are a lot of unexpected surprises your dog may not be a fan of meaning it’s important to be prepared for each scenario. Don’t worry though, today we’re dishing up some advice to keep your pup safe and enjoying life during the summer holidays and beyond.

Make Sure You Pack the Essentials
You have a checklist for your own packing essentials, your dog should too! Along with the usual food and water, bowls, bed, and toys, you’ll want to make sure you have the following to keep your best friend safe during all your fun weekend getaways this summer:

Vaccination records: In case of emergency, you want to make sure you always have these with you. You’ll definitely need this information if you need to make an emergency vet visit or if you plan to board your dog at any point along your trip so it’s a good idea to keep it on hand.

First aid kit: While we always hope that nobody gets hurt on trips, it’s better safe than sorry! You can find a variety of first aid kits for your dog at pet stores or you can put one together yourself. We suggest packing tweezers for ticks, styptic powder to stop bleeding, eye wash to flush wounds, gauze bandages, adhesive tape, scissors and antiseptic moist wipes.

Car safety restraints: You’re not the only one that should be buckling up! If you’re traveling by car with your dog, you want to make sure you have them safely secured in case of an accident. There are plenty of options to choose from to keep your pup safe on the road. Here are some tips to choosing the right one for your pup.

Extra water: You can never have enough! In the summer, it’s always a good idea to have plenty of extra water. It can get hot so you want to make sure your pup stays hydrated and cool!

​Keep them Calm During Fireworks

With the summer months and summer holidays inevitably comes fireworks, which a lot of our furry friends aren’t fond of. If you know a fireworks display is planned in your area, you may want to take the following precautions:
Keep them inside with windows and doors closed. Dogs often bolt off when they are scared by loud noises like fireworks, which can also disorient them preventing them from getting back home. If you’re vacationing this can be exceptionally difficult since your dog won’t know the area well. It’s always better to be safe and keep them securely inside.
Consider leaving a sound machine, music or the TV on for them. Try to drown out some of that noise with a sound machine, music or the TV for background noise. This will hopefully help keep their nerves a little more calm with more familiar noises.
Try a Thundershirt. Products like a Thundershirt can help ease your dog’s anxiety by essentially swaddling them like a baby to keep them calm. The key to using one is to have your dog also wear the Thundershirt even in non-stressful situations so they don’t associate the shirt with stress.
No matter where you go or how you celebrate the holidays this summer, make sure you take the necessary precautions to keep your best friend safe all summer long. Have more tips? Share them on our app!

5 Fun Things to Do With Your Dog This Summer Blog

 Summer is just around the corner, yes really, and we cannot wait! Sunshine, more time outside, and (our favorite part) adventures with our furry best friends. Life doesn’t get much better than that, right? This year, we want to help you make the most of the season by highlighting some fun activities you can do with your dog. We’re pretty sure they’re going to enjoy this list as much as you will too.

Dog Meetups
One of our favorite things to do is check out local dog meetups. You can find events across the country and for every kind of breed too. Not only will your dog enjoy making new friends, but it can also be a great way to meet other people who are like-minded. Think about it, you can already agree that you all love dogs! We suggest looking out for local listings online or for signs at your local dog parks.

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May 13, 2018

 Make a Cool Treat
You’re not the only one who enjoys cool treats in the summer. While ice cream may be a summer favorite for us, a lot of human treats are not suggested for our pets. If you’d like to make an adventure out of it, we suggest doing some research to see if any restaurants offer pet-friendly treats locally. There are also several chain restaurants that have expanded their menus with dog friendly treats. If you’d prefer to relax at home instead, you can easily mix up some cool treats on your own as well. Consider making one of these homemade recipes suggested by Rover.
 Take a Hike or Go Camping
Not only will you benefit from some fresh air, but we know your pup will enjoy the adventure as well. Just think of all of the new scents they will enjoy exploring! Whether you decide on an overnight trip or day hike, be sure to consider the temperatures and activity level of your dog before heading out.

No matter what you decide, make sure to take precautions to make sure your dog stays safe in the summer heat. What are your favorite activities to do with your dog in the summer? Be sure to share with your photos and ideas on the Global Dog app!
Take a Class Together
Take advantage of some of your free time and sign up for a class with your pup. This could be an obedience class, socialization class, or even dog yoga (yes, it’s really a thing). The summer is perfect to dedicate time to training your dog or just to spend some quality time together solidifying your bond ever more.

Dog-Friendly Beaches
The beach offers so many opportunities to enjoy with your dog. Walking on the beach, canoeing or kayaking, swimming or even stand up paddleboarding. No matter the activity you decide, the beach offers a brand new location for your dog to explore. Of course, be mindful of what your pet is comfortable with and make sure you follow the rules for each beach to keep your pup and others safe. Consider checking online to find state parks that are pet-friendly or by using other helpful resources.
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