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Category : Pet Advice

15 Mar 2019

Do Yappy Hours Need to Be Awful?

Yappy Hours are often promoted as a great advertising tool for up-and-coming pet photographers. Community liaisons and community members clearly seem to be fans – they are everywhere after all. But are they a good deal for pet photographers, dog owners and event hosts? In all honesty, most Yappy Hours are a massive failure. But they don’t have to be. Keep reading if you’d like to learn why these dog friendly events are usually a huge failure, common pitfalls to […]

10 Mar 2019
Is alcohol safe for dogs? Please don't get your dog drunk.

Is it Safe to Give Alcohol to Dogs?

Why is it dangerous for dogs to consume alcohol? Consuming even a small amount of alcohol can be dangerous for a dog. A dog’s kidneys and liver were never intended to filter or process the alcohol content of beer, wine, or any other alcoholic drink. Which shouldn’t be all that surprising, as the ability to metabolize alcohol, much like the ability to metabolize milk fat sugars (lactose), is actually a relatively recent mutation in humans. Please note that we are […]

09 Mar 2019
A photo of a St. Patrick's Day dog costume. Bully puppy photo of a cute American Pit Bull dog celebrating St. Paddy's Day wearing a green derby / bowler cap and green dog collar in celebration of Ireland.

Dog Lover’s Guide to St. Paddy’s Day 2019

Written by J.B. Shepard, a dog advocate and founder of the Puptrait Studio. Sláinte! It’s March and you know what that means – St. Patrick’s Day is just around the corner! St. Patrick’s Day is celebrated annually on March 17th. In 2019 the date falls on a Sunday. This is the last year until 2024 that St. Patrick’s day will be officially observed on a weekend date. What is St. Patrick’s Day? Saint Patrick’s Day, also colloquially known as St. […]

25 Feb 2019

How Much Does Pet Photography Cost?

Dog photography costs vary. Professional pet portrait prices can range anywhere from $500 to $5,000 per dog. Most amateur and student photographers charge much less, often charging as little as $250 to $500 per session.

19 Feb 2019
a portrait of a fawn boxer wearing a paper crown taken with a dslr

30 Questions to Ask Before Hiring a Dog Photographer

For most dog lovers, our dogs are our favorite kids. While the rest of your pack might sit for school photos every year or the occasional selfie with friends, our dogs tend to get neglected. Not because we don’t love them, but because taking a decent photo of a dog can be tricky – even for experienced photographers. Great pet photography can be expensive and unfortunately the time we have to share with our beloved pets is often all too […]

15 Feb 2019
ready to hang dog art mounted on dibond

Styles of Dog Portraits

Written by J.B. Shepard, a professional pet photographer and founder of the Puptrait Studio. What is the best pet portrait? Ask a dozen dog owners their favorite style of dog portrait and you’re likely to get a dozen different answers back. Pet portraits can be created in a variety of different formats and mediums. Dog portraits can be painted, drawn, photographed – even created as rendered computer graphics (CG). Just as the medium for pet portraits vary, so too can […]

06 Feb 2019
One of the Breath of the Wild's many friendly dogs.

How to Tame Dogs in Breath of the Wild

If you’re anything like me (a huge video game nerd and a professional pet photographer), you were probably pretty excited to discover interactive dogs in the latest Zelda installment, Breath of the Wild (BOTW). This isn’t the first time that dogs appeared in the Zelda franchise, but the level of interactivity and shear whimsicalness of the canine edition to the game is arguably unprecedented. Unlike in a lot of other video games, the dogs in BOTW aren’t forced into the […]

25 Jan 2019
dog agility course portrait with a fox hound on a farm

How to Safely Exercise Your Dog or Puppy

Did you know that exercise is a critical factor that influences your pet’s health? Puppies, seniors, and adult dogs of all ages require safe daily exercise. But the exercise needs of each animal vary based on numerous factors, including age, size, breed, and weight. So, exactly how much exercise does a puppy need? What about a full-grown dog? When exercising your dog, you need to make sure that you are doing so in a safe manner. Some activities that are […]

29 May 2018
a photo of a Great Dane Puppy being help by a lady in a tshirt

The Best (And Safest) Way To Introduce A New Dog To A Cat House

In many households, cats and dogs live peacefully with one another. In fact, they often become best friends. While some introductions are great from the start, others take time before Fluffy and Fido realize they’ve each gained a new best friend. There are a few steps you’ll want to take to help ensure all goes well. If you’ve decided to make your home one that includes canine and feline family members, here is the best and safest way to introduce […]

12 Apr 2018
A large black dane dog laying on a couch

Dog Crate Buying Guide: 2019 Edition

Dog Crates Are An Important & Popular Tool While not everyone may be a fan of dog crates, it’s impossible to deny their popularity and with good reason! Dog crates come in a wide variety of styles offering different features and serving different functions, all designed to make your dogs life a little easier, safer and comfortable – serving as your dog’s bedroom, favorite hangout spot and personal refuge. Introducing Your Dog to Its New Crate A dog’s crate should […]