Photogenic dogs and the added benefit of a good “Stay”

Buster

Teaching a good “Stay” for your dog(s) has infinite and far-reaching benefits.  Whether it’s waiting to go out the door, using good manners before accepting food or staying put incase of emergency, a dog’s ability to stay on command can be a life saver. And yet, there’s one other lesser known yet equally fabulous benefit of a good stay: Photo ops!

Buster Brown, our youngest–who we refer to as our “box baby,” meaning he was found in a box outside a storage unit at 3 months old during a bitter cold January in Michigan–has two truly outstanding qualities that are often overlooked with your average dog:  1) He is a highly photogenic creature, and 2) he has a rock-solid “stay.” (Okay, maybe it’s more of a malleable rock “stay” like clay or sandstone?)

Whether we’re just out having a good time, or I’m in need of a specific type of photo and need to purposefully pose a dog in a particular context, Buster’s “stay”–stand-stay, sit-stay, down-stay, smile-stay–is always there for me.  Here are a handful of his great “Stay” moments that have served me well via the camera lens.  And all of which totally compensate for his tendency to weave back and forth and behind me on walks, along with his occasionally infuriating leash reactivity.

A contemplative moment

A contemplative moment

An outdoorsy moment

An outdoorsy moment

An academic moment

An academic moment

A magestic moment

A magestic moment

An inappropriate moment

An inappropriate moment

An adorable moment . . . okay technically this is a "Stay" combined with a "Place it" command, which still counts

An adorable moment . . . okay technically this is a “Stay” combined with a “Place it” command, which still counts

A Family Photo moment

A Family Photo moment

A tailgate moment featuring the Best Friends logo and bumper stickers (Yes, I actually took Buster out to the garage, popped open my hatchback, and put Buster in a down-stay for one specific photo)

A tailgate moment featuring the Best Friends logo and bumper stickers (Yes, I actually took Buster out to the garage, popped open my hatchback, and put Buster in a down-stay for one specific photo)

Smile Stay! Yes, believe it or not, this is actually a stay. I just timed the camera right to make sure I caught the smile.

Smile Stay! Yes, believe it or not, this is actually a stay. I just timed the camera right to make sure I caught the smile.

Long story, short:  If you want some really great photos, work on the “stay.”  Posed or candid, it will serve you well.

About emily douglas

Emily Douglas authors The Unexamined Dog blog and writes regularly about "pit bull" advocacy, humane education and the parallels between the education field and the dog world. Emily and her dog, Peaches volunteer as a registered therapy dog team in the Southeast Michigan area, where their visits are affectionately known as Peach Therapy.
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3 Responses to Photogenic dogs and the added benefit of a good “Stay”

  1. Those are some beautiful photos, as well as creative. Now you have given me some ideas. 🙂 I especially love the ‘outdoorsy one’, that tree is truly magnificent. Of course Buster Brown standing in front of it also looks magnificent…

  2. Heidi says:

    The contemplative moment: “Hmmm, I wonder if there’s anything good in that cup.”

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