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Saturday, July 11, 2009

My Photo Session

Tail wags, all! Stormy here with today's post. As many of you know, Mom recently got a new camera (thanks, Dad!) and you could safely assume that we in the Ao4 are her favorite subjects. What you also may remember is that I've taught on-line classes about Cooperating for Photos. You'd think our very own mom would remember, wouldn't you?

She took me out for a photo shoot the other day and asked me to look at the camera.


I didn't feel like it. Hey, there are several bags of Happy Hearts Cookies in the freezer. It would have gone much more smoothly if she had thought to line her pockets with some of those!

Then she thought it would help if Dave came out with us. I can only hear certain pitches, and certainly not the ones she was using to try to get my attention (or could I?...), so she thought I could take a cue from Dave. Let's see how that whole "sit and look at the camera" thing went:

Stormy, Mom wants us to sit and look at the camera. Hi, Mom.

Yeah. Well, I certainly picked up on what Mom was asking for by watching Dave, but I didn't WANT to sit and look at the camera... so I shot Mom a "look". Ha roo roo roo. I've done that before; you'd think she'd have learned her lesson.

I sent her a mind-meld message reminding her about her "get them doing something they like" methodology, and she proposed we do a little walking!

This is more like it!

Going on a walk beats sitting and posing ANY day of the week.

Mom was much happier with these pix and so was I!

Have a great day, everypup and everycat, and remember -- it's up to you to train your biped! Be firm but gentle with them, and stay consistent. They'll come around to your way of doing things eventually.

Tail wags,


  1. Oh ya walks are much better than poses. Have a great weekend...

    Big Sloppy kisses
    Gus, Louie and Callie

  2. You definitely look more expressive while on your walks hehe! Good lesson for the humans, like you say! Woof!
    Hugs xo

  3. We agree - the best pics are those where you are out and about enjoying yourself.
    Too much posing if your ask us!
    Martha & Bailey xxx

  4. I've trained mine to understand she does NOT need one of THOSE flashiebeasties!

    I'm sorry woo didn't get to your dad in time!

    Great work as usual!


  5. I asked Mom about the Husky article she was reading and she said it was called "Husky-A Free Spirit". So I guess that is you guys, huh? Sort of I'll do what I want when I want to kind of philosophy? I may not be able to change to a Husky, but I can certainly work on my free spiritedness, and I WILL!


  6. I think those are great pictures!


    PS. My mom is also impressed by how lovely and white your leg and face fur is.

  7. Hi, Storms!
    I agree with you. Walkies are much better than posing for pictures!
    but I love to see your pictures too!
    Kisses and hugs

  8. Wow, you walk so well on a leash... My momster wants me to learn from you but I am trying to train HER not to pull on the leash!

  9. Another great lesson. I tried some out on my walk today, I will post my efforts tomorrow. I think I more a dog after Dave's heart though.
    ~lickies, Ludo

  10. YESSSSSS!!!!!
    We think that your shot while are walking with mom is the best!!!
    sure have a wonderful walk is better than posing for pictures!!!!
    And thanks for sharing with us your great lesson for the humans!!!!
    Stormyyyyyyyyyyy.....you're the best!!!!
    and we think you and Dave are gorgeous!!!!
    Have a wonderful weekend dear friends!!!!
    We love youuuuuuuuuuuu!!!!
    Sweet kisses and licks!!!!

  11. Hmmmm.... cooperate and get treats for being good or don't cooperate and possibly get more treats as a bribe.

    Sorry, it's in our nature to take the first option.

    Princess Eva

  12. yes you need to be firm but fair and they eventually listen very well

    Woodrow, Sweetie & MJ

  13. You are so smart Stormy! We have been working on training our humans for a long time, and it really does work the majority of the time!!

    You look beautiful!


  14. We think we need a professional trainer for Jan. She's a slaw learner.

  15. Stormy, you are such a good trainer - now did she pull out the Happy Hearts? We found out they are just fine fresh out of the freezer - no defrosting time needed.

    Woo, the OP Pack

  16. Wooo Storm, you have trained your Mommy well, Mine is still in school...
    -Kira The BeaWootiful

  17. I always learn so much when I come to your blog!! I am going to make sure my humans have plenty of treats for the next time they want to get my picture!

  18. Oh Beautiful Storm... I love seeing photos of you!

    P.S. Dave is mighty handsome too.

  19. I agree, going on walks are the best but my mommy always takes pictures of my cute patooty. Maybe it's because I won't stop and look at her either. She needs to learn about the treats in the pocket trick!


  20. I'm with you - walking is MUCH more fun than standing and posing (which seems to be why Mom has LOTS of pictures of the back of my head when we are hiking - heehee!). Good training tips - I'm still working on training my humans!

    *kissey face*
    -Fiona, the Shamelessly Self-Promoting Birthday Girl

  21. Training humans is so hard. They are stubborn and easily distracted. We have to work so much on them.

  22. Your walking photos are GREAT Stormy!

    Huffle Mawson

  23. I think woo take great photos! I am still working on training my mommy, but she does pretty good....usually. Have a great weekend!!!

    Mya Boo Boo

  24. Great walking photos Stormy! Very expressive indeed! Thanks for sharing!

    Cheers & Cheeze,

  25. Walks always makes things better! :) Loved your photo shoot, Stormy!


  26. We love these training demos, Storms. We'll try that on our mom today.

    Woos & a-roos,
    Star & Jack a-roo