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Does anyone have any tricks to getting cats or dogs to sit still for pictures?

Does anyone have any tricks to getting cats or dogs to set still for pictures? I have a home portrait studio kit i just bought with backgrounds, & i want to get pictures of my cats. When i set them on the table all they want to do is jump down. Does anybody have any tricks to get them to be still long enough to get some pictures?

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Asked by Honda309 at 6:02 AM on Mar. 9, 2011 in Pets

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  • Food. Have some one hold the cat. Have some put the cat their and you take a quick picture.

    Answer by louise2 at 6:05 AM on Mar. 9, 2011

  • Treats or toys will sometimes do the trick- if you wave the kitty's toy around where you want him to look, sometimes you can get a good pic.

    Answer by lovingmy4babies at 7:02 AM on Mar. 9, 2011

  • LOL Not really. a toy waved in front of them or maybe a treat. I find it best to take natural pictures. You just have to keep the camera handy

    Answer by itsmesteph11 at 10:54 AM on Mar. 9, 2011

  • Tuna fish on the end of a long spoon or straw for the cats. Gradually teach them to stay and they get a lick of tuna. If you start slow, build it up, you can teach your cat to stay in any position. You can also use a clicker quite effectively in this situation.

    Dogs... teach them to stay by repeatedly placing them back and remind with a hand signal to stay. I have handled both for commercial work, and this method works, even for animals that don't know the stay. But you have to be prepared to put them back about 5 billion times until they give up, and decide to just hang out there.

    Another tip is to exercise the animal heavily before hand with a good aerobic workout, the more tired they are, the more likely they are to stay.

    If you have time, put them in the area and just treat them for awhile before introducing the camera. The flash can pop and frighten them, the light also, so make the area really positive to begin

    Answer by spottedpony at 5:12 PM on Mar. 9, 2011

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