Selfie with pets

At the moment I have the pleasure to sit for a lovely but very old golden retriever. I would really like to make a selfie with him of myself. But how do I do this? He has difficulties in standing or sitting next to me, so how can I proceed so it’s a nice experience for both of us?

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Hi @Lieve what’s the saying? “Never work with pets or children” …

Getting any pet to cooperate is a tough one, unless of course they are a real character who loves the lens (some do)

The Blue Cross animal charity in England have very kindly published an article on exactly what you are asking and I’m sure there will be lots of help from members, after all ask any sitter “What’s the most pics on your camera roll?” and if they’re like me it will be plus 4,000 pics of pets, 4 pics of humans. :sweat_smile: :dog: :cat:

Good luck and happy snapping … be sure to share the results of your picture posing.

Angela and the Team


A selfie stick is an essential sitter accessory! It makes pictures so much easier.

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We are typically not very successful in taking a group selfie….ultimately, a lot of face licking occurs :wink: :joy::rofl::joy:


Take time to perfect your best selfie angle!


Those are the best selfies. Spontaneous. And they tell the other ones a lot about the the pet and the sitter :wink:

I realize this is too late for your question asked a month ago, but if I’m sitting an especially photogenic pet (like this Bernedoodle), I love to snap a selfie with them for my profile.

Here’s how I do it (tho I agree the spontaneous shots like up above are funny and adorable):

  1. Hold the pet by their collar to keep them close, or put your arm around them
  2. Try to keep your heads at roughly the same height. You may need to bend down or sit on the floor while they’re on a chair
  3. Kind of wave the camera around as you hold it out to get their attention and focus in the right direction
  4. If you want them to tilt their head, make a weird noise (like “bloop bloop bloop!”)
  5. Have your finger ready to snap, and snap a lot in a row! For every cute pic I get, I have 20 that look ridiculous

I had tried several times to get a cute pic of us, and then unexpectedly this doodle came and plopped right next to me. I grabbed my phone and voila. What a cutie!


Ha ha! I tried it just yesterday. I’m not good with selfie-taking either.

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@Joanne This just made me smile… what a lovely photo! :blush:

@SoloTraveler this is an absolutely adorable pic! I love the expression with the tongue out…looks like it was planned!

Another selfie, with a very special pet


And last not least with my own travel companion!



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You can help them focus with this little gimmick) Depends how impatient your dog

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Yes, I’ve tried using one of those, but the dogs I’ve tried it with went after the ball instead of sitting there for me. I guess I had some impatient ones! :laughing: