Dog portraits are great solo but sometimes it’s better together. Meaning if you have more than one dog and they get along why not get a portrait of the two (or three) of them together?
Now maybe you have more than one dog and you want to be in the portrait with them. That is very doable. Unless they’re super well trained and behaved and maybe a little tired it will take a bit of time to achieve this so have patience. Often times I find that the dogs are doing just fine but it’s the people that are super stressed about the process. They’ve overly worried that their dogs aren’t performing as they should. After all they think “they’re so well behaved at home!” Well they probably are but you’re now in a studio that they’ve maybe been in once before—hence the reason we stress a pre-session consultation with you and your dog(s) so they can get to know the place. Read More
It goes without saying that there are dangers for dogs in every season. Hopefully most understand the danger of heat and over exertion for dogs in summer, as well as the danger of leaving your pet in a hot car.
There are other dangers around, especially here in the Rocky Mountains. Snakes can be a source of interest for dogs—they make noise and move quickly—what’s not fun about that? Make sure that the area your dog walks and plays in is safe from the danger of poisonous snakes. Here it’s mostly rattle snakes that you need to be aware of. In our rugged parks and hiking trails there are plenty of snakes around so dog owners needs to be heads up an aware. If your dog gets bit by a poisonous snake, immediately restrict the movement of your pet, mobilize the limb if bitten there and get to your vet immediately. Don’t try to incise the bite wound to aspirate the venom and DO NOT apply a tourniquet without veterinary assistance. Read More
Taking care of your older dog is very important. Walking, feeding and playing changes and how you approach these things can help increase your older dogs life and health.
Getting a great portrait made before it’s too late allows you to enjoy it while you still have your pet. And it will be a great reminder of what they were like when they were still fairly active. Of course doing anything new increases the stress level of your dog and as they age even more so. That’s why having a a pre-session consultation is key—introducing the dog to the studio and photographer before the day of the session lowers stress.
It’s important to try to get your pet’s portrait taken while they’re still relatively healthy, not having too much difficulty walking, seeing or hearing. Read More
We all know that dogs, like people can get bored—some more easily than others. And when they get bored things happen —things that will help you be able to post on the Dog Shaming website—like destroying blinds, eating shoes, socks, furniture etc. Dogs can get bored and they want to amuse themselves—play if you will. So they’ll look around for things to do while you’re gone. If you have plenty of dog toys available and maybe a doggie door for them to escape outside for awhile that can help a lot.
How can you know if they’re bored? Well there are many signs like excessive barking, mischief, destructive chewing, escaping and even hyper greeting when you return. Modern Dog Magazine has a blog about how to tell when your dog is bored and what to do about it—read about it here. Read More
By Kelly Caldwell, Modern Dog
Your other family doctor—your veterinarian. The relationship you form with your vet can be complicated, to be sure. Really, it stands to reason; our beloved dogs, often our most constant companions, can’t tell us what’s wrong yet rely on us to be their advocates. It can be stressful and heartbreaking dealing with their health issues. We may at times experience feelings of disappointment, frustration, even anger at the person whose job it is to help us care for our pets.
But what do veterinarians think of us? If we were willing to listen, what would they want us to know about the work they do?
There are a lot of dangers to your pet—ion all seasons—but with summer there just seems to be more. Of course the number 1 danger is leaving a pet in a hot car. Alway make sure you don’t leave your dog in a hot car with all the windows rolled up—even for a moment. Even with the windows cracked it can become unbearable hot for your pet. remember they’re wearing a fur coat!
And of course summer means fireworks and that means a lot of danger to many pets. Noise is concerning for dogs-and let’s face it fireworks are loud. Now my dog could care less and can actually sleep through fireworks (it’s just other types of noises that set her off). But for most dogs this is truly a fearful time. And don’t forget that many animals will try to escape dangers—loud noises, fires car accidents among them. So take precautions with loud noise such as fireworks. Even though the holiday has past there are many summer celebrations that end with fireworks. Read More
It’s summer and the days are longer and hotter. We’re outside more often with our pets—walking them, hiking and letting them swim and sometimes hosing them down on a hot day.
This is the time of year that bugs are out so check with your vet with regard to fleas and ticks. And don’t forget that mosquitos carry diseases as well—make sure you protect your pet against heart worm. True, we don’t have was many mosquitos here in the Rockies as in other parts of the country but we have enough that heart worm can be a real danger. So talk to your vet about protecting your pet during this summer season. Read More
When you read this article’s title, what came to mind? Was it “Don’t bite people,” or perhaps “Get along with other dogs,” or even “Don’t potty in the house?” True, those are all incredibly important things to teach any dog. But on a less dramatic note, for day-to-day living the most important thing you can teach your dog is how to ask politely for what he wants.
If you have kids, you’re already familiar with this concept. A four-year-old should not be smacking a parent when he wants a bite of pizza, and a ten-year-old shouldn’t be grabbing things off store shelves and demanding they be purchased. It’s Manners 101 for kids to say “Please” and “May I”…and yet many people never bother to apply those same concepts to their dogs. Read More
Have you ever thought about having a great portrait of you and your furry companion? Well this is the time to do it. We’re about to celebrate Mother’s Day in a big way at Springs Pet Portraits!
May is the month we celebrate moms. In honor of Mother’s Day for 2016 we are celebrating moms of “fur children.” During the month of May we are offering mini sessions for you and your furry companion. You will get a mini session and an 8x10 print for just $49. This offer is good for in studio mini session portraits only and only in May. Read More
Sometimes when you least expect it you look over and find your dog just staring at you. Ever happened to you? It’s a bit unnerving, at least the first few times it’s happened. Then you begin to wonder What’s wrong?
But this is a perfectly natural thing for a dog to do. There can be many reasons why they might be looking at you. The more you spend time with your dog and get to really know them you will begin to understand why they are staring at you. Read More
Another year has flown by! Springs Pet Portraits continued to grow and participate in some fun events in 2015. Our year always gets a great start in February with PawPrints—our Annual Fundraiser for All Breed Rescue & Training. This was the second year we did the calendar and had a blast with the creativity of the participants. The 2016 Calendar is available for purchase still —it’s only $15 and all proceeds go to ABRT. You can pick one up at Our Family Vet, Bon Pet Supply, All Breed Rescue and of course here at the studio. The next fundraiser is coming up soon so stay tuned for details. If you’re not on our email list click the banner at the top of this website and sign up! You’ll be in the loop for all the fun adventures of Springs Pet Portraits. Read More