Getting Back To Basics


Since it seems like I seem to have more of Leroy’s attention these days I decided that it’s time for a us to take a little step back and get back to the basics.

One of the things that I truly enjoy doing with both of the boys is taking pictures of them out in the elements. This can sometimes be tricky because each of the boys has their strengths and their flaws when it comes to be photographed.

While Sherman has come a very long way over the last year, Leroy is still by far, the more photogenic dog. The camera loves him and he loves the camera. He has no problem looking right into the lens and giving me some attitude.

It’s very easy to capture the “true” Leroy and it takes no skill at all. All I have to do is shoot away and he does the rest.

With Sherman, it takes a lot of pictures to get a good one, but with Sherman I can take him anywhere and try to get a picture of him without worrying that he’s going to run off on me.

The problem with photographing Leroy is when we are somewhere besides the backyard, he wants to run off.


For instance, when we are out for a walk in the woods it is extremely hard for me to get him to sit and stay long enough for me to walk away and get a good picture.

He’s not interested in waiting for me take a picture and, honestly, I don’t blame him.

He’s got stuff to explore and in the past he has made that quite clear to me.

He normally gives me about 30 seconds to walk away, get in position and take a picture.

Any longer than that and he’s outta there.

However, since it seems that I have more of his attention and focus these days I decided to try again.

Something was telling me that I just needed to take a calmer approach.

So before we headed out for a walk the other day,we got back to basics.

I put him in a sit and stay.

I walked away.

I told him to come.

I rewarded him.

Then we did it again.


After a few times we headed out for our walk and before long I found a good spot where I wanted to try and get a few shots of him.

He was perfect.

For the most part.

He lost focus for a bit, but we were able to get it back, no problem.

It was a big step for us.

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34 Comments on Getting Back To Basics

  1. Daisy
    February 24, 2014 at 2:01 am (2 years ago)

    That is good. We’d be wanting to explore….even with treats in the offing.

    XXXOOO Bella & Roxy

  2. M. K. Clinton
    February 24, 2014 at 2:53 am (2 years ago)

    Leroy and Sherman are BOTH gorgeous in their photos!! They would be miserable in the Louisiana heat but I would love to have a Newfie to hug!
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  3. Tenacious Little Terrier
    February 24, 2014 at 6:01 am (2 years ago)

    Mr. N is photogenic and he will pose for the camera. He has done some professional modeling before. He’s also pretty good about holding stays except for really high distractions like squirrels. Onyxx is a black dog which doesn’t help. And he doesn’t really care about the camera.
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  4. Hawk aka BrownDog
    February 24, 2014 at 6:08 am (2 years ago)

    Hi Y’all,

    Oh, Leroy, so sorry fellow…hope my Human doesn’t talk to her…she does that “back to basics” kind of stuff with me for about 10 minutes everyday! You heard me right, every day.

    Y’all come by now,
    Hawk aka BrownDog
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  5. Retro Rover
    February 24, 2014 at 6:30 am (2 years ago)

    What a model

    retro rover

  6. 2browndawgs
    February 24, 2014 at 8:17 am (2 years ago)

    Excellent job! Those are great pictures. :)
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  7. emma
    February 24, 2014 at 8:44 am (2 years ago)

    My sisters and I have learned that the fastest way to get back to our walk is to just pose real quick as Mom wants and then be done. We tried the fight it or get up and leave but it only delayed us getting back to fun, so we are usually cooperative.
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  8. Stella Rose
    February 24, 2014 at 10:36 am (2 years ago)

    We love your pictures!
    stella rose

  9. Laika
    February 24, 2014 at 10:46 am (2 years ago)

    I would do anything for a treat as well. Love the Photos. Have a great day.
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  10. Bailey
    February 24, 2014 at 11:52 am (2 years ago)

    Great shots. Ours are too distracted. They also resent getting their pictures taken.
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  11. Flea
    February 24, 2014 at 1:47 pm (2 years ago)

    Wow, that’s huge! Great job. :) I’ll need to work on sit and stay with my new baby. He’s pretty bright, but the black coat makes photographing him a little tough.
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  12. Jackie Bouchard
    February 24, 2014 at 1:50 pm (2 years ago)

    Great shots, and always good to work on the basics. I can tend to get really lazy about that stuff so this is a good reminder that we should do some training at least a couple of times/week. Not sure I’d ever trust Rita on her own out in the “wild”. She would be good 99% of the time, but I’d worry what could go wrong in that other 1%. (Can’t help it… I’m a worrier.)
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  13. Jan K
    February 24, 2014 at 4:11 pm (2 years ago)

    Great photos! You came up with a logical plan, and it worked! I think getting back to basics is something we all probably need to think to do more with our dogs.
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  14. Jodi
    February 24, 2014 at 4:36 pm (2 years ago)

    Good job. Sampson is pretty good but sometimes gets bored with the process. Delilah well she’d leave me for greener pastures any day of the week. LOL
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  15. Kari Neumeyer
    February 24, 2014 at 6:00 pm (2 years ago)

    I have a very hard time getting a picture of Mia where she’s not mid-woof. She likes to bark in the backyard, a lot!
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  16. Dawn
    February 24, 2014 at 6:21 pm (2 years ago)

    Sherman looks great in that photo. Pierson is a pretty dog, but he is harder to get a good photo of. He is too busy and his face is too dark. Maya, on the other hand, is good at holding still and her light coat color isn’t too light for the camera. She is very photogenic and I use her for most product photo props.
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  17. thatjenk
    February 25, 2014 at 1:16 am (2 years ago)

    Yet another similarity between the pairs – Moses is far easier to photograph, but Alma is way more photogenic! But she’s so quick that many photos of her are blurry.
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  18. Donna O.
    February 26, 2014 at 3:57 pm (2 years ago)

    Glad that you gave it another shot and it worked out. And speaking of shots…I love how that one came out. It was worth waiting for. :-)
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  19. KB
    February 26, 2014 at 11:18 pm (2 years ago)

    Awesome!!!! It sounds like you’ve got it!

    I find that when I’m losing my dogs’ attention, asking them to do tricks makes them light up and look at the camera again. Just a thought in case you’re ever in that situation again…
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  20. Christie
    February 27, 2014 at 9:04 pm (2 years ago)

    Hi – I’m still new in the blogging world and followed a bunch of interesting links through Blog Paws bloggers to get here. So glad I did … what beautiful photos! I also have 2 dogs who pose for my blog and wrote about the experience. You’re a much better photographer!

  21. Carl Williams
    March 17, 2014 at 2:17 am (2 years ago)

    Leroy is just gorgeous and adorable. My dog is just the same. Whenever he gets the chance, he would immediately run off from me. Thus, we end up in a seemingly endless chase. I tend to treat him with excessive indulgence whenever I feel overwhelmed by his cuteness. But I have learned that a dog’s behavior problems are influences brought about by owners. We are responsible for our dog’s every action. A word of caution: pet responsibly.


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