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6 Tips for Including Your Dog in Your Engagement Session

December 28, 2020

So many of my couples have asked if it’s ok to bring their dog(s) to their engagement session. My answer is always, “yes, of course!” Dogs have such a playful nature and can quickly reduce session jitters and make everyone smile. That being said, I have definitely learned from experience with this one. Follow these 6 tips to make your dog engagement session run smoother.

1. Make sure your location is dog friendly and let me know in advance if you are planning on bringing your dog.

    • I will always say yes to bringing along your furry friend, but please inform me beforehand instead of just showing up with your dog.

engagement session with puppies


2. Bring treats or toys. Dogs are usually more willing to cooperate with some incentive

dog with basketball in snow

3. Bring a friend or family member along

    • After we get all the photos we need, the friend/family member can watch your pup while we finish up the session. I have had couples who chose to tie their dog to various trees instead as we moved throughout the location, but if your pup needs a lot of attention or you schedule your session right in the heat of summer (or cold winter for that matter), this is the best option.

4. Make sure the dog’s leash and collar don’t clash with what you’re wearing.

    • You likely put a lot of thought into what you and your fiancé are going to wear, so make sure you do the same for your pet.

5. Bring a lint roller if your dog sheds a lot.

    • Unless you are planning on saving all the dog photos for the very end of the session, a lint roller can be extremely helpful.

6. Stay positive, even if your dog misbehaves a little and have fun with it.

    • Your dog will likely sense it if you get frustrated and that won’t help. It’s ok if your dog doesn’t look at the camera – walking photos and playful photos with your pup are adorable, too!

dog engagement session

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