It is pretty easy to get your dog to look at a camera when you take the picture yourself, however, when you want to be in a picture with your dog, it can become a little tricky to get your dog to look at a distant camera person. If you plan on winning competitions of agility, obedience or canine freestyle, teaching your dog to look at a camera is an essential skill. Everyone loves taking pictures of their dogs, and also looking at pictures of their dogs. If you are good at reading dog body language and facial expressions, it’s easy to see how a dog is feeling by looking at the dogs picture. If you use intimidation to train your dog to have his picture taken (stay or else)- your dog will have a stressed look on his face in the picture. So the idea is, to get the dog to WANT to sit and have his picture taken, so that it is a fun experience for both the handler AND the dog, rather than JUST the handler getting a kick out of the picture taking session. 🙂
Respect the dog! Teach them what you want, and teach them to LOVE doing what you want!