dog photographer Northamptonshire

YOUR DOG COMES FIRST – ALWAYS

Canine Wellbeing Policy

Section 9 of the Animal Welfare Act 2006 states that, as a dog owner, you must take reasonable steps to ensure that the needs of an animal for which you are responsible are met. I strongly believe that as a dog photographer I should share in that responsibility too when working with your dog! I’m committed to making your experience with me as safe, comfortable, and enjoyable as possible, for everyone. Here’s what you can expect from your experience with The Artisan Hound…
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QUESTIONNAIRE

Before your session, I’ll send you a short questionnaire. This helps me learn more about you and your dog ahead of the shoot, including any specific fears or dislikes they might have, as well as any existing health conditions or allergies. This will help me prepare an experience that’s tailored to you, from choosing a specific location, to bringing their favourite treats.

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SESSION GUIDE

I want you to feel confident ahead of our session, so before the big day I’ll send you a session guide packed with handy hints & tips on how to prepare, and outlining what to expect. This covers everything from grooming and brushing up on training or commands, to choosing the perfect collar and lead combo so your dog can stay safe and look amazing!

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LOCATIONS

It’s important that your dog can feel safe, be themselves and have a great time. So I’ll suggest locations based on their individual needs – whether that’s a short, quiet stroll in the park, or an epic adventure in the forest. If your dog is nervous or easily excited by new places, we’ll shoot somewhere familiar, and always avoid busy roads or overcrowded places.

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STRESS & WELLBEING

I’m a Certified Canine Body Language Specialist with years of experience working exclusively with dogs, so I understand their behaviour and how to get the best out of them during a session (as well a knowing when to call it a day).

If, at any point, your dog shows signs of stress or discomfort, we’ll take a break and adapt the session to help them calm down and lower their arousal levels. I’ll never push them beyond their comfort zone or force them into stressful poses or situations.

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WEATHER CHECK

The weather can impact our session in a number of ways. I take particular care in the summer when the weather is hot: we’ll shoot in the evening, bring plenty of water and stick to the shade. If it’s too hot (above 23C), we’ll reschedule to another day. We’ll also reschedule if the weather is too cold or if conditions are dangerous e.g. high winds, heavy snow.

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DOG FIRST AID

I take every care to make sure we all stay safe when we’re out and about shooting. But if the worst should happen, I’m a fully trained Canine First Aider and hold full Public Liability and Professional Indemnity insurance. I hope I’ll never have to use it, but it does help to be prepared, and gives everyone that extra peace of mind.

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NO PRESSURE

My sessions are tailored to you and your dog, with no time limits and no pressure – just my undivided attention throughout. It doesn’t matter if your dog isn’t highly trained, or is a little nervous or excited. We’ll take as much time as we need, and use positive reinforcement to make your dog comfortable before taking any photos.

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LEADS & COLLARS

We’re often shooting out in public locations, so it’s important that your dog is wearing a collar and ID tag (in accordance with the Control of Dogs Order 1992). There’s no blanket law requiring dogs to be kept on a lead in all public spaces, but we’ll always follow local instruction where necessary.

I can usually remove leads (and sometimes collars) in post-production, but it helps if you bring a simple lead and collar. I do not recommend extendable leads as they can break and cause injury.

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