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Ep 21: Can any Puggie be a Super Model?
Episode 2118th December 2022 • The Pug Life Show • Donna Kean
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In this weeks episode I am talking to you about being a Pug Super Model and how you can prepare yourself should you ever decide to become one.

I personally think that any Puggie can be a Super Model but the decision is not actually up to me or the Pawrent, so tune in and fine out why it is so impawtant that the Puggie makes the final decision:

00:51 - The easy and not-so-easy answers to the question

02:28 - The importance of introductions

04:33 - Exposing the puggies to the process a little bit at a time

07:21 - When it’s just not our day to take photos

08:51 - Natural poses are the best

10:06 - Practice, practice, practice

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[00:51] Donna (host): The question is, can any Puggy be a supermodel? And the easy answer is emphatically yes. And it doesn't matter if you're wearing clothes or accessories when you're striking a Puggy pose either, because a Pug Supermodel can look just as adorable naked, tilting their head, dropping their ears back a little and widening their big Puggy eyes. You know the look I'm talking about. The not soeasy answer to hear as a Pug torrent is that not every Puggy wants to be a Pug Supermodel. Which means no matter how much fun they're having at a photo shoot or just in everyday life, doesn't mean that they'll agree to being dressed or they won't agree to sit long enough for clear photos to be taken of them. I mean, who can blame them with so much going on? Not to mention that they know they're a treaty stashed away in your pocket, ready for the stealing. I'm positive they're thinking, why not just give it to me now, human, you already know I compose whenever I want to, and I'm natural at this because you tell me so all the time. What I have found is that most Puggies love getting their photo taken because they know that a photo means cuddles and treaties at a minimum, not to mention being the center of attention for a good five to ten minutes. Now, having said that, we have figured out the hard way that each Puggy needs to get used to the process in their own time. And the more time you invest in making them feel comfortable, the more enjoyable it will be for everyone and you'll get the best pictures to boot. So what I'm going to talk to you today about is the importance of introductions. Why taking it slowly gets you and your Puggy comfortable. Knowing when to stop and just walk away while capturing your buggy's natural expression will give you the best photos and why practicing really does help. Introductions are important, especially if it's the first time your Puggy has been to a photo shoot or hasn't had photos taken of them. Previously. Now, if you're taking the photos yourself, then your Puggy is already comfortable with you and no doubt used to be whipping out your phone at random times, capturing beautiful memories that you'll be enjoying for years to come. However, if you've decided to get professional photos of your Puggies done, or they become a supermodel for Pug parties, for example, then it is really important that your Puggy meets the photographer and their staff and gets the opportunity to get to know them in the studio or location first. By location, I mean if you're in a park or something similar. We find that giving a Puggy an opportunity to have a good sniff around and most importantly, approach the photographer in their own time works really well. The Puggy feels like they're in charge of the situation. They feel like they have time to understand their surroundings and that they have the ability to make a decision if they want to stay or not. I find this is especially important for rescue Puggies who've had a rough start to life. They need to feel safe and in control, and by giving them the power to decide when they approach the photographer, it goes a long way to building their confidence and comfort levels, not to mention their trust. Now, if a Puggy refuses to leave their human side, we know that the session is over. A Puggy's happiness is more important than taking photos. And if their human wants to try again another time later, we want their Puggies experience with us to always be positive. Our next tip is to expose your Puggy to the entire process a little bit at a time. Sometimes getting to the photo shoot, then getting dressed, then walking into the studio with all the lights and the photographer, and then being exposed to the flash of the camera can be a little bit too much for a first time supermodel. We tend to take it a little slower when we have a new one. First we'll get them to come in and play with the other buggies at the shoot, run around, check out the waiting area, get to know the other Pug Porrance, possibly sneak some treaties when the humans not watching. Then we'll dress them in their first outfit and let them go back to playing and checking things out. Then only after we can see that they're having fun and not hiding behind their homon will we call them into the studio to have their photo taken. We'll have a few treaties strategically placed in the area. We need them to sit or lay down so they associate that spot with something wonderful. And if a Puggy is feeling playful, we'll also play with them for a minute or two. So they associate that spot not just with treaties, but with tickles and kisses and cuddles. We're not joking when we say that our supermodels don't pose for anything less than 10,000 treaties a session. Now, this whole process might take ten minutes or it might take 30 minutes. The important thing about this process is allowing the Puggy the opportunity to take it all in in their own time. So when we ask them into the studio to take their photo next time, the Puggies having so much fun that they barge into the studio ahead of us and start to pose before we've even had time to get the camera out. Yes, we do have Puggies who love it so much that they want the studio all to themselves all the time and will bark at the door to be let in when it's someone else's turn. Now, if we have a Puggy who is a little nervous around other Puggies, we will arrange solo shoots if the human thinks it's better for them. Everything we've just talked about, we still do. We just remove the stress that is other Puggies from the mix.


[06:57] Donna (host): I hope you are too.


[07:21] Donna (host): The next tip is to know when to walk away. Even after all of our careful preparation, socialization and treaty giving, sometimes it's just not our day to get photos. Typically, a puppy will jump off the lounge we have them sitting on, or they'll dip their head, or just plain turn their backs on us. All signs that they're not interested in getting their photo taken today, or that they've had enough if they've already had one or two rounds. Sometimes a Puggy might be making a ploy for more treaties, but generally we know when they're just not feeling this part of the game. Today, we just give them a kiss and send them back out to play. Typically, we plan two to three outfits per Pug supermodel in a photo session. Some will do less, others more, and it's all determined on the day. Unlike human photo shoots, where models will go through multiple outfit fits in a session, we find that on average, a Pug will do a maximum of three outfits over about 2 hours. There's more playing than there is working for our supermodels, and that's exactly how we like it. I know that it should go without saying, but I'm going to say it anyway. Forcing your Pug to do something they don't want to do is not only futile, it's just plain mean. We value our Buggies and their happiness above everything else, including getting the porfic photo. Our next piece of advice is that smiling in photos is not a given, and natural poses are the best. I love seeing Rosie and charles smiling at me with their beautiful eyes and their wrinkles looking up at me, hoping for one more treaty. But the simple fact is that Pugs don't smile all the time. They have the most expressive faces and they use every one of them to very good effect when they choose to. We prefer to show photos on our website and social media accounts that show every expression of Puggy has, including the grumpy ones. And speaking of grumpy, Charles is a naturally grumpy old man and most of these photos are of him looking like a grumpy old man. Whereas Rosie, for instance, is very inquisitive and will usually wear a serious I'm listening face or a head tilt that says, what are you talking about, Mum? There's nothing wrong with either expression and to be honest, all expressions should be celebrated on film as much as smiling is. I recommend getting to know your Puggies expressions and immortalizing them on film. You'll be happy you did when you're remembering them and their personality in the future, it will sound like I'm telling you something obvious, but practice really does make for perfect photos. The more your Puggy sees a camera or a phone and associates it with a bit of fun, they'll begin to forget it's there when you're trying to get those great action shots. And if you're looking to get them to sit still long enough to get a nonblurry one, they'll figure out the equation of camera coupled with the sitcommand equals sit still, look gorgeous and there'll be a treaty and a cuddle at the end. I'd also mention that for every infocused, eyes open and FaceForward photo of your puppy you get, you'll take 100 blurry tongue out looking left or right or mid sneeze photos. It's all part of the fun. And thankfully, with a digital camera, you can just delete them or keep a few as happy reminders of the fun you both had trying to get the really great one. We keep a few of our blooper photos for that very reason. And in the end, the most important thing to remember is that any Puggy can be a supermodel professional or amateur. And as long as they think it's a fun game that they get to play and stop when they've had enough, you'll get the best photos that you'll be sharing with friends and family for years to come. Now it's your turn to talk Pug. I'd love to know what you do to get your Puggy to sit still long enough to take a nonblurry photo. So please share your stories with us over in our Facebook group living the Pug Life. Thank you very much for listening to.


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