The information below is intended as a helpful recommendation and does not detail any requirement.
For studio sessions, I highly recommend having your dog groomed shortly beforehand. Nail trimming, stain removal on white dogs’ faces, removing loose hair, etc. as appropriate for your breed. You want your dog to look his best in photos you’ll cherish forever. Outdoor sessions can be a bit of a gamble if your dog likes to get dirty. My advice is that if you worry about him jumping in water, rolling in mud, etc, plan to keep him on leash and away from terrain with problem areas. If you would like your dog’s leash removed from photographs, please have him on a thin chain, black or brightly colored leash.
Please plan to arrive a few minutes early. If you show up late, that time will be subtracted from your session and you may be left with less photos to choose from at the viewing. If your dog is HIGH energy, exercise lightly day of your session. Give plenty of water before session and let dog sniff around and potty beforehand. If meeting at my home studio, please allow dog to sniff around front yard for several minutes. If we are meeting at an outdoor location, please arrive early and allow dog to sniff around a large area. I also highly recommend skipping feeding day of, as your pet will receive MANY treats during his session to encourage desired behavior.
Practice some basic obedience preceding your photo session. I highly recommend “sit” “down” and “stay” as well as some leash manners. “Place” can also be very helpful. Remember to keep your training environment low stress
and offer lots of treats and praise. You want your dog to enjoy his session and feel (and look!) cheerful for his photos. If your dog tends to pull on his leash, run and go wild in new environments, I recommend visiting the outdoor session location a few times before his photo session date. Remember to stay calm when your dog is feeling stressed. If you are calm, he will follow lead.
Leash and collar
Plenty of dog treats and/or favorite toys
Any other necessary training tools or equivalents to the above