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Dog ownership tips 01.06.2021

Capturing special moments with your four-legged friend - ideas and implementation

Sissi by Sissi, Sissi has been a blogger since 2014, got on the dog in 2018. Since then, she struts her 10000 steps through the world every day with Loki. The Beagdor (Labrador-Beagle mix) is a therapy dog for children and also accompanies her to schools. Secretly she fancies a French Bulldog as a second dog.

Capture photos and create memories

In everyday life, there are certainly many special moments with your dog that can be funny or emotional, among other things. You will remember them fondly. To jog your memory at a later date, you can capture these situations in different ways. We'll show you a few examples of how this can work and what you should keep in mind.

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Why capture the moments?

There are a number of reasons to immortalize the special situations with your four-legged friend. For many people, the dog is a real family member that enriches everyday life and becomes an integral part of life.

You can express this fact by capturing the moments. In this way, your dog is not only part of your everyday life, but also becomes important in other areas of your life, such as the design of your home with the help of pictures.

In addition, capturing all the great situations has great relevance to a rather sad subject. At some point, your dog's life will end. The more you have captured during his lifetime, the more extensive and accurate you can then remember the beautiful moments with him.

There are many different ways to record these situations. These include, in addition to some others, especially:

  • a dog diary
  • the recording on photos
  • recording on videos
  • drawing a picture of a nice moment
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Dog Journal

A dog journal is an especially creative way to create memories. In it, you can record special moments in writing. This special diary only refers to your dog and your relationship, you do not record experiences from other areas of life.

Contents of your entries

On the one hand your entries can contain exact descriptions of corresponding situations. Certainly you will additionally write down many of the emotions you felt. This can include, among other things:

The latter will certainly be especially common in the early stages of your dog's life, as puppies' clumsy nature often makes for funny moments. You can take the diary literally and write an entry every day.

Various other options for implementation

Alternatively, you can turn the diary into a kind of adventure book. In this case, you only write entries when something special and exciting has happened. Finally, you can of course also write special entries about your dog in a general diary about your entire everyday life, which you mark accordingly.

Besides the option of writing on paper, you can now also write a diary digitally. Appropriate apps offer a good basis for this and are also very flexible and can be used in several other ways. Digital diaries also often give you a quick and easy overview of your entries.

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Capture on photos

If you like visual memories, you can photograph the special and beautiful moments with your dog. For this, you should follow some basics. In addition, you have the possibility to prepare the resulting photos in different ways later on.

Basic photo skills

You can use different devices for taking photos. In everyday life, a smartphone is especially suitable for spontaneous moments. In addition, you have the option of using a camera that you consciously carry with you, for example, when walking your dog.

In this case, you should look into the technology and other important factors for successful photos in as much detail as possible if you do not yet have any background knowledge in this area. Among other things, the following can play a role

  • the lens
  • the lighting conditions
  • sharpening and blurring
  • artistic and creative approaches

Details for photographing your dog

Especially when photographing animals, you should consider additional criteria. For example, you can create particularly beautiful photos if you focus on your dog's eyes - this way you reflect the emotions of the moment extensively.

In addition, the environment plays a role. You can take beautiful dog photos in almost any environment, but nature is certainly particularly suitable. Furthermore, the basket or the doghouse, i.e. places where your dog often stays and which are associated with him, can provide a good background.

Additionally, you can take snapshots together with your dog and in this way document your close relationship. This works either through selfies or having another person take pictures of you. When doing this, you should have some patience and proceed with a lot of calmness, often it can take a while to get the perfect snapshot.

Preparing the photos

After taking the photos, you can prepare them in different ways. For example, you could frame them and hang them in a special place in your home where they can be seen at all times.

Alternatively, there are options to bind the photos in a nice way. This can be implemented as part of a photo book, for example. The advantages of such a book can include the classy look due to glossy pages. In addition, high-quality materials are used, which ensure that the photo book lasts a long time and can be used for moments of remembrance.

Capturing on video

If you want to go one step further in the process of visually capturing beautiful moments, you can make videos of your dog. These show extensive snippets of situations and provide vivid memories through moving images.

Film

Similar to taking photos, you can either use your smartphone or a camera that is suitable for this purpose. If you choose to use a camera, make sure you study the basics as much as you would for snapping photos.

Additionally, while filming, you can zoom in on small details to highlight particular aspects of the situation. Likewise, you can adjust the focus during a video to achieve more dynamics.

Of course, these are just a few options from a wide range of tricks for great videos. Just try out a few tricks to get the best and most beautiful video moments of your dog.

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Post-processing

As in the area of photos, there are also options for videos to prepare them afterwards. First of all, there is the option of editing. This works either on your smartphone. For recordings that you have made with a camera, on the other hand, you need an editing program on your computer.

You could collect videos over a period of time, from which you then cut out the highlights and compile them into a kind of "best of". You can then break these down into different themes, for example, whether they were taken in your home or in nature.

You can also make use of other tricks. These include slow motion effects. You can either add these after the fact, or some modern cameras and phones give you this option when you shoot.

With a good slow motion effect you can achieve impressive results especially with certain movements and activities of your dog like shaking off water or catching a ball. You can also use color filters or custom color grading to give your dog's videos a great atmosphere and make them look a little more professional and high-end at the same time.

Artistic and creative approaches

If you are artistically talented in a certain area, you can also use this to capture special moments with your dog. Among other things, this can be implemented by:

  • Painting pictures
  • Writing songs

With small drawings or more elaborate pictures, you can express both a situation and the emotions felt at that moment. However, drawing creatures can require extensive skills, so you should already have some experience or at least talent in this area to be able to create a successful picture of your dog.

If you are musically inclined, you can write one or more songs about your dog. You can use a very general approach, but you can also pick up on specific situations that you have experienced together. You can then fill these with life in your piece through lyrics and music.

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