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9 quirky dogs catching things #catchseries

Doggy facial expressions can change in a blink of an eye. And unless you film a slow-motion video like this Pedigree ad (Phantom Camera at a 1000 FPS (frames per second) ), a lot of the dog’s emotional and facial expressions could be missed.

“I noticed that my dogs make the funniest faces when catching treats,” says Aki (@bordernerd), who shares photos of her two retired search and rescue dogs on Instagram. “So I decided to photograph them catching different things … balls, kibbles, treats and such. Bubbles gave me the funniest pictures.” – souce instagram blog

#catchseries dogs catching things

And that was the start of the #catchseries on Instagram.

I love how pictures taken of these dogs when they are fixated on catching treats or toys flying at them could end up showing a range of different expressions. Whether it’s your own dog or somebody elses’, perhaps there will be some cute and quirky expressions that make you laugh when you look at them time and time again.

Here are 9 different dogs with their different expressions when faced with a flying object heading for them! ;)

 

9 quirky dogs catching things #catchseries

 


pit bull dog catching things
\\ Wondrous things fly here //
Bella

Pit bull. Female. 2-years-old. New Jersey, USA.


pit bull dog catching things
I am a ninja! Ooops!
Max
Pit bull. Male. 3-years-old. New Jersey, USA.
Available for adoption at Ferndog Rescue Foundation. He loves to play.


miniature pinscher dog catching things
I fly… like in the Matrix. 
Pepper
Miniature Pinscher. Female. 4.5-years-old. Rescue. Los Angeles, USA.
Pepper was rescued from a high-kill shelter in Los Angeles at around 8 months old. Her foster mom Wendy fell in love with the very sick and fearful puppy. Pepper has not looked back since she was adopted by Wendy. She went to training lessons and her signature move is jumping up on Wendy’s command.


mix breed dog catching things
It’s coming. It’s coming. It’s coming 
Porter

Mix breed, maybe Dachshund-German shepherd. Male. 2-years-old. USA.

golden retriever dogs catching things
I got it. It’s cool.
Sammy
Golden Retriever. Male. 2-years-old. USA.
His buddies are Boomer, Alice and Neon. Ages 1-4.


border collie mix breed dog catching things
I just open me mouth and it will fly in. Easy.
Fugee

Border Collie mix. Female. 3-years-old. Los Angeles, USA

shetland sheepdog catching things
I am gojira!
Alphie
Shetland Sheepdog. Male, 3-years-old. Taiwan.
He is a happy-go-lucky ball hog!

german pointer dog catching things
Imma… Imma… Imma…
Lexi
Germain Shorthair Pointer. Female. 10-months-old.


border collie dog catching things
It’s here! It’s here! What do I do? What do I do? It’s here!
Dewey

Border Collie. Male, 5-years-old. Rescue. Springfield, USA.

So many different interesting expressions, yah?

Let’s make a #catchseries photo!

So I’ve been trying to make a #catchseries photo for days now and I have to say, my failure rate is really high!

Here are the outtakes for the first attempt outside during our morning walk.

donna dog catching things outtakes
Outtakes

Problems

  1. My aiming is really poor so you see Donna’s head going sideways.
  2. My timing is really poor so Donna usually has caught the treat when my camera takes the photo.
  3. If I throw high, Donna tends to leap out of the frame so her head gets cut off.
  4. If I throw low, the shot is usually blur since I don’t have the time to hold the camera steady before clicking.
  5. The treat I was using was really light so it kept blowing away in the wind before Donna could catch it! Haha!

You know what?

I either need a tripod or a second person helping me to throw treats. Or both! … And heavier treats, of course.

This is the only somewhat sharp action shot coming out from that session.

donna dog catching things
Do you really have to take pictures when somebody is trying to snatch treats from the air, human?

donna dog tracking things
The lighting was even worse indoors, so the only somewhat sharp shot came from Donna keeping still tracking the flying treat just before jumping for it. Haha!

So I took it outside for one last try on the balcony.

donna dog catching things outtakes
Outtakes

donna dog catching things
Finally, a shot that I am pleased with more because of the way the photo is cropped than the quality of the capture. Oops ! And no she’s tracking but not catching the kibble yet. So I suppose it doesn’t really count as a #catchseries photo! – – The backlighting was obviously an issue but the over exposure did show up that flying kibble really well. :P

In conclusion, I guess the #catchseries of photos can only be executed well if you really spend some time to set up, take control of the lighting, have the camera stable and maybe an extra hand to help throw treats well.

Oh, and a dog that likes to catch treats, regardless of whether he is a good catcher or not. Haha! (Yes, I have been told today that some dogs actually don’t try to catch a treat thrown at them. Imagine that!)

Ending off with funny videos of dogs who aren’t so good at catching stuff ;) At least, they try!


via Barkpost – 6 insane videos of dogs catching things

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Do you have any tips for getting a good photo of your dog catching treats?

Perhaps a good action shot app for mobile photography?
Or a camera with canine face recognition! How well do those work anyway?
Share a photo if you have one!

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References
These dogs trying to catch things are awkwardly perfect
@bordernerd’s canine #catchseries

 

Note This post is in no way an endorsement or recommendation of the Pedigree brand of pet food to you. I only used the video because it was very well made, regardless of what pet food brand it is advertising. We do not feed Donna this brand of pet food.

Copyright and fair usage
With the exception of the black and white photos in this post belonging to me, all photos on this post are copyrighted to their respective authors. The first image is derivative of all most of the represented authors, so I imagine each author would have rights to the specific portion of the image they created. 

They have generously agreed for me to use their photos on this article. If you feel that I have misrepresented you in any way, please let me know and I will amend ;)

I picked the photos based on the image and concept and also only if the creator is happy for me to used their photos. While it was difficult to have a representative mix internationally, I’m glad that there was a mix of some different dog breeds. 

The photographers’ Instagram user names are clearly identified on the bottom right corner of each photo so you can easily find them on Instagram. So feel free to go check out some gorgeous accounts ;)

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7 Comments

  1. jsteuten

    Love it! I’ve been resisting Instagram, seeing as I already spend way too much time on Facebook and twitter, but if there’s awesome stuff like this to be had, I may have to surrender…

  2. What an awesome series of photos! Donna’s eyes in the last one have me cracking up.

  3. Aww – I think WordPress ate my first comment. Anyway, love that last photo of Donna!

  4. For all the multi tasking you had to do, those photos are awesome! I also love that video of the Great Pyr trying to catch treats – reminds me so much of Bauer both in looks and treat catching skill (or lack therof).

  5. None of us know how to catch! We don’t play with balls much, so no catching experience. Mom does say that sometimes she could really use an assistant for photo shoots, but she never seems to find one. I love the eyes in these photos, they say so much!

  6. Adorable. I don’t have a single good picture of Honey catching stuff. But she has gotten pretty good at it. My favorite is when my husbands spits blueberries at her from across the room.

  7. Thunder is terrible at catching treats. Popcorn was suggested to me because they can see it easier. Love all the pictures.

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