They just see me sneaking around, pointing the camera and clicking away
“Any idea what that weirdo is doing down there?”
“Nope. But keep your voice down, he knows how to open the food container.”
As puppies, both Eko and Penny were very interested in the camera. They’d sniff, poke and occasionally try to taste it. As they grew they generally learned to give the sight and sound of the camera little accord.
With thousands of hours of modeling under his belt, Eko hardly notices the camera most of the time
Penny’s followed Eko’s lead and rarely gives the camera more than a glance
But there is a large exception to the rule. The exception is that the pups do know how to model. Their contract is simple: I stay, I look at you, camera clicks, I get treats.
If I ask Eko to “stay,” this modeling veteran stays like a rock and looks right as me. The camera click is positive reinforcement which he associates with the tastiest of treats
Wild and wonderful
But my favorite thing is that no matter what the dogs think about the camera, they don’t think a thing about the photos. So there’s no worrying about posting things like this:
I would be in big trouble if I posted a photo of Emily making that face
In sum, I think these two have neutral to positive associations with my camera. When I’m clicking away around the apartment, they pay me no mind. When I set up a photo they have positive food-associations, and when I sling the strap over my back they have positive adventure-associations.
As to why I carry the camera around? Well, I haven’t quite figured out how to explain the internet and blogs to them.
What about your pets? What kind of associations do they have with your camera?