BFF Photography studio policy on the use of shock collars and negative reinforcement

Having a portrait taken of your pet should be fun and shouldn’t be painful. In fact, pet photography sessions with Bell’s Furry Friends Photography are usually quite fun for the pet (and you too).

That’s why one of Bell Furry Friends Photography’s studio policies is that the use of the following are prohibited from sessions:

  • Choke chains
  • Prong collars
  • Electronic collars (also known as shock collars, e-collars and radio collars)
  • Anti-bark collars
  • Abuse and exerting dominance over the pet

This policy is in place to do several things. First, these types of collars do not create visually attractive pictures. Second, many dogs who wear these collars can have great anxiety when it comes to a new person trying to maintain their attention. Thirdly, it’s painful for the dog (if you don’t think this is true, strap that shock collar on your own neck and turn the power up to high).

The use of shock collars is prohibited from BFF Photography sessions. The studio reserves the right to cease photography if a shock collar is attached to the dog. This is for the safety of the photographer, for the safety of the people being photographed and the people around during the session.

We want your pet to have a great time during their session and see it as a positive experience.

So what can you do instead?

Invest in a new collar and leash set. Bring an extra solid collar with you to the session for your pup to wear. This is a great time to invest in a new collar and leash set that will make pup look and feel great.

Control. Maybe you’re concerned about controlling your pet. BFF Photography uses positive reinforcement during photo sessions that may include the use of a clicker, a toy or food. In addition, BFF Photography supplies a variety of lengths of leashes to provide better control that looks and feels comfortable to you and your pet.

Breathe. Pet photography can be a source of stress for both you and your pet. Our goal is to make that stress non-existent. If you feel stress, breathe. Your pet will pick up on your emotional state and it can help, or hinder, great photographs. Trust that you are in good hands. BFF Photography has experience working with pets of varying training levels, ages, and comfort levels in front of the camera.

Our friends at Green Acres Kennel Shop recently recorded a great Woof Meow radio show about the “The Unintended Consequences of Shock Collars.” Check it out here: