It’s no surprise that our pets can feel like a member of the family. The bond between humans and animals has stood strong for centuries, both domestically and industrially. Animals are both attentive and loyal, and their welfare deserves to be a priority in any household. If your pet has the star qualities necessary for modelling assignments, it’s only natural that owners want their pets to be successful and comfortable in equal measures. Like humans, a happy pet is a triumphant one!
We’re sure that all pet owners are conscientious of their animal’s wellbeing. However, on the day of a busy modelling shoot, it can be easy to forget those last-minute details or overlook a factor that could be the difference between an average shoot and a spectacular one. With this in mind, here is our checklist to help you make your pet’s modelling day out as hassle-free as possible:
1. Cats and dogs often have a “sixth sense” and can detect unusual settings. Be aware that a change in routine might be stressful, so do your best to put their anxieties at ease. Plenty of cuddles and toys might not go amiss!
2. Like humans, it’s a good idea for your pet to have at least a little bit of food prior to their day in front of the camera. Stock up on treats and reward them throughout the day. Make sure your pets have constant access to clean water, but watch out for erm…how should we put it?… “convenience breaks”!
3. Which leads us to said “convenience breaks”. It’s only natural, of course, but put yourself in your pets shoes and give them every opportunity for toilet breaks. It goes without saying that a pet should be encouraged to go to the toilet before an assignment, but things don’t always run that smoothly. Just be sensitive to their needs, and be ready!
4. Comfortable transport to venues is crucial to your pet’s happiness. Check temperatures and ventilation, and always plan your journey.
5. Watch out for tell-tale signs of stress: pacing, whining, shedding of fur etc. Even rabbits and other small mammals have anxiety indicators, including heavy breathing, restlessness, lethargy, abnormal aggression when handled and sudden bouts of immobilization. Try to spot these signs early and counteract them with calming techniques.
6. Changes in stimuli can make or break a pet assignment. Abrupt noises and flashing lights are all “par for the course”, so preparing for your pet’s response is crucial to the success of the assignment – and for your pet’s comfort.
It’s worth mentioning that many of our clients have experience with animals. That said, no one knows a pet better than their owner, so it’ll be easier for owners to observe their pet’s behaviour better than anyone else. Don’t ignore even the slightest sign of distress, as these could quickly intensify throughout the day.
Here’s some more key animal-related tips for modelling
Models Direct continues to put forward the best in pet talent to our clients, and the popularity of pet modelling shows no signs of dwindling. Quite the opposite: with Christmas “nearly” upon us, talented pets are even more in demand!
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