One of the first things I ask when having a consultation with my pet photography clients is whether or not their dog is toy or treat motivated or both. This allows me to plan how I will go about getting their dog's attention and making it as fun as possible for them. I always love when owners say their dogs are toy motivated because you can really get a large variety of shots such as posed and action shots. Treat motivated dogs are just as great to work with but it can be a bit more challenging to get action shots because you can't exactly throw a treat... well you can but it gets lost easily. Ellie is a treat motivated dog. We tried our best to see if she would want to chase a ball but she was having none of it. So we went ahead and used the treats for some posed photos, but I wanted some action. This is where I try to get creative and get even more interactive with the dogs. If I want an action shot I will have a handful of treats and run backwards calling the dog while taking photo at the same time. This way the dog runs towards me and will look in my direction at the same time making for great action shots. Another trick I use is having the dog do a sit, stay command followed by the owner calling the dog with me next to them so I can capture the dog running towards us. Not only is this another great method for action shots but also great training for the pups! These methods were the main ways I was able to capture action shots of Ellie during our photoshoot!