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Denali, our blue-eyed boy.

Top 5 tips help get the best photo possible of your dog

I hate to brag but there's no way around it: Denali's a photogenic dog. With his piercing blue eye (yep, just one is blue and the other is brown) and affable personality, he just seems to be the star of a photo.

Of course, getting the photo can be a whole other story.

Tamara Lackey, a dog lover and an award-winning professional photographer with lots of experience shooting pets, offers the top five tips for capturing the best shots of your furry friend. "Capturing Life Through (Better) Photography," by Lackey, will be released in September.

For the best photos of Fido follow Tamara's simple advice:

1. Say No To Treats: Treats tend to distract a pet! Once a pet smells food their attention is lost. Make things fun for the pet without the treats and you'll be sure to capture your pet's natural look!

2. The Buddy System: There's strength in numbers. Seek help from a friend or family member when photographing a pet to take better control of the situation. Better control means a better chance of capturing the photo you want!

3. Squeak, Squawk, and Aim High: Use your full tonal range – pets, including dogs and cats, respond greater to tone differences and sounds that are not familiar to them… and words, too! Repeating your pets name alone won't do the trick.

4.Through the Looking Glass: If photographing through glass (i.e. a pet at play outdoors through a window or sliding door), be aware of your reflection and turn off your flash.

5. Pose Like a Super(pet)Model: If the picture is of a child and a pet together, always position the pet first. Let the child react and engage around the pet rather than forcing a pose.