A Few Places To Get Your Pups Pics With Santa...And Tips On How To Take Great Photos

December 3, 2019
Santa Paws

We don't know about you but we love pics of our Fur Babies with The Big Man so Wicker and Wilde have put together a list of where you can take your pup or even your kitty for photos with Santa 2019.

Sunday December 8th you can bring your cats and dogs to Stony Point Fashion Park

Saturday December 14th you will find Santa at the following locations:

-Richmond Animal Care and Control will have Santa at Pet Valu at Willow Lawn for just a $10 donation.

-Hanover Humane Society in Ashland will be doing pictures from 11a-2p

-Henrico Recreation and Parks present Santa at Short Pump Park for a free event.  Pictures with Santa will be from 10a-1pm. You'll be able to shop local vendors for gifts and concessions will be for sale.  Plus you can let your pup play in the park.  

Chesterfield Animal Services will be with Santa, too from 10:30a-1p.

December 7, 14 and 15 Petco will have Santa in a few stores.....details here

December 14-15 and December 21-22 from 12-4pm PetSmart has the Big Man stopping by at multiple locations

Listener Andee let us know Pets can visit Santa every Tuesday at Illuminate Light Show & Santa's Village through 12/23

Scroll down for Tips on Better Pictures with Santa

Santa Paws

 Tips for prepping for pet pictures with Santa

1.     Finding the perfect outfit -Look for pet costumes or apparel that fit well—not too tight and not too loose—and that your pet can walk, sit, and stand in. Ultimately, you want the experience to be fun for the dog, or at least not stressful. Sometimes even getting hats or anything on their head to stay on can be challenging.

2.    Handling crowds- Pet pictures with Santa can be chaotic, with hundreds of people and pets gathering at the local mall, pet store or vet’s office. And if your pet isn’t used to being in a crowded place with unfamiliar people, animals and smells, it can be stressful for everyone involved. Before the big photo day, may want to practice basic commands like “sit” and “down.” Pet parents should also bring some high-value food rewards and maybe even your pets favorite toys.

3.    Getting comfortable with Santa

Dogs and cats tend to react differently to the same stimuli, so be sure to take a minute to get your pet comfortable. When it is your dogs/cats turn for a picture, take a minute for your pet and you to meet Santa. Let Santa chat with your pet, have Santa give your dog or cat a few treats, a scratch behind the ear if he likes it, etc. Keep a happy, calm attitude.

4. Getting Your Pet to Look at the Camera

    The key to great pet photos with Santa, of course, is to get your furry friend to look at the camera. For pups, slowly walk behind the photographer a few times without saying a word. Your simple walk away will probably cause the dog to look at you, and when you are behind the photographer it will look like your dog is looking at the camera. Cats react badly to using noise to get their attention and can get stressed out. Instead, try using a cat toy to get your cats attention.

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