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To the Rescue: Posing (Safely) With Dangerous Props

There's nothing like a cute pooch plus a silly prop to equal an adoro photo shoot — North poses next to a delicious (for humans) It's-It! If you're not familiar with this San Francisco treat, it's coated in chocolate . . . and that means poison. Since he's such a good model, he's also posed with a wine bottle, a lit birthday candle, and many other things around our house.

I've shared suggestions for snapping a pet, but check out a few tips for adding something iffy at photo time:

  • Never put him in danger. If you're positioning a pooch near something risky (fire, alcohol, sharp objects, etc.), never let your pet get too close.

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  • Think smartly and safely. If posing a pet next to a glass bottle, no matter the contents, only do this with animals with consistent "sit-stay" skills. You don't want a wagging tail or batting paw to break the glass.
  • Remove the item immediately. Don't leave the room or take your eyes off the pet with sharp bottlecaps, poisonous food/liquids, or other dangers present — it only takes a second for fast pups to inhale it. After you're done, put the things far from your furry friends once again.
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