Dogs at Play

Photographing dogs at play can be a most excellent treat for a photographer. You get to capture interesting expressions and attitudes. But you have to expect fewer keepers and be willing to move quickly.


Some dogs surprise you. I’ve written about Yule, a dog many volunteers never expected to be able to play nicely with other dogs. Turns out he sees play as a contact sport but has a soft mouth to keep things safe.

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Play can also be therapeutic for some dogs. Charley was drugged because he behaved like … a puppy. To be fair, he also ate a sock — surgery required — and developed a taste for rocks. But once we weaned him off the meds and let him be a puppy he was able to start his journey to becoming a normal dog.


That’s Charley getting some love through the fence much to Marley’s displeasure.


Threesomes are not only allowed, they are encouraged.

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Sometimes you just wonder what they are thinking.


Mixing colors is fun.



And then there are the puppies. Who doesn’t love puppies? I mean someone else’s puppies. Of course.


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  1. So thrilled to see Charley having the opportunity to play, be a kid, and be re-parented by HB and you!!


    1. It never ceases to be a thrill for us as well.


  2. sargentmt

    Great blog write up. I don’t think I want to get between Yule and Scrappy when they are playing.

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    1. Thank you. Staying out of the middle is a wise policy. Yule was much more tolerant of scrappy than the reverse. I have to make sure Scrap doesn’t think he can mount every dog.


  3. Cindy Towne

    Wow, you got some awesome action shots there Rob. Love to see the dogs playing and so happy. And the puppies – so sweet. Great work!

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    1. Thank you, Cindy. I’m glad you like them.


  4. Susan

    Ditto 🙂

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  5. You make me smile…thanks!


    1. Thank you, Lynn. You are very kind.


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