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Double the number of dogs catching treats

Mila and Lee, a couple of miniature pinschers, eagerly await snacks.

If you ever want a dog to “smile” at the camera, try throwing a treat at them.

It worked wonders for German photographer Christian Vieler, who has now published two books about dogs trying to catch snacks in the air.

It is a very simple concept, but effective. The photos are cute, hilarious, and sometimes surprising.

Bulldogs Schorsch and Soey attempt a hold.

Vieler’s first book, “Treat! Was posted in 2017, and he was stunned by all the positive comments he received from around the world.

A sequel, of course, was the next step. And he already had an idea for an updated theme.

“What’s better than a dog? How about two or even three? Vieler says in his latest book, “Treat Too!

Filou and Hugo (pugs)

Amy and Ole (Border collie mix and Australian Shepherd)

Hilda and Hedwig (Cardigan Welsh corgis)

Tenya and Mr. Crumble (American Bulldogs)

The new book focuses only on pairs. Vieler photographed these dogs in the same style as his first book, using a portable flash and shutter speeds as fast as 1 / 8000th of a second.

The techniques allow him to capture funny moments or expressions that often disappear in the blink of an eye.

But doubling the dogs meant doubling the challenge.

Golden Retrievers Ben and Lilly miss a catch.

All the dogs in each couple knew each other well, often because they lived together. This familiarity was required by Vieler so that the dogs did not fight.

But the flip side, he noted, was that there would be a natural hierarchy between the two.

“Quite often a partner withdraws on purpose, and the image of the intended pair becomes ‘dog show’,” he said.

Poodles Fibi and Tara are eyeing a handful of treats.

Positioning two dogs at a time – and keeping them side by side – was also difficult.

“Once the initial hurdles are cleared, good timing is still needed to throw in the treats,” said Vieler. “After just one attempt, dogs often have to be repositioned, which can then become a test of patience. “

Amy and Ayu (Australian Shepherd and Weimaraner)

Boyka and Dea (Corso cane)

Barney and Floyd (mixed breeds)

Alice and Elo (Akita-Chow and West Highland terrier mix)

And even if you only see one treat in some of these photos, don’t worry – every dog ​​has plenty of treats.

“I make sure both get the same amount without long wait times, so no frustration arises,” Vieler said.

He prefers to use dry treats as they don’t stick and are easier to toss. They also look better on camera, he says.

Balou, a border collie mix, and Pepe, a mixed breed, open wide.

Most of the photos were taken at Vieler’s studio in Waltrop, Germany, but he also went out on the road to meet the dogs he chose for the book.

He likes to take his time getting to know each dog and building trust before he pulls out his camera. Safety is always a priority.

And if he notices that a dog is scared or stressed during a photoshoot, he will stop taking pictures. A stressed dog, he said, won’t eat treats anyway.

Tammi, a mixed breed, and Lotte, a Labrador retriever, are two of Vieler’s four dogs. Lotte, right, was the inspiration behind Vieler’s ‘Dogs Catching Treats’ photo series.

Vieler has been taking pictures of dogs like these for almost a decade. His inspiration came from Lotte, his Labrador retriever and longtime companion.

When he got a new portable flash in 2013, he tested it on Lotte. He was amused by the shots he produced, and that gave him the idea for his “Dogs Catching Treats” photo series.

Lotte is 16 now, and she’s also in the new book alongside Anni and Tammi, two of the other dogs shared by Vieler and his wife, Linda. Anni is a Doberman Pinscher and Tammi is a mixed breed. The couple also have a dachshund named Alfred.

Dushi and Pepper (Labrador retriever-Australian Shepherd and Australian Shepherd mix)

Nala and Kurt (long haired chihuahua and border collie)

Monkfish and Laska (Labrador retriever and German Shepherd)

Lennox and Skyy (Malinois)

Vieler’s favorite photo in the new book is Debbie and Quincy, two very laid back bassets waiting for him to throw a treat.

This is a great example of how the expressions of these dogs can stimulate our imaginations.

“I’m so glad I caught that short moment where they look at me slightly scratched and expectantly, ‘What is he doing now? Why doesn’t he finally launch? Vieler said. “The more I look into their eyes, the more fun it becomes for me.” Everytime.

“The photo will also soon adorn the tailgate of my company car. I hope they don’t hypnotize anyone behind me.

Bassets Debbie and Quincy are patiently waiting for the next treat.