My pets are part of my family and if they are also a part of yours, you will know what I mean. When I think of pet photography, it is more than capturing an animal. It is capturing the personality. Like children, they grow and change as they get older and each one has it own unique character, some have special toys or things that they love to do and are good at and others are shy.
Each pet should be captured to show their own unique personality. It takes a lot of patience to photograph this member of your family and if your dogs are like mine, they are almost impossible for you to photograph because once you are around, they feel that it is your job to entertain them and they are by your side.
Hiring a professional to capture your pets picture may be the best or only way to actually get a really nice photo.