It is preferable not to take the dog outside; there are too many distractions and wind. In case you decide to shoot out, the best time would be in the early morning or late afternoon. This is the time when the sun is low enough on the horizon, so there are fewer shadows. Make sure the sun is more to the side of the dog rather than straight on. This will give a more 3D look to your photos. The background should be at least 10 feet away from the dog – the more understandable, the better. A park with trees and hills in the distance is a good one.
Make sure your furry friend takes up as much of the picture plane as possible. A 3/4 view of the body is flattering for most dogs, but feel free to experiment. You need at least one other person to help with the dog. To capture the dog’s attention, you need a helper just behind the photographer making catchy noise (be creative). For every good picture you get, you might get at least 4 – 5 that is not good. Make sure you have lots of film with you – you never know when your dog will give you “that special look.”