Photographer’s Hilarious Portraits Capture Dogs Trying To Catch Treats

PIC BY FOTOS FREI SCHNAUZE / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: A German Shepherd.) A photographer has captured a series of paw-traits of hungry dogs pulling hilarious faces as they try and catch treats. Using the unique technique, the shots are captured at the exact moment the adorable pooches attempt to catch an airborne piece of food. In the shots the dogs appear surprised, happy, sad, confused - or even so unbothered they miss the treat entirely. The images were taken by Christian Vieler, a photographer from Waltrop, near Dortmund, Germany. - SEE CATERS COPYChristian Vieler, a 45-year-old photographer from Waltrop, Germany, has been shooting fun photos of dogs for the past three years. He initially got into pup portraiture completely by accident: He bought a camera in 2012, and wasn’t quite sure how to use it, so, he shot a picture of a dog to figure it out.

“I took my first [photo of a dog] as a simple flashlight and shutter speed test in my studio,” Vieler told The Huffington Post. “But after I got the first funny results, I started asking every client that came to my studio with a dog if I could shoot them.”

PIC BY FOTOS FREI SCHNAUZE / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: A labrador retriever.) A photographer has captured a series of paw-traits of hungry dogs pulling hilarious faces as they try and catch treats. Using the unique technique, the shots are captured at the exact moment the adorable pooches attempt to catch an airborne piece of food. In the shots the dogs appear surprised, happy, sad, confused - or even so unbothered they miss the treat entirely. The images were taken by Christian Vieler, a photographer from Waltrop, near Dortmund, Germany. - SEE CATERS COPY

He then started uploading the images to a Facebook page he called “Fotos Frei Schnauze.” The page eventually garnered more than 50,000 followers, who all begged for more pup photos.

PIC BY FOTOS FREI SCHNAUZE / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: A labrador retriever.) A photographer has captured a series of paw-traits of hungry dogs pulling hilarious faces as they try and catch treats. Using the unique technique, the shots are captured at the exact moment the adorable pooches attempt to catch an airborne piece of food. In the shots the dogs appear surprised, happy, sad, confused - or even so unbothered they miss the treat entirely. The images were taken by Christian Vieler, a photographer from Waltrop, near Dortmund, Germany. - SEE CATERS COPYThese portraits of dogs trying to catch treats capture a plethora of precious puppy emotions. For instance, some dogs appear shocked or confused. Others seem joyous or sad. Then there are the hilarious few that seem so nonchalant about the snack shooting towards their snout, that they completely miss it.

“Every second dog isn’t able to catch treats,” Vieler said.

PIC BY FOTOS FREI SCHNAUZE / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: A Pug.) A photographer has captured a series of paw-traits of hungry dogs pulling hilarious faces as they try and catch treats. Using the unique technique, the shots are captured at the exact moment the adorable pooches attempt to catch an airborne piece of food. In the shots the dogs appear surprised, happy, sad, confused - or even so unbothered they miss the treat entirely. The images were taken by Christian Vieler, a photographer from Waltrop, near Dortmund, Germany. - SEE CATERS COPY

And why does Vieler think that dogs are the perfect subjects to shoot?

“Dogs never complain about a bad session,” he said. “They don’t even seem to mind as long as treats keep coming.”

PIC BY FOTOS FREI SCHNAUZE / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: A Great Dane.) A photographer has captured a series of paw-traits of hungry dogs pulling hilarious faces as they try and catch treats. Using the unique technique, the shots are captured at the exact moment the adorable pooches attempt to catch an airborne piece of food. In the shots the dogs appear surprised, happy, sad, confused - or even so unbothered they miss the treat entirely. The images were taken by Christian Vieler, a photographer from Waltrop, near Dortmund, Germany. - SEE CATERS COPY

PIC BY FOTOS FREI SCHNAUZE / CATERS NEWS - (PICTURED: A half-breed dog.) A photographer has captured a series of paw-traits of hungry dogs pulling hilarious faces as they try and catch treats. Using the unique technique, the shots are captured at the exact moment the adorable pooches attempt to catch an airborne piece of food. In the shots the dogs appear surprised, happy, sad, confused - or even so unbothered they miss the treat entirely. The images were taken by Christian Vieler, a photographer from Waltrop, near Dortmund, Germany. - SEE CATERS COPY(Via: HuffPost)

Petzi Wi-Fi Pet Camera & Treat Dispenser

Pet parents have a range of devices these days to keep their furry children fed and entertained consistently in their absence. Now a new addition to the remote pet care market adds images and sounds to the fun. The Petzi Treat Cam taps the power of internet-enabled devices not only to dispense food remotely, but also see, speak to and take pictures of their four-legged children when away from home.

A joint venture between Big Heart Pet Brands and Petzilla, the Petzi Treat Cam was designed by animal trainers and behaviorists to capture in detail a pet’s shenanigans with their treats, a sort of private reality TV with pets.

petzi-1This is how it works: using a custom app that runs on Android and iOS, a single push will eject up to three dog or cat treats into the viewing area where treats fall. The camera/dispenser unit has a holding capacity of 1 lb 14 oz (846 g) and its dimensions are 8.75 x 5.5 x 8.75 inches (22.2 x 13.97 x 22.2 cm). It holds more than 100 bits and features a system that notifies the pet’s parent when treats are running low, ensuring a constant supply. It can be filled with any types of treats so that users can stock it with their products of choice, which may be very specific with choosy pets.

Dispensing cannot be pre-programed, though. The idea is to keep it “a playful mutually rewarding interaction that brightens the days of pets and their pet parent,” Petzi’s managing director, Ian Twinn, tells Gizmag. Several cover options (“PetziSkins”) are available to match different décor styles.

petzi-2Video quality is fairly high, as the HD camera can capture up to 720p video. The camera also features low-light infrared video capture, pet motion detection while video footage is displayed in wide angle.

Petzi claims audio quality is high and sound is captured across an extended range. Users can use the microphone on the mobile device to speak to their pets as well. In case you’re wondering whether pets can recognize digitally processed voices, Gwinn says they absolutely do, and respond to it.

petziTo test the product, Petzila began shipping beta units during last year’s holiday season following an Indiegogo campaign and got it in the hands of thousands of pet parents across the globe. It says on average users connect with their pets three times a day for 1.5 minutes. They are also making use of Social Petwork that is part of the package, a kind of Instagram for Petzi users who want to get social with their furry kids (or at least their fellow furry kid owners).

The video below shows how pets interact with the cam/dispenser. The Pretzi Treat Cam is have a retail launch in mid-July and it will cost $169.99

(Via: Gizmag)

Paww looks to put more play in playing fetch

111111Most dogs enjoy running to get a ball and bringing it back to their owner. It’s good exercise, and fun, but it’s not a perfect experience for the dog or the dog’s owner. The team at Paww is aiming to improve the way we play fetch with our pups with its new smart fetch toys.

111The biggest problems with fetch, according to Paww, are that you can’t play tug with a ball in the dog’s mouth, normals balls fly and bounce in a predictable pattern, balls aren’t durable, and they don’t offer any treats to keep dogs interested. Its new devices have features designed to solve all of these problems, which it promises will create a better fetch experience for all.

1The new fetch toys come in three varieties – the smaller PortoBallo, the larger GoofBall, and the largest StickBall. Each of the three takes the form of a ball with some extremities that are designed to create interesting bounce patterns, that will keep dogs running around more while they play. The two larger ones both feature arms on each side, allowing the owner to play some tug with their dog when they bring it back.

1111The team was careful to make sure that, at its core, its devices are still balls so they can be used with ball-chucking devices. As a cool bonus, dog owners can actually place kibble inside of the balls, allowing pieces to pop out occasionally as the dog chews and plays with them. The ribs on the inside of the tubes allow them to dispense randomly as dogs bite and roll the ball in a certain way.

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The Paww team is making its own materials that it claims are durable enough to handle being thrown around and chewed on by dogs. It also floats, allowing owners to safely play fetch at the beach with worrying about losing their toy in the water.
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Paww is seeking funding on Kickstarter and it has already met its US$30,000 stretch goal. Backers looking for only one style of ball can preorder for $10, and backers who want a set of all three can preorder for $25 with an estimated ship date in September.

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(Via: Gizmag)