Dog owner reveals the secret to getting her seven pet pooches to line up for stunning photographs
- Kaylee Robertson has six Shetland Sheepdogs and an Alaskan Klee Kai who are like ‘models’
- Her clever pooches have been taught to stand still together while she takes pictures of them
- Some of the adorable canines have been posing for pictures since they were four weeks old
These are the stunning pictures of seven adorable dogs – which could be the most obedient pooches in Scotland.
The 28-year-old’s clever pups have been taught to stand together while she takes pictures of them striking a pose.
The cute pups, whose ages range from six months to six years old, are called Fenton, Thiago, Gimli, Mercy, Ghost, Murphy and Jara. Some of the dogs, who are named after Lord of the Rings and Game of Thrones characters, have been posing since they were four weeks old.
Kaylee, an ambulance technician from Scalloway, the largest of the Shetland Islands, says the trick to having such well-trained dogs is ‘bribery’. ‘We give them lots of treated and positive reinforcement,’ she said.
‘When they had sat nicely and looked at the camera we would throw them a ball. They associate it as a game.’
When Kaylee gives the command for them to ‘release’ they are rewarded with a ball, which they all end up squabbling over.And the dogs have become local celebrities, with patients always asking Kaylee about them when riding in the back of her ambulance.
The avid dog-owner had one Shetland Sheepdog but decided she wanted more. So she decided to surprise her husband-to-be by bringing home one every week after they moved in together.
She said: ‘He was so mad. I had it all planned, I was going to make him a nice meal when he came home and surprise him. Now he will kiss the dogs before he kisses me!’
The doggy photographer says the best advice for taking photos of your pooch is to keep a happy dog.
‘You can’t take a pretty picture of a dog if they look sad. So relax, enjoy the moment and when the timing is right – take the shot,’ she said.
Kaylee began training the animals as a child with her first dog Flint who was a Shetland Sheepdog.
She said: ‘I had ten beautiful years with that gorgeous soul who I used to show at the local dog competitions. We won pretty much everything and I also scooped the junior handler with him.’
Kaylee sadly lost her childhood pet to bone cancer but he has remained an inspiration for her to train dogs ever since.
She said: ‘He was my inspiration and I cant help but think of him every time I get my camera out.’
Kaylee also gets a lot of requests from other dog-owners asking if she will do a photo shoot with their pets.
She said: ‘A lot of people want me to take pictures of their dogs and think that I must have a way with dogs. What they don’t realise it that it takes years of training.
‘I met a fantastic woman who was travelling the world with her five Shetland Sheepdogs and she stopped in Shetland.
‘They were very well behaved and I managed to get a shot of her group with mine. Very nice to see Shelties coming home to their roots.’
Kaylee’s images are set to be hung on Shetland Hospital’s wall to cheer up patients and she said she ‘feels humbled by the fact that people enjoy them so much’.