As a pet owner, it is not a hard task to find a fantastic photo opportunity. Capturing the moment on camera is often a little more difficult. Here's some hints and tips on taking great pet photographs.
Use a high-speed film and a fast shutter speed
Make sure the camera is at the same level as the pet
Fill the view finder with the subject
Take lots of photos and choose the best (this is even easier now with digital cameras)
Check out the background and position the camera to minimise any distractions in the background
Place puppies in a basket - not only does the basket keep them all in one spot but they will look cute too
Use a squeaky toy if you want the pet to look at the camera.
Capture your pet's personality. Position them in their favourite place in the garden, chair, bed or with their favourite toy
Place a dark coloured pet against a lighter background and a lighter coloured pet against a dark background
If photographing the pet with a child, keep them on the same level.
Position the camera on a slight angle so that your pet is not looking directly at the camera. This will give the photograph depth and will look less like a mug shot
Most importantly, always have your camera handy. You never know when the next great photo opportunity will be