How to Take a Pet Selfie of Your Pug

No one, and I mean no one, takes a pet selfie like Norm the Pug takes a selfie. But don’t get disheartened by that. You can still take awesome selfies. And that is what I am going to teach you…. how to take a pet selfie of your pug.

All you need to learn how to take a pet selfie of your pug is your camera, a huge amount of patience and of course your pug. Now the pet selfie is definitely something best taken with the camera on your phone. It is nice and light, easy to hold and you can see how the photo will look straight away.

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A plain background is great when starting to take pet selfies but once your pug has the hang of it, take them out and about too.

Step One: If your pug doesn’t like to have their photo taken you definitely need to do some training with them and you can check out how to get your pug to look at the camera in this post. And you will either need to train them to high five, which you can learn here or train them to let you hold their paw. I went with the holding paw option even though Ref doesn’t like his paws being touched, it was easier for me to teach him to let me hold his paw rather than high five. It all just depends on your pug.

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It is not always going to go to plan. But with some magic words, you’ll have your pug looking at the camera for a selfie.

Step Two: Find a spot where your pug is comfortable and less likely to run off from having a photo taken. I like to use a chair or basket for Ref to sit on to do these. I have the best chance of getting the pet selfie doing this than say outside.

Step Three: Have your camera in one hand and hold your pug’s paw in the other hand slightly up. Move the camera into the best position that looks like your pug is holding the camera and take the photo. You may need to continue doing this until you get a decent pet selfie but when you get one, it is so worth it.

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As you can see, your phone is the easiest camera to use so you can see how the photo will turn out and it is not heavy.

Step Four: Edit your phone using your favourite editing app. I am a big fan of the Pic Tap Go app for iPhone for doing simple edits. With the pet selfie, I find it is best to crop the photo to square so that you can remove excess space and make the photo look more like your pug has just snapped a selfie.

Step Five: Have fun! Don’t forget to reward your pug for being awesome at taking a pet selfie. And of course share your pug selfies on Facebook and Instagram.

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Patience will end up getting you one cool pet selfie of your pug.

Does your pug take awesome selfies? If your pug has yet to take a selfie, are you going to try this out now? It is a bit of fun. And if you are uploading them to Instagram, tag them with #tpdpugselfie or the general #petselfiez and #pugselfie tags.

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Kristy Beck

Kristy Beck

Owner & Content Producer at The Pug Diary
Kristy is the founder and editor of The Pug Diary, a photographer and pug mum extraordinaire to Ref + Serina. Kristy has combined her passion for photography with the love of pugs to bring you all of her knowledge of pugs and more to you through The Pug Diary.


  1. Wynstan and Doug Wynstan and Doug on October 19, 2015 at 11:11 am

    Can’t wait to do this one!!

    • Kristy Beck Kristy Beck on October 20, 2015 at 7:57 pm

      Can’t wait to see them Wynstan & Doug!

  2. Avatar Maggie on October 20, 2015 at 2:55 am

    Haha, this is great! I must put one up for my pups as well!

    • Kristy Beck Kristy Beck on October 20, 2015 at 7:56 pm

      Thanks Maggie. I hope to see one of your photos on Facebook or Instagram.

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