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Hello Benebone fam! This week’s post is coming to you from @emwng. I’ve been a part of the Benebone team (or should I say, Kokoro and Chibi have), shooting content and testing out new products for the past few years.

We’re so grateful to have such a strong community of Benebone-lovin’ pups on Instagram. Today we’re going to share with you some tips on how to take the best photos of your dog!

Master the sit & stay

Teaching your dog a very solid sit and stay will make your life as a photographer much easier. This seems like a no-brainer, but it definitely takes time to achieve. Once your dog has a good “sit,” work on impulse control and teach them to ignore distractions that may come up during a shoot. Throw treats and toys at your pup, suddenly start running away, walk away to where they can’t see you, you name it. Your pup should keep staying until they hear their release command.

This is something we’ve continually worked on over the years with Kokoro and Chibi and is even more essential when you want to take group photos with other dogs.

Teach your dog to bark

We like using the “bark” command to get the dogs to change up their expressions. You can use the “burst” mode to capture your pup’s face as they bark to get some fun expressions out of it!

Know your dogs’ trigger words

One of the things we run into a lot with the pups when we’re photographing them “in the wild” is their ears fold back as they’re listening to all of the things going on around them. I like photographing them when their ears are pointed forward towards the camera — it just looks much cuter!

To get them to point their ears forward, I use some of their favorite words or phrases, such as, “Do you guys want to…” or “Is it time for a treat?”

If I’m lucky, I’ll even get a head tilt out of asking them a question!

Use squeakers and sounds to your advantage

On top of knowing your dogs’ favorite phrases that get them to pay attention to you, you can also keep a squeaker in your pocket or learn how to make animal sounds to get your pup to look your way. This works especially well if you have a dog who is toy motivated.

Our dogs are super food motivated so this sometimes doesn’t work for them, but you know your dog best so use what he loves the most to get his attention throughout your shoots.

Use treats / peanut butter to get funny facial expressions 

This is one of our favorite tricks! Put some peanut butter, yogurt, or honey on your dog’s nose and shoot away with burst mode. You’re bound to get one or two gold gems, trust me. Here are some shots we got just by using peanut butter!

Decide on a consistent style that represents you

This is especially important for establishing your style on Instagram. What is the aesthetic you want to use to tell your story? Is it clean and minimal backgrounds?

Or is it action shots paired with a shallow depth of field?

Sticking to one style and getting some practice will help you improve your photography and editing skills. Maybe one day you want to switch it up and try a new style? Go for it!

Daylight is your friend

We take 99% of our photos during the day in natural light. If we’re at home, we always shoot close to a window. Sunlight is your friend and dogs just shoot amazingly in natural lighting.

This doesn’t mean you can’t use studio lighting, but it’s much trickier to properly light a pup this way. And you just don’t get the same authentic effect as using some regular ol’ light from mother nature.

Stay in the shade

We love a good sunny day, especially here in LA. But whenever we shoot outdoors, standing in the sun can cast some harsh shadows in places you may not want in your photo. We try to look for a shaded area when we’re out and about with the pups and need to grab some outdoor photos.

Play with different angles

This is something that has taken me years to perfect. What unique and different angles could I utilize to make my photography stand out more?

The first simple rule of thumb is to get down to your dog’s height. Make sure you’re eye level with them for the best shots!

Utilize burst mode and video

It’s definitely hard to capture that “it” moment, especially with moving pups and their constantly changing expressions, so use the burst feature on your camera to continuously capture as many frames as possible! That way, you can pick and choose which exact moment you want to share.

Some of the best shots on my Instagram are even frames taken from videos, such as this. Because I had to throw the confetti myself, I wasn’t able to shoot burst photos at the same time, so opted to shoot a video instead. The photo quality won’t be as high if you pull a frame from a video, but for Instagram that isn’t really a problem at all since you’re just posting at 1080 x 1080 px!

Get your dog to smile by running them around

Is your dog looking a little too serious for the type of photo you’re going for? Take their favorite tug toy and play 5-10 minutes of tug with them. Or, run up and down the hallway a few times to get them active and panting. It’s a quick and easy way to get them to open their mouths and look happier for a shoot!

Use the right equipment

When I first started out taking photos of Kokoro, I had a 90mm portrait lens on my camera that I primarily used for taking photos of people. I quickly found out that this was going to require me to back up a lot before being able to frame up a shot. It proved to be near impossible when Kokoro was a puppy and didn’t have a perfect sit stay.

Wide angle lenses will get you closer to the dog so you don’t have to back up as much and so there isn’t as much time for the dog to break their sit stay. We’ve been loving our 24mm f/1.4 lens for wide angle shots and will occasionally switch to our 40mm f/1.8 prime lens when we’re outdoors.

Give your dog lots of treats

Treat photo shoots as training time for them. They have to put in work and follow commands, so they deserve lots and lots of treats and praise for being good dogs. And ultimately, don’t make them do anything they don’t want to do. Make sure you’re both having fun! This will really give you the most authentic photos that tell the story between you and your pup in the end.

Incorporate product creatively!

When photographing your dog and featuring a brand, think about different ways to naturally incorporate the product. There are many options aside from simply placing the product next to your dog.

Think about the natural use of the product! Is there a way that you can tell the story of how you or your dog would use it in one photo? Do you want to feature your dog’s face, whole body, or just paws? Here are a few examples to get your creative juices flowing.

Think about styling the environment to make it more interesting and purposeful. In these photos shot for Benebone, @bordernerd and @ifitwags used props to help bring more interest to these simple, beautiful photos.

Perhaps you get your pup in motion, moving towards the product to show interest or excitement. Just like how @pavlovthecorgi and @karen.lao did in these shots!

Or this shot of Chibi and Kokoro, up to no good and sneaking their way into a bag of yummy treats:

That does it for our dog photography tips! What tricks do you use when shooting for the gram?

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Hello Benebone community! We hope each and every one of you is doing well amidst everything going on in the world today. It’s been great to get updates from our Benebone fans and we love hearing about pups benefitting from extra time with their parents. Today, we’re sharing some things you can do (some with your pup) with the extra time you may have if you’re able to stay safe at home.

Spring clean your pup’s belongings

Whether this be his toy bin, wardrobe, or stack of Benebone chews, now is a great time to do a little purge of items that have served their purpose! Wash and donate any old toys and clothes that your dog doesn’t use to another dog in need. For Benebones, evaluate whether they’ve reached the end of their life cycle, and throw out any that might be past their prime. Don’t forget to grab a new Benebone to replace the old ones if need be!

Deep clean your dog’s daily used items

Crates, beds, bowls, and leashes are a good place to start. We’re often too busy to deep clean a lot of items that are used on a daily basis, so now is the perfect time. Throw favorite toys in the laundry, wash bed covers and blankets, and disinfect lesser-cleaned items like their crate. Your dog will thank you!

Sew and donate masks

Sew masks with your free time! There are a lot of organizations that are in need of masks, including hospitals and emergency rooms. Veterinary departments are also experiencing equipment shortages and in need of masks to provide healthcare services to animals. Here is an example of how you can sew surgical face masks that comes with a free pattern!

Make cat and dog toys

Source: PopSugar

Once you’ve mastered sewing masks, try sewing some cat or small dog toys to donate to your local shelter to continue paying it forward! It will delight the animals that are going through extra stress because of any changes that might be happening in shelters right now.

Foster a dog in need

Source: @emwng

Many local shelters aren’t able to staff their facilities due to restrictions in place. If you’ve ever considered fostering a dog, now you have extra time to help out a dog in need! Reach out to your local shelters to see if they’re in need or open to fosters during this time. You can also consider donating to support if you have the means to.

Keep you and your pet’s supplies stocked

Source: @pudding.corgi

Pay attention to your supply of dog food and medications and make sure to have a few week’s worth readily available in your home. Just as you need to be prepared with some items in your home in case of emergency, it’s always a good idea to have more than enough pet supplies in your home. Keep in mind pet stores are essential businesses and will remain open, so no need to buy too much food at once! That way everyone can have the opportunity to purchase food for their pets throughout this time.

We hope you and your pups are staying safe and well these days, both physically and mentally. Don’t be afraid to reach out if there’s anything our team can do to support your pups during this time.

Source: @rubyruedood

Feature image via @livlovesleo

It’s here! Our much anticipated Benebone puppy line has arrived just in time for puppy season. 

Benebone began catering to the toughest of chewers.  But let’s face it, puppies like to chew too!  The toughness and durability of our adult Benebones can be too much for tiny puppy teeth to safely enjoy. So we created a slightly softer, yet still durable, specially created puppy line of Benebones.

For tiny pups under 15 lbs, our puppy line includes two 2-packs of chewing fun. Our first 2-pack includes our classics: the wishbone and dental chew that dog parents have come to know and love. But we didn’t stop the fun there. We created another 2-pack with our most recent additions to the Benebone family: the Maplestick and Zaggler.

For larger pups (under 30 lbs), we offer our puppy chew in the classic bacon wishbone shape  and the Maplestick, which includes real maple wood. You’ll love when your puppy chews on our Maplestick instead of chewing on your kitchen chair legs.


Our entire puppy line has pink and blue packaging making it easy for dog parents to spot. You’ll also notice they have the word “puppy” embossed on one side to make it easy for dog parents to spot them on the floor if they are scattered with our adult Benebones. While your adult dog may be tempted to chew on the puppy Benebones, it’s best to keep them separated, as adults will quickly chew through the softer puppy chews.  

All of our products are ergonomically designed for a pup to grasp on without the luxury of opposable thumbs. There’s real bacon inside for flavor, so these chews are sure to be a hit with the newest four-legged addition to your family.

Puppies require both physical and mental exercise as they grow. Mental stimulation can help deter “bad” behavior, while also keeping your pup busy. The rolling nature of the Zaggler will provide your growing pup a stimulating challenge.

Just like with the rest of our chews, make sure your puppy has strong, healthy teeth that can withstand the fun of chewing a Benebone. Your pup may be an early teether so be sure to check your pup’s teeth often for the arrival of adult teeth. Your pup doesn’t necessarily have to turn 1 to move onto our adult line. A good way to know for sure is to ask your vet if your puppy has lost all their baby teeth.

Once your pup has all their adult teeth in, we invite you explore our entire line of Benebones for adult dogs. We offer Benebones for every size ranging from the tiny (15 lbs and under) to giant (under 120 lbs).

As always, please monitor your pup while they are chewing for safety reasons. Check out our Safety Page and When To Replace Guide for guidance on keeping your pup safe.

Is your new pup loving the chews? Share your photos using #Benebone with us on Instagram, Facebook, and Twitter!

Since we are a New York-based company, New York City will always have a special place in our hearts. When we heard the buzz around Boris & Horton, we knew that we wanted to host a pawty there to engage with our current fans and meet new ones. 

We were honored to meet so many New York dog parents and even a few that drove in from New Jersey! 

For this event, we invited Social Tees NYC – a local NYC dog rescue. This no-kill organization is unique in that they rely solely on foster parents. That’s right, Social Tees NYC does not have a facility, so they rely on dog events and social media to help raise awareness to have their dogs adopted. We are happy to report that all of the visiting Social Tees dogs had an attendee put in an adoption application! 

With the help of our amazing social media fans, through our Bandana Campaign, we donated a check in the amount of $500 to Social Tees NYC! We encourage everyone to check out the adorable, adoptable dogs Social Tees NYC has in their care. 

It was great to see so many dog parents mingling with each other – sharing dog stories and a common love for all things dog! Attendees were also given the opportunity to take home a new piece of art to hang in the house …. Because, dog art is the best art! 

To keep the pawty going through the weekend, each attending dog received a Benebone swag bag complete with our durable bacon wishbone, a Benebone bandana, tennis ball and a Benebone water bottle.

We would love to meet you and your dog at our next event. Check out our events page to see which city we will be popping up at next. In the meantime, enjoy the photos below from our Boris & Horton pop-up event.

Finally! The answer to all our stick loving dog friends problems have been solved. With the introduction of our newest family member, The Maplestick, we are helping to put an end to the great debate of “no sticks in the house”. Made from real maplewood and high quality nylon, The Maplestick will help satisfy your dog’s stick chewing obsession without the mess. And, since The Maplestick is available in three sizes: small, medium or large, dogs of all sizes will finally be able to find their perfect sized stick.

If you follow us on any of our social media pages, you may have seen our posts highlighting our new Maplestick but, now, we want to see yours. There’s nothing we love more than seeing our friends happily chewing or hearing how one of our products have helped keep your furry best friend from chewing on your favorite pair of shoes. So, we’ve gathered some of our favorite photos of dogs with their Maplestick for your viewing pleasure.

Does your dog like to chew their Maplestick inside in the cool air conditioning or outside sunbathing under the summer rays? Show us where your dog chews by tagging us in your post with #bbmaplestick on Instagram, Facebook or Twitter.

*Featured Image: @jaggerdwagger

A few months ago, we launched our most interactive product to date, the Pawplexer. In case you missed it and aren’t exactly sure what the Pawplexer is, you can check out our introduction post here.

Peanut Pawplexer

While you can let your dog have the Pawplexer as is, the Pawplexer allows dog parents the ability to add an extra layer of fun by inserting a chew, bully stick or treat of their choice into the center of the Pawplexer.

We have loved seeing the creative ideas fellow dog parents have had and put together this roundup of photos to help inspire and showcase fun ways you can use the Pawplexer too. We would love to share the ways that your dog enjoys their Pawplexer. Post your Pawplexer pictures and tag our Instagram, Twitter and/or Facebook accounts with the #Pawplexer hashtag.

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As many of our Benebone fans may have seen, we teamed up with the folks at Bark to create the Benebone Bark Pretzel. This collaboration was created to give our Benebone fans a fun, new, inventive toy. Why a pretzel? The Bark team is headquartered in New York City and we wanted to bring an iconic New York staple to the front steps of your dog.

Made with the same quality, USA-sourced ingredients as our traditional Benebones, the Benebone pretzel has brought many hours of chewing happiness to dogs throughout the holiday season and beyond! Below are a few of our favorite photos of dogs with the Benebone x Bark pretzel.

Having pretzel FOMO? Don’t worry, the special edition pretzel is still available for a limited time through BarkShop and is available in both small and large sizes. If your dog has a pretzel of their own, we would love to see it! Tag your photos #benebone to our Instagram, Facebook or Twitter account and you may just be in our next roundup feature!

*Featured Photo: @kristinahphotos

With the holiday season upon us, we are thrilled to offer our fans a fun, new, limited-run chew toy. We collaborated with our friends at BarkBox to create a unique pretzel. Unlike human pretzels, this pretzel chew will keep your dog busy for hours on end.

Whether you’re a long-time Benebone fan or just trying to find your dog the perfect chew toy, you can rest assured knowing that Benebone will satisfy a dog’s natural desire to chew. Just as with our other chew toys, the Pretzel is also Made in the USA, using only two USA-sourced ingredients: nylon and real food-grade bacon! That’s right bacon lovers, it’s a bacon-infused pretzel! Using Benebone’s highly durable nylon allows every dog from the “small and mighty” to the “large and in charge” chewers to enjoy the Pretzel for hours of satisfying chewing.

If your dog is already a Benebone fan, first, we thank you for your support and encourage you to give the Pretzel chew toy a try. We hope your pup will enjoy the new shape and carefully designed surfaces. We love the quality and details – right down to the sprinkling of “salt” on each Pretzel. It’s is also a great way to introduce your dog to a new chew toy, especially if you need to swap out any older Benebones that should be replaced.

The Bark x Benebone Pretzel can be purchased exclusively at BarkShop and is available in both small and large sizes. The small size is recommended for dogs under 40 lbs. and the large size is recommended for dogs under 60 lbs. As always, select the largest size your dog can handle.

Photo Credit: BarkShop

The pretzel shape allows your dog to easily hold one side while chewing on the other. And, much like the Benebone dental chew, the handles of the Pretzel allow for a fun game to tug-o-war with your dog.

We would love to see your dog with his or her bacon-flavored Benebone Pretzel. Be sure to tag us using #benebone Instagram: @mybenebone, Facebook: /mybenebone, or Twitter: @benebone. We will repost our favorites!