Photographer Christian Vieler specializes in glorious moments of the purest joy – capturing dogs trying to snaffle treats out of mid-air. The expressions he captures are those of unbridled happiness (anyone who owns a dog knows that treats are basically life for them), panicked anticipation and focused concentration. Because who knows where the next treat is coming from is this one isn't caught?

The shots bring out the unique personalities of each dog, as we can clearly read the emotions etched over their wonderfully dopey faces. Vieler has been documenting dogs' reactions since 2013, and has now collected them all in a book called Treat!

Vieler's Facebook and Instagram accounts are wildly popular, as people eagerly await his next batch of hilarious photos. With the models quite happy to keep posing as long as they get their treats, it seems that everyone is a winner from this particular project! Scroll down for your dose of doggy delights (check out our previous post too) and let us know what you think in the comments!

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Monika Świrydo 8 months ago

SO MANY treats!

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"I started doing the treat shots by accident and chance, Christian told Bored Panda. "I had never seen anything like it before, but I didn’t plan on doing that kind of photography either! Back in 2013 I got myself a flash with a big battery pack for outdoor use. The day my new toy arrived was a rainy one, so I started discovering all flash options in my living room – especially the capability of freezing motion. I wanted to use my own dog Lotte for my test shoots."

"The problem was: She was (and fortunately still is) a very chilled labrador and didn’t move in front of me. So what gets a lab moving better than a treat?! I started throwing and hit my camera button at the same time ... just to find out the right settings for a "motion freezing setup." Days later – when I cleaned my hard drives – I recognized how funny some results turned out. That was the birth of "Dogs Catching Treats."

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Chris Jones 8 months ago

Nooo - he's getting them all!

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Kadan Shirk 8 months ago

When your girlfriend says the date is on her...

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"Now, I work with dogs everyday. Photographing them is just the half of the work. To get good results, understanding and interacting with them is a very important part of my job. So I can say that this whole "Treat“ project hasn't only brought me closer to dogs – dogs are my 24/7 life now!"

"I've worked as a professional dog photographer since 2016, so I am in a really lucky position. The cutest models find me, because clients make their appointments. But I search for for special breeds or kind of dogs, when I have new topics and ideas in mind, for example the variation 'Puppies catching treats.'"

"Most of the dogs enjoy their photoshoots, that's for sure. I use many treats – the really yummy ones, because my challenge is to become the best friend of the dog for a short time. Most of the dogs are really excited about the fact that someone gave them treats several times in a row and they didn't have to do anything for it! And – to see it from another perspective: If a dog feels really uncomfortable, he denies all food. You can see the malaise in every part of his body and behaviour. So nearly every dog enjoys the shooting for sure."

"There are a few, who are easily scared by all foreign things (like rooms, persons, even the floor). Those dogs are hard to shoot. That’s the point where you really have to work hard for a single photo. But I never ever force a dog in a situation, he doesn’t like. The reasons: First I would not stand it myself, and besides, there would never be a good picture for the reasons above."

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Laugh Fan 8 months ago

Lazily does it...

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Monika Świrydo 8 months ago

The face of a sudden realization that the treat is going to fall...!

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"All breeds are good for the job in general. I often need a perfect grab for a photo – a single movement towards the treats is often enough for a hilarious shoot. It doesn’t matter if the dog really catches the treat. But it’s harder to work with long-haired breeds. Because of the fur, you don’t see any movements in their face – sometimes not even eyes. So, short haired dogs let hope for better results."


"Most dogs successfully catch the treats – when we do it as an normal exercise. But – once I have a couple of shots – I throw faster to evoke new expressions. There is no really chance for them to get the treats, even if it looks like in the pic, that the treat is flying straight into the mouth."

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Kadan Shirk 8 months ago

Thus came the horror movie "The Killer Dog"

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BlackestDawn 8 months ago

Ohh, that's sooo gooooood.

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Armando Garcia 8 months ago

"Where did it go"?

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Wanda Queen 8 months ago

ERMAHGERD SNACKIES

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Laugh Fan 8 months ago

MINE! Chomp.

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Schrödinger's Dog 8 months ago

Resignation to the fact that it won't be caught.

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Janine B. 8 months ago

What a beauty.

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IvetaT 8 months ago

oh wow!

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Kathryn Baylis 8 months ago

OK, OK, I got it, I got it.

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Dancer_Thing 8 months ago

I will eat ALL THE TREATSSSSSSS

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Luis Milian 8 months ago

looks like Sid from Ice Age

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FatBaby 8 months ago

Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs

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Dancer_Thing 8 months ago

Oh yes I haven’t had one all day!

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LoneWolfie 8 months ago

Hahahaha!!

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Tom Hardeveld 8 months ago

Tffffreat!

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Karen Dyer 8 months ago

Dude, you did it, I knew you could catch it.

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Kathryn Baylis 8 months ago

A giraffe with silky waves...

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Ang.stl 8 months ago

I love these because they show such detail in the face!! Look at his whisker holes!! It's crazy!

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ZombieGirl5591 8 months ago

lol...what's in his treats?

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IvetaT 8 months ago

im really sorry.. but DERP!

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Qwanda Parker 8 months ago

*sad music plays* When you try your best but you dont succede...

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Cat Mac 8 months ago

Just had my hair done for the fashion show. What do you think?

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Kathryn Baylis 8 months ago

Did he miss? Is that the treat under his mouth?

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反社会的 8 months ago

Just look at that award-winning smile!

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