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
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

Nooo - he's getting them all!

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Kadan Shirk
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

Lazily does it...

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Monika Świrydo
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

Thus came the horror movie "The Killer Dog"

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BlackestDawn
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1 year ago

Ohh, that's sooo gooooood.

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Armando Garcia
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1 year ago

"Where did it go"?

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Wanda Queen
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1 year ago

ERMAHGERD SNACKIES

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Laugh Fan
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1 year ago

MINE! Chomp.

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Schrödinger's Dog
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1 year ago

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

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Janine B.
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1 year ago

What a beauty.

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IvetaT
Community Member
1 year ago

oh wow!

Joann Wegman
Community Member
1 year ago

WHAT on earth is that ? And what am I supposed to do

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Cat Mac
Community Member
1 year ago

Concentrate, concentrate.

Kelly Horrigan
Community Member
1 year ago

keep your eye on the prize pooch!

DESI LAMB
Community Member
1 year ago

What is he looking at

Cynthia Cindy Mulrooney
Community Member
1 year ago

I litterly yelled out loud when I scrolled down to this photo....amazement and a laugh! You ARE GOOD...these are wonderful......a table book maybe for vet offices???😃😃😃😃😃✨✨✨✨✨✨

Evie
Community Member
1 year ago

OHMERGERRRRRRRRRRRRRR!!!

Faith Nicole
Community Member
1 year ago

Is this all for me?! WOW

Jude
Community Member
1 year ago

Demon-dog.

I dunno lmao
Community Member
1 year ago

owo whats this?

c Fuller
Community Member
1 year ago

ooooooh boy!

Kitty Hugenschmidt
Community Member
1 year ago

… and The Great Dog God of The Universe shall eat the little spaceship!!!!

Barbara Dixon-Vallat
Community Member
1 year ago

Me when John says....”dinners ready”!

Cynthia Cindy Mulrooney
Community Member
1 year ago

REALLY? MINE???

Frozengeckolover
Community Member
1 year ago

Lol!

Sophia Daily
Community Member
1 year ago

"What's that on the floor?"

Elizabeth Gardner
Community Member
1 year ago

here it comes.......

Elizibeth Crater
Community Member
1 year ago

WAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAAT

Ashley Wright
Community Member
1 year ago

Key your eye on the biscuit.

Kirsten Preston
Community Member
1 year ago

♥️

Hannah Hess
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh wow a treat.............. a treat!

Nikolina Kalajdžić
Community Member
1 year ago

I feel like his right eye was twitching

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Kathryn Baylis
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1 year ago

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

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Dancer_Thing
Community Member
1 year ago

I will eat ALL THE TREATSSSSSSS

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Luis Milian
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1 year ago

looks like Sid from Ice Age

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FatBaby
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1 year ago

Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs

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Dancer_Thing
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1 year ago

Oh yes I haven’t had one all day!

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LoneWolfie
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1 year ago

Hahahaha!!

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Tom Hardeveld
Community Member
1 year ago

Tffffreat!

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Karen Dyer
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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Kathryn Baylis
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1 year ago

A giraffe with silky waves...

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Ang.stl
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1 year 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
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1 year ago

lol...what's in his treats?

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IvetaT
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1 year ago

im really sorry.. but DERP!

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Qwanda Parker
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1 year ago

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

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Cat Mac
Community Member
1 year ago

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

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Kathryn Baylis
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1 year ago

Got it!

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Kathryn Baylis
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1 year ago

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

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反社会的
Community Member
1 year ago

Just look at that award-winning smile!

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