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
Community Member
1 year ago

Lazily does it...

Joann Wegman
Community Member
1 year ago

That’s a Pro

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Withnail
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1 year ago

What a charmer! frei-schna...a5dbed.jpg frei-schnauze-christian-vieler-254-5ca20b9835d48__700-5ca4b16a5dbed.jpg

danielw
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1 year ago

Withnail, you are rapidly finding yourself into my pantheon of lesser heroes.

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KCanadian
Community Member
1 year ago

When you're trying to look cool in front of your crush off camera.

Paige s
Community Member
1 year ago

he is like this is easy I've done this before

Cat Mac
Community Member
1 year ago

James Dean, Fonzie and Clint Eastwood all rolled into one.

Billie
Community Member
1 year ago

"Ugh yeah whatever. Just give me the treat already -.-"

Weim Central
Community Member
1 year ago

It's like a side eye... side mouth?

Laura Zaini
Community Member
1 year ago

not impressed :)

Elizabeth Gardner
Community Member
1 year ago

hey....like this one is mine yeah!

Amazon QT
Community Member
1 year ago

It’s like “oh ok if you insist...”

Tony Moon
Community Member
1 year ago

"I'm too cool to react..."

Jennifer Locke
Community Member
1 year ago

Yoooo.....treat (channel your inner Rocky)

DESI LAMB
Community Member
1 year ago

casually yawning and catching food at the same time.

Mimsy
Community Member
1 year ago

Wait guys I'm about to sneeze

newjerseygal
Community Member
1 year ago

(the narrator) as this dog slyly snatches the treat from his right

Sarah Nunns
Community Member
1 year ago

Be cool in all situations lol

ZoeIsHahaha
Community Member
7 months ago

Doesn't even care

Cynthia Cindy Mulrooney
Community Member
1 year ago

Think you’re a wise guy, huh? You’re supposed to toss it INTO my mouth....

Cynthia Cindy Mulrooney
Community Member
1 year ago

Looks like he is dropping his ‘cigar’...

Joann Barry
Community Member
1 year ago

Must be a cockeyed optimus. You can do it!

Faith Nicole
Community Member
1 year ago

Alright. Let's do this again steve.. but this is the last one, you're interrupting my naptime

Jude
Community Member
1 year ago

"Watch me, pups and I'll show you how to be cool and impress the ladies."

Heidi Matsumoto
Community Member
1 year ago

LOL He looks so bored.

Matthew Wotherspoon
Community Member
1 year ago

dog lol i got it me nope u miss dog waaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaaa

Shane Gaston
Community Member
1 year ago

"I'm Tired, ehhh"

Denis Oštir
Community Member
1 year ago

The "I've got this easy" look ...

Annick Le Page
Community Member
1 year ago

Yeeaep!

danielw
Community Member
1 year ago

When your trying to be discrete. "Hey buddy, toss that over here." *shoink* "Thanks."

Mindy Keys
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh, I love this guy way too much.

Karen Kirkpatrick
Community Member
1 year ago

Our husky can't catch anything! LOL

Emily Stander
Community Member
1 year ago

replace that treat with a microphone

Susan Riley
Community Member
1 year ago

Huskies are always derpy - love them anyway.

Debby B
Community Member
1 year ago

My favorite!

Kitty Hugenschmidt
Community Member
1 year ago

… and you woke me up for ONE???? I was dreaming I got TWENTY!!!!!

Kirsten Preston
Community Member
1 year ago

What a cracker ;)

Heaven Scott
Community Member
1 year ago

NOM

Susan Sturdy
Community Member
1 year ago

I have two and they pull such derpy faces lol

Sheryl Thompson
Community Member
1 year ago

So laid back !

lifelover911💖
Community Member
1 year ago

....Dude....

Michelle Weisen
Community Member
1 year ago

Am I a joke to you Karen?

Hannah Hess
Community Member
1 year ago

lazily me sometimes

Ktlar
Community Member
1 year ago

The boss

Ginette Rochon
Community Member
1 year ago

This is the funniest 🤣😁

Sue Prewitt
Community Member
1 year ago

Way too cool to get excited

Kadan Shirk
Community Member
1 year ago

Bruh

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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
Community Member
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
Community Member
1 year ago

"Where did it go"?

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Wanda Queen
Community Member
1 year ago

ERMAHGERD SNACKIES

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Laugh Fan
Community Member
1 year ago

MINE! Chomp.

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Schrödinger's Dog
Community Member
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!

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
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
Community Member
1 year ago

looks like Sid from Ice Age

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FatBaby
Community Member
1 year ago

Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs

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Dancer_Thing
Community Member
1 year ago

Oh yes I haven’t had one all day!

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LoneWolfie
Community Member
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
Community Member
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
Community Member
1 year ago

lol...what's in his treats?

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IvetaT
Community Member
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
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1 year ago

Just look at that award-winning smile!

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