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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2 years 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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2 years ago

Nooo - he's getting them all!

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Kadan Shirk
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2 years 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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2 years ago

Lazily does it...

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Monika Świrydo
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2 years 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
2 years ago

Thus came the horror movie "The Killer Dog"

diane a
Community Member
2 years ago

Dog by Stephen King.

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IvetaT
Community Member
2 years ago

I dont know why.. but this dog looks kinda like a ostrich..

Kitty Hugenschmidt
Community Member
2 years ago

Ha! Ha! Ha! Shape of the face without the ears!!! First thing I thought! HIGH FIVE!!!

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Letitia Hedding
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2 years ago

thats scary

Laura Zaini
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2 years ago

hahahahaha this one just kills me

Luna Lovegood
Community Member
2 years ago

Omg his face! 😁 where is this dog and can I meet him

Janine B.
Community Member
2 years ago

Brother of Eddie and Crash? 😂

Tara Thomas
Community Member
2 years ago

SO FREAKIN FUNNY - YEAAAA

Annie Hall
Community Member
2 years ago

Love this picture.

Claire Armstrong
Community Member
2 years ago

IT - the killer dog. Now that could be a movie straight from the Horror channels lol! Up there with Sharknado, etc!

Theory Buchannon
Community Member
2 years ago

Bad hair day

DESI LAMB
Community Member
2 years ago

TIME FOR SOME MEAT

Yor Bo$$
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks like a high-buget cartoon character

Amy Lam
Community Member
2 years ago

For me, the face without the ears looks like a bat...

Kimberly lee
Community Member
2 years ago

Lord have mercy!! 🎶 All the other dogs used to laugh and called him names...

Kitty Hugenschmidt
Community Member
2 years ago

I just KNEW I'd attract the 'Right One' into my life, as soon as I got a Perm!!!!

Hannah Hess
Community Member
2 years ago

It look like a bat

Liz Sahlin Johansson
Community Member
1 year ago

😂😂😂

Cynthia Cindy Mulrooney
Community Member
2 years ago

You’re MINE.......!

Cynthia Cindy Mulrooney
Community Member
2 years ago

This has to go on a Halloween card.....

Dawn Baik
Community Member
2 years ago

omg this one cracked me up!!

Madeleine Joiner
Community Member
2 years ago

oh dear Lord lol

Joann Barry
Community Member
2 years ago

Help.....it's coming right at me. Metoprolol.

newjerseygal
Community Member
2 years ago

love the hair she or he wears it good

L Jennings
Community Member
2 years ago

Anyone else think he looks like the poodle version of Pennywise the Clown?

Faith Nicole
Community Member
2 years ago

Thought this was an opossum at first 😄

Puller Lanigan
Community Member
2 years ago

Vampire poodle?

Matthew Fairman
Community Member
2 years ago

hahaha:D

Cactus that is bored
Community Member
2 years ago

I'm just backin away slowly

Annette Evans
Community Member
2 years ago

Looks freaked out..

Elizabeth Feener
Community Member
2 years ago

This is by far the best shot!

Bobbi de Haan
Community Member
2 years ago

Scary!

Slune
Community Member
2 years ago

This dog looks like a freakin bat.

Kirsten Preston
Community Member
2 years ago

Jeez a tad hyper methinks ;)

Trish Christoffersen
Community Member
2 years ago

Madge? Is that you Madge?

Joannie Goulet
Community Member
2 years ago

This is going to fuel my nightmares for a while.

danielw
Community Member
2 years ago

me to, considering I was attacked by a giant poodle when i was like five, and it sorta stuck with me. (partly because certain of the grand parents kept a pair of minis that were little terrors, )

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Tambot
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2 years ago

This dog looks very "bat-like" to me

Kerry Schulstad
Community Member
2 years ago

What the 😂😂😂😂

Jessamyn Stinchfield
Community Member
2 years ago

Is that Richard Simmons?!

Tayler L Sattler
Community Member
2 years ago

When u get the call 4 no school

Madzdad the bard
Community Member
2 years ago

Poodle from the dark side!

Char Char
Community Member
2 years ago

Excuse me, but ummmm.what?

LoneWolfie
Community Member
2 years ago

Is this a real dog?

PandaPiñata
Community Member
2 years ago

A bat with a wig!

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BlackestDawn
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2 years ago

Ohh, that's sooo gooooood.

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Armando Garcia
Community Member
2 years ago

"Where did it go"?

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Wanda Queen
Community Member
2 years ago

ERMAHGERD SNACKIES

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Laugh Fan
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2 years ago

MINE! Chomp.

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Schrödinger's Dog
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2 years ago

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

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Janine B.
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2 years ago

What a beauty.

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IvetaT
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2 years ago

oh wow!

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Kathryn Baylis
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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Dancer_Thing
Community Member
2 years ago

I will eat ALL THE TREATSSSSSSS

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Luis Milian
Community Member
2 years ago

looks like Sid from Ice Age

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FatBaby
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2 years ago

Cuckoo for Cocoa Puffs

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Dancer_Thing
Community Member
2 years ago

Oh yes I haven’t had one all day!

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LoneWolfie
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2 years ago

Hahahaha!!

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Tom Hardeveld
Community Member
2 years ago

Tffffreat!

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Karen Dyer
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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Kathryn Baylis
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2 years ago

A giraffe with silky waves...

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Ang.stl
Community Member
2 years 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
2 years ago

lol...what's in his treats?

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IvetaT
Community Member
2 years ago

im really sorry.. but DERP!

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Qwanda Parker
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2 years ago

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

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Cat Mac
Community Member
2 years ago

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

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Kathryn Baylis
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2 years ago

Got it!

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Kathryn Baylis
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2 years ago

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

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反社会的
Community Member
2 years ago

Just look at that award-winning smile!

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