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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diane a
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1 year ago

Perfet subject composition.

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Kadan Shirk
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1 year ago

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

Amazon QT
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1 year ago

That’s almost every time with my husband!

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Cat Mac
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1 year ago

Treat time, the hi-light of his day.

Withnail
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1 year ago

Is it just me or does this doggo look like Steve Martin?

Sugar Latte
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1 year ago

This is pure joy friends!

Rachael Marrast
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1 year ago

Errmegherd treat!

Natters
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1 year ago

His smile!

Jaiden
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1 year ago

When girlfriend says yes/boyfriend proposes

DESI LAMB
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1 year ago

his smile, Im dieing

DESI LAMB
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1 year ago

His smile, I can't Im deing

Amazon QT
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1 year ago

*dying

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Cynthia Cindy Mulrooney
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1 year ago

Now THAT’S a smile......😁😁😁😁

newjerseygal
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1 year ago

say cheese!

Kennedi Judah
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1 year ago

When your parents buy you a present and then you realize its a phone

Jude
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1 year ago

"Treat, I will you into my mouth." "Hey, it worked!!"

Heidi Matsumoto
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1 year ago

Very cute.... It's when you're surprised and delighted at the same time.

Hannah Hess
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1 year ago

look at the face

Hannah Hess
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1 year ago

Oh a treat soo happy

Liz Sahlin Johansson
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1 year ago

Goldies are my favorites!

Cynthia Cindy Mulrooney
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1 year ago

I’m MAD about my TREATS!!

Synnika S
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1 year ago

LMAO THAT LOOKS LIKE MY FRIEND SDGFHJKDLS

Shane Gaston
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1 year ago

sMILE!

Springbonnet Afton
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1 year ago

Looks like tigger

Kitty Hugenschmidt
Community Member
1 year ago

"Oh Happy Day!"

Schrödinger's Dog
Community Member
1 year ago

Brudder!!!

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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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IvetaT
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1 year ago

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

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Tom Hardeveld
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1 year ago

WHOMPF! nom nom nom

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Natters
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1 year ago

Clueless.

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Luis Milian
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1 year ago

The joy!

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Laugh Fan
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1 year ago

MINE! Chomp.

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diane a
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1 year ago

That expression..Lol

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Luis Milian
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1 year ago

this one is not so bad

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IvetaT
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1 year ago

oh wow!

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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
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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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Schrödinger's Dog
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1 year ago

Its face tho

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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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Niffler_13
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1 year ago

Frenchie!! :D

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Tom Hardeveld
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1 year ago

Tffffreat!

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Kathryn Baylis
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1 year ago

Good catch, bro!

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Kathryn Baylis
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1 year ago

A giraffe with silky waves...

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Kathryn Baylis
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1 year ago

Wow, that was close!

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Tom Hardeveld
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1 year ago

For me? Thaaaaanks

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IvetaT
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1 year ago

im really sorry.. but DERP!

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Kadan Shirk
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1 year ago

What is this thing?

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Kathryn Baylis
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1 year ago

Bad hair day...

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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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IvetaT
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1 year ago

cute!

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