Kira’s Photoshoot with Michiez Chua Petography

It is without doubt that working with a timid dog can be stressful, frustrating and at times, overwhelming. The necessary investment of extensive physical (controlled leash walks, training sessions, general life management) and emotional energy into these dogs can often leave us exhausted. This is as, we are not only expected to manage their daily needs (food intake, exercise, and training), but also be sensitive and mindful of the external stimuli that they are exposed to. This includes individuals that the dog comes into contact with, to the things that they see, hear, smell or sense.

The impact of micro management would at times take a toll, eliciting emotions such as feeling inept, frustrated and depressed to being amused when dealing with Kira. We pitied her past, adored her present and cursed the issues she presented us with. It is safe to say that we have come a long way with this sweet beauty; after her ordeal of being given up by her previous owner, leaving her stranded in a shelter up to the point where she was finally taken in by us, and is currently (very excitedly) awaiting her forever home.

We have always envisioned having beautiful shots of her taken, however, most of these attempts proved futile since our photography skill is pretty much comparable to a Nokia 3310. Oh wait, that phone doesn’t even have a camera… well, with our skills, it’s akin to having none.

Fate led us to Michiez Chua Petography, who was highly recommended by many including our Chief trainer. We were initially uncertain of what we could possibly achieve as Kira is extremely fearful of any novelty objects and strangers. Despite this, we decided to take the plunge and not risk wasting valuable time.

Michelle Chua, photographer of Michiez Chua Petography, along with our trainer, then set out on this treacherous and seemingly impossible path. By appropriate pacing of exposure, Michelle took ample time and patiently spent close to an hour to get Kira used to her. The triple combination of treats, space and patience proved extremely effective as Kira slowly became less wary of her presence.

With strange humans out of the picture, came the heavy equipments. They are huge, and noisy! Simply put, not exactly what Kira looks forward to. Michelle allowed Kira to sniff around, and with the help of our trainer, we counter conditioned Kira by associating each stimuli with food; from the drop back, the equipments to the sounds made by the equipments.

We were genuinely impressed by the patience and professionalism shown by Michelle. Not once did she rush the shoot, nor did she force Kira into doing something she was not comfortable with. Did I also mention that she actually reminded our trainer, from time to time, to feed Kira for doing a good job? We can’t praise her enough for her work and her efficiency (she actually had the photos edited within the day itself and sent to us)!

Here are some additional shots of our beauty, Kira.

The Positive Academy highly recommends Michiez Chua Petography for her awesome work on Kira. For more enquires, contact her at:


+65 9451 0852

Michiez Chua Petography

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