Dog Model Submission

Think your dog has what it takes to be a model? Dog models wanted in Southern California!

Commercial Tearsheets

Your dog could appear in advertising, packaging and marketing for brands like:

  • Pedigree
  • PetSafe
  • The Honest Kitchen
  • Kriser’s Natural Pet
  • Frontline
  • Embrace Pet Insurance
  • Pet Naturals
  • Vetriscience
  • Publishers
  • Dog Magazines
  • Pet-friendly hotels

These are all brands we’ve shot for.

Areas we source models from:

  • San Diego, CA
  • Orange County, CA
  • Los Angeles, CA
  • Venice, CA
  • Santa Monica, CA

***Please read the FAQ page for detailed information on each shoot type, and what dog modeling entails, BEFORE submitting the form below.***

Curious to know what’s required of our dog models? This is what we look for in our dog model submissions:

OBEDIENCE:

Generally we look for dogs who have had some formal training, and are generally obedient and listen well to basic commands like sit, stay, come, down, etc. Sit and stay are the most important commands.

For many (but not all) projects, ideally we like to see a ‘stay’ for a minimum of 3-4 seconds.

Additional obedience commands that are nice for us to have but that aren’t required for most projects:

  • Down/lay down
  • Off
  • Leave-it
  • Up
  • Hold (hold a leash or other object in mouth)
  • High-five
  • Wave
  • Paw over face
  • Hug (hug a person or other animal)
  • ‘Play dead’ or ‘sleep’ (lay down and close eyes)

HEALTH & AGE:

Age-wise we accept submissions for dogs from eight weeks of age through senior.

Our clients look for healthy-looking dogs. Healthy skin, eyes, fur, teeth, etc.

This means that we generally can’t work with dogs that are:

  • overweight or obese (is your dog a healthy weight?)
  • have (noticeably) missing fur
  • have major scars
  • have severe cataracts (mild-moderate cataracts in senior dogs is fine)
  • (noticeably) rotting or missing teeth

dog models wanted

BREEDS:

Any breed can be submitted (yes, even all of the bully breeds!), and we welcome (and need!) mixed breeds!

We have a frequent need for:

  • Golden Retrievers (America’s dog!)
  • Jack Russel Terriers
  • xl/giant breeds like Great Danes, Bernese Mountain Dogs, Sheepdogs, etc.
  • Border Collies and Australian Shepherds
  • Pomeranians
  • Labrador Retrievers
  • Chihuahuas
  • Yorkies
  • Pugs
  • The quintessential scruffy mutt, like the little guy seen in the top left in the photo above.

BEHAVIOR:

We look for social, friendly dogs who are great with people AND other dogs, and comfortable in new environments, and totally fine with a camera being close to their face.

Is your dog a show dog? If yes, we would love to work with you! (Please share this form with your show dog circuit!).

If you aren’t sure if your dog qualifies, please submit them anyway!

Also, our criteria for our personal projects are far less strict, so you never know what shoot your dog could be the star of!

Best wishes and we hope to work with you!

**Please submit a new form for each dog, as each form submission automatically creates a new dog model post that we can send to clients**. (Contact information is excluded from the post). 

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Contact Information

Model Information

Model Specs

Shoot Types

Which of the following shoot types are you interested in participating in? (Select as many as you like).

Please read the FAQ page for detailed information on each type, if you haven't already.

Media Upload*

Please upload RECENT photos of your pet that show us what they look like from different angles.

*There is a 950kb file size upload limit per image. Larger images will create timeout errors and/or get kicked from the server. Please check your file sizes before uploading.

If your photos are larger than 1MB in size please send them via Dropbox or WeTransfer to info@cowbelly.com. PLEASE DO NOT EMAIL THE PHOTOS.

Submission Agreement

By submitting your dog(s) as models, you understand that there is no guarantee that they will be chosen to participate in a photography project. If you participate in a shoot, you grant Jamie Piper the right to license the images of your pet to commercial and editorial clients, and you agree to sign a standard model release form prior to participating in a photo shoot. By clicking 'Submit Form' below, you agree to receive model calls at the email you provided.

Good luck and we look forward to reviewing your submission!