I get asked all the time "how do you get dogs to be still and pose?"... Well here is what works for me. First off you need to go into this shoot understanding that you are at the mercy of the dogs personality. For example my dog Cash loves to be dressed in customs. Some dogs hate to have this done to them so for them a prop next to or beside them instead of on them is best. I also never say the dogs name because them they want to run to you. My choice is to make high pitched sounds if I want them to look directly into the camera. The next thing is to just have fun and play with different options, poses, props, and let the dog get comfortable with the camera. My dog is exposed to being in front of the camera constantly so he doesn't mind at all!
Hope you have fun playing around with your doggies and capturing sweet moment