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Our smartphones, tablets, and devices are a major part of our daily lives, and for many of us, a lot of the time that we spend on them is spent on social media sites like Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram. Social media, after all, is the perfect place to see cute, cuddly, goofy, and downright lovable pets from around the world. Want your dog to be a global phenomenon? We’ve got the tips on how to make your dog famous!
People don’t just showcase their dogs on their own social media accounts — they often start an account just for the dog! If you’re planning on giving your pup his own social media profile, there’s so much more you can do than just share great photos with friends and family — you could post funny videos, share inspirational quotes, play dress-up, or even give an inside look into what your dog is thinking. The possibilities are endless!
So whether you’re about to open one, or you already have a social media profile for your pooch, here’s how to make your dog famous.
How To Make Your Dog Famous
While posting pictures of your dog is fun, it can get a little repetitive after a while. Eventually, people aren’t going to care about the same photo of your dog sitting on the couch staring into the camera. You know that your dog is special, so go ahead and show it through his photos! No matter if your dog is happy or lazy, grumpy or crazy, your pup has moments that other pet parents will find relatable and entertaining. The best way to stand out from the crowd is to show something super cute or really funny. Your dog isn’t a comedian? Try to think of a seasonal or timely theme that you can plan a photo around, like some red, white, and blue gear for the 4th of July or a clever costume for Halloween. Get creative and have some fun with it!
Does your dog do a unique trick? Capturing the trick in a short video can be a great way to garner attention. Videos can also be used to show your dog just being a dog. Whether he’s chasing squirrels in the backyard or rolling around in his favorite blanket, your dog’s true personality is the best thing to share.
Funny captions are also great ways to bring followers to your page. A good caption adds depth to a picture or video, and also can explain what it’s all about. Use captions to introduce your dog or share a quote. If you’ve ever thought, “if my dog could talk, this is what he would say,” you already have great ideas for captions! Use your dog’s “voice” as a way to tell a story through your pictures and videos. If you travel with your dog, share your adventures. What’s better than a picture of Mount Rushmore? A picture of Mount Rushmore with an adorable dog in it!
Find Your Pack and Share the Love
Even if you come up with the best, cutest, and funniest posts, you can’t just assume people will find you and follow your dog’s account. Determining how to make your dog famous isn’t an “if you build it, they will come” kind of endeavor.
Whether your dog is on Facebook, Twitter, or Instagram, you’ll want to use hashtags — a word or phrase preceded by a hash or pound sign (#) that is used to identify posts on a specific topic — to help dog lovers find your pup. A good place to start is by using hashtags about the breed of your dog, for example #Dachshunds or #DachshundsOfInstagram. People who love dachshunds will search for those types of hashtags and thus, they’ll be more likely to see your posts.
You can also use hashtags related to whatever you have going on in your post — #DogsOfInstagram, #cute, #funny, #travel, #Thanksgiving, #MyDogIsTheCutest, #DogLover, #DogOfTheDay, you name it! Just be sure not to use too many because it can distract people from what you really want them to see.
Following popular pet-related social media accounts can also help you get noticed. Like and comment on their photos, and tag their accounts in your dog’s photos, as well. If you’re lucky, they’ll feature or share your post and boost you to fame. You can also use those accounts to get ideas for your dog’s posts. Does your dog look even cuter than that one pup you saw wearing a sombrero? Post a picture and prove it!
Following other famous dogs’ accounts and regularly interacting with their posts can give you a boost as well. Not only will they see your activity and likely follow you back, but they might give you a shout out on their account, putting you front and center with their thousands(and sometimes millions) of followers.
Paws Up For a Cause
Have a cause that you really care about? Use your dog’s social media account to raise awareness for it! Making a stand for a cause is a great way to spread the word about your account, and more importantly, about the cause itself. Again, use hashtags and tag other accounts to put your cause in front of people who care and will want to help. Use your dog’s fame for the good of all dogs!
Using these tips consistently will help you build a strong social media account that gets noticed. If your dog loves attention, sharing him on social media is a great way to help him get more attention than he (or you) could have ever imagined.