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If you’ve ever been in the awkward situation of trying to get a baby or a pet to look at the camera, which they flat to refuse to do, while Mommy, embarrassed, shrieks at the reluctant tot or pup, creating a flood of tears  or a puddle of pee (and yes that has happened to me) — if that’s what’s troubling you, Junior, help is at hand!

Put a mechanical cricket noise-maker or dog-training clicker in your camera bag.  Little kids and pets look right at you to find the source of the sound.  Bingo!  You got ‘em!

This is an old idea, and I certainly didn’t invent it, but it does work.  You can buy crickets at any toy store, or over the web.  A dozen will cost you about $5.00.

Below you’ll see some crickets that you can also buy at the pet store, but they don’t make noise when you squeeze em!  Only the toad says “ ribbet”.

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