I Asked Pet Influencers How To Make My Dog Instagram Famous And Here’s What They Said

Hey guys! My name is Syd, and next to me and on my coffee mug is my lil’ stimker, Butch!

Instagram: @sydthebinch

Butch is a 4-year-old English Bulldog with a gorgeous underbite, six crooked teefies, and an affinity for extra sharp cheddar cheese sticks. In short, he’s perfect.

Instagram: @sydthebinch

Since I’m keenly aware of Butchy’s innate star power, I FINALLY decided it was time to make him an Instagram account — but not before asking some seasoned Insta veterans their advice.

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So I took to Petcon, a convention where Instagram-famous pets and their owners meet and mingle with other creators and fans, to learn how to create the best content for Butchy’s page.

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Here’s what they said:

1. “Play up your pet’s personality.” — @danzigbros (75,000 followers)

Instagram: @danzigbros

“Since Bart’s a little grumpy guy, we like to play up his grumpiness,” his hooman told me.

Like Bart, Butchy is also pretty grumpy-looking. Therefore, I tried to play up his tendency to look like an old man who thinks everything and everyone around him is trash.

Butchy thinks you’re tacky and he hates you.

2. “Find your pet’s niche.” — @izzythe.frenchie (117,000 followers)

Instagram: @izzythe

For @izzythe.frenchie, her niche is dressing up in lavish costumes her hooman, Shane, designs for her!

While I’m not totally sure of Butchy’s niche yet and I’m not nearlyas crafty as Izzy’s dad, the closest Butchy and I can get to their level of *~gLaMoUr~* is putting him in his winter coat, so:

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3. “Post consistently!” —@theklauscat (494,000 followers)

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“High-quality pictures and posting regularly will build an audience,” Klaus’s hooman, Nick, says. “It takes a little bit of time, so just have fun doing it!”

I have to confess that posting consistently on sosh meds (social media) isn’t one of my strong suits. Buuuuuuut I’m happy to report that after starting Butchy’s account six days ago, I’ve posted TEN TIMES!!!!!

And in those six days, Butchy's gained over 100 followers, with about 10+ new accounts following per day!!! I'm hoping that if I keep up with it, Butchy will have a pretty steady fanbase in several months!

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And in those six days, Butchy’s gained over 100 followers, with about 10+ new accounts following per day!!! I’m hoping that if I keep up with it, Butchy will have a pretty steady fanbase in several months!

4. “Share the special moments you have with your pet!” —@157ofgemma (228,000 followers)

Instagram: @157ofgemma

For artist Gemma Gené, the little moments with her pug, Mochi, are the most special. She took to illustrating their day-to-day experiences together and quickly gained a following!

For a special moment to share, I asked my mom to send me this pic she took of me lovin’ on Butch one morning.

Instagram: @butchythebulldog

This post got some engagement, including my little sister telling me to screw myself for correctly acknowledging that I am Butchy’s favorite.

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5. “Engage and collaborate!” —@hotdudeswithdogs (452,000 followers)

Instagram: @hotdudeswithdogs

As for how to build your audience, Hot Dudes with Dogs founder Kaylin Pound says: “Engage with as many accounts as possible!!!”

So we started engaging with other pet accounts! Here we are and liking and commenting back to a new follower who shares our love of teefies!

I did notice that the more I engaged, the more ~loyalty~ our followers showed. I'm talking consistent likes, comments, and even sharing Butchy's page with other people!

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I did notice that the more I engaged, the more ~loyalty~ our followers showed. I’m talking consistent likes, comments, and even sharing Butchy’s page with other people!

6. “Don’t try too hard.” —@bertiebertthepom (282,000 followers)

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“People can tell when you’re not being genuine, so don’t try to force anything!” advises Bertram’s mom!

For some low-hanging, *UNFORCED* content, I posted this quick lil’ vid my mom sent me of Butchy doin’ some mlems. It’s simple, unprompted, and just what the people want!!!!!!

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7. “Take well-lit photos and have well-behaved pets!” —@leonardothecorgi (74,000 followers)

Instagram: @leonardothecorgi

“Training your pets to sit still miiiiight be the most important thing!!!” says Jocelyn, Leonardo and Annabelle’s mom.

While I may not have a fancy camera, my phone DOES happen to have Portrait Mode. JUST LOOK AT THIS HIGH-QUALITY, WELL-LIT VERY GOOB BOYE!!!!!!!!!

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