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Today we got the honor of interviewing Jen (Alibi's Human). You can find a direct link to their Instagram here.
Here is their story:
Can you tell us about your journey to becoming a dog influencer? What inspired you to start sharing your dog's adventures on social media?
Scutellaro: I started out like a lot of others, wanting to share my dog Loki’s adventures and photos I took of him. I’ve been in awe of both dogs and photography ever since I can remember so I loved the idea of being a part of a community where people posted about their love of dogs, their unique experiences and passions. Social media as a dog influencer has become a great way to meet like-minded people, I’ve discovered some really amazing and inspiring accounts that have not only pushed me to become a better photographer, but also to become a better dog owner and trainer. Now, with my German Shepherd Alibi, I hope to share our journey with training, traveling, and document life as we enter the world of dog sports.
What do you think sets your dog apart from other dogs on social media? What makes them unique or particularly interesting to your followers?
Scutellaro: I’m not sure that we’re set apart from other dogs on social media, I strive to post unique photos and to have thoughtful discussions in my captions- but so do lots of other accounts! I think that watching Alibi’s journey into a whole new territory (dog sports that is) will be interesting, as we’re beginners but definitely dedicated. It would be great to inspire others to form closer bonds with their dogs through relationship building, training, and content that reflects that!
How do you come up with ideas for your dog's posts and content? Do you have a specific creative process?
Scutellaro: I currently don’t have a specific creative process, I like to document specific things we’re working on or particularly fun places we explore! Though I do edit my photos in Lightroom which is one of my favorite things to do- I love seeing photos come to life!
Have you ever faced any challenges or negativity on social media, and how have you dealt with it?
Scutellaro: I don’t think I’ve faced any negativity lately on social media, though I know even in the “dog world” it can be really common. I think it’s important to remember that if things online are causing us stress, it’s perfectly okay to log off, scroll away, or block toxic accounts.
What advice would you give to someone who wants to start their own dog influencer account or share their dog on social media?
Scutellaro: Focus on capturing your dog's unique personality and moments that bring you joy! That’s what really matters. Engage authentically with your audience and accounts that you like, share your story, and use captions that reflect genuine emotions. I think that building a community around a shared love for dogs is key.
How has your dog influenced your life outside of social media?
Scutellaro: Ali is my first dog after losing Loki, she’s taught me that I can “love again”, as cheesy as that sounds. I think having a dog has taught me so many things. How to be more patient, understanding, how to enjoy life. Dogs have a way of grounding us, reminding us of the importance of love and the beauty of just spending time together. Whether we’re watching a movie on the couch or exploring a new trail together, I think it’s been so valuable learning about the bond a human and dog can share.
Can you tell us about a particularly memorable or funny moment you've had with your dog during one of your photo shoots or adventures?
Scutellaro: Not a solitary memory but I’ve been a full time pet sitter and generally working with animals for years now, I have yet to see another dog that shares Ali’s love for absolutely WHIPPING her toys around. I love how goofy she can be!
What is your favorite thing about being a dog influencer?
Scutellaro: Meeting so many different people (and dogs!) from around the world! I love learning from people, hearing about their unique experiences really fascinates me! I enjoy learning about new training techniques, seeing what people like to do with their dogs, and just generally seeing such a variety of people interact about a shared love for dogs!
Lastly, what's next for you and your dog on social media? Any exciting plans or projects in the works?
Scutellaro: We’re looking forward to adventures, learning, and just living life! Ali just joined us in the beginning of January so we’re working on building our relationship more and more everyday. I’m so excited to take her to explore different places, hopefully try camping, and to work towards her CGC and other titles!