Our Cat is called Millie. She sleeps on our heads and knocks on the door or window with her paw when she wants to come in. She's purry and friendly most of the time - but she will scratch your whole arm off if you stroke her the wrong way. Dogs I don't know about - never had one - but they seem to be more stable and more fun. They have happy waggy tails (when a cat's tail starts swishing it means someone is gonna catch it ! ) and they bounce around the place. Your dog will save you on washing up and you can take her for a walk and she will bring back a stick, which is cool. If I threw a stick for Millie she'd tell me to get it myself.
Remember Taking good pics of your pets is usually about having your camera close by. They do strange random stuff and you need to be ready to catch it when it happens. That's why phone cameras are great for general pet snaps. You might decide to take an action picture of your pet (but probably not if it's a tortoise ) or find a nice spot to take a portrait.
Eye Level The most important tip for shooting pet pictures is to get down to their eye level. Look at the images in these galleries - almost all are shot from ground level. Eye level is key for portrait photographers and the same thing often applies to pet photography.
In the house and around the garden
Out and About Running and jumping dogs need 1. Fast Shutter Speed (1/500th sec and up) 2. AI or Servo autofocus - which means the focus will follow a moving subject and keep it sharp 3. Continuous motordrive Set these yourself if you have a Dslr or Bridge camera or let the wizardry of modern cameras take over and choose Sport Mode
Phone users can try burst mode by keeping a finger on the shoot button
Pet Selfie You and your moggy, double doggy, & guinea pig