Instagram Dog Hashtags & How To Make your Dog Famous

Posted by Jamie on December 12, 2018

Did you see how much money Ugly Cat made its owner? A lot! If you have a cute puppy or dog that makes people stop and pet them, you could theoretically make your pup famous using Instagram. Granted, even if your dog goes viral, it’s pretty unlikely that you can earn a lot from it, but the potential is definitely there! Besides, who doesn’t want to share pictures of their dog?

First, here are some Instagram tags that could help catapult your dog to stardom.

  • #dogsofinstagram
  • #puppy
  • #instadog
  • #cute
  • #pet
  • #love
  • #dogstagram
  • #wildlife
  • #dogs
  • #dogoftheday
  • #dogsitting
  • #petstagram
  • #instagood
  • #ilovemydog
  • #doglover
  • #pets
  • #animal
  • #nature
  • #photooftheday
  • #animals
  • #adorable
  • #followme
  • #pup
  • #happy
  • #hound
  • #instapuppy
  • #instapet
  • #instagramdogs
  • #petsagram
  • #dogs_of_instagram
  • #lovedogs
  • #smile
  • #fun
  • #puppylove
  • #puppies
  • #doggy
  • #photo
  • #hair
  • #picoftheday
  • #chihuahua
  • #like4like
  • #beautiful
  • #pretty
  • #petsofinstagram

Of course, you can also use breed-specific tags. If you’ve got a chihuahua, anyone looking for a chihuahua to coo over will appreciate that you’ve made their life that much easier.

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How to make your dog famous on Instagram

If you take a look at some of these Instagram dog hashtags, you will see pets of all shapes and sizes. Some are definitely cute, some are definitely only cute in the eye of the beholder. Regardless of your opinion, these are your competition. Your dog needs to be cuter, funnier, more adorable, or just plain different from all of these other dogs to be noticed. They need to stand out from the pack.

If you want to make your dog famous on Instagram, here is what you need to do.

Create their own Instagram account

Your first task is to give your dog their own Instagram account. Keep it separate from your own so they get all the attention. It makes sense to keep yours and your dog’s accounts separate so you don’t bombard your friends with pictures of your pooch and you don’t tell your dog’s followers all about your day at the mall.

If people want to see pictures of your dog, they can follow it. Friends of yours that aren’t as enthusiastic about the dog as they are about you can follow you instead. That way, everyone’s happy.

Find a style and USP

To stand out in a sea of millions, you either have to do something nobody else can or do something better than everyone else. There are thousands of dogs on Instagram and they all look great, but how many of them truly stand out? Very few. If you want to make your dog famous, you need to stand out.

Find a style, whether that is looking cute, playing, posing, being spectacularly ugly, or something else. There must be something about your dog to make you consider them a potential Instagram star, so you need to play on that.

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Show their personality

Dogs have fantastic and fantastically varied personalities, so show it on your dog’s Instagram account. If it is funny, show it. If it is grumpy, show that too. Whatever your dog displays most or whenever they’re at their cutest, make the most of it. People engage with personalities, so the more you can show with your images, the more followers your dog will collect.

Take pictures, lots of pictures

Now you need to generate content and a lot of it. That means pictures of your dog. Not just a few, but hundreds of them. Take your style or USP and expand on it using images. Change lighting, placement, color, setting, activity, and more. Do everything you can to create a range of interesting images that show your dog at its best while also being interesting and different from all of the others.

This is more of a challenge than you might think. A dog doesn’t really have expressions, cannot pull faces, and cannot do much in terms of a pose. So you really do have to use your imagination to make each image different from the others.

Use hashtags

Instagram is all about the hashtag, so make sure to use them liberally in each post. However, don’t just spray and pray. Make sure they are all relevant and descriptive enough that people know what to expect when they use them. Most of the Instagram dog hashtags above will work, and I’m sure you can think of others.

If you’re not sure, look at some of the other cute pets on Instagram and see what kinds of hashtags they use.

Don’t forget to use breed specific hashtags too like #labradoodle, #corgi, #westie and so on. Always include a breed hashtag in every post.

Follow as well as lead

Social media is as much about making friends and following others as it is self-promotion. Find friends for your dog and follow other dog accounts. You could start in your own city or breed. You could use an activity like CanniX or snow dogs. Just pick something relevant to your own dog and go from there.

The more work you put in, the more you get out. The principles are the same whether you are using your own account or promoting your pooch. You have to give to receive. Just make sure you’re dog is still having a good time at the end of the day; nobody wins if your pooch is miserable.

So now you have a bunch of Instagram dog hashtags and an idea of how to make your dog famous. Don’t forget to send us the details of your dog when they become famous!

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