It is truly an effort to get a picture without a dog in it around here. My two German Shepards are always within a few feet of me in the garden, or in the house for that matter.
Somehow they sense when I am focusing on something and make sure that they are the center of attention.
I typically have to call them out of the frame to make sure the main subject is the flora and not the canine.
Then there is always the cropping I have to do to remove noses and tails that are in every other photo. So many challenges!