When you were watching that movie last night, you may have seen a Bosnian Coarse Haired Hound or a Dogo Sardesco or a Havanese or a Mioritic. Now, what you are asking yourself is – ‘Is my Carpatin ready to be in the movies?’ Ok, your veterinarian tells you that your favorite dog is just the best pooch they know of. This critter even has figured out how and when to mug for a picture, a regular scene steeler with a personality that would have given Lassie a good run for her money.
Ok, but you have to consider this. If you really want your dog to be the next star canine in a real Hollywood movie, your pooch can’t just look adorable and like cameras. Your dog is going to have to be well trained and know, not just the basics, but a few great tricks to show what he can do.
The majority of tricks that you see dogs doing on the big screen look so great because Hollywood has a way of putting the dog’s tricks to good use and making the shots work. They combine them as a series of tricks into a final production that works for a particular scene very well.
It’s the basic tricks that are going to land your dog a movie role. There are many training facilities that offer the classes necessary to get your puppy the tricks and obedience that are needed by dog actors.
Almost everything that dogs do on TV are easy tricks. Most of the common tricks the dogs need to do on demand are bow, pray, speak on cue, touch the target, hide your eyes, back up, play dead, sneeze, find it, wave, crawl, roll over and whimper.
Teaching your puppy all of the skills might be the easy part of getting ready for the movies. The difficult one for many dogs is working surrounded by many strangers and a lot of distractions. Also, in most cases, your dog will be under the general control of the set’s dog trainer, not you. These are some major drawbacks for some dogs to overcome.
If you can teach your dog all the tricks, but also the basics of working with strangers on television sets without freaking out, you might just have a dog like Ben (II), the Golden Retriever.
Now… your pooch is ready and willing to act in the movies. What is your next step? The thing that will make your dog stand out is to put together a compelling portfolio for your dog. All the current photos, his list of skills and tricks, training and hopefully some great videos of your dog doing some of his best tricks.
Many of the training schools for television dogs will show you how to get your dog into the industry. Don’t forget there is a tremendous volume of advertising for your aspiring pet to shoot for also.
Finally, your dog would do anything for you (hopefully, the feeling is mutual). If your dog does not enjoy acting and does not want to be a television star, your dog will make it obvious. Listen to your pal and if your dog wants to have that talk with you.