February 04, 2022 3 min read
Hollywood dogs are some of the cutest stars on the big screen. Clever and well-trained, we often don’t think about everything that happens behind the scenes to make them camera ready. How do professional trainers find these amazing pups? How exactly are they trained?
Here’s a primer on Hollywood dogs and how they learn the tricks of the trade. And maybe a few fun things to try with your own pup.
A dog doesn’t have to be a purebred to break into show business. Far from it. Some of the most talented Hollywood dogs started their lives in animal shelters.
Professional trainers are looking for a dog with confidence and energy. They need to learn fast and not tiptoe around new behaviors. They should also be incredibly motivated, either by toys or food. The ideal Hollywood dog is excited to work and should love learning new tricks.
When looking for a show business dog, these are all attributes the professionals are seeking. So pedigree doesn’t matter, some of the best Hollywood dogs come from the most humble of backgrounds.
It’s crucial that a Hollywood pup have the basics down pat. Good sit, stay, and down behaviors are essential when training any animal, but particularly one that’s going to be in front of a camera.
The more advanced training tactics are where Hollywood pups earn their paycheck. Those behaviors include:
This is a directive to sit or stand on a particular spot. It can be marked specifically with an X in chalk or it can be something more subtle such as a leaf on the ground.
Teaching a pooch how to go to mark requires a lot of patience (and treats!). It can be broken down into the following steps:
This is a directive to bark or whine and is a relatively easy command to teach. Here are the steps:
This involves teaching the dog to spin in a circle. The steps involve:
If you decide to give your dog a little “Hollywood” training, don’t push it. It’s supposed to be fun. And while it’s not likely your pup will end up in the movies, it can be a great bonding experience and help you get some winning videos for social media.
When personally training an animal, you have to understand that you’re also in training yourself. Even if you have years of experience, every animal is different. You have to learn the ins and outs of each new dog that comes into your care.
Hollywood dogs are as talented as they are cute. With the right personality and dedicated training, any dog can learn the tricks of show business.
Now that you know how show business dogs are trained, do you think your pup has what it takes?
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