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Old 10-10-2008, 09:42 PM
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Default Training dogs for movies, TV & commercials

Well this is the main reason I joined this site. I wanted to just answer questions you may have on how we train animals for film. I thought that if I did not know the answer to a question, I am very good friends with many of the other animal trainers in the business, and I can get the answers from them too.

I thought that I might also be able to help you if you are thinking of wanting to train animals for movies, TV shows, and commercials too. Depending the city you live in, who knows? You might just be able to start a business for yourself. I would not mind helping you get started and let you know some of the most common breeds used, and some of the behaviors that directors ask for.

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Old 10-10-2008, 09:46 PM
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some of us already do.

Its great you want to help. BUT you might get more responses if you got to know the place first.

Are you a wrangler, or just a trainer? Personally I won't send my dogs out with a wrangler. (horses either but that has never came up.. you want my horse you get me too )

Ok so how would you train a dog to open a book, flip pages and read? :P (sorry couldn't resist)

Why do you think that food is not good to train exuberant dogs? Is that just a TV thing. Cause its the exact opposite to how most competative people train. (toys hype them up and over stimulate them)

Do you do any dog sports along with your TV stuff?
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Old 10-10-2008, 11:02 PM
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You do? That is very cool.... We must know the same people.. Are you in the L.A area??
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Old 10-10-2008, 11:21 PM
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um no.. it says on my posts where I live.

Lots of movies are NOT made in LA. And even more tv shows are not made in the US....

I suppose we could know the same people, but I doubt it. If we did I don't think you would be posting the way you are about training.

any answers to my questions?
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Old 10-10-2008, 11:33 PM
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What behaviors do people most often want on TV, aside from usual things like sit/down? What breeds are most popular? (I'm guessing golden retrievers!)

I see on your site that you train cats too . . . Interesting! I haven't trained mine to do any tricks, but I give them some problem solving exercises like getting treats out of bottles and such.
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Old 10-10-2008, 11:34 PM
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Lots of movies are NOT made in LA. And even more tv shows are not made in the US....
nonsense. everything good about this world happens in California/USA.
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Old 10-10-2008, 11:36 PM
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My friend Sassie does lots of t.v work, her dogs are regularly on Law and Order, she's based out of NYC. She also does very well in agility etc. Lol picking her brain is fun, especially about different tricks etc. Her articles in CR have been excellent on bridging and shaping etc.

Joel, how do you teach hind leg lifting? I was starting to teach it to my stud dog but stopped for the moment bc I have two girls in heat. Not a behaviour that I want to reinforce at this moment lol.
I'll just continue with the other behaviours that I am working on with him at this time, hopefully he'll be ready if I find the time to train............
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Old 10-10-2008, 11:40 PM
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I see on your site that you train cats too . . . Interesting! I haven't trained mine to do any tricks, but I give them some problem solving exercises like getting treats out of bottles and such.
Training cats is a riot!!!! I trained one of the barn cats to do agility a few years ago, he could in a sequence (running), the dogwalk, tunnels, jumps, teeter and frame, never got around to the weaves He knew the contacts as well!!
My house cats always did a bunch of tricks, its fun.
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nonsense. everything good about this world happens in California/USA.
Like 20 people are going to jump on you now, you know. Do we need to put you back in your cage?
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Old 10-10-2008, 11:44 PM
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Like 20 people are going to jump on you now, you know. Do we need to put you back in your cage?
Pfft! I'll sic my vicious USA dogs on them!
I don't want to go back in my cage.
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