You can try to contact local film animal trainers without taking these steps, but it’s unlikely that they will be interested in your dog. Q: How well-trained does my dog have to be? A dog can never be too well trained for the film business. To be considered for film, TV or even a photo shoot, an animal must be solid on all off-leash basic obedience — with distractions.
CGC certification has a foundation to begin training for entertainment. Hollywood Paws classes emphasize specific behaviors that are not found in your basic obedience school, which is why it’s the perfect place to prepare your dog for possible work in film, television and commercials. Q: How do I find an agent for my dog? There’s no such thing as a «true» animal agency. We may offer your dog representation but they, like all animals in the entertainment industry, are considered «props» and are rented for daily production. There are schools, like Hollywood Paws, that help train owners and their dogs to prepare for film work and then promote and market these animals. There are exceptions, but your pet must be extremely well trained and unique to merit consideration.
Q: What are the basic tricks dogs need to know to become actors? Solid off-leash obedience with heavy distractions, as well as basic film behaviors like «go to a mark», «head down», «speak», «on your side», «go with», etc. Hollywood Paws classes can provide a foundation in all of these and much more. Q: What are the most popular breeds used in films, TV and commercials? Golden Retrievers, yellow Labs, Border Collies, Jack Russell Terriers and Bulldogs are all popular breeds. But scripts frequently call for an unexceptional-looking mutt. Huskies and then get five Husky jobs in one month.
Q: At what age can a dog start training for entertainment? As early as eight weeks old. But dogs can begin learning as adults. Q: I have the cutest dog. What are his chances of becoming a star? Directors often choose dogs for their look, but a dog cannot be submitted for any kind of role or shoot unless he or she is very solid with all off-leash obedience behaviors and basic film behaviors.
Hollywood Paws workshops offer the required foundation. Q: How do we know dogs are treated well and work under safe conditions on set? They are there to ensure that producers, directors and others don’t pressure the trainer to jeopardize a dog’s safety. Professional trainers welcome the AHA representatives on set, because his or her presence helps keep the dogs safe. Q: How well trained does my pet have to be? Whether you’ve got a darling dog, a cuddly guinea pig or a handsome iguana, looks alone aren’t sufficient to make the grade.
Your pet will require advanced training, an outgoing friendly personality, and the ability to accept commands and maintain focus amid multiple distractions. By «accept commands», we mean that the animal performs the behavior at the trainer’s first request. Multiple requests by on-set trainers are counterproductive and generally convey inadequate training and preparation. Q: What kind of training does a dog or cat need to be represented by Hollywood Paws? All of our four-legged performers are fully trained — from basic behavior to advanced animal acting. In general, we have found that dogs with «basic behavior training» are not up to our standards of basic behavior. When we send a Hollywood Paws actor out on a job, that animal is a representative of our company and must be fully prepared to meet the production’s exact needs.
CGC stands for the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen certification. Hollywood Paws requires all its animals to pass this test. Q: How many actual dogs are used to play a single do character in a film? Air Bud» is a perfect example. Sometimes as many as five dogs are enlisted to capture all the qualities of a single canine character. In addition to providing a deeper characterization, this tradition keeps the production from overworking any particular dog. Q: How much money can an animal actor make on a film? As is the case with any performer, these issues are negotiated when the actor lands the part. Q: What are the chances that my pet will get a job? If you have the requisite commitment and drive, we can give you and your pet the tools to vie for acting work. But show business is, well, a dog-eat-dog world — the competition for animal parts is as fierce as any human casting call. It’s still up to the production company, director, producer, casting agent and other professionals to make the final decision. That said, the training provided by our program will give you a decided edge — whether you want to go out for a TV commercial or just impress your friends with your pet’s stellar behavior.