I would be remiss if I didn’t take a moment and talk about the #1 movie in the country right now. Mostly because it is a dog movie. Walt Disney has graced us with Beverly Hills Chihuahua. Not only is it the #1 movie but this is for the second week in a row. Follow Me Dog Training LLC has not been to see the movie yet, but I have to admit I want to.
Two Chihuahuas, a German Shepherd Dog, and Doberman Pinscher make up the main dog cast. According to the official website though, there were over 200 different dogs in the cast. That is pretty impressive. All sizes and all breeds. some were shelter dogs, some seasoned pros to the acting world.
Training dogs for any kind of theatre, movie or tv work can be challenging. Preperaction includes alot of distraction work, trick training, obedience, focus, fun and hard work. Has anyone out there tried to take a good picture of their dog, the dogs need to sit still or you’ll take a picture of grass…ok I did that this morning when I was trying to take a picture of Leinie and Ginger playing.
Follow Me Dog Training LLC has a friend that works with animal actors. Dawn Wolfe has had a few of her personal dogs in some big movies and helps cast and train for tv and movies. She is fun to talk to and her dogs are even cooler. Chances are you have seen some of the things she has worked on.
On a more serious note though we have to mention that the dogs in the movie may not be anything like what you get in real life. For one, real dogs can’t talk out loud in English with Placido Domingo’s accent…although your dog may have a sense of humor like Cheech Marin. Also the dogs in the movie are well trained actors and sometimes more then one dog is used for the same role (as with the German Shepherd Dog in this one). That is because not all dogs can do every trick or command the same, or even has the physical ability to perform. So don’t everyone in America go out and buy Chihuahua’s because you saw how wonderful the one in this movie is. A Chihuahua may not be the right dog for your family or lifestyle…same goes for any of the other 200 breeds that make up the cast.
Adopt or purchase (from a reputable breeder) the right dog for you, not because you saw a certain breed in a movie! And when you bring that dog home and find that your dog is a Diva or he “acts” like a bully, contact Follow Me Dog Training LLC for a FREE evaluation and demonstration. We can help your dog with the “role” of their life….your dog.
Go see Walt Disney’s Beverly Hills Chihuahua and let us know what you think!