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Lights! Camera! Action! Does Your Dog Have What it Takes for Show Biz?

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Bolt, the Yorkie Poo guest blogger: Hey! Now that I have circled the block a time or two on this blog, I think I qualify for celebrity status. No, I will never reach the heights of fame as Party Marty, but I still think I could rule this kingdom with my cute looks and playful charm. As a matter of fact, I bet I could excel in a modeling and TV commercial career. Whenever I look in the mirror or take a selfie, I see “superstar” written all over me. (I just need to shed a pound or two…the cameras are very unforgiving from what I understand!)

However, I know I can’t just jump in front of any ol’ camera and call myself a professional, so I did some research online and came across some interesting advice on the web site.

Do you think your pet has what it takes to be on a TV commercial? I mean…come on…whenever you see those ads on TV, you might tell yourself, “My dog could do that…probably even better than that dog!”

That’s a great start…a positive attitude…but here are a few other pointers…

*Observe how your dog handles stressful situations. If he becomes nervous, aggressive or agitated among other animals or crowds, you might just want to keep him at home and consider a career in something else. Basket weaving comes to mind. However, if your dog revels in all the commotion and loves the spotlight, then keep reading.

*Find a reputable dog trainer that can assist you in training your dog in obedience, distance, socialization and off-leash work. Yep! That’s a full study load, but necessary! Be selective and choose a trainer that leans on positive reinforcement. Your dog should enjoy his training. If he remains positive during this time, that trait should readily transfer to filming day.

*Teach your dog a trick that would be useful in a television commercial. Refer to a dog trick book or videos for ideas. For example, if your dog is auditioning for a dog food commercial, then teach him to bring his dog bowl to you. Study commercials with dogs in them and observe the types of tricks they perform.

*Do your homework and research agencies that desire to represent dog owners who want their pets in show business. Find an agent who will set up auditions, suggest dog training issues specific to your dog, and help you learn to promote your dog to production companies.

*Be sure to compile a portfolio of photos of your dog in various poses to showcase his personality, size and style. Be sure to also film your dog performing various tricks he has learned so you can show these to the agent. Anything you can do to make your dog stand out ahead of the pack is helpful.

Well, I better sign off now. This old dog needs to learn a few new tricks if I am ever to compete in the big leagues.