Archive for the ‘Dog actor’ Category

From shelter dog to movie dog in training!

February 16, 2013

They say one man’s junk is another man’s treasure, or shall I say man’s best friend!  Meet Kelta, the new member of Team WHATADOG.  At 7 months old, Kelta was dumped at a shelter in Ohio during the night, the next morning she was found by shelter staff.  Great Lakes Border Collie Rescue took her into rescue and I adopted her after she had been in a foster home (this is the same rescue I adopted Cole from).

Meet Kelta, WHATADOG's new pack member

Meet Kelta, WHATADOG’s new pack member

Finding the attributes and temperament I was looking for in a dog, knowing that this dog will be a movie actor and will be a daily part of my private dog training business, was not something that I rushed into. Finding a dog that fits with your lifestyle is something I preach, and this certainly was no different even though I train dogs for a living.   After looking for nearly a year for my “next” dog, and oh boy I looked at many, Kelta was exactly what I wanted!  I knew what I was looking for:  I wanted a young dog that had lots of energy (yep, this is something most people don’t want!), loved people and had a very fast recovery with distractions.

Kelta’s not perfect, not yet, nor did she come trained, but right now we are concentrating on focus work, tons of socialization with both humans and K9s, and basic obedience with texture work

Another thing that was so important to me was that Kelta be able to learn from my dogs Annie, Toula and Cole.  And the K9 pack learning has been awesome thus far just as I assumed it would be.  So the training and bonding begin for a life of a movie dog, and yes, you will see Kelta on the big screen just like Toula and Cole. Kelta will also be a participating in WHATADOG private dog training with clients.

My biggest concentration is building a bond with Kelta, that is what owning a dog is all about, the bottom line is that she is my pet first and foremost, an assistant with my business and movie actor are only pluses that she will come to know over the years.  It is WHATADOG’s mission to educate and show the public that rescue dog’s are capable of becoming very, very special dogs!


It was great to work with little Simon

January 28, 2010

So long little Simon

Several years ago, I had the opportunity to meet Simon while visiting his owner and trainer, Debbie Pearl of Paws for Effect, on a trip to LA.    Simon although small had a huge personality and was a very talented dog actor.  He became one of my favorite little dogs of the Paws for Effect pack.  Debbie did an awesome job training Simon.  Simon had plenty of studio time under is collar, including the work he did on the television show Dirty, Sexy, Money

Jimmy ,Toula and Simon hanging out before filming Animal Planet's THE HAUNTED

Recently, both Toula and I had the opportunity to work with Simon while filming Animal Planet’s show The Haunted.  Toula, Simon and another dog, Jimmy worked wonderfully together while filming the episode. 

Simon was a smart, witty dog with an awesome leg lift as seen in a commercial he recently did.

It was an honor to have been able to work with Simon.

Jimmy, Toula and Simon, working on head down