Posts Tagged ‘movie dog’

New trick in Kelta’s repertoire!

August 28, 2013

Ketla continues to learn new behaviors as she begins her life as a movie actor and of course my companion and best friend.  Here is a quick video that shows her mastering the “Cover”.  She learned this in about 20 minutes! 

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=FBwC8U6qGaE

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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!

 

Animal Trainer In the press- Kalamazoo Gazette

January 8, 2010

Check out today’s article in the Kalamazoo Gazette!

Youth In Revolt in theaters tonight!

January 8, 2010

I am looking forward to seeing Youth In Revolt tonight!  I worked on the film as the an assistant dog trainer and I can’t wait to see little Oscar a/k/a Albert on the big screen.  This is certain to be a great movie, directed by Miguel Arteta and stars Michael Cera.   Expect a few good laughs!

Oscar

Oscar was rescued from a shelter in LA.  He is a wonderful little dog and he seemed to enjoy the time he spent at my house last summer while filming.  Toula, Cole, Annie and Keegan welcomed him to our pack with open paws. 

Youth In Revolt on set Justin Long takes some time out to love on the puppies

Check out the film and keep an eye out for three little puppies and another little dog…  enjoy!

Kalamazoo Gazette Highlights Toula’s Role in “Public Enemies”

January 23, 2009

As many of you know, Toula is making her film debut in “Public Enemies” starring Johnny Depp and Christian Bale.  The Kalamazoo Gazette recently spotlighted this accomplishment, but if you missed it – read it here.

Pumpkins in the Park was a success!

October 20, 2008

On Saturday,  October 18, 2008, Toula took part in judging the pet contest which was part of Plainwell’s Pumpkins in the Park.  There was a great turn out for the event with a variety of dogs.  We had a beautiful sunny day to spend outside at Hick’s Park, enjoying the people, events and cider.  It was a pleasure meeting so many nice people.  Toula left with a few new fans and made many new friends, K9 and human.  Thanks to everyone that made Pumpkins in the Park a success and special thanks to Plainwell’s Ransom Public Library for organizing the pet contest.