There is not a dog owner around who doesn’t think that their dog is the cutest and should be in pictures. Every dog from Bridget Marquardt’s dog Wednesday, to Cooper, a standard poodle who first appeared on a Duck Dynasty episode has their own agent. Do you think your dog has what it takes to be in the movies?
A dog that is being considered for agent representation will first need to learn basic obedience. They will need to sit, stay, and lay down on command. They will also need to be highly socialized to be able to deal with the variety and number of people they will be around throughout any given day. Teaching a dog tricks is another way to help them break into show business; the more tricks and unusual things your canine companion can accomplish, the easier it will be for an agent to find them work. An owner also needs to be aware of the long hours involved in making advertisements for TV or print ads. Both the pooch and the owner will need to be patient when working in this environment. If your dog is better at sitting quietly for pictures or wearing cute little outfits such as little dogs have become known for, taking pictures for calendars or greeting cards may be the right line of work for them.
Dogs have been famous in the American culture for many years. In the 1920’s it was Rin Tin Tin who was famous in Hollywood, due to the German Shepherds’ wide range of tricks. Rinty was saved from the German battlefields of WWI by an American soldier and even went on to become a radio star.
Toto from the Wizard of Oz was a Cairn terrier who’s original name was Terry (it was later legally changed to Toto). This little guy became so popular that the state of Kansas made the Cairn terrier its official state dog!
Just about everyone knows who Lassie is; a beautiful collie who appeared in books, movies and TV shows. Lassie first appeared on the big screen in the 1940 film Lassie Come Home, also starring Elizabeth Taylor in her second movie. Although the name Lassie indicates a female, all of the dogs playing the part of Lassie were male.
Anyone who’s a fan of the Jack Russell terrier will probably know Moose or Eddie as he was called in the hit TV show Frasier. When Moose needed a break his son Enzo would take over filming and eventually became his replacement when Moose became too old for TV. Moose received more fan mail than any other actor on the series.
Higgins, a terrier mix better known as Benji from his films was popular in the 1960’s and 1970’s, first making his appearance in the TV show Petticoat Junction. He later made appearances on Green Acres and The Beverly Hillbillies before he went on to fame as Benji.
If you think your pooch has what it takes to make it in the movies or print media, take a few pictures and send them out to a pet agent. You may have the next Lassie sitting next to you, chewing on your shoe.