Blockbuster bowsers, historical hounds and comedy canines: acting dogs all over the world are pining for a place in the next Fido Awards the doggy equivalent to the Oscars which took place this week.
If you think your dog has what it takes to become the next rover on the red carpet here are is some advice on how to prepare your pooch for lights, camera and action.
Prepare a pawtfolio – The first thing to think about if your dog is going to be successful howlywood star is to prepare plenty of stunning and wacky pictures of him/her. Take some shots inside and outside and include the whole body in the frame. It’s also a good idea to have him sitting and standing so that talent scouts have an idea of your dog’s full dimensions. If you don’t quite feel confident enough handling a camera yourself then get a pet photographer to do a photo shoot. Although it may set you back anything between £70-100 it’s a nice way to treat you and your pet to some pretty pictures which you can always blow up and keep for yourself. Check out www.poochpawtraits.com or www.pawspetphotography.co.uk
Get an animal agent – The best way to get your dog into show biz is to enrol him/her into a dog acting/model agency. Animal Actors has been working with all types of exotic and domestic animals for the past 30 years. Their animals have made appearances in Tatler magazine, Indiana Jones and Clock Work Orange. Just send them a description of your dog and they will list him/her you for free or if you want more exposure then they can upload pictures onto the site for £12 a year. Contact firstname.lastname@example.org for more information. You can also enrol with Animal Dramatics, they supply animals for stage, commercials, motion pictures, photo
Train for the basics – Make sure that your pet has the basic training skills under his belt to get into showbiz, this doesn’t just mean he has to learn how to talk but you are responsible for making sure that your dog is sociable, house trained and not camera shy. A good tip is to prepare your dog by making him/her sit in a busy corridor with many distractions. A commercial or photo shoot set will be very busy so this should give you a good indication if your dog is scared of noise and crowded places. If you can also teach fetching and carrying a product by mouth or "speaking" on command you will have an advantage over other pet personalities. Just like human showbiz the world of doggy glamour is very competitive. You will be able to stand out amongst the crowd if you own a rare breed or talented pooch.
Fit for the screen – The most important rule of dog stardom is to make sure that your dog is fit and healthy for the screen. Get him into ship shape by feeding him healthy food and losing any excess weight. You could try getting a pet treadmill or just running with him more often. To get you off on the right paw start by introducing a daily supplement to their diet. This will give them a healthy overall boost. A natural dog supplement like Bionic Biotic includes all the natural ingredients to get your dog looking fit for the screen and a joint supplement like Mobile Bones will keep them agile and mobile enough to do all the activity requested by them on a shoot.
Make your dog famous online – Why not create your dog’s very own MySpace page or Dogbook profile page on Facebook for free. That way your dog will be accessible to millions of people online 24/7. You never know when that next opportunity will come about so why not be your own dog agent. You can even try to brand your dog and create viral online campaigns.
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