What we do at Le PAWS
Le PAWS Pet Talent Agency represents dogs in the entertainment industry. Le PAWS
has its own registry of dogs and owners. When production companies and casting
companies needs canine actors, we are contacted. The type of dog needed and content
of work required is expressed to one of Le PAWS on-hand agents. That agent will
search through the Le PAWS data base canine registry, and match up the dog to the
requirements needed. Le PAWS will contact the dog’s owner to check availability. Then
we will discuss terms with the owner and enter into a contractual agreement with
production via casting for that particular job. If no dog can be found matching
productions requirements, Le PAWS will be unable to provide the necessary talent, no
booking will occur.
In many cases a casting company is hired by production to locate the dog talent required
for a particular job. Le PAWS can submit a dog and owner for an audition with casting.
Production and casting often lack the availability for live auditions. In this case Le PAWS
has a website with K-9 clips where production and casting can view video clips of Le
PAWS Talent registry, clearly able to see a dog’s personality, character, ability, or just a
simple look at the dog without needing the owner or the dog to be present. Often this
procedure is followed when production is being done in another state, or when casting
when lacks the time to meet canine actors for a live audition.
What is an Evaluation?
One of our Studio Trainers will meet with the dog and the owner to evaluate “how ready
the dog is and what the dog can do on set.” The decision is made once our trainers and
agents review your dogs ability to work on set. A dog needs an accurate evaluation so
their agents can determine what types of work that particular dog should do and what
jobs the agent should book the dog on. The Le PAWS name and industry reputation is
on the line everyday and we must book the right dog for the right job.
Types of work available to the K-9 actor.
Background work: A simple background job, a dog playing “off leash” with three other
dogs on set in a park for five minutes is very easily done. Another simple job is to have a
dog walk on leash with the owner or an actor crossing a street or walking together on the
beach. As jobs gain perplexity, the dogs training comes into play. Anything a director
may need from this dog, he will have to be able to perform. Background is predominately
dog on porch, dog sitting in truck, dog playing in back yard, etc…
Featured roles: An example of a featured role is where a dog sits on a couch next to a young boy and a girl. The dog is off leash, the camera zooms in to catch the face of the dog and the children as they watch TV. Then the father comes in and instructs them to go outside to help him. The children jump up and the dog hops off the couch and the 3 exit to the yard. Featured roles require added training and “hand signal instruction”, from the owner or trainer. The dog needs to know when to respond and where to go. (Sit on couch, jump down from couch, go left to side yard, and exit). He must not be distracted by the people around him or the cameras on a “Hot set”.
Principal Roles: In even more involved principal roles the dog actor may appear in
several scenes. The dog may be on a set walking on leash with a parent and a child.
The next shot maybe the dog playing “off leash” with the kids in the back yard. Another
shot may show the dog laying down sleeping on the bed with the child. As the scenes
become more complicated the owner/trainer are required to have the dog respond to “off
set” hand signals which are usually done from 15 feet away. These hand signals require
close coordination between