Karma Dog Hollywood
(Film, Video, Television, Print Media)

A gentle, effective, and enlightened approach to dog training

"Lights! Camera! Action!”

Is your furry friend ready for their close-up?

Is the glamour of Hollywood calling your pup’s name?
Does your fur baby dream of having treats thrown at them as they walk the red carpet?

Well, now you have the chance to make that dream come true with the Karma Dog Hollywood training program.

The Karma Dog Hollywood training program will professionally train your dog to be camera-ready for your next film, video, television appearance, print ad, or audition. Using the magic of positive reinforcement training (and lots of treats!) our trainers will provide all of the preparation and training needed to truly make your pup shine to get those paw prints on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.


In this three-step program, we will cover all of the objectives necessary for your dog to be the best, brightest, heart and scene-stealing star in the Hollywood world of film, television, video, and photography.

STEP ONE: The Basics

Film, television, video, and photography shoots can be very busy, hectic environments with lots of distractions for dogs. This training program will focus on the fundamentals of being trained and focused to limit outside distractions and perform as the production needs. We begin by first making sure your dog is well trained in the basic commands of sit, down, stay, and come to the point where they can not only do them on command with voice or hand gestures, they will hit their mark every time. This ingraining of the basic commands is also crucial for photography sets so the photographer can get the shots they need with every “click” of the camera. On film sets, hand gestures, in particular, are needed because the microphones pick up everything and we don’t want to lose the movie-making magic by hearing a trainer yell “Sit”. While cementing those basic commands we also work on teaching your canine to obey and perform despite distractions. Film, video, and photography sets are filled with all sorts of distractions from noises, to flashing lights, to people. Therefore it’s important to make sure your dog can maintain attention despite all those pesky things pulling their focus.

STEP TWO: The Tricks

Moving forward we will train for the more advanced demanding actions and tricks. In some cases, a trick may require conditioned response training, which is a technique to teach a dog to do particular actions and then signaling when that action is done correctly. For instance, a scene may call for a dog to pick up a phone or tear up a file and that’s what this type of training can teach. In some cases, they may require your dog to “Speak” or jump through a window, or run through or around obstacles. The possibilities about what actions or tricks may be required or requested are endless, but our expert staff of trainers will work to meet those needs. We at Karma Dog Hollywood understand that in production it is crucial all the stars perform as needed when the director yells “action!" and that holds true for our furry friends as well.

STEP THREE: Advanced Focus and Bonding

The program will then train and teach your dog to get them accustomed to maintaining focus looking in specific directions or at objects and people to match the scene needs. When a scene calls for a dog to look to the left, right, out a window, or any other direction we can make it happen. This can be done by utilizing a bright ball or toy on a stick with a treat attached to keep attention or by several other tricks our trainers have up their sleeves. The lighting of and on sets can be tricky and trainers must always be aware of shadows and objects in frame, so sometimes we have to be creative in our solutions to avoid them. Lastly and perhaps most importantly, this program will train your dog to work with their co-stars, or human actors, to build a connection and ensure scenes are convincing and have the trust and bond needed to really sell the story.

The Karma Dog Hollywood program is set to help make all your canine movie star dreams come true. Please contact us using the form below with your production requirements and we will work with you to develop a price package that will match your needs and get your pet ready for opening night.


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I cannot say enough good things about Karma Dog Training and recommend them more to anyone looking for dog training. I was a nervous first time puppy owner and was put at ease right away once I found Karma.

- Mariel C.
West Hollywood, CA


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Arcadia, CA

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Director, Karma Dog Training

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