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Friday, January 25, 2013

Funny Dog Tricks

So I need a little help!!

An agent contacted me and wanted a video clip of Jasmine's funniest dog trick to submit for a commercial.  They want one that makes you laugh out loud the first time you see it.  I've seen all of Jasmine's tricks so many times, I can't even begin to guess which one that would be.  

Any guesses?  Which should I submit??   Here's the ones I was considering:

Saturday, January 19, 2013

Jasmine's Birthday/ This Is Your Life!

Jasmine's 7th Birthday was in December.  But because of the craziness of the holidays, I never got around to posting this!  I was trying to do a "This Is Your Life" post.  

I had no idea when I got this sweet little pup where this would all lead.  She has totally changed my life.  People ask me how we got into trick training all the time.   Basically, it just sort of happened.  When I got Jaz as a puppy, I read books about how to train dogs.  I wanted to teach her basic obedience (sit/stay/come) and go potty outside.  That was my main objective.  But she picked it up so fast, I had to come up with new things to teach her!!   It started with sit, stay, shake, roll over, and now has advanced to "push the shopping cart", and "get me a drink from the fridge!"  And we're constantly working on more.  So... that's how we got started into trick training.  We just learned together.
This is Jasmine at age 2.  (ish)  That Halloween she was a butterfly.
Jaz always cracked me up with how she sleeps.  She loves sleeping on her back.
After Jaz's first haircut.  LOL.  She's so expressive.  I think she felt naked!
Jasmine's 1st commerical- for Mighty Dog.
Cutie Pie
Jaz could never be a show dog.  She likes to get dirty.
Jasmine performed in a live production of "Annie"  (Along with "Sandy")  (a.k.a. Abbie)
Jaz's 1st experience Lure-Coursing.  She LOOOOVED it!
Waiting to do a phone interview for a TV show.  ("Right This Minute")
Contemplative Jaz.
Jaz got attacked in a park a few years ago.  (Bit by another dog)  She was not a happy camper.
When we were first learning/ practicing the shopping cart trick!
Jaz still likes to go under the couch.
Jaz was so tired after a long hike that I had to find a creative way to carry her.  
Jaz won a "Best Video" award at the BlogPaws convention!
Hanging w/ our best friends in the doggy world- Lauren and her trick dog Paige!
Jesse and Jasmine both live in AZ, and have the same talent agent.  So we get lots of opportunites to do stuff together!
Lauren and I were guest speakers at 2 pet social media conventions- talking about the "Power of YouTube" and "How To Make Your Dog A YouTube Rockstar".
Random photo shoot in the park.  I just like this pic...
This is one of my FAVORITE pics!!  My nephew and my dog.  SO CUTE!!
Jasmine and Jesse were both on "Good Morning Arizona"!
We started taking agility classes too.  Her eyebrows crack me up.
Weave poles
Jaz is not a morning dog.  She covers her eye when I turn the lights on.
We travel a lot.  Jaz is so good on the plane.  This is coming home from "Good Morning America".
"Dog Goes Shopping" is still Jasmine's most popular YouTube video- over  132,000 views.
Jasmine's trick videos have been shown all over the world- Japan, England, and Denmark.  (are the ones I know about!)
Lots of show will use Jasmine's trick videos, and use Skype interviews- like Anderson Cooper and "Right This Minute"
While others fly us out to perform live- like "Good Morning America" and "Who Let The Dogs Out".
Like I said, I had no idea when I got this sweet pup where this would all lead.  But it's been quite the fun adventure. Jaz is such a sweetheart.  She's funny, smart (a little too smart for her own good!), and loves everybody.  She doesn't care if we're doing tricks on TV or at the children's hospital as a therapy dog.  She just loves people, and more over LOVES treats!!  (She was clicker trained, using positive reinforcement.)

She's just a good natured dog, and I'm lucky to have her in my life.  Happy (belated) Birthday Jasmine!!!  :)  

Wednesday, January 16, 2013

Who lives in Denmark?

Do any of our friends live in Denmark??

I just found out that Jasmine's "Dog Goes Shopping" video is going to be on TV there!

It's going to be on the Danish TV show "Klipfiskerne".  

I would love to get a copy of it, if anyone is able to record it and email it to me!

I don't know the date just yet... but it will be in the next few months... I'm waiting to hear back from the producers.

Here's the original video if you haven't seen it..

That's the extended version- with over 130,000 views.  (on YouTube)

But it's the short version that makes it on TV the most times:

That has been shown in England, Japan, and now Denmark.  (As well as all over the USA)

I only wish I had owned an HD camera when I originally recorded it.  Oh well.  It's still cute.

Saturday, January 12, 2013

Filming for a TV show!

Today Jasmine filmed a small part for a TV show.  

Our call time was at 11:00 am on Sat. Jan. 12th.  When I arrived at the set, they were still filming a kid's part.  So we waited and talked to the actor that would be playing Jasmine's owner.  His name was Bob.  A lot of being on set is just standing around, waiting for your turn.

Originally, the script called for an elderly man to be walking a dog on a leash.  Then they hear a loud noise (like a sonic boom).  The old guy was supposed to adjust his hearing aid, while Jaz covered her ears/face.   (The trick I call "Cover Your Eye".)   
That was the original script, so that's what we practiced.

But then they decided to shoot the scene on a park bench.  I had never tried having Jaz "cover her eye" with someone holding her before.  At first Bob held Jaz with his hand on her chest, so Jaz couldn't do what she needed to do.  I moved the guy's hand so he held her behind her front legs.  And that worked better.  It took me a few tries to convince Jaz to "cover her eye" while being on this guy's lap. 
 (She's never done a trick with a stranger holding her before.  She kept looking back at his hand.... like she was trying to tell me... "um... how am I supposed to do a trick when he's touching me??") But in the end, her treat addiction won out.  Jaz did the move she was supposed to do.  And it was all good.  :)   They got several takes of her "covering her eye" and the old guy petting her.  Our part probably took about 30 minutes to shoot.

 Then it was done.  "That's a wrap, folks!"  I stayed around to watch the next scene being filmed.  It's kind of interesting.  And kind of boring at the same time.  It's just filming the same thing over and over and over.  Bob told me he was going to write a book about his work as an extra.  It's going to be called "That was perfect!  Now let's do it again!"  Sounds pretty familiar!!!  :D

Right before we filmed our part, I asked Jaz "Do you want a treat?" to get her attention.  After it was all done, I said "Good Girl!" and rewarded her.  The actor (Bob) looked at me and asked "Do I get a treat?"  ;)  I offered him a liver treat, but he declined.

Jasmine was being filmed for a small part on a kid's TV show called "The Aquabats Super Show".  They said this episode should air in about 6-8 months.  (Keep in mind Jasmine's part is probably only about 5 seconds long!!)   But I'll still keep you posted when it's going to be on TV.   Watch for updates on Jasmine's Facebook page.  :)