Dear Hollywood Paws Student and Graduates,

It is almost the end of May and nearing those "dog days" of summer which means its time to trim your pet with a puppy cut, visit some dog beaches, and of course put some of that Hollywood Paws training to good use!  We have been seeing such amazing improvements and training with all your talented animals and really wanted to let you all know how proud we are to have each of your dogs and cats as part of Hollywood Paws.  We want to keep you all informed about what's going on behind the scenes, but so much as been happening at our studios that it is hard to figure out where to begin. 
First and foremost, we would like to welcome Briana Messerschmidt, our newest addition to the Hollywood Paws education team. Briana is a recent graduate of Moorpark's Exotic Animal Training and Management Program and will be teaching Saturday classes as well as helping with open labs and on-set production training.  We are excited to have Briana as a part of Hollywood Paws.  Now, with four trainers available to our students, we hope that you all will attend open labs and train with each of them since Joel, Byron, Briana, and Tanya all have something different to offer with their training methods and styles.  The combination of all of our trainer's knowledge and experience helps to make the Hollywood Paws program the best training program out there.  
In This Newsletter
PAWduction KTLA
Trainer Tip
CGC Test
Yappy Hour
PAWduction Animal Planet
PAWduction Recent Submissions
Therapy Dog
Dog Park of the Month
Fun Dog Friendly Ideas
KTLA Morning Newsbubba and tonka ktla
I am sure many of you are also aware of our KTLA morning news special - as some of you joined us for the 4:00am call time at Hollywood Paws.  Many students were featured in the special that ran live during the 5am, 6am, 7am, 8am, and 9am segments.  Some of our students that were featured included Cindy and Noodles counting, Chamelyn's Sheppard mix Bubba pushing Sam's Jack Russell Tonka in a baby stroller, Ichi showcased as "zen cat" and running through a group of dogs, Steven showing his Graci "tap dancing," Kelly and Thunder, Hudson and Bebop, Sue and Wylee, Ryan and Logan all doing basic and intermediate behaviors with some distractions, and Mick practicing "go mark" with his Gracie.  We have to admit that you all did very well during the live segments - even when an unexpected car chase threatened to cancel the entire shoot! 

Trainer Tip
Byron Wusstig 
 "Don't forget that training needs to be fun!  It needs to be fun for you and the dog!  Sometimes it is easy to get caught up in maintaining high standards, and perfect behavior.  We DO want perfect behavior, and "first time, every time" response but remember, a good trainer doesn't make an animal do a behavior; a good trainer makes an animal WANT to do that behavior."   
CGC Test
Canine Good Citizen
Our next CGC testing will be on Sunday, June 7, 2009 from 10:30am - 2pm.  For those of you who are taking the test, be sure to practice, practice, practice and come in for open labs in order to get help with any problem areas you may be encountering.  Also, congratulations to all of you who passed the last test and good luck to those who are retaking the test!

Yappy Hour
Join Us Next Time!!! 
For everyone who came to our last Yappy Hour on Saturday, May 16th we hope you all had as much fun as we did! Considering how many of you turned up, and how hot it was in the studio, we decided that the next couple of Yappy Hours will be held outside in the courtyard! In addition to having the new and improved outside Yappy Hours, we have also decided to have level specific competitions.  We want all of our students to have a fighting chance to earn a winning title, so next Yappy Hour we will have 3 competitions, one for A-level, B-level, and C-level.  I want to congratulate this month's winners once again, Monique Fimbers with Cappy and Pam Chapin with Casper who were able to have their dogs stay while under a tarp.  For those of you who were not able to see the slide show of our trainers and dogs out on their most recent job for Animal Planet, you can always stop by during open labs on Thursday (4pm-7pm) and Sunday (10am-2pm) and ask our either Joel or Byron to see the photos.  Don't forget to mark your calendars for Saturday, June 20th because our next Yappy Hour promises to be the best Yappy Hour Hollywood Paws has thrown yet!!!  It will be outside at our dog park if weather permits and hopefully we will have a doggie pool where your pups can cool off. We can't wait to see you all there! 

Animal Planet 
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In the Hollywood Paws production corner I am happy to inform you that we have been extremely busy fielding phone calls and inquiries from people and companies looking for a variety of different dogs and cats.  Our recent job for Animal Planet's television series "Weird, True, and Freaky" was very successful and we want to congratulate all of our dogs and cats who each starred in their own segments on the show. We also want to acknowledge the talent that was submitted to this job which included Ichi - Deborah Collupy, Bubba - Chamelyn Mitsumatsu, Peanut - Margaret Vanek, Bonny - Bill, Brutus - Christina Betencourt, Patron - Larry Bent, Stella - Shannon Malouf and Graci - Steven Deluco and Jennifer Kairis.  The episodes focus on inspirational animal survival stories and journeys.  The scenes, which were reenacted by our Hollywood Paws talent, included the following story lines:
Missy, Camille Winfrey's gray cat reenacted 3 different stories. The first was as a cat that snuck into its owner's suitcase while he was packing for a vacation and was accidently shipped in the cargo section of the plane. When the plane arrived at its destination, the bag with the cat inside, was accidently taken home by the wrong person! In the end, the cat was returned to its rightful owner and is safely home. She also reenacted a cat who was found alive after being packed in a box by accident and shipped to France. The third story was about a cat who jumped into the undercarriage of a car and was then driven for 70 miles before being found frightened, but alive when the car stopped.  
Simba, Phyliss Hamlins' grey cat reenacted "precious" a cat, who after the 9/11 attacks survived for 18 days on her own in a damaged apartment complex before being rescued on the roof of the building.
Simba, Andi Wang's orange cat reenacted a cat that snuck into a train fright car and was accidently locked in and shipped to China. During the 35 day journey she survived with no food or water and was only discovered after arriving in China.
Murdoc, Kjersti Timmons Border Collie reenacted a story where a dog was trapped under a boat that capsized and survived by non-stop swimming underneath the boat for a whole 48hrs before he was rescued. 
Jack, Al Unser's cattle dog mix reenacted the story of a dog who fell off a sailboat during a storm and proceeded to swim 9 miles to a deserted island where he survived for 4 months by eating baby goats. He was finally discovered by park rangers months later and returned to his owner.
Jackson, Jess Pfohl's Shepherd mix reenacted a dog who was hit by a car.  The dog was presumed dead by police who shot him in the head in order to end his pain and suffering. The dog was later taken to the vet where he was placed in a freezer in their morgue, but amazingly he was found alive in the freezer several hours later and lived.  
Kiki, Jodi Fleisher's poodle mix reenacted a dog that was dog-napped and sold to "Byron Wusstig" on the black market.  Once the dog was discovered as being dog-napped he was rescued and returned to his rightful home.
Bella, Dan Streb's Pitbull was playing fetch at the beach where he fell off a 200' cliff while chasing a ball.  The dog was injured, but survived the fall.
Petal, Dianne Huwaldt's Chihuahua mix reenacted a dog whose owner had it in a fancy dog bag at a train station where a robber mistook the dog bag for a purse and stole it. When the thief discovered that only the dog was inside, he discarded it in a garbage dumpster where the dog was later discovered by trash men and returned to the owner.
You can watch the television show in October on Animal Planet.

Recent Submissions 
Some other production calls that have been streaming into Hollywood Paws include an online pet store which is looking for a dog to star in their advertising campaign which included a commercial.  They were looking for a small Jack Russell Terrier type breed that would be able to "strut" down the street to the music from Saturday Night Fever and then lift its leg on the side of a building as if it were peeing. The campaign was focusing on the slogan, "we have a leg up on the competition" and the dogs that were submitted to this job were Dee Dee - Dorinda Thomas' terrier mix, Derby - Julie Bridge's Jack Russell, and Tonka - Sam's Jack Russell. 
Comedy Central's new show "Secret Girlfriend" contacted Hollywood Paws looking for a variety of dogs which included a Toy Poodle, Sheepdog, Lab puppy, Golden Retriever puppy, as well as several mix breeds.  We are unsure if the show is really going to hit the ground running, but we are hopeful.
A Japan based cell phone company came to Hollywood Paws looking for a small to medium sized dog the need paw at objects while staying with distractions as well as "looks" (look left, look right and 2-trainer watch me) and head up and head down.
The dogs that were submitted to this job were Petal, Peanut, Gracie, Tonka, Murdoc, Jackson. Bubba, and Toby.  We will keep you posted about the details of this job.  

Therapy Dog
A Program Giving Back to the Community TDI
Everyone at Hollywood Paws has wanted to expand our therapy dog program for a while now, and we have just started a new project as a way to give back to our community. Hollywood Paws Trainers are beginning to set up special trips to various schools and hospitals in need of therapy dogs where students, such as yourselves can reach out by visiting with your amazing dogs.  Upcoming trips include a visit to a special needs elementary school, a hospital visit to terminally ill children, and a school catering to blind children.  All students who have passed the Therapy Dogs International (TDI) test are invited to attend these trips and should contact Byron (byron@hollywoodpaws.com) or Joel (joel@hollywoodpaws.com) if interested in participating. Just remember space is limited!  If you have not yet taken or passed the TDI test, you are still welcome to attend the trip to the special needs elementary school as a "working dog" where you can participate in a demonstration that lets the children see your dogs in action.  We know many of you have wanted to get more involved with therapy dogs programs and if you have any ideas about different places to visit please let our trainers know and they can set up a trip. For those who are waiting to take the TDI test, our trainers are currently in talks with the TDI testers and will be in touch once a date is set.

Featured Dog Park of the Month
Huntington Dog Beachanimal planet joel
Gather some friends (furry or not) and head out to this dog beach for some quality fun with your pup! Our Trainer Joel was out at the beach for production and you never know when your pup may have a water scene too! Don't forget your sunscreen and water for your dog because the sun during these "dog days" of summer can be wuff!  
Location: The sectioned off section of the beach is located on the Pacific Coast Hwy between 21st street and Seaport Street in Huntington Beach.
Website: http://www.dogbeach.org/
Who's Who at Hollywood Paws
Reintroducing out agency and training staff
David Lawrence - Executive DIrector
Gerri Chape - Director of Talent
Ashley Weston -  Reception / Student Services
Education Team:
Joel Norton, Head Studio Trainer 
Byron Wusstig, Studio Trainer
Briana Messerschmidt, Studio Trainer
Tanya Yarbrough, Studio Trainer
Fun Things To Do With Your Pup!
Try something new with you favotie canine
Wednesday May 27th - Doggie Happy Hour from 5:30 - 7:30pm at The Wine Crush in Long Beach, CA 90802.
Wednesday May 27th - Happy Hound food making class at the South Bay School of Cooking with Annie Siegmann, owner of Ruff Ruff Bakery. http://www.southbayschoolofcooking.com/happyhound.htm
Saturday May 30th - join Hollywood Paws at the 8th Annual Dog Walk Howlywood Paws of Fame at Frank G. Bonelli Park in San Dimas, CA.
Saturday June 6th - Animal Acres Country Hoe Down from 12pm - 6pm. Get your tickets while you still can! http://animalacres.org 
Saturday and Sunday June 6th and 7th - Palos Verdes Street Fair and Music Festival from 10am - 10pm at the Rolling Hills Estates. http://www.pvstreetfair.com.
Sunday June 7th - Orange County's Super Adoption Event from 10am - 5pm at the Irvine Animal Care Center (6443 Oak Canyon Irvine, CA)
Saturday June 20th - YAPPY HOUR AT HOLLYWOOD PAWS 5pm - 7pm 

Sunday, June 21st - Father's Day Picnic at the Aquarium of the Pacific in Long Beach from 11:30am - 1:30pm.
Saturday June 27th - Animal Night at Kulak's Woodshed in Studio City (5230 Laurel Canyon Blvd, Studio City, CA 91607) http://kulakswoodshed.com