Hobbes the Hound was born out of my love of working with dogs and is named after my eldest dog, Hobbes, who has been the inspiration behind my training dogs. Our journey began in 2009 and Hobbes has featured in over 40 international commercials. He and Bentley, another of my rescue dogs, both played the role of “Sandy” in the live-stage show “Annie” at Cape Town’s Artscape Theatre in 2010 and 2016 respectively. Scout, another of my dogs, had his best shoot for French Vogue and for The Dog Food App! I focused on tricks and distance training allowing me to “wrangle” (work with) my dogs from a distance on film-sets and stage.
Up until this point, I thought there were no bad dogs, only bad owners…. But, I was wrong!
Bogart was also adopted as an adult from a rescue centre and he was another ballgame altogether! From the start he got on very well with my other 3 male dogs but he was not interested in listening to me! He was a happy-go-lucky, but aloof dog and did what he wanted. He constantly ran away on walks and would eventually reappear looking particularly pleased with himself.
And so, my behavioural journey with Bogart began…
Through positive reinforcement, reward-based training, Bogart is now off lead on walks, loves his tricks and played the role of “Spot” the dog in the live-stage show “Shakespeare in Love” at Cape Town’s Fugard Theatre in 2017 and in the rerun in 2018.