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Animal Talent

Is your dog just waiting to be discovered? Is he cuter, smarter, and more talented then all those dogs you see in the movies or in ads?

If you've ever wondered about the world of animal modeling and acting and want to find out if your dog has the right stuff, I can help!

I have several classes and workshops that will get you started off right - Hollywood Dog™ 101 and 201. Please check out these class descriptions and registration information under the TRAINING tab.

I will answer your questions and more as I guide you through acting in-and-outs –

      • What types of animals work and why
      • What skills are needed for live action, video, and still photo shoots
      • What to know for success on set - human AND animal
      • How to package your animal for agents and casting directors
      • What to include in your animal's training program to increase his marketability
      • Creative problem solving on set
      • How to build enthusiasm and "happiness" to work

Services to the Industry - What do you need to complete your project?

As an Animal Talent Agent, I provide casting, scouting, and handling services and source all species of animal talent for the Texas market and surrounding states. I respond and fill casting requests quickly, and can provide experienced and vetted candidates from an extensive pool and wide variety of species of animal talent. As a Master Trainer, Canine Behavior Specialist, and Certified Professional Dog Trainer, I also source, train, and wrangle dog talent for print, media, live action, and film projects.

Other Services 

Consulting services to producers  - from pre-production to wrap on all the animal-related scenes, action, and compliance with American Humane’s guidelines - including breaking down scripts and workups to understand what animals and skills are needed. 

On-Set Animal Trainer  - I'm available to make sure the animal is safe and comfortable on set and as a professional on set for liability and insurance purposes. 


Bio –

Traci Murdock, CPDT-KA, is a Master Trainer, Canine Behavior Specialist, Certified Professional Dog Trainer, Barn Hunt and WCRL Rally Judge, and she is an Animal Talent Agent and Handler. She has trained dogs and their humans since 2000. Traci's expertise includes pet dog issues, nutrition, behavior issues, dog sports and activities, and rescue and adoption, and she has experience in just about any dog-related subject. Traci volunteers as a behavior consultant and trainer for rescues and shelters.

Traci created the Hollywood Dog™ class to teach owners the skills necessary to break into show business and Reactive Dog™ classes to help people learn to manage their dogs’ out of control behaviors and teach the dog the skills needed to have more normal interactions with the world around them. She prides herself on creating rewarding relationships between dogs and owners by equipping them with the knowledge to lead a happy and healthy life together.

Clients / Credits - Partial List

    • Red Wing Movie - Integrity Film Productions
    • Queen of the South - USA Network
    • Mamma Dallas - HBO pilot
    • Forgive/Forget - Empty Theatre Productions
    • Barney
    • The Wiz - Dallas Theater Center
    • The Ghost of Goodnight Lane - Media World
    • Will Roger's Follies - Grapevine Theatre
    • DALLAS - TNT
    • Janimation
    • Spike TV
    • The Container Store
    • Dallas Morning News
    • Neiman Marcus
    • Brookstone
    • T-Mobile
    • D Magazine
    • Four Legged Fashion / Fashion Group International of Dallas
    • Golf Digest
    • Texas Monthly
    • Spirit Magazine - Southwest Airlines
    • Papa John's
    • Pier 1
    • Simple Solutions
    • HEB
    • PetSmart (print and film)
    • Brookshire's
    • Frito Lay
    • Animal Planet
    • JCPenney
    • Tyson
    • Vet Meds
    • Reliant Energy
    • Austin Humane Society
    • Frontgate
    • Sam's Club
    • Horchow
    • Banfield
    • Texas State Lotto
    • Belk

Upcoming Classes

There are no classes currently scheduled. Please contact Traci to discuss in further detail.