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Is It Time For Your Dog to Get a Job?

Updated on February 18, 2013

A future star?

Is It Time For Your Dog to Get a Job?

Are you getting a little tired of seeing Rover and Fido reclining on the couch with sleepy eyes, while you go out to work a second job - or to find a job? It seems people in New York City are sending their dogs out to earn some money in show business (see agencies listed below). And cats often earn more than dogs.

Working dogs are not new - While dogs working, and working hard, is not a new concept throughout history - even today dogs are specially trained to work for the FBI, and police departments, etc. - the modern dog, however, can find employment in fashion and in show business. Every time you see a dog in a commercial, in a print ad, in the movies, or modeling - it is probably someone's friendly companion earning a good bit of money.

One NYC woman answered an online ad and took her two Chihuahuas to be interviewed. They were booked for a fashion show and walked the runway. They were paid in doggie fashions. However, the next time the two dogs were booked - for a photo shoot - they earned $100.00

A recent news article offered some suggestions on how to prepare your pups to be stars:

1 - be sure they are healthy and well groomed, with nails clipped, fur coat shiny, and teeth clean

2 - yes, looks do matter, but so does personality and good cooperative behavior

3 - when interviewed, staff members will evaluate whether your pup can obey basic commands and is confident around people

4 - shy dogs won't work

5 - your pooch has to be well acclimated to crowds and should not be frightened by loud noises

Once you find an agency:

1 - send in photos and basic information about your pet

2 - if producers like what they see, your pet will be booked

As far as payment - for dogs lucky enough to be booked, the money can vary. One agency pays a flat rate of $300.00 per day for dogs - and, surprise! - cats earn even more. Cats can earn $350 per day.

For local print jobs, animals can make between $200-$500 for a full day of work.

A local newspaper in NYC listed the following agencies -

- All Tame Animals (in NYC)

- Hollywood Paws (in Los Angeles)

- and of course there are the internet ads

The New York City pet owner who had her dogs walk the cat walk said she has no ambition to make her pets super stars - they were bored and she wanted to give them something to do. They seemed to enjoy it - and the agencies say they want to know that you and your pet are having a good time.

You may not want your dog to have a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame like Lassie - but perhaps you do have the next star laying there on the couch with sleepy eyes watching you leave for your second job - or to find a job.

Good luck!

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    • BkCreative profile image

      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Thanks Danette Watt and I know what you mean. I adopted a near grown cat about a month ago - she was rescued from the street. Thought I'd have to do therapy and drag her from under the bed. Nope. She has taken over the fake fur on the bottom of my bed and is whipping me into shape. Had no idea she'd want to play hard 24/7. Whew!

      She needs a job or a puppy to raise - something. Yikes!

      Thanks for writing!

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      Danette Watt 7 years ago from Illinois

      What a great hub! I loved your opening paragraph and can relate. Tired of seeing Josie curled up on the couch snoozing all day. She'd take my bed if I didn't keep the door closed!

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      So cool - at least she goes outside. And maybe that is work for her - she sees us go outside, so that's it. Go outside.

      Good doggy.

      Thanks for commenting!

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      burning bush 7 years ago

      Finally someone agrees with me. Not a day goes by that I don't say to doggy, "Wake up, get off that chair and go find a job. Nobody gets a free lunch around here". She always goes right outside but I have the sneaking suspician that she's just giving me lip service and pretending to look for work. I don't think she has even put together her resume.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      So glad you like it. Thank you for commenting!

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      Tammy 7 years ago from USA

      What a great idea. Thank you for sharing.

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      BkCreative 7 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Oh so true chardee42! And if you can get a job for one - well, I see why the pay is extra. Whew!

      But the friend of a friend has a cat that she rescued from a shelter - and this cat is just the friendliest on earth - I've never seen such a personality. You can take her anywhere - she is so socialized. So the friend of a friend is in CA and has taken her cat to agencies - I haven't heard the results yet.

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      chardee42 7 years ago from Orlando, FL

      Hmmm... I don't normally think of the words "cat" and "job" together in the same sentence. : )

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      BkCreative 8 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I think our pets are smarter than we think - they LET us do all the work and then ALLOW us to be grateful for having them. Smart cookies!

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      theherbivorehippi 8 years ago from Holly, MI

      I've been trying to teach my dogs to shovel the driveway however they are just not co-operating. Maybe I should consider show business for them? lol Great Hub!

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      BkCreative 9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      I have a friend of a friend who has this incredibly outgoing friendly cat and she is thinking about taking her to an agency. If she gets a job I'll let you know. But I think cats have the right idea - relax, chill out and enjoy life - don't live on credit!

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      Ellandriel 9 years ago from Portugal

      How about my cats working?

      I suposse it's a No No, cats are lazy...

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      BkCreative 9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Glad you enjoyed it! - and I tell you, we NYC people are becoming very creative about making money. This is just one more way.

      Thanks for writing!

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      hudsonliberty 9 years ago

      This makes me want to become a pet owner. This was really creative essay. I enjoyed it very much.

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      BkCreative 9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      You know Denny Lyon, a friend of a friend read the article and is taking her oh so special fabulous kitty to a talent agent in CA. OK - well first of all we know cats are super and this one, when she lived in NYC - you could just put her in your arms and take her all over the city - and she would just...well hang out!

      Let me know if you put yours on youtube or America's Funniest Home Videos - the kitties are always so popular!

      Thanks for writing and sharing!

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      Denny Lyon 9 years ago from Baton Rouge, Louisiana, USA

      Hmmm... while the talent doggies commute to NYC for well paid work maybe they will watch their wallets by living in Somewhere Cheaper, USA... after all they want to retire on a good pension!

      My 4 cats would be a blast! My husband has often looked down at them and asked them to go get a job as he thinks they have life too easy.  I keep telling him these are guard cats who watch over us at night while we sleep. Have often thought of outfitting them with night vision cameras when they go mousing at midnight and then upload the video on YouTube! :)

      Cutest idea for a hub I've seen in a long time - and practical if you live close to NYC, cool!

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      justmesuzanne 9 years ago from Texas

      Amber is highly trainable. She would herd sheep if she were taught to do so. She has enough energy to power my house, if I could just get a good treadmill to hook up to the electrical system. And she would probably do it happily!

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      BkCreative 9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      Great Danes are so cool and yes, defintely laid back. Maybe he can get a cool, laid back role!

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      mnkychick68 9 years ago

      This was a great article! I should do that for my great dane! He is beautiful and well trained, but I fear he prefers the more laid back lifestyle...ha!

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      BkCreative 9 years ago from Brooklyn, New York City

      She may just enjoy herding sheep - but I wonder, if it's still instinctive - or since domestication, will our dogs refuse to go out and do hard work? Or just play with the sheep? Think it's all fun and games - a lot of laughs?

      I wonder if we give our dogs a life in showbiz - will they become arrogant?

      Meanwhile, NYers continue to find ways to earn a buck. It's an interesting phenom - and hmmm - maybe an idea for a new hub.

      Thanks for the compliment!

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      justmesuzanne 9 years ago from Texas

      Good article! My dog needs a job, but a real one herding sheep or something! She's a handful!


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