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While blockbuster hits such as Universal’s Jurassic Park and Disney/Pixar’s Inside Out shine at the box office, don’t let Warner Brother’s hidden gem Max slip your radar.
Max may not explore the world of dinosaurs or dive deep into the psyche of an 11-year-old girl, but it does expose the world of Max, a precision-trained military dog that serves on the front lines in Afghanistan alongside his handler, U.S. Marine Kyle Wincott (Robbie Amell).
This movie brings the term “man’s best friend” to life. When something goes terribly wrong on one of the maneuvers Kyle is apart of, Max is left completely heart-broken by the loss of his best friend. In fact, Max’s actions are so extreme that he can no longer remain in service and is instead, shipped back to the U.S. to live with Kyle’s family.
Canine movie stars take center stage in this tear-jerking movie, and of course, with these four-legged fur balls come a heft dose of training. Here are four tips from “dog whisperer” Otis Knighten, who has worked on a multitude of other blockbusters training animals, such as Django Unchained, Fast & Furious and Resident Evil, just to name a few.
- Spend time individually with each dog and get to know him or her separately. Dogs love to be the center of attention, and if you did not know that, try spending an hour with a dog, he or she will not let you forget that they’re there.
- Do not humanize the dog when it comes to training or else you will generate unrealistic expectations of him or her that can never be met. This will only lead to frustration. So no, your dog will never be able to do your laundry for you.
- Teach, teach, teach, teach, and teach… And then demand. This is where a lot of dog treats come in handy.
- If you are worried around your dog, he too will become worried and will feel the need to control the situation, which could turn into a destructive situation. This is why dogs make perfect police and military aids.
Sure Chris Pratt can save himself from being eaten by CGI-created dinosaurs and Amy Poehler can voice the emotion of joy better than the rest of us... but nothing is more impressive than dogs getting into character and emoting so believably that they leave you wondering when the Academy Awards will dedicate a ballot to best animal performance in a movie.
Make sure to check out the trailer for Max below!