Today the K9 Kompany presented a series of demonstrations for the public at the Lilydale show.
Penny and I took part in two types of demonstration - Ideal Dog of Australia and All Sports.
But we were onlookers at the highlight of the day, Animal Actors, because we're not in that class.
It was interesting to see how the tricks we're learning in All Sports could be developed into film work. Cindy and two students demonstrated that dogs need to learn to do tricks at a distance because the trainer can't be visible in the film.
A small piece of tape on the floor marked the nearest point the trainer was allowed to approach the dog during filming. I've taken a shot here from a different angle, showing the trainer's hand at right - you can see the dog watching her.
The story behind the filming was that Cindy was reading the paper and the dogs would try to get her attention. One of the dogs jumped up on the couch with her, barked and laid its head on her leg. When all this failed, it pushed a roller across in front of her.
In this shot the trainer is not in view - this is how the shot would appear in a film.