Does your dog have stars in her eyes? Does she perk up whenever she's on camera? Maybe she's destined for fame, like the Taco Bell chihuahua
, Gidget, who starred in more than 40 commercials in her long career.
The star canine's trainer, Sue Chipperton, co-author of the new book A Famous Dog's Life
(co-written by People.com editor Rennie Dyball), stopped by the Today
show Friday and gave Kathie Lee Gifford and Hoda Kotb her tips for making your pooch a screen sensation.
One key ingredient for any camera-ready canine? Treats! "For studio trainers, it shortens the learning curve," Chipperton says. "A lot of times we'll get a call on a Monday to shoot something for a Friday, so using food definitely cuts down on the training time. But for home, [use] a tennis ball or a toy, whatever motivates your dog."
Getting a dog to run or dance at a moment's notice isn't movie magic. Good acting takes a lot of training, Chipperton says. Click on the video above to see how she gets her four-legged charges Moonie and Echo to perform on cue!