Animal Actors

Our animal actors have extensive experience performing confidently and happily under high level distractions. Through positive reinforcement training they have learned a variety of complex behaviors for film/TV.

Hit the mark, eyeline, A to B or go with? No problem! With their foundation of extreme tricks they are also adept at learning new things quickly for your specific needs.

Our success to two-fold; offering incredibly trained animals and having a solid understanding of the production side. The Ultimutts is associated with Kirk Jarret Productions with 30 years experience as an animal coordinator! www.kirkjarrettproductions.com

Our Actors

Bella

Jellybean

Pickles

Snickers

Popcorn

Lollipop

Twizzler

Tonic

Sashimi

Melissa Millet

Bella

Boston Terrier

  • Colour: Black and White
  • Age:11 years
  • Sex:Female
  • Hair:Short
  • Behaviours:Sit, Stay, Down, Mark, A to B, Ride Scooter/Skateboard, Sing, Bark, Walk a tightrope

Adopted privately, 11 year old Bella is still a firecracker. She has appeared live on every major Canadian TV network: CBC, CTV, Global, CHCH, CP24, Breakfast TV (Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary) Canada AM, Family Channel, Animal Planet, Mom Vs Matchmaker, The Goods, Rick Mercer Report, Good Morning America, A Date With Miss Fortune, Avocados From Mexico Superbowl Commercial, Cineplex Pre-Show Video and 2016 Media Tour with Ripley's Believe it or Not. She has the most extensive experience of our animal actors.

  • Project Pet (Family Channel)
  • Ripleys Believe it or Not media tour (2016)
  • Avocados From Mexico Super bowl Commercial (2019)
  • A Date With Miss Fortune (2015)
  • Mom vs Matchmaker (2017)
  • Good Morning America (Pawlympics)
  • Multiple News Outlets: Global (making a difference, Global Toronto), CP24, Breakfast TV (Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary), CP24, CHCH, CTV (London, Toronto)
  • CBC The Goods
  • Rick Mercer Report
  • Cineplex Pre-show video (2018)

Jellybean

Australian Cattle Dog/Red Heeler

  • Colour:Red (Brown)
  • Age:3 years
  • Sex:Male/Neutered
  • Hair:Short
  • Behaviours:Sit, Stay, Down, Mark, Distance behaviours, work away, go with, crawl, wipe nose, back up, creepy stalk, hold/retrieve, catch item with paws, hop on two legs

Rescued out of California, this highly intelligent deaf dog has been touring the country as a studio and live show dog for 3 years performing under extreme distractions. Friendly and confident with people/dogs, Jellybean has many high level skills and can play the villain as scary/intense or friendly.

  • Fracture (2019 Sam Worthington)
  • Avocados from Mexico Superbowl Commercial (2019)
  • Pet Sematary, Biffer (scene cut, photo appearance)
  • Highmark Health Commercial
  • CP24 (live) Global, CTV
  • Worlds Most Amazing Dog, semifinalist (Lisa Vanderpump, George Lopes)
  • Cineplex Pre-show (2018)

Pickles

Boston Terrier

  • Colour:Red (Brown)
  • Age:6 years
  • Sex:Female/spayed
  • Hair:Short
  • Behaviours:Sit, Stay, Down, Mark, Distance behaviours, go with, crawl, back up, retrieve (drop item on mark), pee on item/human, bark, sing, whine, head down (standing, sitting or lying down).

Adopted as a puppy prodigy, Pickles started her career on the family channel (project pet) performing seamlessly with a 6 year old when she was 4 months old. At just 1.5 years old she was chosen as one of the top stunt dogs in North America to perform live on Good Morning America.

Pickles has continued to be an extremely biddable worker for others, performing in studio and live shows/live TV across the country. She is very expressive and excels at portraying emotion.

  • Project Pet (Family Channel)
  • Avocados From Mexico Super bowl Commercial (2019)
  • Duracell Commercial (2018)
  • Mom vs Matchmaker (2017)
  • Good Morning America (Pawlympics)
  • Global, CP24, Breakfast TV Toronto, Doggy Diaries
  • Cineplex Pre-show video (2018)

Snickers

Australian cattle dog X

  • Colour:Mixed
  • Age:2 years
  • Sex:Male
  • Hair:Short
  • Behaviours:Sit, Stay, Down, Mark, Distance behaviours, go with, back up, retrieve/drop item on mark

Extremely focused and food motivated. This pup has unlimited stamina and intelligence with a mixed breed versatile look. Just getting started in his career, he has worked in all environments across the country in the live show sector.

  • Yoplait Oui Commercial (2019)

Tonic

Tabby Cat

  • Colour:Tabby
  • Age:2 years
  • Sex:Male
  • Hair:Long
  • Behaviours:Sit/down/stand stay, mark, A to B, leg rub, Rollover, Jump on actor, jump into arms, balance on shoulder like a parrot

Found as a stray walking down the street Tonic was destined for stardom when we was adopted and trained in two months to be one of the two main cats to play "Church" for Pet Sematary. Trule fearless and a cat that loves to work, Tonic moved on to join the Ultimutts as a live trick show performer where he keeps his skills sharp travelling across the country. Tonic became the face of Church in live TV shows and for the media when he appeared on BT Toronto, CP24, CTV, many radio appearances and travelled to NYC for the Brooklyn Horror Fest. This cat loves studio work more than anything else!

  • Pet Sematary
  • CP24
  • Breakfast TV toronto
  • Satellite Media Tour, Paramount Home Entertainment
  • CTV

Twizzler

Border Collie

  • Colour:Black and white
  • Age:1 year
  • Sex:Male
  • Hair:Short
  • Behaviours:Mark, stand, sit, down, eyeline, stay

This young pup was raised in the live show environment around petting zoos, pony rides, trick cats and more! Super confident and friendly with people.

Popcorn

RAT Terrier/Chihuahua

  • Colour:Blue Merle
  • Age:4 years
  • Sex:Female/spayed
  • Hair:Short
  • Behaviours:Sit, Stay, Down, Mark, Distance behaviours, go with, retrieve (drop item on mark), bounce (repetitive jumping)

Extremely beautiful and unique look, this pup is a firecracker and excels at movement. True to her name, Popcorn has a talent for jumping! Her skills are a little more unique than are often requested but this little dog has many: walking handstand, jump rope, balance in a sit pretty on a slack line, play basketball (clean up toys). She also has the basics down; mark, speak, eyeline

  • Duracell Commercial (2018)
  • Cineplex Pre-Show video (2018)

Lollipop

Boston Terrier

  • Colour:Black and white
  • Age:4 years
  • Sex:Female/spayed
  • Hair:Short
  • Behaviours:??????

Despite being totally deaf, Lollipop has found much success as a live show performer. Her talents include being fearless yet still thoughtful on obstacles with specialty skills for studio work; Skateboard, scooter, pushing a shopping cart, hiding in a suitcase, walking a tightrope.

  • Cineplex Preshow (2019)
  • Mom vs Matchmaker (2016)
  • Cp24, Doggy Diaries

Sashimi

Bengal Leopard Cat

  • Colour:Brown Rosettes
  • Age:6 years
  • Sex:Female
  • Hair:Short
  • Behaviours:Mark, Parkour, Stay, Special skills like tricks

Adopted privately at 10 months of age, Sashimi has been a live show performer for 5 years. She walks on leash among 7 dogs and LOVES to work. She has many specialty behaviors and she excels at active work as opposed to stationary.

  • Cineplex Pre-Show (2018)
  • CP24
  • Doggy Diaries (2017)

Melissa Millet

Professional Stunt and Movie Animal Trainer

Founder and head trainer of In Dogs We Trust and The Ultimutts, Melissa has taught thousands of family pets. As an animal expert, Melissa has been featured on every major Canadian TV network as well as internationally. Breakfast Television (Toronto, Vancouver, Calgary), CP24, Global News, CTV (Toronto, Vancouver), Animal Planet, The Pet Network, etc. Host of the popular Television Show "Doggy House Calls" and the spin off series "Doggy Diaries" in London, Kitchener and Ottawa.

As an expert in obedience, Melissa is internationally known as an advanced trick trainer and performer with Ultimutts. A few of the Ultimutts have been featured internationally on; Good Morning America, The Rick Mercer Report, The Family Channel, CBC and Cineplex Theatres. Bella the Boston Terrier has traveled across the country with Ripleys Believe it or Not! to promote her appearance in the 2016 publication. Jellybean the DEAF Australian Cattle Dog made it to the semi finals of the Facebook Watch show "World's Most Amazing Dog" receiving 22 million views and coming very close to winning $100,000 USD!

Melissa has partnered with Animal Coordinator Kirk Jarrett to provide an elite service for animals in film and TV. Most notably the team co-trained the cats for Stephen Kings 2019 Pet Sematary, 2019 super bowl commercial, Commercials for Duracell, Yoplait, Gund. Past clients have included; Paramount, Netflix, Warner Brothers and more!

Training Movie Dogs With Professional Dog Trainer Melissa Millett

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