Newbury Lodge Dog Training Centre

Film role is a Breeze

Meet Breeze, the latest furry film star to have been trained by instructors at Newbury Lodge Training Centre. The two-and-a-half-year-old Belgian Shepherd spent most of last month on the set of a new feature film called Nuryan, a thriller created by MWS Media, based at New Greenham Park, Newbury, which is yet to be released.
Breeze belongs to instructor Anji Forte, of Newbury Lodge Kennels and Dog Training Centre.
She is no stranger to preparing dogs for life on a film set after witnessing her partner, professional dog trainer Peter Branch appear as a Gotham City police dog handler alongside his two dogs Meg and Conan in a chase scene on location at Battersea Power Station, London, for the recent Batman blockbuster The Dark Knight.
The director of Nuryan, Ben Myers, had been searching for a dog that could perform several tricks in the film and respond well to members of the cast and crew.
Miss Forte, has a diploma in Canine Behaviour and has been training dogs for the past three years.
She said: “Ben’s girlfriend’s mother brings her dogs training with us because we run a bording kennel and dog training centre and she was aware that Ben was looking for a dog for the film.
“Ben approached us and we picked the dog we thought was most suitable for the role, a powerful dog, which was Breeze.”
Breeze has been trained as a personal protection dog for Miss Forte and Mr Branch’s private security business, and has a striking red coat and black face.
“She is my personal dog I’ve trained since she was seven-weeks-old,” said Miss Forte. “We’ve been really pleased, she is a very sociable dog and we have to have that in our protection dogs - she won’t do anything unless she’s commanded to.”
Miss Forte explained that neither herself nor Mr Branch specifically train dogs for films, but through various connections within the television industry they have been approached for this type of work.
Breeze’s role in Nuryan - a film about a secretive private school and its mistrusted pupils - involved playing ‘dead’, running into a barn and stopping suddenly to appear scared, jumping in and out of vehicles and barking on command.

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