This is Nico, one of the shelter dogs that Shedd Aquarium adopted for it's Pet Show. I was at a meeting for faculty at the Karen Pryor Academy and we were able to have a sneak peek behind-the-scenes at the Aquarium.
Everyone fell in love with Nico. He oozes personality and love.
All the dogs in the show were adopted from shelters — these are dogs that were either abandoned or dropped off at shelters in the Chicago-area. Most likely they were given up because of behavior problems.
Clearly, though, these dogs have star-power!! Just some general manners training, and then a little more specialized "show" training, and Shedd's got quite an amazing show on their hands. It's inspiring to see dogs in the limelight, but even more inspiring because these were dogs that were unwanted. Amazing!
Don't leave your dog's manners to chance. Spend some time teaching your dog what you want him to do, how you want him to behave. Your dog can be a star, too!