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What is a “Stunt Dog”?

July 6, 2018

What is a “Stunt Dog”?  Defined by Chris Perondi, The Stunt Dog Guy.

I am often asked what the difference is between a dog trick and a dog stunt? And what makes a dog who performs stunts into a stunt dog? Here are my thoughts. Let me know yours!

What is a Stunt Dog?

1. a dog who performs unique, difficult, or spectacular feats requiring great skill, unusual strength, acrobatics, or dexterity; especially during a live performance, or for a TV show or movie, or to gain attention or publicity.

2. a dog who performs a “daring behavior” that requires extensive training and conditioning, and which is typically performed with intention to wow an audience.

3. a dog who is trained to execute complex skills and multiple chained behaviors reliably and on cue for a live audience or recorded show.

4. A dog who performs any of the above from a distance, or with an actor who is not the trainer or handler, and typically during a live performance or recorded show.

I am also often asked to DEFINE a stunt dog live PERFORMANCE. Here are my thoughts. Please share yours!

“A stunt dog live performance” is a professional, non-demonstrational act for entertainment purposes with a unique, high-energy and entertaining format, having a written script, and including a professional presenter or emcee.

In our shows, the “Stunt Dog Experience” and the “All-Star Stunt Dog Show” (stuntdogshow.com) the “Stunt Dogs” perform acrobatic moves, dog sports, and advanced behaviors that include backflips, jumping rope, walking hand stands, behaviors from a distance, the use of props such as a tight rope, barrel, balance ball, riding a bicyle, or skateboard. Our live performances also include daring feats such as vaults (whereby a dog may jump off a trainer’s back to catch a flying disc), circus acrobatics, and highly-trained balancing skills.

REMEMBER: Dog stunts always require extensive dog training and conditioning. Always train safely and never force or lure your dog to do anything that he or she doesn’t want to do.

OUR NEW BOOK on Dog Tricks and Stunts will be published early next year by Workman Publishing with my best-selling and award-winning coauthor Larry Kay of PositivelyWoof.com . Stay tuned for details on pre-ordering!

Photos courtesy Matt O’ Harver taken at Silver Dollar City Theme Park

The Surprising Health Benefits of Owning a Pet Dog

February 24, 2017

The Surprising Health Benefits of Owning a Pet Dog

They say that a dog is man’s best friend and the two certainly seem to share a long and illustrious history of co-evolution but did you know there are a number of health benefits that come from owning a pet dog? Research suggests that the strong connection between man and dog comes from the mutual release of oxytocin upon interaction. This hormone is responsible for fostering strong feelings of love in the brain and is usually associated with the bonding process between newborn babies and their mothers. But what else does this mean for mental and physical wellbeing?

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Immunity
Having a dog around from an early age means your immunity will get a boost. Over-sanitizing our homes is actually making us less resistant to germs and in turn we get sicker, quicker. A dog – notorious for carrying germs – can help build your immunity. They can also enhance your resilience to allergies.

Better Mental Health
Studies show that dog owners are less likely to suffer from depression and anxiety than those without a pet. This is partly down to the release of oxytocin and serotonin (another feel-good brain chemical) that comes from interaction and coevolution with the dog. However, the routine associated with a dog such as caring for them and taking them for walks is thought to improve a depressive episode even for those who suffer from clinical depression. Animal therapy is often used in rehabilitation programs because the presence of a dog is so calming and the act of bonding and caring for them is known to improve self-esteem.

Heart Health
Dog owners have also been proven to have lower stress levels (and consequently lower blood pressure) than those without a dog. This is great for cardiovascular health. In addition to this, dog owners are more likely to undertake regular exercise which is also good for keeping cholesterol down and reducing the risk of obesity – this is great for heart health and indeed general health.

Dogs Can Detect Cancer
There have been numerous case studies over the past two decades that seem to imply that dogs can sniff out cancer. These often involve incidents where dog owners have reported their animals continually sniffing at a lump, mole or part of the body that has later been proven to be cancerous. It is unclear whether or not the dog’s sensitive sense of smell is able to detect cancer cells in bodily fluids but, regardless, this could be one animal that may save your life one day.

– Jenny Holt, Freelance Writer

Meet Storm Shadow

July 4, 2016


This dog can fly! Meet our All-Star Stunt Dog “Storm Shadow”. She is a 3-year old mutt that is mixed between Australian Kelpie and Cattle Dog. She is nuts for her favorite Aerobie brand flying discs (aka Frisbees) Weighing in at only about 25 lbs she can certainly soar! 

Dogs: The Animal that has been coined in history as our best friend

June 17, 2015

Chris Perondi’s “Stunt Dog Adventure”TM is the most educational and entertaining show of it’s kind! Featuring talented rescued dogs that show off their prey drive, intelligence, and athleticism. Every show includes a message of pet adoption and responsible pet ownership, while using positive training methods.

Every show script is professionally written and includes educational talking points about the similarities of domestic dogs and their wild cousins: foxes, jackals, wolves, and coyotes. The “Stunt Dog Adventure”TM show is also very entertaining with segments like the “Prey Drive Challenge”, high-jumping, flying disc, and audience participation. You won’t want to miss these domesticated canine stars in the world’s most exciting Zoo and wildlife park program.

The footage from this video was taken during our March through October Indianapolis Zoo production of 2015. It showcases the talents of the animal that has been coined in history as our best friend! Starring professional dog trainers Chris Perondi, Suhey Perondi, and Abby Cline.

Professionally filmed and edited by XYVector Media Services

World’s Greatest Dogs on NatGeo Wild

May 17, 2015

Stunt Dog Productions is honored to have their stunt dogs featured on NatGeo Wild’s “World’s Greatest Dogs” this weekend! (Check your local listing for exact air times). So it’s now official, our dogs are considered some of the world’s greatest dogs!

Stunt Dog Crazy Confetti was chosen for her unique talents and touching back story. She has been a feature star in the Perondi’s show since 2010. Confetti is known best for her 360 degree “paw-stand” in the palm of trainer Chris Perondi’s hand. However, she can dazzle the crowd with impressive back-flips, jumping rope, hoops through the arms, flying disc catching stunts, skateboarding, triathlon racing, balancing feats and backing up on cue.

As featured during Barkfest on NatGeo Wild

Flashy Ferrari, Blazing Bentley, Crazy Confetti, & Captain Cooper

The filming took place during the winter months when the Perondi’s were not on tour. So for this feature they invited all their friends and family over for a private show to try out some of Confetti’s new stunts and tricks. Many family members showed up including Chris’s parents and cousins, Suhey’s sister, along with their pastor, neighbors, and close friends. It was a memorable day for everyone. The Perondi’s had the pleasure of working with Indigo Films on this feature project. The interviews were conducted inside the Perondi’s house, outside on the property, and even inside their 43 ft. touring RV/bus.

During the same week, the USA TODAY has also dedicated a special edition issue that all about dogs. The Perondi’s are proud to have a feature spread in this issue with multiple images of Crazy Confetti in action. Pick your copy up at your local newsstand from now until May 26th or purchase your copy online here: USA TODAY’S SPECIAL “DOGS” EDITION.

Have a flippin’ great day!

March 3, 2015
Have a flippin' great day!

Be yourself, think positive, and dare to run with the big dogs. – Chris Perondi

Superbowl commercial featuring dogs playing football against cats

January 30, 2015

Every week over 80,000 dogs and cats are euthanized in shelters across the United States. That is approximately 4 to 5 million healthy, loving, and adoptable animals that are put down every year.

The Lucy Pet Foundation has teamed up with Stargate Studios (best known for CGI special effects for Star Trek and the Walking Dead) to bring forth a commercial that features dogs playing football against cats. All the animals used in the commercial were once shelter pets who have now found loving homes.

This should be the #1 Superbowl commercial of 2015! It is extremely adorable and has a powerful message. The mission is simple: to help homeless pets and to open our eyes to the huge overpopulation problem we have in our country. This message can’t be shared enough, heard enough, or seen enough. The problem is real and can no longer be ignored. The Lucy Pet Foundation (fully non-profit) is here to make a difference by providing free and low cost mobile spay and neutering. You can help make a difference by donating to the cause today at http://www.lucypetfoundation.org. Rest assured that 100% of all donations got towards their mission and cause.