Two All-Stars on the Same Team
Larry Kay & Chris Perondi
When Workman Publishing invited Larry to author a book on dog tricks,
he phoned Chris to join the project. Below is their story and their bios.
Vinny performs a back stall and looks for the next cue from Chris, page 192
Larry acclimates Spider to perching his paws up on a toy shopping cart, page 159
Since we had already been talking for a year about doing video projects together (stay tuned for more announcements!), we were in sync about creating a book to share with the world. We're thrilled that Workman Publishing embraced our vision for the Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever, which features training programs for every dog:
Beginner Level program with 20 dog tricks curated to introduce trick training methods
Intermediate Level program with 33 dog tricks and more training methods
Pro Level training programs:
Moviemaking with Your Dog
Dancing with Your Dog
Extreme Stunts and Sports
Many Paths to Victory. Each dog has a different learning style and natural abilities. When learning dog tricks, there are many paths to victory. Along with step-by-step ways to learn specific tricks and stunts, the book also guides you how to discover your dog's strengths.
Our Approach: Positive Dog Training. Trick training is best when it's rewarding and fun. Positive reinforcement dog training means that we praise and reward our dog's efforts and progress, while ignoring most mistakes. Positive dog training makes a dog sociable and builds our bond. Positive trick training builds a dog's self-confidence and reveals the inner "movie star" within every dog.
Our Mission: Pet Rescue. We also share a mission to make a difference for pet rescue. We've rescued all our dogs and actively support shelters, rescue organizations, and pet adoption. Larry makes videos with shelter dogs, and met his dog Spider on one of his film sets. Chris emphasizes pet rescue at every Stunt Dog live performance across North America.
Share links to your videos, photos, and stories with us. We'll celebrate your successes with dog lovers!
Spider performs a Paw Wave (page 24) while sitting on his Skateboard (page 284).
Vinny Valentino, our book's cover dog, Takes A Bow (page 56).
ABOUT THE AUTHORS
Larry Kay coauthored Training the Best Dog Ever (also Workman Publishing), which was awarded the Maxwell Medallion for Best Training and Behavior Book by the Dog Writers Association of America and earned the first-ever book award from the Association of Professional Dog Trainers. He also authored Life's A Bark, created and produced the award-winning Animal Wow dog care DVD for kids that was endorsed by the American Humane Association, and has been a frequent contributor to American Animal Hospital Association and columnist for Dog Fancy (now Dogster) magazine. He has written and produced for Disney, PBS, and The Muppets, taught TV producing at NYU’s TV/Film School, and holds a master’s degree in TV/Film from the Newhouse School at Syracuse University. With two million Facebook fans, Larry’s Positively Woof platform promotes positive dog training, creative tricks and celebrations, and shelter dog adoptions with web films, hundreds of adoption success stories, and innovative cause marketing programs. Larry's videos and live streams have documented many adventures, including a Hurricane Harvey airlift from Houston to Portland, atop a Rose Parade float with his footage rebroadcast on ABC and ESPN, and was the featured video at a Pet Orphans benefit concert headlined by The Hollywood Vampires (Alice Cooper, Johnny Depp, Joe Perry, and friends).
Chris Perondi has been featured extensively in national media, including the Ellen DeGeneres Show, the Oprah Winfrey Show, the Tonight Show, the Today Show, the Late Show, Queen Latifah Show, Univision’s Sabado Gigante, Nat Geo Wild, Animal Planet, Fox TV, CBS News, Sports Illustrated, USA Today, Los Angeles Times, and national TV commercials. His touring company, Stunt Dog Productions, books more than a thousand live shows in dozens of venues per year. Their shows have involved extended production runs at Branson, Dollywood, Six Flags of America, and the Indianapolis Zoo. 2019 marks the 20th year that Chris has been performing with his dogs that he also trained. Having first discovered dog training as a hobby, he evolved over the years into a disc dog showman who has appeared at NBA and NFL halftime-shows and MLB pregame shows, and has been a disc dog national champion. The hobby became his full-time profession in 2001 (Chris has as many as five simultaneous crews under his Stunt Dog branded shows). Chris and crew performed live atop the 125th Annual Rose Parade float for Lucy Pet Foundation to raise funds for spay and neuter causes. In 2009, Suhey Velez (now Perondi) joined the Stunt Dog Experience, and is responsible for the training and showcasing of many of the tricks included in The Big Book of Tricks for the Best Dog Ever.