The Choice

A man falls in love with his neighbor and they end up having a passionate relationship.
  • Starring: Benjamin Walker, Teresa Palmer
  • Director(s): Ross Katz
  • Producer(s): Theresa Park, Peter Safran, Nicholas Sparks
  • Screenwriter(s): Bryan Sipe
  • Distributor: Lionsgate
  • Animal Coordinator: Birds and Animals
  • Release Date: Friday, February 05, 2016

Featured Animal Action

Throughout the film, the two main characters each have dogs, both of these dogs are seen performing such mild action as sitting/standing/lying, being held or petted, and walking/running on or off leash. For all of these scenes, trainers used hand signals and verbal commands to cue the mild action, which the trained dogs were accustomed to performing. The barking/growling was also a trained behavior.

In the scenes where we see the dog in the boat, trainers were always off camera to make sure the dog was on the boat safely. 

In the scene where the dog is supposed to be eating fish guts from a barrel, he’s actually eating baby food placed on the bottom of the barrel. 

In the scene when the woman walks into the vet’s office and the dog jumps on the receptionist’s counter, the trainer was off camera, cuing the dog with hand signals, and the actress playing role of the receptionist gave dog Gracie a treat which encouraged the dog to jump/put paws on counter.

In the scene where to dog lies on the vet’s table, lying down, the dog was brought to the set and lifted on the table by his trainer. On action, the trainer cued the dog to keep down and stay by holding her hand up (hand signal). After the actors’ dialogue, the actress helped dog jump off table'.

In the scene where we see a dog with a litter of puppies next to her, the puppies were fourteen weeks old and had their vaccinations. In order to make sure the puppies looked newly born, production put a little non-toxic KY jelly on each puppy.  A limited crew was allowed inside during filming of this scene. The trainer instructed the actor on how to hold/corral/handle puppies. Trainers were present the whole time. In the next scene when the man gets in the car with the basket of puppies, production made sure the car was pre-heated. 

In the scene where the man uses tweezers to pick out the dead lizard from the small aquarium and replaces it with a live lizard, the dead lizard was fake. The actor was instructed on how to handle the live lizard by its trainer.

In the scenes with the cat on the vet’s table, the trainer was off camera, making sure the cat stood still using hand cues. 

In the scene where we see the dog sitting around the campfire, trainers and AHA Reps were onsite to make sure the dog didn’t get close to the fire.

In the scene where the dog is on the platform near the water and barks,  besides the trainer, the lifeguard was present, a water safety meeting was held before filming and the floating dock was anchored down. In that same scene when Bolt pulls the wind chimes in his mouth, the dog was trained to do this prior to filming. The wind chimes were made of plastic so they couldn’t hurt the dog.