And what of their natural presence? Put it this way: any one of them would have been spotted at Schwab's drugstore. And professionally they catch on fast. "Puppies are an empty slate," says Gero (whose company trains Frasier's Moose, known as Eddie). With cooked chicken and beef bits as a reward, "they would learn things in minutes." The bipeds on set sometimes had more trouble adapting. Jeff Daniels, who plays Roger, found his concentration tested as handlers barked orders to the dogs. "I was haunted by trainers going, 'Up, up, up, get up,' " says Daniels. "You find yourself picking your head up and then realizing, They aren't talking to me."
As tough as it was working with dogs, the crew became fond of them. Director Stephen Herek Director Stephen Herek Director Stephen Herek even adopted Opus (one of the pups who played Wizzer in the film). "I fell in love," says Herek: "He was trained." It's probably only a matter of time, though, before Opus will want to direct.