Picks and Pans Review: Meet the Pooch Playing ... Marmaduke

UPDATED 06/07/2010 at 01:00 AM EDT Originally published 06/07/2010 at 01:00 AM EDT

Big dog, big star! Trainer Tasha Zamsky supplies the scoop on George, star of the comic-strip-turned-comedy Marmaduke.

GEORGE IS A GIANT!

He weighs 160 lbs. and is probably over 6 ft. standing on his hind legs. When he gets into a corner, he backs himself out and turns around. He has to maneuver a bit.

WHAT'S THE SECRET BEHIND TEACHING A DOG TO ACT?

We had "meat glasses." We put meat on a pair of eyeglasses and trained the dog to watch the actor during the dialogue.

HOW REAL IS THE SURFING SCENE?

One of the days he rode a wave. He actually can surf standing up, believe it or not.

DID HE HAVE ANY FRIENDS ON-SET?

His brother Spirit also plays Marmaduke. Spirit did the action scenes and George did the talking.

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