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5 tips to get your pet a modeling gig

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Experts share how to get your pet into show business

As a proud pet parent, we know what you're thinking: Your little guy or gal is the cutest dog or cat out there. But what if your intuition is right? Your furball's natural adorableness and love of the camera could open the door to a career as a pet model.

"It's a hustle and a lot like being a stage mom," says professional dog trainer, Babette Haggerty, whose father Captain Haggerty wrote the book How To Get Your Pet Into Show Business. "Not every dog is going to become Lassie. [So] the payoff is just to have fun with your pet." Want to get your pet a modeling or showbiz gig? Here are five tips for the aspiring pet Momager.

1. Strike a pose

Experts share how to get your pet into show business
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Don't spend a fortune on professional photos. Simply snap a few well-lit and clear shots of your dog or cat that capture his or her personality, and have them printed in a 10- by 8-inch format.

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"Draft a resume for your dog or cat and put together a montage of photos of your pet with different looks or doing tricks," Haggerty suggests. Then submit your pet's package to several agencies.

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