Now, I'm not normally enthused about the latest show debuting on stage. However, I heard rumblings about 101 Dalmatians using real dogs on stage. I can't imagine the work that went in to training these dogs, especially with all the distractions that are possible! I found an interview with the 101 Dalmatians dog trainer only to learn that most of the dogs were from rescues and shelters. I LOVED that part!
They searched through hundreds of dogs, basing the ones they chose on their personalities. For example, they needed high-energy dogs like Tanner. Tanner loves to stand on his hind legs and wave his front paws in the air, therefore he was the perfect candidate for pushing the lawnmower across the stage :). Another dog was a non-stop barker, and by training him to bark on cue he not only broke his habit but learned a new trick!