Suppose there is a movie in which the heroine is liked a lot by animals (as a means of foreshadowing how lovable she is to people).

  1. Would they use an actress or actor that is naturally well-liked by animals, or conversely use animals that happen to like this character?

  2. Can animals be trained (e.g. through Pavlovian conditioning) to like a particular actress, or conversely, can a human being be trained to make herself likable to animals?

  3. Are there drugs, scents or other stimuli that can used to make an animal like a person?

Which of these methods (or others) are used to get animals to like a particular character?

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    Peanut butter :)
    – CGCampbell
    Mar 4, 2015 at 14:28
  • @GCCampbell: I think I know you from one or two other sites. You made a good start. Could you expand that into an answer?
    – Tom Au
    Mar 4, 2015 at 14:29
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    Trained animals are quite normal this days like this and this
    – Ankit Sharma
    Mar 4, 2015 at 14:41

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Hollywood pays actual Animal Trainers to bring the animals on set. They are given specific cues to act a certain way. You can watch a lot of behind the scenes with the animals on youtube for a better explanation.

They even have websites for Producers to look at and see the animals and training.

  • Welcome to the site. I was hoping for a more detailed response. But your answer has the merit of being the first, and perhaps will "break the ground" for others.
    – Tom Au
    Mar 14, 2015 at 20:01
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    @TomAu Why would other people want to answer a question which appears to have been answered to your satisfaction? Sep 12, 2016 at 18:45

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