Puppy love -- at your fingertips

Thu Feb 26, 2009 9:41am EST
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By John Gaudiosi

RALEIGH, North Carolina (Reuters Life!) - Sit, boy, and roll over -- all with the click of your thumb.

Dogs have not only had star billing in Hollywood recently due to string of canine movies like "Hotel for Dogs," Marley and Me," and "Beverly Hills Chihuahua," but are also becoming more prevalent in videogames with a list of new doggy games.

Ubisoft has worked with dog behavior specialist Cesar Millan, host of National Geographic Channel's "The Dog Whisperer," on a new PC and Nintendo DS videogame that Millan hopes will launch an interactive franchise.

"I feel that we started with something very general like fear, separation anxiety, hyperactivity and obsession/fixation with this first game, but I would like to move into advanced games down the line once people understand more about animal behavior," said Millan.

"The Dog Whisperer" game features 40 'mild' cases that educate humans about training and understanding dogs.

One of the main points in the game is that animals recognize when someone is tense, angry or fearful, so it's important to remain calm and assertive.

Players take on the role of Millan's apprentice as they work through these virtual variations of real-life cases from the first three seasons of the hit TV series.

"Since I'm not there physically, games allow me to virtually help people around the world with their dogs," said Millan, who has watched his kids play videogames.   Continued...

<p>A screenshot from a new video game based on Cesar Millan's show "The Dog Whisperer." REUTERS/Ubisoft/Handout</p>