If you’re not up for the newly released “Marmaduke” movie, but you pine for quality canine films, check out this little sneak preview clip from the upcoming independent documentary film, “Canine Instinct.” The film is about the life, philosophies, and methods of self-taught Hudson Valley dog trainer Kyle Warren. He has a deep love of dogs and instinct for how to work with them, and it comes across beautifully in what looks like it’s going to be a terrific film. The “sit-stay” ballet-like sequence in the clip is an utterly charming treat from the film’s talented director, Nicholas Goodman, who shot the film over a three-year period (between paying jobs).
Who is Kyle? This is how Nicholas describes him on the film’s website:
Todays society is nuts. We see it, we feel it. And yet I sense a desire for a return to decency, kindness, and accountability. These are timeless values that our country was built on.
Now, re-imagine the Marlboro Man for the modern age. He doesnt smoke, he doesnt drink, and instead of working with horses he works with dogs. He believes hard work, discipline, and a generous spirit are the keys to an honorable life, and doing whats right is more important than doing whats easy.
These are qualities I discovered in Kyle Warren, The Dog Man of Ulster County, NY, and it is what drew me to make this home-spun documentary portrait of a young man I see as a true American original.
A story in The Daily Freeman describes the homespun Kyle this way (click the newspaper link for the rest of the interesting story.):
Dog Finds Man, is the title of Kyle Warrens popular blog about adventures with his search-and-rescue German shepherds, Quax and Maya. Its also an apt description of his life thus far. A training officer for Eagle Valley Search Dogs, Warren is a search-and-rescue handler, a member of the New York State Federation of Search and Rescue dogs and owner of Canine Instinct, a Stone Ridge-based dog-training company through which he has successfully trained more than 2,300 dogs.
There is no aspect of my life that is not 110 percent dog-centric, Warren said proudly.
Warren, a lifelong Hudson Valley resident, described an idyllic childhood experience growing up on a small farm in Glenford. He admits he hasnt strayed too far from his roots. The 1999 Onteora High School graduate has moved a total of nine miles in my life, he said in a recent interview at the Atwood home he shares with his girlfriend and their eight dogs. But it is vocation, not location,
that inspires him.
My dogs are my family, they are my life, said Warren.
The film has met with success at film festivals, and is slated to debut on DVD later this month. As soon as I get a review copy, I’ll watch it and give you the scoop.