Top Dogs was made following the success of the movie The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. The Kennel Club, who commissioned this following the success of Obedience, were keen to attract a younger audience but also wanted to keep a broad family appeal. Shot on a much bigger budget than their previous film, we not only built a bedroom with a magic wardrobe, we made an entire snowy forest and even got hold of the very same lamppost that was used in the movie.
Trying to get the stunt dog to pee on command was a different story. Top Dogs was first sent out on email to all members and then was one of the first films on YouTube. There, it notched up 5000 hits in its first week and a survey at Crufts showed that the average age of show attendees dropped significantly that year.