Readers reply: do animals in film and TV know that they’re acting?

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I was watching a film recently with my partner and he said of a dog lying placidly on a couch: “That’s some great dog-acting.” It got me thinking: how much direction can animals in TV and film take? Do they have any idea what’s going on? Will Frye Shepard, Oxford

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