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Tuesday, June 22, 2010

RUSSIAN POODLE TRAINER IN CENTRAL PARK

Irina Markova, a Russian Poodle Trainer from the Universoul Circus, taking her dogs for a stroll in Central Park.
Russian poodle trainer captivates crowds in Central Park
BY Farran Powell Daily News Staff Writer
Tuesday, June 22nd 2010,

Poodle tricks attracted crowds of spectators in Central Park on Monday as a well-known circus performer took her several pooches for a walk.
Russian poodle training tzarina Irina Markova, captivated onlookers in the park with her horde of eight poodles as she shouted commands.
"For my work, I practice with my dogs all day and train my animals," said Markova, who performs in a traveling show for UniverSoul Circus.
Markova, an animal trainer featured in a recent Sundance short film "The Russian Whisperer," turned heads as she strolled through the park.
Spectators took a second glance at the glammed-up dog walker, dressed head to toe in a leopard spotted top with matching trousers.
"She seemed very Eastern European kind of fashion sense with tight, shiny pants and extravagant tops with six to eight poodle of all different sizes," said onlooker Hannah Levinson. "It seems almost circus like."
The Russian circus performer began training dogs when she was 9-years-old before her career as animal trainer for the Rostov Zoo in Russia. Markova began her first all dog circus act in 1985 and has been featured in the U.S. with the Moscow Circus and the Big Apple Circus.
With bribes of treats, Markova trains her poodles for special tricks to ride on bicycles and skateboards on stage.
"Our dogs are like our children... we treat them with some new tricks," Markova said.
Markova's pampered pooch troupe is one of several act in UniverSoul Circus show, performing at Roy Wilkins Park in Queens, New York from June 22- 27.

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