Ask the Trainer: Purr-fect Trainer Rose Ordile

Cat Actor Morris is Ordile's star pupil!
Cat Actor Morris is Ordile's star pupil!


Rose Ordile, pet trainer to the stars, is the official trainer of the “Master” of all finicky eaters, Morris the cat. Morris has returned to television in a series of 9Lives commercials entitled “Master,” where Morris will do just about anything to get his paws on his favorite food.

This Hollywood trainer is an expert with 20 years of experience and is the sole reason for Morris’ ability to sit, stay, and wave. Ms. Ordile has trained several other animals for commercials such as McDonald’s, Disney and Target, and on movie sets including Dr. Dolittle 2, Little Nicky and The Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement.

Rose Ordile’s destined life as an animal trainer began when she  had dreams of running off to join the circus with her beloved dog. She had no idea that her dreams would come true by becoming a trainer of exotic and domestic animals for the film industry. She is now a spokesperson for 9Lives, which is owned by Del Monte Corporation. Although Morris, the 9Lives Cat, is officially owned by 9Lives and Del Monte, Ms. Ordile is more than just Morris’ trainer. She takes care of Morris day and night. She is his trainer, his mom, his room service, his housekeeper — you name it, and they both are quite fond of their mother-meow relationship!

Ms. Ordile and the 9Lives team went to an animal shelter to find the purr-fect Morris. The current Morris and the cats which portrayed him in the past have all been rescued from animal shelters and have been representing the brand for 35 years. Morris not only promotes 9Lives foods, he also promotes responsible pet ownership, pet health and pet adoptions through animal shelters.

In the new 9Lives commercial Morris demonstrates his devotion to getting his paws on these delectable treats by doing a backflip. Well, Morris can’t actually do a backflip, but this computer generated flip clearly shows to what length Morris will go to fill his belly.

Many pet owners would do an actual backflip to get their pets to do the simplest of tricks. Animal Fair has asked Ms. Ordile to share her secrets for training Morris the cat, and to give our readers tips on how to successfully train the purr-fect house pet.

Rose Ordile & Morris.
Rose Ordile & Morris.


Ms. Ordile says, “The best time to start training your cat would be right around mealtime or when you come home from work, because then you have all of their attention.” When training them, reward them with their favorite treats and positive reinforcement.

According to Rose Ordile, one of the most common mistakes that people make when training a pet is using their hands to correct them. “You want your hands to be positive,” says Ms. Ordile. “You should never raise your hand to an animal in a harsh way.” Instead, hands should be used for giving treats, petting your cat’s back or belly, or to pick up and hug your furry friend, whether during training or in daily interactions with your pet.

When training your pet, Ms. Ordile adds, “You always want to work with a pet’s personality.” If you have a cat that runs up and down the stairs fast or a cat that plays hard with a toy, this cat would have a more difficult time learning to sit and stay. A cat with less energy could be trained to sit/stay, to wave or stand. It would be easier to train a high energy cat to jump up on a counter, to jump through a hoop or to run from point A to point B.

Cats are highly intelligent animals, and they are very curious and receptive to learning. Once you try these fantastic tips your feline will be cat-egorically the best trained puss around, second only to the “Master” that is.

When beginning to train your pet, use Rose Ordile’s helpful training tips and your feline will be purring for more:

• Make the training a positive game.

• Always make the game fun.

• Keep the session short.

• End the session before the game becomes boring.

• If you start to train your pet and you get your pet to do the behavior one time, then try to get him to do it a second time, and if he does it a second time, quit there. You don’t want to over do it or bore the animal too quickly.

• When you start your training session, begin it  around mealtime, so that you have your pet’s attention.

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