"…movie “A Dog’s Purpose,” based on the bestselling novel by W. Bruce Cameron, tells the tale of a dog who discovers the meaning of his life “through the lives of the humans he teaches to laugh and love,” according to the official website.
But a shocking behind-the-scenes video posted on TMZ.com Jan. 18 shows that the filmmakers are the ones who really need to be taught to love, or at least to show compassion to dogs.
In the disturbing footage that quickly went viral, a German shepherd is being forced by a trainer into a pool that, thanks to eight outboard motors, simulates a raging river.
The dog is visibly terrified. He repeatedly tries to run away, then claws at the edges of the pool as the trainer tries to push him in. At one point, the dog starts to fall backward into the water. The trainer quickly grabs the front of the dog’s collar and yanks him back up.
When the poor dog is finally forced into the water, he becomes submerged. Someone shouts, “Cut it!” "