Throughout the film, one of the characters has a pet cat, who is seen performing such mild action as sitting/standing/lying, being held or petted. For all of these scenes, trainers used hand signals and verbal commands to cue the mild action, which the trained dog was accustomed to performing.
In the scene when a group of actors sit in a living room on a couch and one of them holds a dog, prior to filming the scene the trainer handed the dog to the actress. The actress and the dog were already acquainted. The same action was achieved in the dining room scene.