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not long on tact, apparently!

Yeah, he was generally lacking in people skills.
(But he's not as bad as my neighbor, who I think is a bit touched in the head. Every time he's got his dog on the sidewalk and I'm coming in his direction, he always yells out 'Does he bite?' From the first time he asked that question, I remembered and used a good response I once read here a long time ago: 'Not yet!')
amazing, isn't it? too bad he doesn't realize that if he doesn't have the time to train the dog (5 minutes a day would do wonders!),

Probably even less than that. One second to get his dog to sit. I don't know if he thought it was magic or what, but even though a total stranger got his dog to sit in one second, maybe he believes he couldn't do the same.

he's really not likely to have the time to
reinforce the what the dog learns at training boot camp. not to mention that if he can't manage a few minutes a day to work on training, he definitely doesn't have time for basic dog care.

The best thing I heard him say is that he takes the dog everywhere. Into banks, restaurants, stores, the bar he's renovating, you name it. He said he thinks it's important for the dog to be used to lots of different situations, so at least he has that going for him.
but, at least he didn't ask you if he could bread his dog to yours!

True.
Cate
silly me! and here i was, thinking the extra crispy coating was some sort of canine fertility aid!

It'd have to be a pretty damn good fertility aid, considering both dogs were neutered males.
Probably wouldn't stop some people from asking, though.

Cate
Maybe he meant Phat?

Obviously!
I've known a handful of dogs that were sent away to be "trained". The owners generally wonder why it is the dog did so well with the trainer, but not with them. I wish someone would tell them that this is a team effort.

That's why I asked him what provision there was for him to learn how to work with the dog once he came home from the trainer. It appears the thought hadn't once entered his mind.
Cate
It'd have to be a pretty damn good fertility aid, considering both dogs were neutered males.

yes, well...
Probably wouldn't stop some people from asking, though.

no, it wouldn't. i had the owner of a very obviously female Boxer ask me if i would bread my very girly Boxer to his. "um. i don't think that's how it works, sir."

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
no, it wouldn't. i had the owner of a very obviously female Boxer ask me if i would bread my very girly Boxer to his.

I remember.
"um. i don't think that's how it works, sir."

Oh, you should've said yes and let him try to proceed just to see when he'd figure it out. Some people have to learn by doing, you know.

Cate
there's definitely something to be said for that. i imagine (hope!) the that the dog will pick up manners by osmosis. even with no training, it sounds like the guy is actually doing better by his dog than most of JQP.

Actually I have seen quite a few dogs that are taken everywhere with their humans that do tend to pick up manners just on their own. Dogs are smarter than we often give them credit for I think. And being constantly exposed to the human is going to eventually rub off. It may not be ideal. It more than likely won't be perfect manners but manners none the less.
Gwen
(But he's not as bad as my neighbor, who I think is a bit touched in the head. Every time he's got his dog on the sidewalk and I'm coming in his direction, he always yells out 'Does he bite?'

oh my. that's sad.
From the first time he asked that question, I remembered and used a good response I once read here a long time ago: 'Not yet!')

heh. whenever i'm asked that, i'm always tempted to say "only a little."
even though a total stranger got his dog to sit in one second, maybe he believes he couldn't do the same.

i think some people really *do* believe it's some sort of magic hive-mind super power.
The best thing I heard him say is that he takes the dog everywhere. Into banks, restaurants, stores, the bar ... for the dog to be used to lots of different situations, so at least he has that going for him.

there's definitely something to be said for that. i imagine (hope!) the that the dog will pick up manners by osmosis. even with no training, it sounds like the guy is actually doing better by his dog than most of JQP.

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
heh. whenever i'm asked that, i'm always tempted to say "only a little."

Ohh, maybe I should try that on the neighborhood kids. Currently I'm faring pretty well with 'not yet,' though. I always get delayed reactions. Looks of 'Heyy, you're not supposed to say that!'
A kid visiting the yard next door asked 'would he bite if I was over there with him in his yard?' And, seeing how this kid had sneakily and purposefully splashed pool water onto our grill when we weren't looking, I said 'Maybe, maybe not. You just never know.'
even with no training, it sounds like the guy is actually doing better by his dog than most of JQP.

Yes, and I congratulated him on transporting the dog in a crate in the bed of his pickup, rather than loose. I also tried to convince him to feed the dog (puppy, really) twice a day instead of once a day, but that went in one ear and out the other.
Cate
Oh, you should've said yes and let him try to proceed just to see when he'd figure it out. Some people have to learn by doing, you know.

brilliant! i'm filing that away for future reference.

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
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