I'm walking Orson down the sidewalk. I notice a pickup going by with a crate in back. I see the top of yellow dog's head. I keep moving.

Suddenly I hear someone shout 'BLACK LAB?' and I realize it's the driver, addressing me.
He double parks (on a busy street), gets the dog out of the crate in back and brings him over to the sidewalk where I'm standing, kind of dumbfounded.

The guy asks me how I taught my dog to fetch. I tell him I've been working with Orson for a few months on bringing his retrieved toys to me and dropping them.
So I show him what I've been working on, which is for me to tell Orson to 'wait' after retrieving, and then I go to him and tell him to 'drop it.'

His reaction? 'Your dog's pretty fat.'
Thankyewww.
Then he transitions to 'Does your dog sit?' So I show him. 'Does he lay down?' So I show him Orson's down.
He goes to his dog (sitting down the block a bit on very long line) and pulls up on the collar a few times while saying 'sit, sit, sit.' The dog backs up, trying to avoid the collar jerking; the owner follows him whenever he moves backward. So owner and dog are moving all over the sidewalk.

I showed him how he could lure the dog (7 months old and b.i.g.) into a sit by holding a treat over his head, and I explained why that works. The dog sat in one second flat.
The guy says 'Yeah, well I don't really have time to spend on that stuff, so I'm sending him away to a trainer. $200 for two weeks.' I asked him what the trainer teaches the dog. 'Sit, stay, lay down. That kind of stuff.'

I asked him if the trainer trained him how to continue progress with the dog. He said he hadn't really thought about that. He thinks there might be a 'pamphlet' sent home with the dog.
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His reaction? 'Your dog's pretty fat.' Thankyewww.

not long on tact, apparently!
I asked him if the trainer trained him how to continue progress with the dog. He said he hadn't really thought about that. He thinks there might be a 'pamphlet' sent home with the dog.

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!), 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.
but, at least he didn't ask you if he could bread his dog to yours!

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
but, at least he didn't ask you if he could bread his dog to yours!

But if he did, it would be pretty easy. Labs like the water right?? put the in a pool, and then scatter bread crumbs over them. Although I don't know why you would want to coat your dog like this. Do they retrieve better when coated in bread? Maybe the ducks don't see them as a dogs this way, but as a really big soggy crouton??

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'I'm getting a very special feeling
inside. It'll go away when I burp.'
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His reaction? 'Your dog's pretty fat.'

Maybe he meant Phat?
I asked him if the trainer trained him how to continue progress with the dog. He said he hadn't really thought about that. He thinks there might be a 'pamphlet' sent home with the dog.

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.
Suja
but, at least he didn't ask you if he could bread his dog to yours!

But if he did, it would be pretty easy. Labs like the water right?? put the in a pool, and ... in bread? Maybe the ducks don't see them as a dogs this way, but as a really big soggy crouton??

This reminds me of what happened this weekend of should I say last Saturday. We went to the lake, Steve, myself, Blade and Reznor. These people suddenly come up to us with a yellow lab. We typically try our best to park where no one is going to come very near us, but alas it didn't work last Saturday. Anyway the lab was a sweet girl named Gabby and all three dogs got along well. Reznor really liked her. He is one of those kind of dogs that loves NEW anything. New people, new dogs, new toys, new places. Well suddenly the owner of the lab gasped and I look around at the yellow lab and what is she carrying but a white wing dove in her mouth, alive still. I didn't actually see where she got
the dove from. I think the dove committed suicide by bombing into the water? Not sure. I was able to easily get the dove away from Gabby the lab, she just released it like that. No problem. I was holding it when it died. It was pretty

sad as it basically looked unharmed. I really don't think the lab did anything to
the bird and I am sure she didn't jump mid air and grap her out of the sky flying.
Gwen
LOL!!! If I tried to bread Kali, she just keep licking it off.

Kristen &
Kali CD, CGC, TDI, TT
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Do they retrieve better when coated in bread? Maybe the ducks don't see them as a dogs this way, but as a really big soggy crouton??

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

shelly (perfectly foul wench) and elliott and harriet http://home.bluemarble.net/~scouvrette
silly me! and here i was, thinking the extra crispy coating was some sort of canine fertility aid!

Possibly a failed attempt. Yuo bread the female, and then while she is busy eating/cleaning, the male sneaks up and away we go!! Of course, unless the male is a real chow-hound, and decides that eating is more important...

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Marcel Beaudoin & Moogli
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'Never attempt to distract a
masturbating gorilla.'
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sad as it basically looked unharmed. I really don't think ... mid air and grap her out of the sky flying.

without having seen it, it's impossible to know. she could've found it lying on the ground or in the water, ... in the air. i don't much like it when mine catch/kill things, but they're dogs and that's what they do.

True Shelly very true. And I did have my back turned right at the time it happened as I was definitely more interested in attending to my own dogs and a bit irritated that these people came right up on us with their
dog. I do mean within 10' and they had a whole darn area they could have
gone to without being on top of us. They were nearly sitting under our canopy
with us.
But you are right the dog may have grapped the bird, and I didn't see it.
I do know it happened in the water as when the owner gasped the dog was running out of the water. Now whether it was a dive bomb into the water or a snatch from the air I won't ever know and it matters

not. Just a story really.
Gwen
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