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After a new dog owner decides on which dog to buy at the pet store, this short soon becomes a lesson in how NOT to train a dog.



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Lecturer / Dog Owner


A narrator takes us thorough the process of a man choosing a dog, introducing the dog to its new home, beginning its training, feeding it, and dealing with misbehavior. The dog owner is himself a hapless everyman, picking out too many dogs at the pet store on an emotional whim, having no idea how to communicate with his new best friends, and needing a deep reserve of patience. By the end, he's learned the ultimate lesson in training a dog: let the dog show the way. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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dog | pet | pet store | patience | whip | See All (21) »


Comedy | Short





Release Date:

1 July 1936 (USA)  »

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Sound Mix:

(Western Electric Sound System)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Featured in MGM Parade: Episode #1.5 (1955) See more »

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One of Bob Benchley's best shorts;All should be gathered into one video before they're lost.
14 July 2000 | by (Richmond, California) – See all my reviews

Bob Benchley's short films are some of the funniest ever made. Turner Classic Movies has played a few of them including How to Train a Dog, which I have on tape. The kids all love it, and I'm sure that if someone put a complete video together of all these wonderful shorts before they are lost, it would provide many hours of fun and an appreciation of one of America's true funny men.

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