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 <>

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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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Cute but Not Funny
10 December 2010 | by (Louisville, KY) – See all my reviews

How to Train Your Dog (1936)

** (out of 4)

Another entry in Robert Benchley's "How to..." series with this one, as the title says, teaching you how to train a dog. We see Benchley go into a pet shop where we're told what not to do when picking out a new pet. We then see him take several home where we learn how to make sure they know who makes the rules as well as them knowing what not to eat. These Benchley shorts are always very hit and miss but this one here is somewhere in the middle. I'd call the film a miss because it simply doesn't contain any laughs but at the same time it's rather cute and somewhat charming so on this level you could call it a hit. I think the biggest problem is that Benchley's style of humor is going to be lost on many people and I'm one of them. I think this film has several cute scenes including Benchley coming home drunk, finding his room destroyed but one of his dogs decides to keep him company. This scene works as does another where Benchley leaves his breakfast out and his dog decides to take a bite.

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