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
What a droll commentator on everyday events Benchley was
I luckily caught this short on TCM as I had forgotten how much I enjoyed Benchley's observations. Benchley goes to a pet store and acquires new puppies; the focus of the rest of the story is on a Scottie. He tries to teach the Scotie to roll over and ends up rolling over himself much to the amusement, he says, to the puppy. The best bit is when he tells the audience not to drink alcohol when training because under the influence a trainer is apt to get too optimistic and is apt to think he has trained the dog better than he has. There's then an animation sequence of a well trained dog. The whole short is amusing and a reminder when funny didn't have to be vulgar. It was also an interesting short for featuring a Scottie, for I remember a time - long ago - when Scotties were very popular. Haven't seen a Scottie in years but they sure were cute dogs.
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