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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:49 PM

Montreal bylaw requires dogs understand commands in both official languages

Montreal bylaw requires dogs understand commands in both official languages


Earlier this week, Montreal city councilor Benoit LaDouce proposed a bylaw that would require all dogs in public parks to be bi-lingual. According to Mr. LaDouce, "Dogs parks in our city are chaotic and communication is at the heart of the conflict." In his mind, K9/citizen relations would be more harmonious if dogs in public spaces understood commands in both English and French.

Earlier today Pat Kelly spoke with Mr. LaDouce to find out more.

http://www.cbc.ca/thisisthat/blog/2012/12/12/montreal-bylaw-requires-dogs-to-understand-commands-in-both-official-languages/

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Reply Montreal bylaw requires dogs understand commands in both official languages (Original post)
The Straight Story Dec 2012 OP
Mona Dec 2012 #1
jberryhill Dec 2012 #2
pinboy3niner Dec 2012 #3
TheMightyFavog Dec 2012 #4
dixiegrrrrl Dec 2012 #5
Newsjock Dec 2012 #6
burrowowl Dec 2012 #7

Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 12:57 PM

1. This is funny...

Most dogs don't know how to respond to one language, passing a law to be bilingual won't help. Good positive training and a better understanding of dogs will though.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:23 PM

2. This came up before with a seeing-eye dog at a Francophone college campus


The thing is, well trained dogs don't respond to commands by strangers in the first place.

If you have to tell a dog, other than your own dog, to do something, tone matters a lot more than whatever word you say.

I was sleeping in a hammock on a porch in a small town in Brazil one time, and the owner's dog had wandered by, picked up one of my shoes, and was starting to walk off with it.

I awoke with a start when my wife saw the dog and shouted, "Hey!"

The dog stopped and looked at her with the shoe hanging comically from its mouth, and in a scolding tone she said, "Drop it!"

The dog looked suitably chastened, put down the shoe, and wandered off.

I guarantee you that dog had never heard a word of English in its life. They are much more about tone and posture than language.

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:32 PM

3. I guess they're not familiar with Larson...






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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 01:39 PM

4. Heh....

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:40 PM

5. Ok..so, that covers the Poodles and French bulldogs....

but what about the other breeds???

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Response to The Straight Story (Original post)

Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:41 PM

6. Fake story

http://www.cbc.ca/thisisthat/about/

"This Is That is a current affairs program that doesn't just talk about the issues, it fabricates them."

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Thu Dec 13, 2012, 02:42 PM

7. My dog understood commands in

French, English and Spanish.

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