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If a proposed law in Montreal goes into effect, all dogs in the Canadian city will need to understand commands in both English and French.
Montreal city councilor Benoit LaDouce, who made the proposal, told CBC Radio that it's necessary to counter the "chaos" resulting from dogs at public parks who understand commands in only one language.
"The current situation in Montreal Dog Park is untenable chaos," LaDouce told CBC Radio. "The various dog commands are incomprehensible to each other."
In an inadvertently hilarious interview with the station, LaDouce (who was deadly serious) says he was inspired to propose the law after a dog began licking his face and did not respond to French commands.
"Our alienation from each other was absolute," LaDouce said.
LaDouce wants all dogs in the city to learn at least 80 to 90 commands in both languages, calling the task "basic stuff." He said each canine should be subjected to a test by a city employee to confirm the animal's bilingual comprehension.
While few question that dogs are capable of intelligent acts—just recently, we learned about some dogs that are being taught to "drive" cars—LaDouce's solution may not even be possible. Trained dogs are only able to learn about 160 words, according to Animal Planet.
And what of the dog owners who are not bilingual? As CBC Radio host Pat Kelly points out, having to learn a second language only to impart a few dozen commands to your pet would be an expensive and time-consuming exercise. For example, only about 20 percent of people in the U.S. are able to hold a conversation in a second language, according to the U.S. Census.
"Expensive or opportunity, which way do you want to look at it?" LaDouce said in response. "Now, suddenly, just by having a dog, I'm opening up to different kinds of knowledge."
He said he hopes to get the law passed and put into effect by summer 2013.
"I'm working on it day and night," he said.
You just have to laugh at the stupidity of some politicians. They are not any better in Canada.
I think you can have a very well-trained dog with about 5 commands. I'm not sure what the other 75-85 commands would be for, other than useless tricks.
Maybe they'll train my wife. I'd accept 20 commands in one language.
Fucking eh, people are going crazy, they're out of their freaking minds. A test by a city employee means taxpayer $. Perfect name btw, LaDeuce.
The Quebecois are a crazy bunch to begin with...add in their insane obsession with FORCING people to learn French and their love affair with unionized labor and, voila, you have a stupid-assed law like this that ensures another union gig in the provincial government.
Seriously, my dog is incredibly well-behaved and knows about 10 commands.
Montreal....home of some of the best strip clubs in the world.
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Those frogs in Canada are worse than the Real French pricks.
what happens if you're a German, Chinese etc. immigrant and you've trained your dog in your native language? need to retrain in English and french? trilingual pets?
other commands include find my beret, slice the brie, pass the baguette, surrender......
Spud says...That's Ruff.
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Tous pour un, un pour tous
Unbowed, Unbent, Unbroken
It's nice to see us all agreeing on something.
le chien aboies.
Sacre bleu, that le sucks...
Join the fight for YOUR liberty!
I've been living and working just north of Montreal for about 8 months. The further north you go, the less English is spoken. The politics is insane. Don't make the mistake of lumping Quebec in with the rest of Canada. Secession is major part of the agenda up here. I will say the women are gorgeous.
Must find a way to stick it out a few more months. There was a time I could have returned in my car. Today it might require a snow plow. I've fallen down and I can't get up. Helllllllp meeeeeeeeeeeee.
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Ladies and gentlemen, the unbelievable has happened! Tom Kelly - November 28,1964. (84-Z Delay)
The men are hot too. I've had several POFAs from Montreal. Ooh-fah, never a disappointment.
It can be done...I once taught a German Shephard to bark...in spanish
Could he take a dump in German?
How do you know? You don't speak Spanish.
This post was edited by D A Stankovich 19 months ago
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