Matts explains why his family has a special relationship with dogs.
Country: Matt and Todd from the U.S.
TODD: (Ok) Hello Matt!
MATT: Hello Todd!
|TODD: Matt, I'm gonna ask you some questions about pets.|
|TODD: Uh...First question, do you have a pet?|
|Yes, uh in my fa... my mom's house we have three, three pets; two dogs and a cat. My... my family actually raises dogs for helping blind people.|
|TODD: Oh, really!|
TODD: Wow, how do they train the dogs?
|MATT: How do they train the dogs? Well, I mean, it's a long process, right... I mean, we get them when they're puppies.....and so we train them basic...you know, sit, come... really basic things... and then, after they're about two year old, they go a different training school.|
|TODD: Oh, wow , that's great!|
|MATT: Yeah, yeah!|
|TODD: How many dogs do they usually train at a time?|
|MATT: Oh, just one! We have our own dog, and then we have a dog, that we have for training. It’s one dog at a time.|
TODD: Do you
ever see the dogs you trained, like out on the street, or anything?
|MATT: Hahaha! Sometimes we see them, dogs have like a… you know, sort of conventions of...uh… reunions of the pets so, yeah, you get to see them once in a while.|
|TODD: Um, why do people keep pets?|
guess the most important is companionship, right! So there is somebody always, always there for you that will like you no matter what.
|TODD: Yeah, it's true. OK, besides cats, dogs, and fish, what are some other pets people keep?|
|MATT: Uh, well, I guess uh, if you are Siegfried and Roy you can keep a tiger or lion. I guess all types of things, don't they?. I mean, my friend has a snake....I don't know if you mention that, snake and... ferrets and... insects, spiders...All kinds of things.|
|TODD: All right, um, yeah, like there is so many. What are some costs associated with keeping a pet?|
|MATT: Uh, food is probably the biggest cost, but also if you keep the dog, particularly a dog in your house, and when they are puppies, and we have a lot of puppies, they'll chew up everything they can, so we're constantly replacing shoes and, you know, cleaning up pee from the carpet and things like that..so.. it can be a hassle.|
|TODD: Yeah, OK. Uh, thanks a lot man, and by the way, where are you from?|
MATT: I'm from the U.S.A., from
|TODD: OK, great!|
"My family actually raises dogs for helping blind people".
To 'raise' a dog is to have and train a dog from the time they are very young until they are mature. We also use the term 'raise' to refer to children and helping them grow up. Notice the following:
Train / training school
"Sometimes, they train the dogs in a training school".
To 'train' an animal is to teach it to act the way you want it to. This can be responding to commands or behaving well. They teach these things at a training school. Notice the following:
2.He trained his dog to roll over.
"Why do you think people keep pets?"
To 'keep' a pet to is have an animal that lives in your house with you that you care for. Notice the following:
Biggest cost / associated with
"What would you say is the biggest cost associated with keeping a pet?"
The 'biggest cost' of something is the most expensive part of it to maintain. If a cost is 'associated with" something it is connected to it. Notice the following:
"Cleaning up pee and things like that can be a hassle".
A hassle is a difficult or frustrating task. Notice the following:
"Click on "Start Step by Step" for listening each sentence one by one. Click on "Start Continuos mode" to listen the whole dialog. If you want to listen a sentence click on it. If you see a micro over a character picture, you have to get its role and read its text on its turn."
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Do you have a pet?