Sales Tips for Dogs

The most important rule of good selling is: the customer is always right. Never argue with your customer or you may lose the sale. In this example video, a shoe salesperson expresses strong opinions about the customer’s preferred style, but in the end the customer prevails.

Our thanks to Carol B. and Cheryl S. from the Inhuman Resources department.

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29 thoughts on “Sales Tips for Dogs

  1. Doug January 22, 2018 / 10:31 am

    Shoe? What Show .. I don’t have **ANY** idea what your talking about..



    .. Oh .. This shoe .. Nevermind .. Here you go

  2. fkaWaldenPond January 22, 2018 / 10:50 am

    He had to go far for that shoe!

  3. Gigi The cat lady January 22, 2018 / 11:18 am

    The way the dog knows exactly what shoe she’s talking about tells me this is not the first time he’s done this. LOL!!

    • Dana January 22, 2018 / 12:49 pm

      Yes, priceless!!

  4. ffleur2 January 22, 2018 / 11:32 am

    that is like the cutest thing I have seen in ages!

  5. N. Fritz January 22, 2018 / 11:59 am

    ENGAGE RANT – You have no idea what shoe shopping is like until you try to find “adult shoes” in size 4.5 (3 in children’s, 33.5 European). Somehow “Hello Kitty” and velcro closures don’t send the right message to my 14-19 year old engineering students.

    The Senior Ball (aka prom) on Saturday was a bust. The form teacher was so embarrassed he went home after the Midnight Revue.

    And we’ve had about 2 ft of snow in the past three days (I couldn’t even pull in yesterday, and my neighbor refuses to shovel. Yesterday the landlord cleared about 10 inches, and I cleared about 6 this morning. But now there’s another 4-5 inches and we’re expecting rain overnight. Hello, skating rink (aka morning commute).


    • fkaWaldenPond January 22, 2018 / 12:03 pm

      Oh no! What a bummer re the prom– seriously. I was enchanted with the idea!

      • N. Fritz January 22, 2018 / 12:20 pm

        Usually the prom is the highlight of the winter. A quick primer… in Austria, the prom is put on by the senior class as a money-making proposition. The entire community is invited and the students sell tickets, advertising, food, drinks, yearbooks, roses, and raffle tickets to make money. They divide the proceeds among the students (it can be anywhere from 200 to 2400 Euros per student!!). But this class of 23 students is just “done” with the idea of school, and everything they did for the prom was half-baked (except the yearbook, that turned out quite nicely). They are supposed to graduate in June and most of the teachers are skeptical that they’ll make it through. I have every single one of them for an oral English exam, and I don’t even know what some of their voices sound like!

        But I did see a lot of former students and one of them is even the company coordinator for five different countries. He has to use his English and I am so darned proud of him!

    • Kar January 22, 2018 / 12:29 pm

      Wow, I guess I should shop whining about finding 6.5 shoes.

      Had a Chinese work friend, her grandmother was convinced her daughter would never get married with her clodhopper size 6. But then again, grandma literally had bound feet. Talk about old school.

    • Emsthemonster January 22, 2018 / 12:45 pm

      Let me send you a big monster hug, N. Fritz. It seems you and I have similar issues to deal with.
      Shoes: I have bigger feet but mine aren’t wide enough, whenever I try on stilettos or sandals there is still enough room for a finger at least on one side. It doesn’t matter how much I weigh, this one size is not changing… I wish I could make my feet wider instead of my hip 🙂

      Snow shovelling: My neighbour is more than willing to shovel snow : at night, onto my drive. I got a lil’ shock this morning and went to the bus… well I am not that good at driving on ice anyway.

      2018 hasn’t been my favourite year so far, my favourite co-worker is about to leave if I read his signs well, which wouldn’t be a problem if I had found a new job already.
      If the company hires someone for his position, it will take 1-1.5 years for the new person to learn everything this current guy already knows. I am going to face a great year….

      Health issues, people dying around me (a nice neighbour, a cousin of mine, both in their 40s) This is why I am bit less around, I don’t want to drag others down with my problems. I will be back, it just takes some time to get used to so many negative things.

      • N. Fritz January 22, 2018 / 12:54 pm

        hugs back atcha, Ems!

      • Duckie 🐥 January 22, 2018 / 1:01 pm

        We love all kinds, Ems.

      • Laura January 22, 2018 / 3:50 pm

        You can express your sadness and upset here, Ems. People on Cutetropolis have all kinds of life stuff to deal with, and we understand that not everything is perfect all the time. So please don’t stay away just because you think you’ll be a real downer — we’ve all been there (and some of us are probably there right now) and we understand. Promise!

        • debg January 22, 2018 / 11:11 pm

          Yes, what Laura said. So sorry things are rough right now.

    • Gigi The cat lady January 22, 2018 / 1:25 pm

      First to N. Fritz, if it’s any consolation your feet get bigger as you grow older. I used to wear 4.5 size shoes like you but now as a 60 year old, I wear size 5 or even 6 in some style!

      And a big hug to EMSTHEMONSTER.

      • N. Fritz January 22, 2018 / 1:30 pm

        I’m still waiting for my growth spurt, Gigi! I am 53 (today!) and my feet have been the same size since high school! My mom’s feet grew when she was pregnant with me, but I have not been so lucky!

        • Emsthemonster January 22, 2018 / 2:03 pm

          Oh happy birthday, N.Fritz!

          … and thanks for all the kindness to all of you, it is very much appreciated!

        • Murray C January 22, 2018 / 2:53 pm

          Happy Birthday, N. Fritz – so sorry for the prom being a bust. I cannot imagine a foot size of 4.5 – I’m a 10 1/2 double wide. I AM tall – as my husband likes to say, I’m a strapping lass. I like to say I have a firm foundation.

          Ems, I’m so sorry you’re having to deal with losing such young people in your life – and you indicate you have some health issues? And on top of that a shake-up at work. That’s such a lot to process. We’re here! Hugs from me, too.

        • debg January 22, 2018 / 11:12 pm

          How could you be pregnant with yourself?????

          Happy birthday!

        • dubravkamcvmd January 23, 2018 / 8:06 am

          Happy Birthday!

    • debg January 22, 2018 / 11:10 pm

      I have the same problem with shoes, though I wear 5.5. Even my go-to websites don’t always have grownup shoes in my size!

      Bummer about the prom and the snow. Stay safe! We keep getting snow on Sundays, so that my Monday commutes (two so far) have been a little hairy.

  6. Patty January 22, 2018 / 2:50 pm

    I have big feet (mom used to sing “Herring boxes without topses, sandals were for Clementine” to me). 8.5 wide. Waiting tables for 27 yrs seems to have made them wider. I really hate shoe shopping, and used to wear men’s hiking boots in the winter. I currently own one pair of winter boots, and one pair of tennis shoes, both are 4 or 5 yrs old.

    • Murray C January 22, 2018 / 2:56 pm

      Patty – see above! We’re in the same “boats” (ho, ho) I almost quoted “Clementine” too. I wear men’s sneaks and slippers. I have found sources for wide shoes but I don’t buy them often.

    • N. Fritz January 22, 2018 / 2:58 pm

      aw Patty, I feel ya! I went shopping for winter boots this weekend (my old ones are no longer water tight) and I had no luck… “too late in the season” or “we’re out of your size” plus the hard sell “oh, just lace the larger size tighter” or “these run small” etc… etc… very frustrating!

      • fkaWaldenPond January 22, 2018 / 3:16 pm

        Happy Birthday Fritz! (I have size 5 feet, so I am aware of your shoe predicament.)

      • Laura January 22, 2018 / 3:56 pm

        There are specialty websites, N. Fritz, that have less common shoe sizes. Have you tried finding shoes that way? I understand being hard to fit; we had a friend who was a tiny dwarf comedian, 3 feet tall, who had to special order shoes just to have *anything* to wear, and they cost upwards of $1500 a pair. I’ve counted my blessings that finding xxxwide shoes in size 9-10 (or anything in between because no two companies size shoes the same, just like clothes!) may be challenging, but at least I’ve found some that are comfy.

        For those with super-wide feet, check the website FootSmart. They have all kinds of brands, from practical and frumpy to very stylish indeed, and have several brands that specialize in wide wide wide shoes. And while regular prices on most of them are too rich for my budget, they also have great sales. I’ve been drooling over a pair of low heels (and I *never* wear heels) that are so adorable I WANT them that are currently on half-price sale, and I know the price will go down farther if I just hold on long enough. So I recommend the internet for those with uncommon shoe sizes. It can be a real godsend!

        • N. Fritz January 22, 2018 / 4:05 pm

          Thanks for the tip, Laura! When I am in the States, I usually order from the Naturalizer website. I’ve tried others (Nordstrom, Zappos) but I’ve never been thrilled with their quality. Unfortunately, Naturalizer has been cutting back on the styles that are offered in smaller sizes for a while now. And they aren’t cheap! There are two shops here that I know have smaller sizes, and I try to hit them every chance I get!

          • Murray C January 22, 2018 / 5:43 pm

            Easy Spirit are nice for some things. I’ve gotten some English shoes from a company called “Hotter” and I love them. Their shipping is free – not sure about returns. But they have a nice range of widths. I can’t wear heels any more but they have some of the cutest heels without getting into the stiletto types. I don’t get those atall atall.

          • Laura January 23, 2018 / 1:12 am

            N. Fritz, check Cinderella of Boston. They ONLY carry shoes in sizes 2 to 5, for women with very small feet. You should have a lot of selection there — although I don’t know what their prices are like!

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