"My Dog Has Got No Manners" Poetry Theater

A poem in two voices

Adapted from the poem by Bruce Lansky in Rolling in the Aisles, published by Meadowbrook Press.

Summary: A child complains about his dog’s bad behavior to his mom.

Presentation Suggestions: Have the students read or perform the poem in front of the class. Have the students act out the different lines while they read them. You may want to have a student play the dog in this poem, acting out the ill-mannered behavior the child describes.

Props: A toy or stuffed dog would be a great prop if you choose not to have a student play the dog’s part. If this prop is not available the poem can be performed without it.

Delivery: The lines of the poem need to be read with poetic rhythm. For more information on poetic rhythm and how to perform poetry in classroom, please read the Performing Poetry section under the Teacher’s Resources.


Dog (an optional, non-speaking part)

My Dog Has Got No Manners


My dog has got no manners.
I think he’s very rude.
He always whines at dinnertime
while we are eating food.

And when he’s feeling thirsty
and wants to take a drink,
he takes it from the toilet
instead of from the sink.

He never wears a pair of pants.
He doesn’t wear a shirt.
But worse, he will not shower
to wash away the dirt.

He’s not polite to strangers.
He bites them on the rear.
And when I’m on the telephone,
he barks so I can’t hear.

When I complained to Mommy,
she said,


“I thought you knew:
the reason that his manners stink—
he learns by watching you.”

The End!

© 2004 by Bruce Lansky. Adapted from the poem in Rolling in the Aisles, published by Meadowbrook Press. This classroom theater play version of “My Dog Has Got No Manners ” is © 2005 by Meadowbrook Press.

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Permission is given for individual school classes to perform this play and to make as many copies of the play as are needed for the students' use. All other reproduction and performance is prohibited under penalty of law. For use of this play outside individual classes, please contact for permission.

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