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Dear Mrs. Gunguru, thank you for your positive and kind comments on this friendly discussion about Courtesy and Manners.
Thanks for posting the "No problem" peeve. Personally I had no idea that was a lazy response but after you wrote that it makes sense. I'll admit that my canned response to a thank you is "no problem" but I will indeed now make a concerted effort to reply with "you're welcome"
Hi Janetsellers08, having worked with wolves for years (and having plenty of dogs for many decades) I'll have to contradict your statement of eye contact with canine companions not being polite. Making eye contact in the dog world is perfectly normal behavior and is even appreciated; dogs make eye contact with other dogs when they communicate and they make eye contact with their humans when we (or they) are communicating on some level. If one wants to show their dog that they belong are they are a respected member of the family (pack), then making eye contact is a must. Staring however, is much different than making eye contact and is considered a challenge in the dog world.