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Social Saturday

In her spare time, Penny continues to study for her future career as a dentist.Rhodesian ridgeback, puppy, marking our territory, adventure, chicago

Thankfully her test patient has patience

But before she grows up, Penny still has a lot to learn. This past Saturday Emily and I headed out with Penny with the goal of continuing her socialization training. Her meaning Penny – I think Emily’s pretty well socialized at this point 😉 Eko was quite content to stay home at watch the couch cushions for us.

Rhodesian ridgeback, puppy, marking our territory, adventure, chicago

“Stay out as long as possible. Just take her with you.”

Rhodesian ridgeback, puppy, marking our territory, adventure, chicago

Our first stop was lunch at a nearby dog-friendly patio

Rhodesian ridgeback, puppy, marking our territory, adventure, chicago

“Hmm, why don’t I see any dog treats on this menu?”

A restaurant patio presents a fun (and difficult!) challenge for socialization. There are people, there is food, there is constant commotion – to a puppy, all of these things are infinitely more interesting than you are.

Rhodesian ridgeback, puppy, marking our territory, adventure, chicago

Penny honing in on one of those distractions…

Rhodesian ridgeback, puppy, marking our territory, adventure, chicago

Another pup! Who was also fantastically uninterested in his people

Penny was desperate to say hello to the other puppy immediately, so this gave us the opportunity to help Penny practice restraint and patience. Only once the two pups settled down did we have an introduction. Penny of course was also desperate to wrestle, but she learned you can’t wrestle every dog every time.

But there are some dogs you can wrestle some of the time! Our next stop was a visit with another puppy pal, Bo.  Bo and Penny hit it off and spent a good romp hitting into each other at full speed.

Rhodesian ridgeback, puppy, marking our territory, adventure, chicago

Clash of the (mini) Titans

Our final stop was a friend’s birthday party. Penny was a hit with the crowd and it was a great opportunity for her to meet new people. However, shortly after the introductions Penny’s battery finally wore down.

Rhodesian ridgeback, puppy, marking our territory, adventure, chicago

“Dad, I’m ready to go home”

Some training, some fun and a little social butterfly learning to spread her wings. Not too shabby for a Saturday afternoon. Penny’s not ready to fly quite yet, but we’ll get there!

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