How to Win Friends and Influence Dogs

I’m convinced Penny snuck into the public library one day and read the cumulative works of Dale Carnegie. When we’re at the dog beach my little schemer certainly puts into practice many of his most famous quotations. Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, montrose dog beach, chicago, adventure

“Today is life – the only life you are sure of. Make the most of today. Get interested in something. Shake yourself awake. Develop a hobby. Let the winds of enthusiasm sweep through you. Live today with gusto”

Carnegie said, “Success is getting what you want. Happiness is wanting what you get.” And what Penny wants is to chase other dogs. In order to succeed and be happy, Penny employs a very deliberate strategy.

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When dealing with people, remember you are not dealing with creatures of logic, but creatures of emotion.”

The thrill of the chase is better when the stakes are raised, so Penny finds the pups who have the most emotional investment in running fast. Not surprisingly, these are the “fetch dogs,” the pups who live for chasing their toy.

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If you want to gather honey, don’t kick over the beehive”

If Penny were to actually steal the ball or frisbee the “fetch dog” wants, it would end the chase. Instead she simply pretends she’s going to steal it in order to encourage the pup to run/swim faster.

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To be interesting, be interested.”

But chase is no fun if one party is upset, angry or afraid, so Penny’s learned to bounce around her pals to keep the game fun and lighthearted.

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The expression one wears on one’s face is far more important than the [ridge] one wears on one’s back.”

And if more pups want to join in? Great!

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“If you want to keep happiness, you have to share it!”

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“Actions speak louder than words, and a smile say, ‘I like you. You make me happy. I am glad to see you.”

While Penny applies Carnegie’s tactics on her fellow pups, the friends she wins are often of the two-legged variety. “My dog has never slept better” is a common refrain we hear from people after their pup has a play-date with Penny.

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“No matter what happens, always be yourself.”

And what makes Penny such a good influencer? “People rarely succeed unless they have fun in what they are doing,” and no one has more fun than Penny!

34 Comments

Just seeing your wonderful blog for the first time. 2 weeks ago we lost our weimaraner to that same dreaded cancer as your brother’s dog. Thanks for sharing your story!

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