Nature vs Nurture

I like to think Eko and Penny have picked up some my better traits. They’re both highly social, fun-loving adventurers. I approach life with excitement and openness and I think my pups have learned to do the same.

That said, I definitely wasn’t working with blank canvasses.Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago

Eko was a big cuddle-monster the day we met

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago

And he’s been that same attached-at-the-hip companion ever since

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago

I’ve taught Eko so much, but his loyal and affable nature came pre-programmed

The same is true for Penny.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago

She was a wild, troublemaking ball-of-mayhem from the start

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago

And her mischievous, rough-and-tumble ways remain as strong as ever

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago

Penny was, is and always will be uniquely Penny

One of my favorite parts about having dogs is figuring how to blend their nature and my nurture to help raise the best pup I can. That process is as unique as each pup. It’s always interesting and (almost) always fun! It’s also a great way to learn about myself and how I can improve my own nature through nurturing my dogs.

What about you guys? What came “hard wired” into your pets and what traits do you think you have imparted to them?

30 thoughts on “Nature vs Nurture”

  1. I’m starting at the end and I already like this series. Great explanation. If you ask John you have to belong to ” the good old boy’s club” in order to pass any tests. He watch some pro’s dog do stuff that should of got them dropped but they carried them back each series. But then John’s dog does one thing wrong and he gets dropped. It seems like you can’t tick the pros off or the club would loose a lot of money if they don’t enter again but one person’s entry oh that doesn’t matter.


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