Who You Calling Chicken?

I speak “dog” pretty fluently, especially when it comes to my pups. That said, I’m still trying to figure out the rules to one of their favorite games – chicken.
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It usually begins with Penny coming to a standstill

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Then entering hunting mode. She pauses in her crouch, staring Eko down

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Once Eko sees Penny, he also freezes

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Then gives a mighty bounce

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Which I like to call his “moose antlers” move
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Then he freezes again and stares down Penny

Statuesque, she glares right back

Now here’s the part I can’t figure out. Sometimes they’re frozen for half a second, other times they lock eyes for ten seconds. It’s a combination of a staring-contest, a game of chicken, and an Wild West shootout. They both have the “Go ahead, make my day” Clint Eastwood feel.

Sometimes Eko makes the move, other times it’s Penny. How it’s decided who moves first still escapes me, but the result is always the same.

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A high-flying, sand-tearing, all out romp!

Rhodesian Ridgeback, blog, chicago, puppy, montrose dog beach

I’m never quite sure who is the hunter and who is the hunted

Anyone else live with a gunslinger pup who likes to play this game? And does anyone have any theories about what decides which dog makes the first move?

25 Comments

Kali and Smokey do this sometimes, although with far less gusto and endurance that your two pups. It is pretty hilarious to see a little 10 pound Morky chasing and being chased by 56 pound Kali. Kali’s style is more mohammed Ali-esque with a rope a dope strategy while Smokey deploys the speed and quickness of a feather weight. In their case Smokey almost always makes the first move but I’m a loss for what the trigger is. I think it’s in their eyes; maybe something we can’t see because we’re not on the other end staring into them?…

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