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December 5, 2013

A New Dog Learns An Old Trick

You read that title right.  They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but did you ever consider that’s because they know all the tricks already?  Older pups have been around the block a few times and know just about every trick in the book.  I’m not talking
You read that title right.  They say you can’t teach an old dog new tricks, but did you ever consider that’s because they know all the tricks already?  Older pups have been around the block a few times and know just about every trick in the book.  I’m not talking about “sit” and “stay.”  I’m talking about the tricks a pup can only pick up through experience.Eko is not yet three, but he’s still a pretty experienced dog,  The other day I got to watch as he imparted some of his wisdom to a young pup. 

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Eko is always on the lookout for dogs at the park, but he especially loves playing with puppies

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This cute pup was visiting the park for the first time.  She happily gnawed on her ball, oblivious to Eko

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The sound of my shutter caught her interest

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And while this cutie was giving me kisses, what do you think happened?

I’ll give you one guess…

The pup turned back around and discovered she misplaced her ball.  “It was right here!” her perplexed face said.  That’s when Eko ran up to her, the ball in his mouth and grinned.

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Then took off with the pup in hot pursuit

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Eko bounded up and down the park with his new friend right on his heels

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The puppy was game, but there was no way she was ever going to get the ball back on her own

Eko doesn’t care about toys, he lives for the chase, so I made him hand over the bait.  I returned the ball to the puppy, who happily trotted right back over to Eko. Stealing a ball from a friend to start a chase is one of the oldest tricks in the book and it was fun to see a puppy learn the rules of the game right in front of me.

And the next time Eko tried to pull that old trick?

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The pup was ready!  She grabbed the ball and dashed off with Eko right behind her

There are some lessons and tricks we can’t teach our pets.  They are lessons best learned through experience, with a little help from an old dog!

Comments for A New Dog Learns An Old Trick

  1. Eko is such a sweet and friendly dog. No wonder he has so many friends around when you all go on outings. Hugs and nose kisses

  2. Eko is super clever, what a smart idea! I bet the puppy had a wonderful day too and I bet she learnt the trick and will try it later with another doggy :o)

  3. What a fun story…….Eko played nice with the pup and vice versa – that’s always a joy to behold…..Eko was a little gentleman and made a friend – clever boy!

    Pam

  4. Kuruk says:

    Sisfur Nalle loves to tire out the puppies at the doggy parks! Wooooowoooooo!

  5. Emmadog says:

    Very true. Mom is really enjoying watching us teach Bailie all about things in dog life. Stealing a ball to get a game of chase going is one of our favorite things to do too. We have no interest in playing ball, just chase.

  6. skezier says:

    I just love that 🙂

  7. I love this story! What a fun time! 😀

  8. Eve says:

    Loved reading this post and how much fun the two pups had together!! Enjoy the day as we all should do!

  9. Chase is a fun game and efurrything tastes or is better if it belongs to somefurry else! ^_^

    Nacho, Noah, Buddy & Basil
    xxxx

  10. Misaki says:

    Oh what fun! I love being the chaser:-)

  11. We bet you slept for a long time when you got home and that is just Will watching you 😉 LOL

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