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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.
“Stay out as long as possible. Just take her with you.”
Our first stop was lunch at a nearby dog-friendly patio
“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.
Penny honing in on one of those distractions…
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.
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.
“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!
That is awesome! I bet she took a good hard nap when you got home but then woke up fully energized again! She is so adorable!
Oh I bet Eko is forever grateful to you! Loved seeing Emily in the posts, what a sweetheart!!! I just love that Penny! She is like the Energizer Bunny! So precious!!!!! Love how brave she is……my Dad passed in 2001 and he had a Boxer when he retired (we had one when I was super little too), I mention it because the Rhodesian Ridgeback was on his wish list too, sadly that wish never came true. What marvelous dogs they are!
Haha oh Penny, you behave better than I do in social situations already!
Hugs, Carrie and pups x
Aww! Doesn’t get any better than a tired puppy!
Being a pain in the butt requires rest breaks.
love the pics of her w/Emily and the final one where she just wanted to sleep on your shoulder – does it remind you of little Eko?
I have a lot to learn and momwithoutpaws is 61 and she has a lot to learn. that is ok time will do it all
Oh just wait until she wants to have her first slumber party!!! Girls will be girls!
Pam and Sam
What a wonderful day, P. Well done. You are learning lots of important skills. Mom took me to an outdoor restaurant last week, and I did SO much better than last time. She said the word, “You’re getting there.” I think you’re getting there, too, P.
Love and licks,
It looks like you had a fabulous day! Glad it went so well 🙂
What a great adventure, I would like dog friendly place around me.
have you found the treats on the menu card? I was always glad when Easy’s battery was down… but mostly mine was down earlier :o)
Hehehe looks like both Penny and Emily did pretty well! 😛
Oh that last photo is adorable she is so tired