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February 26, 2015

The Trick to Tiring a pup? Tricks.

Our bout with RPS (Restless Penny Syndrome) continues but we’re always up for a good challenge. And we’ve gotten quite creative with old and new ways to tire out our girl.  I know when Penny starts going after ears it means she needs an outlet for her energy
Our bout with RPS (Restless Penny Syndrome) continues but we’re always up for a good challenge. And we’ve gotten quite creative with old and new ways to tire out our girl. Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, dogs, marking our territory

I know when Penny starts going after ears it means she needs an outlet for her energy

Playing with Eko has been a great outlet for Penny, as has playing with her new toys and puzzles. Our time indoors also offers an opportunity to give Penny a mental workout through training.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, dogs, marking our territory

When the treats come out, I quickly have everyone’s attention

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, dogs, marking our territory

And all of a sudden the gang is eager to shake my hand

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, dogs, marking our territory

I like to think they shake my hand because I’m a friendly guy but I’m starting to suspect it’s for the treats

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, dogs, marking our territory

“Hey, buddy. Less photos and more treats”

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, dogs, marking our territory

I always like to review the basic commands with both pups. It helps remind them we’re in working mode and it lets me catch when one of them tries to cheat. Eko knows a “down” only counts if his butt is on the ground but he still tries to sneak in a fake “down” every once in a while

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, dogs, marking our territory Much better. Only proper form earns treats.

A solid review of basic commands is a good start, but the real mental workout comes when I teach Penny a new trick. I thought her excess energy might make the training difficult but instead she’s had a laser-like focus, eager to get to work.

I tried teaching Penny to play dead when she was younger but she was a bit too much of a jitterbug to stay down. Over the past couple days we’ve had some really good training time and Penny’s coming along quite nicely.

Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, dogs, marking our territory

She can stay still, miracles happen every day! 

The new tricks are nice, but the best part about training with Penny is that after she pretends to be knocked out, she hops up on the couch and is actually zonked. Rhodesian Ridgeback, puppy, chicago, dogs, marking our territory

A tired Penny is a beautiful thing indeed

Between Eko, toys and training we’ve thrown just about everything at Penny except the kitchen sink. Luckily it seems to be working and we’re all getting along just fine. I grabbed some video of our training session so hopefully I’ll have some shots to share on Friday of Penny practicing her fun new tricks.

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