This adorable, but unwanted pup would have been adopted way faster, had people known her secret - she has a gift!
Story by Rumble
The puppy was found wandering the paths of a local park by a kind-hearted PetCo employee, so she got rescued and put up for adoption. However, she never stayed long, because families kept returning her back to the shelter. That is until Leonora came along.
Leonora decided to adopt an unwanted puppy, whom she had named Penny. A short while after she got in her fur-ever home, Penny revealed that she was hiding a very special secret of her own! The pup that no one wanted turned out to be super smart!
Penny has the ability to learn simple tricks very quickly and she nailed the ‘sit’ command within a few tries! At just 8 months old, Penny was showing great progress. Leonora then decided to amp up the test – she bought a shape sorter and taught Penny how to sort the given shapes out.
That toy was a measly challenge for the clever little puppy because Penny is an extremely fast learner. She aced this test, so it wasn’t long before she faced an entirely new challenge. Leonora brought letters in front of Penny and now the doggy can spell her own name, with a little help of a few letters given to her. Sure, she might have to train on putting the letters in order, but this is still very impressive!
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Leonora has made Penny her own Youtube channel with videos of Penny's smart behavior.
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The subscribers often ask Leonora how did she teach the dog to spell its name. Leonora explains:
I taught her the names of the letters first; so she could identify each letter by name. Then I started having her bring them to me in sequence (each letter an individual command). In the end, I rewarded her and gave the verbal reinforcement "Good 'Spell your name!'"
I eventually replaced the individual letter commands with the simplified "Spell your name" command. (You'll probably have to use the individual letter commands in combination with the general "Spell your name" for a bit before the dog gets the idea that "Spell your name" means bringing the letters in sequence.) It is a longer one.
We practiced daily (or every 2-3 days on busier weeks) for a few months.
Also, she learned the shapes trick first so she was used to identifying shapes by name and retrieving them.
Some of the comments
Roni Leigh: Awe bless her heart I'm happy you found her and gave her a loving home-like she deserves.
Nyla Reddick: I'm screaming its so cute
Hertoine !: I love penny
ADerpyReality: This had a more clever hans effect to it than I thought. Neither-the less those are the right letters.
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