Howdy From Rowdy :d

Discussion in 'Introduce Yourself' started by RowdyDogs, Jan 16, 2013.

  1. RowdyDogs Member

    Hi everyone! I figured I'd introduce myself and my dogs. I'm a pretty experienced dog trainer with 4 dogs currently. I have Scooter, a 12 y/o blue heeler/border collie cross; Bandit, a 9 y/o blue heeler; Wooby, a 14 y/o blue heeler; and Hector, a 2 y/o GSD. I've had Scooter and Bandit since they were little ones, and have used them in herding work and done some fun herding trials with them. I just adopted Wooby about 2 years ago, and due to her age and the fact that she had no training at all when I got her, we just do some very fun basic obedience and tricks--she likes a little bit of training, but mostly she's interested in sleeping on the softest and warmest bed she can find! Hector was a dumped dog I rescued about a year ago, and we pursued search and rescue training until recently when we decided he wasn't suitable for it. Now I do nosework with him. I also do some non-competitive agility training with all my dogs, just to give them something fun to do!

    I'm a big believer in positive training and since I've adopted it, I've accomplished things with my dogs that I never thought possible before! Bandit and Hector are the two biggest examples. Bandit suffered from severe abuse as a young puppy, and then was rescued by a well-meaning but ignorant family who made his problems worse. As a result, when I got him he was very fearful and prone to biting. I struggled for years to get him over it using more traditional methods, but while he trusted me, he never made much progress overall. I learned about clicker training with him and decided to try it, and within 6 months we saw a huge transformation. Hector was about a year old when I got him, and had no socialization or training--he fought with other dogs, was rude to people, barked at people out of fear, etc. Using positive reinforcement, within a matter of weeks he had learned to socialize nicely with other dogs, ignore or politely greet passersby and visitors, and just overall be a very well-behaved dog! If I wasn't a believer before, his example would have convinced me.

    I'm looking forward to hopefully learning some new ideas from this community, and sharing stories and experiences with you all! I'm very happy to have found a community that is based in positive reinforcement training. :)

  2. RowdyDogs Member

    Um, also that emoticon in the title is supposed to be a big grin, not that sort of sad-looking lowercase D! ;)
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  3. Gracegeorgina Experienced Member

    Welcome! I hope you share pictures of your dogs ;)
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  4. Mr-Remington Experienced Member

    Welcome to DTA!
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  5. Dogster Honored Member

    Welcome to DTA!!!!!:D Great story, I really enjoyed reading it!!:) We would love to see some photos of your dogs, so please post away!! I think you'll fit right in here, all the members at DTA use positive reinforcement. Have fun and enjoy the site!!
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  6. 648117 Honored Member

    What a great story!
    So glad you adopted an older dog. My first dog was 12 when we got him from the SPCA.
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  7. jackienmutts Honored Member

    Hi and welcome! I also just loved the story of your pups. :D Thanks so much esp for taking in Wooby - how wonderful to give an old guy a great place to retire. Seniors are amazing, aren't they?

    I have 2 rescued GSs - and do nosework with both of mine also - competitively with my girl. We'll have to swap stories in another thread, as I haven't found anyone else on the forum who does nosework. (y):D

    We'd love to see pics, so post away. Feel free to jump in any discussion, have fun on the forum.
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  8. MaryK Honored Member

    Hi and Welcome!:) I too just loved the story of your pups:love: And I too want to thank you for taking in Wooby and giving a golden oldie a great home in which to live. Also all you're other lovely dogs too.

    I have a golden oldie Blue Heeler Zeus, although I've had him from a puppy, they're fantastic dogs!

    You'll fit in perfectly here, so don't be shy join in and please post pics of your dogs, we all love pics of the dogs.
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  9. Evie Experienced Member

    Hi and welcome!!!!!

    I think we definitely need pics....
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  10. sara Moderator

    Welcome to the DTA! You sound like a perfect addition to our community!
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  11. southerngirl Honored Member

    Welcome. Great story about how you got your pups.
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  12. RowdyDogs Member

    Hello again everyone! Sorry for disappearing, and thanks for the welcome! I've been busy with my new puppy that I got the day after making this thread, a little red heeler puppy named Abutiu (but we call her Abi). She showed up a shelter I volunteer with and I couldn't resist her, since I was planning to get a new SAR dog anyway. She's 6 months old and quite a handful. :)
    Here are some photos:
    My old dogs, Scooter (left) and Wooby (right), in a house we were working on--they don't usually sleep on the floor around exposed drywall. ;)


    Hector with his buddy Bagheera the cat keeping an eye on things

    And little Abi, our newest addition :)

    So, hopefully I'll actually be posting more now. ;)
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  13. k9 crazed Experienced Member

    Lovely family! Looks like you are always busy! Congrats on the new addition.
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  14. Dlilly Honored Member

    Welcome!! You have such beautiful dogs! I love cattle dogs. :D
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  15. Linda A Experienced Member

    Welcome! So glad you and your lovely pups have joined us!
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  16. MaryK Honored Member

    Thank you for posting pics of your beautiful family. They are all absolutely GORGEOUS!!!!:love: Can see why you couldn't resist little Abi, what a sweet heart:love:
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  17. Dogster Honored Member

    You have beautiful dogs, I'm in love.:love:
    Congrats on the new addition!!!:)
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  19. LeviTheOutlaw Well-Known Member

    Hey, thanks for posting the pics of your dogs. They all have such sweet faces!! and what a smile on bandit. I can tell the are all so mistreated... wink wink :LOL:
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