Hi, I'm Codybear and I am a 19yr old girl from Arizona. I am a huge dog lover and for a long time actually wanted to be a professional trainer. I have been in my local 4-H dog group for the past 10yrs and the last three years I was the Junior Leader so I led a lot of the sessions and this year (since I graduated out) I am a resource leader with plans to be a registered leader next year. Training style wise I have no clue what I am (+R, -R, etc). I use treats and am learning clicker (it seems to work wonders with Ty and Ginger) but I also will reprimand if I need to.
I have four dogs in my house (only two are actually mine, the other two are my mom and sister's).
Desi: My mom's 7yr old rescue English Springer Spaniel that is basically the definition of grumpy old lady. We've had her since she was 6 months old and she is completely attached to my mom.
Ginger: My sister's 1yr old rescue Labrador Retriever we adopted from the Humane Society. We've had her since June and she is an absolutely amazing dog. She is incredibly smart and playful but she can be a bit over excited and in your face.
Cody\Codybear (reason for my username): He is my baby and my long time 4-H partner. He's a 9yr old English Springer Spaniel I got when I was 10 so that I could have a dog to compete with in 4-H and maybe AKC. I've had him since he was 4 months old and I have trained him from start to finish. He passed the CGC test twice and has moved all the way through the levels of Agility, Obedience, and Rally in 4-H. He's been my teaching assistant when I'm working with the 4-Hers on everything from the basics of heel, sit, down, etc to the advanced kids with off lead, weird Rally signs (don't get me started on some of those!), long\high jumps, etc. He's basically the best thing ever haha.
Ty: He is the newest addition. He's a, most likely, 4 month old mutt puppy of some sort (we're thinking Pit mix) that I found on the side of the road during a rain storm when he was about 6 weeks (we're guessing from teeth). I haven't had a puppy (other than Ginger) in 9 weeks and since I'm pretty sure Cody came out of the womb old and crotchety he doesn't really count so this fella has been quite the eye opener in regards to training and attitude. He is INSANELY smart and full of puppy attitude so he can be really difficult some times. We are currently working on brain games (touch, box stuff, focus, etc) and basic leash work\obedience like heel, leave it, no, etc so he's getting better. I think he'll be a fun dog to work with and teach and he is crazy affectionate and hopefully a new partner for 4-H since Cody is retired.
Wow I wrote a novel! Anyways, hi, nice to be here, and hope to learn lots from all the people here.