Tammy McDowell-Richey

I have been working with dogs for as long as I can remember.  As a child, my dad enlisted my assistance with taking our  Alaskan Malamute puppy to an obedience class.  Our time in class was very short-lived being as our puppy was extremely unruly and not so friendly with other dogs.  As an adult, one of my very first dogs after leaving home, was a black Labrador/Rottweiler mix.  Oscar was not the friendliest pup on the planet, he growled at and tried to bite near every person that he met.  Knowing that rehoming him into a *good* home was far from an option, I hired a trainer and began my journey in dog training.  Although Oscar still maintained his protective nature, he became a wonderful member of our family.  Training taught him where he fit into our family and gave him an understanding of what was acceptable behavior and what behavior would not be tolerated. Oscar was my first real stepping-stone into dog training.  After acquiring my second dog, a Labrador Retriever, “Gunner”, I dove head over heels into rescue.  In early 2004, my rescue organization, Southeast Texas Labrador Retriever Rescue, Inc, received its 501(c)3, Non-Profit Status.  We became the first  reputable rescue organization in the Houston and surrounding areas, focused solely on rescuing, rehabilitating, and adopting out, Labrador Retrievers from local shelters.  While I am still the President of the organization, I am lucky enough to have an amazing group of volunteers that are at the helm.   Shortly after receiving our non-profit status, I started my journey into training dogs for others.  I attended an intense, hands-on dog training school to help fine tune my skills, and have not looked back since.  I believe my experience working with dogs from unknown backgrounds in rescue, has made me the well rounded, compassionate trainer that I am today.  Dogs coming from backgrounds of abuse or abandonment often times need a kind, patient hand to show them the way and assist them in learning how to properly behave in order to keep a spot in a new or soon to be found home.

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