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Our New Rescue: Beamer

Posted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 8:29 am
by janet909
Hi Everyone,
Just thought I'd update on my new, beautiful 9 3/4 old boy, Beamer. We have now had him for 2 months. He was placed for adoption because he was so hyper and difficult. Haha.....I must say that he's been the easiest of our rescues to train. We started with recall in a fenced in ball field. Within 2 weeks, we were trusting him to run free at the local dog park. It is not fenced in but has some natural boundaries (Colorado River and canals) that help keep dogs somewhat contained. We used the GPS collar and a vibration collar, whistle and treats. He caught on super fast and was soon checking in on us on a regular basis for a hotdog. Now, we are camping frequently in the mountains and he sticks around camp, no problem. We are still using the GPS collar (seen in the picks) for hunting in the thick woods. A few days ago, we went on a 2 hour hunt (that's what our hunts are now reduced to because Moby (almost 14) WANTS to go but can only hike for that long) and I only had 1 "where's Beamer" moment and had to pull the locator screen out of my pocket to check. He was very close, just not listening to being called because he had a chipmunk trapped under a rock. As far as hunting goes, he has discovered that it's his greatest passion ever. After getting this dog on one bird, letting him smell it and chew it a little, he totally "got it". Now, he knows what we're looking for. We still have a few behaviors that we're working on. He gets so excited in the car that we've had to place a barrier between the front seat and back seat. We don't want to crate him since he basically lived in a crate for 3-4 years. Besides, crating him wouldn't stop his howling in the car from excitement. We are driving him around a lot so that he starts to calm down. We are going on a long trip in November (the baja) and it will seem twice as long if he howls the entire way. He is also a poop eater (probably from being confined so much) but he is learning that he only gets positive reinforcement if he poops and then walks away from it. Little by little he is learning but he has certainly already stolen our hearts. Here are a few pics of our new boy.


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Re: Our New Rescue: Beamer

Posted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 11:40 am
by Cindy
Love that little smudge over his eyebrow!! Sounds like he is settling in nicely and let's face it, they ALL have their little idiosyncrasies!! Pippa eats poop but only in the winter so I'll be curious to see what tricks you have for discouraging that one. After 2.5 years, Layla is still a little excited in the car. We used to have a barrier up but she kept knocking it over. Sometimes we have to resort to tying her in but that has it's own set of challenges. Fortunately for us, she does eventually settle down on long car trips.

Re: Our New Rescue: Beamer

Posted: Mon Sep 28, 2015 12:25 pm
by mkilcz
janet909 wrote:He was placed for adoption because he was so hyper and difficult.
This just makes me laugh... When we rescued Jack, the owner told us not to give him "high-quality" food because he was hyper and it just made it worse. Yeah, right... Active, maybe, but hyper... no way. Jack is a born couch potato if ever there was one, lol. Sadly, sometimes people just don't want to try.
But fortunately, there was a happy ending for Jack, and now also for Beamer! He's a beautiful dog... keep up the good work! :)

Re: Our New Rescue: Beamer

Posted: Tue Sep 29, 2015 11:44 am
by Barb Wright
What a great rescue story :D :D Beamer got "beamed up" to the right place, that is for sure. I know this is a win-win for everyone :D

Re: Our New Rescue: Beamer

Posted: Sun Oct 04, 2015 7:04 pm
by PCTech01
Great post and NICE pictures!