The second skill was getting Rowdy to learn that it pays to listen to people - something dogs who grow up in a home tend to learn naturally.
"From eye contact games to Rowdy earning the things he really wants, there are a number of simple and fun ways to teach a dog to watch their handler," Kramer said.
With his newfound impulse control and focus on his handler, Rowdy is showing what a good learner he is.
"Every day Rowdy shows us something new and we are thrilled to see his little successes add up to a dog who is healthy, happy and will be very adoptable at the end of his training program," Kramer said.
Rowdy was horribly betrayed by someone he trusted, but thanks to many heroes he now has a new beginning full of love and hope. He will be available for adoption through NorCal Bully Breed Rescue once his training with Tug Dogs is complete.
To make a donation in Rowdy's name for his continued care after training, and to help other dogs in need, please visit NorCal Bully Breed Rescue's website or Facebook page.
For more information on Tug Dogs, please visit its website and Facebook page.
The donations for Rowdy's training included an extremely generous donation by a local woman who has been searching for her lost Labrador/German shepherd mix Freddie for almost a year. She has helped many other dogs in need along the way. To help find Freddie, please visit and share his Facebook page.