Natural Balance Extreme Team
Tillman established the Guinness World Record for the “Fastest Skateboarding Dog” on July 30th, 2009!
Date of Birth: June 2, 2005
Place of Birth: Camarillo, California
Breed: English bulldog
Weight: 60 pounds
Favorite toy: Skateboard
Skateboard of choice: Natural Balance® old-school style pool deck with soft 75 mm wheels.
Favorite food: Natural Balance® Dog Food – especially the Synergy Ultra Formula, Dog Food Rolls and Dental Chews!
Tillman was named after Pat Tillman, a former NFL professional football player and U.S. Army Ranger. He started skateboarding when he was only 10 weeks old. He learned by watching a skateboarding Rottweiler named Stoli, also owned by Ron Davis. At 9 months old, Tillman was on all fours skating. By the time he was 15 months old, he learned how to turn.
Tillman loves performing in large, open areas with a lot of spectators. The faster Tillman skates, the happier he is! Tillman also enjoys snowboarding, skimboarding, and surfing almost as much as he loves skateboarding.
Other hobbies: Tetherball, Little League Baseball practices, Tug-of-War, riding on the ATV, fetching sticks, and wrestling with his buddies Sully and Wally.
Tillman Highlights: 2011, 2010, and 2009 Rose Parade Floats, “Greatest American Dog” (CBS), Apple iPhone commercial, “Animal Planet”, “National Geographic”, “NBC Nightly News”, “The Today Show”, “The Early Show”, “Huckabee”, “The Craig Ferguson Show”, “KTLA News”, “FOX 11 News”, “ABC News”, “ESPN SportsCenter”, “The Daily Habit” (Fuel TV), “People Pets”, “The National Enquirer”, “The Making of the World’s Longest Rose Parade Float” (KTLA Tribune), “The Making of the World’s Heaviest Rose Parade Float” (KTLA Tribune), Armstrong Flooring commercial, San Diego Tourism ads and most recently Tillman Becomes an Honorary Private First Class Marine just to name a few.
Trainer & Tillman's Dad
Ron was born and raised in sunny Santa Monica, California. He loves the ocean, surfing, and skateboarding, but his true passion is working with dogs. In 2008, Ron and his English bulldog Tillman (The World's Fastest Skateboarding Dog) were discovered on the beach and invited to be contestants on the CBS reality show, Greatest American Dog. Though they didn't win, Ron launched a successful career in dog training. He currently works with Natural Balance’s famous team of action sports bulldogs, training them to skateboard, snowboard and surf. His training philosophy is “The more you put into it the more you get out of it”, and since he currently has 2 well-known skateboarding bulldogs, he has carved out a real niche! He and his dogs have appeared on The Today Show, Good Morning America, CBS, FOX, ESPN, Fuel TV, and have performed in three Rose Parades, the 2010 Winter Olympics, and events with The Mets, Dodgers, Rangers, Angels and Giants. Ron and Tillman also starred in Who Let the Dogs Out on Hallmark Channel. In addition to his dogs Tillman and Sully, Ron also has a 12-year-old son, Reef. They currently live in Oxnard, California, where they enjoy surfing, skateboarding, tennis, and volleyball.
Norman is the latest member of Dick Van Patten's Natural Balance® Pet Foods team of Canine Sports Dogs.
Date of Birth: July 14th, 2009
Place of Birth: Vancouver, Washington
Breed: French herding dog
Weight: 70 pounds
Color markings: Tawny in color, measures 26" at the withers
Favorite toy: Scooter
Favorite food: Natural Balance® Synergy Ultra Formula!
MORE INTERESTING FACTS:
Norman was discovered by Natural Balance after his appearance on “Late Show with David Letterman” where he showed off his scooter riding talents.
His performance was instantly a hit and since then, he has appeared on “Good Morning America”, “Inside Edition”, “TMZ”, “Dogs 101”, over 40 different local news stations, and featured in newspapers and magazines.
Norman is naturally curious. He loves hanging out with his family and wants to do everything with them! When he saw them riding scooters, he wanted to try and soon found that it was something he could do also.
Norman competes in Agility, Herding and Obedience competitions. He received his Companion Dog Title in Obedience when he was only 15 months old.
Norman loves performing in large, open areas with a lot of spectators.
Norman also enjoys surfing almost as much as he loves riding his scooter.
Norman loves to learn new tricks. There have been no tricks or skills that have stopped him yet. Norman can perform the following behaviors on command: sit, stand down, stay, come, stand on hind legs, jump on hind legs, go to a mark on floor, limp with front foot held up, mark like a boy, crawl, walk around an object or furniture, retrieve objects, put ears back like he is scared, wag his tail, put objects on table, front paws up on furniture, lower head, cover nose in shame, pull cart or sulky, know right and left, prance lifting front legs high, touch objects with nose, nudge objects with nose, touch objects with foot, play dead, rollover, retrieve objects, dig, navigate agility equipment and jumps, bark, turn clockwise or counter-clockwise, heel with attention off leash, shut doors / open doors, dry off beard on towel after drinking, open cabinet-retrieve object-shut cabinet, shut door and wipe feet, sit pretty (beg), walk backwards, ride a bicycle, ride a scooter and more. Norman completes most commands at a distance.
Trainer & Norman the Scooter Dog's Mom
Karen was born and raised in Long Island, New York. She moved to Florida for college and graduated from the University of Miami with a degree in Video/Film Production and Graphic Design. After working briefly at an ABC network affiliate doing graphics for the news, she rescued her first Shiba Inu dog, Smokey, and discovered that her real love was training dogs. Karen married Chris, the love of her life, and they relocated to Atlanta, Georgia, where she started a Shiba Inu Rescue. She also opened her own dog training company, Courteous Canine. Karen began doing in-home, private obedience lessons, handling issues from housebreaking to aggression problems. Her own Shiba Inus (a breed that can be difficult to train) became the top winning Shibas in the United States for Agility and Obedience competitions. When Karen found her dog Norman, she decided it would fun to teach some unique tricks that had not been seen before. Norman learned to wipe his feet when entering the house, wipe his beard after a drink of water, and also learned to ride a scooter – the trick that would make him famous! The Cobb family, which also includes animal lover Kaylee, 9, and hot rod loving Bryson, 6, recently completed an 8-month tour around the USA and Canada, where Norman showed off his scootering skills to thousands of fans.
Training Tips from Karen
- Bribe – Show your dog something he wants, like his favorite treat
- Reward – Give your dog that treat when he performs the correct behavior
- Random Reward – Once he’s starting to master the behavior, begin rewarding him randomly instead of every single time
Norman's website: www.normanthescooterdog.com.
Visit the Norman Facebook Page for more updates!
Scooter riding dog! Norman - FOX 25 Morning News (FOX 25 / MyFoxBoston.com)
Bicycle riding dog! Norman - CBS Atlanta 46
The Cobb Family Journey is a blog with photos and updates featuring Norman the Scooter Dog.
See the Norman's Youtube Channel here!