© Tammie Rogers 2014
Tammie Rogers was born in McHenry, IL in 1960. She is
the middle of three daughters of John and Carol Johnson.
Influential times in her youth included a twelve month
residence in South Africa as a foreign exchange student in
1978 and spending a college semester in Costa Rica in 1982.
Tammie graduated from Coe College, Cedar Rapids, IA in 1982
with a degree in Biology. She went on to spend twenty years
working as a scientist in academia and corporate America on projects
as diverse as basic hearing research to the development of Thyroid
After residing in Chicago for several years she acquired a small farm in
southern Wisconsin where she raised sheep and ducks which she
employed to train her first Border Collies for herding competitions. She also
offered beginner obedience and herding lessons while maintaining her career
as a biologist.
In 2002, after having trained and trialed numerous dogs in competitive obedience
and herding for nearly twenty years, she turned a hobby and part- time job into a
full time profession. She retired from corporate life to launch DarnFar Ranch a
full service, professional dog training facility in Brownstown, IL.
With her husband, Robert, she offers obedience classes and workshops, private
instruction, board and train as well as anti-social and aggressive dog
In 2011 the couple launched Committed Canine, a company dedicated to training
and education of Service Dogs and their disabled handlers.
Tammie has had numerous articles published in magazines such as the
American Kennel Club Gazette, The Herdsman, Working Border Collie
Magazine, Ranch Dog Trainer and Borderlines. She published her first book, 4-
H Guide: Dog Training & Dog Tricks (Voyageur Press) in 2009. A manual for the
Committed Canine T.E.A.C.H. program followed in 2011 entitled Train Your Own
Service Dog (Canine Inspirations Publications). In 2012 her third book, Dog
Albegra: When Positive Reinforcement Fails To Solve The Problem was
published (Createspace). In 2014, The Sweet Scent of Hay - One Soul’s
Journey (a memoir) is on track to be published.
Tammie acquired her first Border
Collie, Sham, in 1989. She has
not been without one since that
time. She says that she would
never know as much about dogs
as she does if she had not had
the opportunity to examine pack
dynamics with such a natural
breed of dog.
Since 1994, Tammie has lived on
a farm, first in Wisconsin and in
2001 she and her husband,
Robert, moved to their current 50
acres in central Illinois.