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About aprilrussell

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  1. To Donald, et al - I am fully aware that BCs need to be exercised and it is not preferable to expect them to self-exercise by leaving them alone in the backyard. Your comments are not helpful. I am a mother to a toddler and I work for myself from home. In an ideal world I would spend half of my day playing with Archer and exercising him but this is not an ideal world and I must do what I can to take care of him as well as myself and my family. What I am asking for here is a way to let the dog outside to pee and poop and to be able to play with him outside (that would be ME playing WITH HIM
  2. I posted a few weeks ago about a young BC that my family adopted. He was a stray that we took in, and he is just over a year old. We are adjusting to his puppy behaviors - learning not to leave things out we don't want him to chew up, playing with him plenty so that he calms down inside, teaching him not to jump or nip at our daughter, etc. BUT…I am going insane with worry that he is going to run away. We just bought a house and have a nice sized back yard that I love to let him run around in. But most of the fence is chain link, which he can easily climb. The back portion is a 6-foot
  3. GentleLake, you are spot on. Your suggestions are working beautifully. Ha...baby gates. You're kidding right? Do they make 7-foot baby gates? Thanks y'all!
  4. I like the idea of a positive approach. Like I mentioned, I need to get better about giving praise and reinforcing good behavior instead of just correcting the bad. Anyone have suggestions on keeping him from getting all of the baby's toys (and pretty much everything he get get his teeth on int he house)? Every time he does it I give him one of his toys instead but it has been 3 weeks with barely any change. He obviously knows he shouldn't have it because he runs from me and won't let go (as opposed to his toys, which he brings to me and drops). No matter how many times I say "no" and rep
  5. Thanks for all the wonderful tips! I definitely have to get better about using praise and treats! It can get so frustrating when I feel like all I do all day long is tell the baby or the dog NOT to do something. I appreciate your comments, as I tend to get a little discouraged if I don't see improvement right away. But it's good to know that I'm doing at least something right, and if I'm consistent his behavior will improve. I am still learning how different BCs are from other dogs, too. He is just so smart and a simple "no" rarely does the trick with him. I am looking into obedience
  6. My family recently adopted a young Border Collie who came to us as a stray. My husband was quite nervous about taking on a new dog, especially considering we have a 1-year-old daughter who I stay home with. I assured him that I would be able to care for and properly train our new dog, Archer. So...we've had Archer now for about 3 weeks. He exhibits pretty normal puppy behavior (he's just under a year old) - chewing, has some potty training accidents, nipping, etc. I'm hoping that someone more experienced with BCs than myself can offer some advice on proper training as well as what to e
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