mcburniefarm Posted February 8, 2009 Report Share Posted February 8, 2009 Hi, I'm new here, I've been lurking for a few days reading up, and wow you guys are a great group! I too have learned a lot in just a few hours. I would really like some personal advice. We have our first BC, Pirate, he is now 6 months old, and we've had him since he was 8wks. I thought I knew about training, my mom was a Rough Collie breeder and trainer in the 50s, and we grew up with many shelter rescues and trained them all to be obedient and loving family members. But I'm just an animal lover with some skills, I'm no trainer. Our new baby however is smarter than us! He's a joy and amazing, but we have a problem with his exuberant charging full speed at nearly every new person to our farm (we have a horse boarding stable, many people come and go). He learned it I think from one gal, who adores him, brings her dogs to the farm for doggie play groups, but she baby-sweetie calls him with open arms and he charges her and jumps onto her and they have a party every evening. "Come" is not heard, so I don't interfere... I assumed he could learn who IS and who ISN'T to be jumped on, and that only the "Go Get Daddy" command was the OK to jump on him...he did for a bit...but now he's charging and running everyone else over if we are not immediately there to intercept (impossible I'm 41 and he's fast as a whip). It's wonderful to be so loved but this is not ok. He knocked down a 8 yo child 2 days ago.....and charged Daddy's truck last night. I'm lucky so far. On personality & family life, he is very well socialized with his doggie pals, accepts my dominance in every aspect I have asked it, sleeps next to me, and has it pretty easy. He has 2 adults and 2 kiddos he adores, 2 cats who tolerate him, 11 horses, 1 horrid pygmy goat, and hundreds of acres. He knows all his very basic verbal commands and hand signals, does "COME" even when saving us from the squirrel invasion, but we're losing it in other places. Since finding this board and learning about renaming commands, we think my 7 yo son may have worn the word out. SO I am seeking some advice on an instant help, and a long term plan. We have no fences he can't jump over already, and have always let our dogs run free on the farm. I am having to keep him confined in the house from 5 pm until 9 pm, and leash him for visitors in the house. I feel like I'm in slow motion, he's so FAST! Thank you everyone, I will listen. Susan Quote Link to comment Share on other sites More sharing options...
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