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  1. Innisfree

    He got the job!

    Katie, I'm so happy for you and him. What a great success for him.
  2. In regard to the daytime barking to greet people, we've had pretty good luck training dogs to avoid that. We start by teaching the "place" command, and then practice taking turns knocking on the door while one of us is inside. As soon as the outside person knocks (you could substitute opening the door), the inside person sends the dog to his place, then rewards for sitting quietly. The idea is to repeat this ad nauseum, until the dog is completely bored by the knock at the door/person coming home, but knows good behavior means staying quietly in his spot. The person coming in needs to completely ignore the dog unless or until he is quietly sitting in his place. In your case, since you can just reach to touch the dog from your bed, I'd set up the situation like that. Train the dog to be in that spot. Reward him for going to it and staying there. And have different family members, and later guests if possible, come in and rattle the doors, etc, until that whole scenario becomes profoundly boring for the dog. You might need to keep some treats by your bed to reward late-night quiet behavior for a while.
  3. Innisfree

    He got the job!

    Hooray! I'm so happy for you all. Hope it's a great experience for him.
  4. So, I have one answer based on the "mixed breed" part, and another answer based on the "puppy" part. Most of the dogs I've had have been mixed breeds. Certainly there are differences between them, but the ones I've had have been fantastic dogs. Some have been harder to train than others, some more likely to be bored and get into mischief than others, but essentially they've been good-natured dogs we were all happy to live with. We've been pretty flexible too, though, and more amused than anything else to discover one had a herding dog background and another was more protective and so on. I don't think a puppy is a good choice if you don't want to be looking after it-- and almost inevitably you will. Legos and such are another good reason to go for an adult dog. I'd say you would be justified in insisting on an older puppy or adult dog whose temperament can be evaluated. But I agree that you should plan on a young lab chewing everything! Honestly, I'd look at middle-aged dogs. They can arrive already housebroken, past the chewing stage, ready to settle in easily.
  5. Same. Go for it. Hope he enjoys it!
  6. I'm predisposed to like the idea, because my dd with ASD is very interested in dog training, so I've looked into educational opportunities there. Having said that, though, does your ds have any actual training experience? I know you have a dog. Has he shown interest in training or taken part in it? One reason I ask is that dealing with her dog can overwhelm dd, even though he is the center of her existence. Your son is six years older and probably has way more frustration tolerance and emotional regulation than dd has, so maybe this isn't an issue for him. For dd, though, dealing with a really smart, utterly devoted, but sometimes uncomprehending and uncooperative dog can put her right at the edge of her ability to cope. She keeps coming back to try again, with lots of good moments they both enjoy. We keep signing them up for classes at the local obedience club. But-- it can be hard, and there are much lower-cost ways of seeing if this is a real interest. For dd, I will hesitate to think of this as a career option unless her frustration tolerance improves a lot in the next few years. Ymmv. I'm interested in the class, too, if you don't mind linking details. We won't be doing it now, but as I said, I've been trying to feel out the business a little. I'll try to come back and link a few other options I've seen, with the caveat that I really don't know if they're any good. We haven't gotten that far yet.
  7. Innisfree

    Going through a rough patch

    Many, many hugs. I hope the new housing arrangements bring some peace for you and the younger kids.
  8. Hugs, Quill. I'll be thinking of you.
  9. Things have been very busy here, but I wanted to say I'm still reading and to thank everyone for all the suggestions. Dd actually came up with a plan to self-study and take the SAT Latin test in December. As soon as I told her independent work was a possibility, she was full of ideas for what she could do, and where she felt she could most usefully spend time. I think she might like to use the Bolchazy-Carducci books. She also wants to do more with her Wheelock's Reader. Perhaps if the Bolchazy-Carducci books allow her to prepare adequately, she still might decide to try the A.P.
  10. Innisfree

    Have AP tests gotten harder?

    Yes! This, exactly, was my experience. Maybe from my teachers' points of view there was already teaching to the test, but from my point of view it was invisible. The classes were just like the classes from grades 9-11, and no one really thought about taking the APs until spring. Zero extra work. I graduated hs in 1984, fwiw. And *this* is like dd's experience. The AP course is taking about three times more time than the two actual college courses she's in combined. Things like peer reviews eat up a lot of time and seem like busywork to me, though I'm sure there is some learning from the process. i appreciate hearing all of your experiences.
  11. I've just seen this thread today. So glad he's home and there is a plan for moving forward. You, your son and your family will all be in my thoughts.
  12. Innisfree

    NC boy found dead :(

    Poor little guy. Either explanation seems plausible to me; younger dd was a runner when she was small, so like others, I know how easily a child can get in dangerous situations. I'd hoped this story would end differently. 😞
  13. So, for this semester, would it seem reasonable to drop back to the DE biology, DE history, and pre-calc? The English class seems to be a lost cause atm, since she is now quite far behind. She actually does also have a very light self-defense class I'm calling PE (total one hour per week). Then, next semester, she'd have DE biology, maybe DE history at her discretion, pre-calc, and maybe pick up some sort of English or foreign language. We have trouble finding new classes for spring because she does not do well working for me, so it all needs to be outsourced, and most of the providers I know have year-long classes. Similarly, the local CC does not offer beginning level classes in the spring semester; they have to be started in the fall or done in the summer. So we may end up putting English or another language off until summer. That would end up being: Science: 2 credits Math: 1 credit History: 1 or 2 credits English: 1 credit PE: 1 credit Possibly 1 language credit?? Does that sound adequate? I am sort of aching for her over dropping the Latin. That has been a part of her identity for a long time, and she had plans for continuing it at a local university during senior year that really excited her until this debacle. So ideas for a gentle way to continue it would be welcome. I'm going to check out the CLRC class SeaConquest mentioned, that might work. Thanks, all. You're saving my sanity here.
  14. Thanks, Lori. Answering quickly, and will come back with more after some sleep-- Until this class, she loved the Latin. It's killing me that that has vanished. They were hard, but she loved the Sue Fisher Lukeion classes, and was doing Latin-related things for fun. The AP course just sounds brutal, no more joy. She really does love the DE biology, and is doing well there without too much effort. She would hate to not do the second semester. Her DE history seems very easy. If a second semester really isn't needed, she'd be fine skipping that, but it's the Latin that is killing her. The extracurricular stuff is there to try to balance academics with pleasure, and is very much what she wants to do, but it does take time.
  15. Talk to me about AP tests and classes. Many years ago, in the '80s, I was in a very good high school which did not have a single class labeled AP. We took four years of English, and then some of us took the AP exams, and a reasonable percentage did quite well. Same idea for other subjects, though I don't think there were as many subjects offered as now. I look at what Dd16 is doing in AP Latin, and has done in other AP classes, and I'm not delighted. The whole class seems to be teaching to the test. This seems like a fundamental shift. Am I misremembering? It seems like the philosophy used to be that a good student, in a good class, would simply have mastered this material. We were tested without all the constant practicing of particular forms; it was just a sort of summary test of our general mastery. Have the AP tests gotten so much harder that this approach is really necessary? What's up with it? I'm not entirely convinced of the pedagogical value.
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