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The Border Terrier is eager to please and this usually helps in basic training. The best training method is to always use positive reinforcement, and remember, be patient and consistent.

The Border Terrier is a good-tempered, affectionate, obedient and easily trained dog. They are active and agile. Being a high energy breed, the Border Terrier needs lots of exercise and enjoys such activities as ball, agility, tracking, and obedience competitions.

Borders generally get along well with other dogs as well as cats if introduced at a young age. Caution is advised, however, around other small animals such as gerbils, guinea pigs, hamsters, rabbits, birds and cats, as they may be viewed as the enemy because of the Borders strong hunting instinct.