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Kash, Our Border Collie-Aussie Mix is a Handsome Dog

The Border Collie-Aussie Mix called Kash the Dog is just getting more handsome by the day.  His puppy cuteness has worn off and now he is sporting that good looking young adult fresh look.  I might be biased, but then again, I live with him.

 

Kash the Dog a Border Collie-Aussie is resting
Yeah, that's me. Kash the Dog

Collie Mix

This dog has grown some of the whitest, sharpest, big teeth the last month.  I have had to sew up several of his toys with heavy duty thread, take some of his toys away due to him crunching them, and keep an eye on whatever he chews.  Those back shark-sharp molars combined with his growing strength are dangerous!

He is deceptively fast!  It doesn’t even look like he is moving as fast as he gets there.  Did that make sense?  Anyway, he covers some ground quick.  And he moves like a ghost.  He creeps me out sometimes because, the last time I saw him he was 50 yards away, and blink, there is he right behind me like he had always been there! Crazy fast and silent.

The neighbor dog, a German Shepherd mix, comes over every day for a biscuit.  This started years ago when Hendrix would come see Kozmo, our paralyzed dog. (R.I.P.)  He would come over and hang out on the deck with the “Mo” and even rub her back with his snout.  He was so good to her, so we always fed him a biscuit.  So after Kozmo passed he would still stop by every day and get a biscuit.

Well Hendrix doesn’t really like Kash too much, due to Kash jumping in his face all the time. Hendrix is tolerating Kash just to get the biscuit.  Hendrix is 110+ pounds, Kash is just 42 pounds.  One day, Kash will get put in his place, maybe.

 

A Border Collie-Aussie and a German Shepherd mix dog playing
Kash jumping all over good natured Hendrix

Kash the Dog

I am going to try a barking deterrent collar on Kash this next week.  There is no amount of dog training that seems to get Kash to quit barking, especially at night when we want to slow down and relax.  Yelling matches have been getting more frequent with Kash.  I hate yelling.  Kash hates yelling, and Shelly really hates yelling.  So, we will try the collar.


Our Border Collie-Aussie Mix Needs More Dog Training

Whoops!  Our Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy needs to get back into dog training again.  I did just what I vowed not to do, I was not consistent on our training of Kash.  I have pulled our dog training course back out to refresh some of the commands and implement some new dog training commands.  The puppy training is over!

Kash has been real challenging again.  Both his biting problem and puppy barking has taken a turn for the worse – and it’s my fault for not staying on top of things.  I don’t know if having him neutered has affected his disposition, but he seems to have gotten more aggressive and plays a lot rougher if you know what I mean.

He has been challenging me (kind of) and has become somewhat defiant.  He even wants to smoke cigars now!

 

Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy smokes a cigar
Got a light?

Kash the Dog

We are going to really focus on getting Kash to stop jumping on people, especially visitors.  He is pretty gentle when he jumps on us, but any jumping on any people is really unacceptable. It was kinda cute when he would wake up and stretch out vertically against your body.  Letting him do that was a mistake.  Now it’s not so cute.

So we are going to read our dog training guide all over again and really get consistent with this dog training before it gets too late.  Kash is super smart, maybe too smart at times.   He will learn to be a good dog, if not a great dog – eventually.  He just needs some master who will stay focused, other wise we may have to call in a dog trainer. (yeah right!)

 

Collie mix pup jumps up on people
Kash needs to learn not to jump on people

Collie Mix

Kash is now 1/2 pound from being a 40 pound dog!  We were hoping he would get no more than 45 pounds.  Anyone know of a way to prevent that other than not feeding him?  He still eats his healthy dog food and takes a fish oil supplement every day.  When I go to the grocery store and see some of the cheap brands of dog food, I wonder if the people that buy it really know that they may be hurting their dog’s health. (excellent resource – dog food)

http://www.bordercollie-aussie.com/healthy-dog-food/

Time to let Kash out to pee.  He has been pretty good, sleeping at my feet while I type this post.

Thomas

PS. Here is a video of Kash as a pup.  http://youtu.be/QxVFPXVpI3Y

 

Kash, the Border Collie-Aussie Made it Through Surgery

Our puppy, the Border Collie-Aussie mix named Kash, made it through surgery.  He was neutered. Ouch! (I’m a male)  Kash is doing fantastic!  He did kind of give me the evil eye when I picked him up at the vet office though.

 

Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy gives me the evil eye
A not too happy look!

Kash the Dog

Kash is already 38 pounds!  Six months old three days ago.  He continues to amaze us with his funny antics, his crazy fast speed, the over the top intelligence, and just how handsome he is. (bragging)

The two things our dog training course just had no power over is how to stop the straight-to-the-brain high pitched bark, and “play” biting.  The play biting is mostly happening to Shelly, but nonetheless, it should not be happening at all.

We both agree that Kash is wired a little different when it comes to those issues.  Maybe it’s the mixed breed, but we have tried several different techniques that several dog training programs suggested.  None have worked.

The best dog training guide for us has been Dog Training Secrets.  This is by far been the turning point as to whether we kept Kash, or gave him back to the Border Collie Rescue organization where we adopted him from.  If it wasn’t for the techniques that we followed in that dog training program, (they worked so fast) and how easy it was to follow, Kash the dog may be somewhere else.

Border Collie-Aussie and dog training secrets
Looking down the driveway waiting for Shelly

 

Collie Mix

With all that kinda negative stuff said, I just want to go on record and say that I truly believe Kash Flow Fouts will be a GREAT dog.  He just has some things to learn yet.

Did I tell you about how Kash sat right next to me while I installed a gate latch on the gate that keeps him on our deck?  He watched from beginning to end.  Once installed, I flipped the latch and the gate opened.  When I closed the gate, Kash stood up and flipped the latch just like I did.  Fortunately the latch is where he can’t reach it when he is locked in!  He is so darned smart.

So tonight, bend down and give your pup a warm hug,

Thomas

 

 

Kash, Dog Training, and his Dog Crate from Amazon

Kash our Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy is still going through dog training. He was successfully crate trained thanks to Dog Training Secrets, the dog training guide we bought online when we first adopted Kash.

The one thing we have to constantly re-enforce is the “how to stop dog from biting” and now “how to stop dog from jumping on people”. Kash seems to think that everyone wants to be jumped on. He does jump gently, but nobody likes a dog that jumps on you, especially with dirty paws.

He was really good about biting for several weeks, now that his baby teeth have fallen out and the new bright white chompers are in, he is starting to bite a little more. It just seems like it is bred into him to bite. I know that Border Collies like to “mouth” but he goes a little beyond that.

Enough about dog training.

We woke up to the ground covered with a couple inches of snow! Heck it’s April 18th! It sure is pretty though. Kash loves the snow, so we went for a walk in the woods first thing in the morning.

Border Collie-Aussie pup out in the April snow
Loves the snow!

Kash runs like a crazy nut through the woods at break-neck speeds.  Prickers. thorns, and branches, it doesn’t matter, he goes right through them.

The other thing this crazy dog likes to do, is not only walk on logs, but run on logs.  He will walk a log to the end or as far as he can go, and then does a four paw pirouette and turns around.  He also like to stand on them with his front paws and scout the territory.

 

Dog training didn't teach anything about log walking!
Kash puts all four paws together and makes the turn

Kash the Dog

I just wanted to show you Kash’s dog crate that he sleeps in and uses to take naps.  We bought a fairly large size even though we could have gotten by with something a little smaller.  But now he has plenty of room for a bed cushion and a play area.

We followed the instructions in our dog training guide and it worked.  Kash really is comfortable in his Midwest Life Stages 42 inch dog crate.  It has safe and secure slide-bolt latches, a durable satin-black electro-coat finish, 1-1/2-by-5-7/8-inch mesh, rounded corners, and two plastic handles for carrying. The unit easily sets up and folds down to a portable size for suitcase-style carrying, and an ABS-composite plastic pan for easy clean up comes included. And the dog crate carries a one-year limited warranty.

Midwest Life Stages Double-Door Folding Metal Dog Crate

All in all, Kash is turning out to be a good dog, soon to be a great dog. As long as he is fed good healthy dog food, exercised enough, trained well, and given the love and attention a Border Collie-Aussie needs, he will be just fine.

Love your dog, they love you back even more.

Thomas

This Border Collie-Aussie Went on Vacation!

Kash, the Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy went on his first mini vacation!  He is an excellent traveler, something we had to find out.  So this was kind of an experiment to see how well he would do.

Every thing is new to a puppy when you travel.  Well, for the most part, it is new to me to too.  That is the whole point of traveling, to see new vistas, places, things, and have a new experience.  But to a puppy, wow, it has to be all the senses on full alert!

Kash got to see those big giant wind turbines, hundreds of them!  We stopped a couple times and walked out to one of them.  I was pretty amazed myself, as I had never seen any in real life.

We drove one tank of gas worth to the south.  That put us in Parke County, Indiana.  We stopped when the thermometer hit 70 degrees.  It was a great place to start exploring, as Parke county is where there is a large concentration of covered bridges.

 

Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy in front of a covered bridge
Kash's first covered bridge!

Kash the Dog

We took Kash hiking in Turkey Run State Park.  What a gorgeous day and found some great trails to boot.  Hardly a soul around so we were able to take him off his leash.  By the way, he took well to the leash training we learned from our dog training guide.  Highly recommended!

 

Border Collie-Aussie puppy stands on a log at Turkey Run State Park
Kash loves to stand on logs, walk on logs, and run on logs.

Kash the Dog

We saw many different animals, birds, and even a salamander to show Kash.  He was really intrigued with a raccoon the first night and the giant bull laying in the field next to the road the next morning.  The geese got him excited as well.  He let them know who could be louder!

 

The big bull got our Border Collie-Aussie puppy pretty excited
Kash was not allowed to "herd" this one.

Kash the Dog

As you know, we like to feed Kash good healthy dog food.  But, it was vacation after all, so we bought him a Burger King Double Cheeseburger!  We crumbled up one patty onto his regular healthy dog food and mushed it in.  Boy did he like that!  We saved the second patty for the next days food dish.

We sure did have fun, probably because our Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy was so darn well behaved!  I have to attribute a lot of it to our dog training guide we invested in when we first knew we were getting a Border Collie mix puppy.  It has made a world of difference in his behavior.  Well worth the money, a hundred times over.  I don’t think I would have made it through his early weeks without it.

 

Kash the Dog walking through a covered bridge
Walking through a covered bridge.

Kash the Dog

Well our first mini vacation with Kash went smooth and we all had fun, saw a lot of new interesting things and made it back home safe.  Stay tuned as I will have a vacation video posted shortly.

Hug your animal.

Thomas

Border Collie-Aussie Puppy & Healthy Dog Food

Hey Border Collie-Aussie lovers!

I have some really good news to report.  My Kash biting episode really, really worked!  He has been so good ever since I bit his leg!  Maybe he finally realized that I AM the Alpha dog leader in this clan.  That is my “stop puppy biting” dog training secret!

He has been such a “lover dog” the last few days.  He listens and behaves better than normal.  Kash is even showing some patience and calmness, something which he has not done before.  Almost scary.

 

Kash, a Border Collie-Aussie pup, 23 weeks old
Sitting so calm. Before, it was hard to get a photo like this!

Kash the Dog

Kash is losing his teeth.  We found one of his snake-like needle sharp fangs the other day. He lost both bottom “fangs”.  His top new nippers are in and bright white.  He has some back molars coming in too.  Maybe once these all grow back in he will resume chomping the heck out of my hands.  He better not or I’ll chomp him back again!

Collie mix puppy running right at youKash eats healthy dog food to keep his energy up.  He is looking slightly skinny, but is all muscle.  We keep his food dish at least half full all the time.  He seldom eats a huge amount at once.  It sure seems like it would be healthier if he would actually chew it.  He swallows it whole!

If you really want to learn about the best commercial dog food on the shelves, check out this dog food resource.  Dog Food Dangers It is chocked full of what to feed, and what not to feed your dog.  Highly recommended!

Ok, maybe you should read this, about dog food.  It might explain some stuff you may have been thinking about.  http://www.bordercollie-aussie.com/healthy-dog-food/

It’s SPRING BREAK!  Shelly, my wife, has the week off!  We might even take a day trip or two, to see how well Kash likes to travel.  We were so used to travelling with our previous dog due to her being paralyzed in her rear legs.  She was in a wheelchair for 7+ years of her 13-1/2 years of an amazing, wonderful life.  So hopefully Kash will really like to travel so he can get to hike in the coolest places.

I’ll let you know how it went in the next post.

Feed your dog healthy dog food, and then rub noses when he is done.

Thomas

Border Collie-Aussie Pup is Fine Now That I Bit Him Back!

Kash, our Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy has almost quit his puppy biting!  That is now that I took some drastic measures to get him to realize that it is no longer going to be tolerated.  After biting me for no reason, I grabbed his front leg and chomped down on it until he yipped.  He got up and slowly walked away from me in disbelief and laid down.

The next time he was out of control in a biting frenzy.  I rolled up a newspaper and whacked him on the butt after he bit my arm.  Now, I am not one for hitting a dog, much less a puppy, but we had tried all the methods the experts are teaching to no avail.  These methods finally got through to Kash, our little head-strong critter.

 

Kash, a Border Collie-Aussie loves to play.
Aw come on, let's play "catch me if you can"!

Kash the Dog

So our dog training guide is getting a work out.  We are training Kash to shake, shake right paw, shake left paw, count to five with his paw, and am going to try to get him to tap dance with his front feet. (I don’t know about that last one).  The way the author of our dog training guide teaches, it is very easy to implement and carry out.  I appreciate that.

Kash is still eating his healthy dog food without complaint.  He likes it dry or with warm water mixed in.  I did sneak him in some chicken meat the other day.  I think he really liked that.  He is 33+ pounds now – all lean, hard muscle.  I didn’t think a 4-5 month old puppy could have muscles this hard and strong already.

When he comes in after a great run in the woods, sometimes he licks his feet.  At that point, you can smell them.  My wife hates it.  She says it’s the smell of speed.  I agree.  He is so blazing fast.

 

 Border Collie-Aussie leaping through the air
Kash is fast, leaps small creeks in a single bound!

Kash the Dog

Remember, if you think your dog is too fat, YOU are not exercising enough.

Thomas

PS. I just received some great advice from Sharda, the author of Dog Food Dangers.  She never ceases to amaze me with the information on what are the best dog foods and what never to feed your dog.  She is the dog food guru!  To learn more about her Dog Food Secrets click on this link –> www.dogfooddangers.com

Border Collie-Aussie Mix, Kash is all Stinker!

Kash, our Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy is now 21 weeks old.  He is still in puppy training mode and learning every day.

I say “all stinker” because he is the most curious, mischievous puppy I have ever had to deal with.  You have to watch him ever second he is awake.  If he can get his mouth on it, around it, or even near it, he will probably get it and think it is his to play with.

The other part of “stinker” is that we still are struggling with his biting and barking.  It seems like no matter what we do, nothing works for more than a minute.  We have tried several different techniques and methods lately, all have failed.

 

border collie-aussie puppy is defiant
Giving me “the eye”.

Kash the Dog

I never thought I would even consider a “shock collar”!  That shocks me to even think we have discussed getting one of those expensive torture devices.  But when you are at you wits end…

Kash sure loves the water.  After the rain last night the creek in the woods was flowing pretty good.  That is where he likes to head for first thing when we get out walking.  One of these days we will take him to a local lake and see if he likes to swim.

 

border collie-aussie puppy loves the water
Running through the creek

Kash the Dog

Kash weighed in at 31 pounds last night.  I feel really good about the healthy dog food that we are feeding him.  He eats it dry, or with water mixed in.  We put a capsule-worth of fish oil every day in his food.  I am so glad I found Sharda’s Dog Food Dangers, it gives you the best information about the best and worst dog foods on the market.

Well, Kash is almost a young adult dog.  He still has a lot to learn, but we love that little critter to pieces.  Our dog training guide has still been our best investment in helping us get Kash to learn commands.  Despite his puppy biting and puppy yipping, we still have fun with him and know in our hearts he will finally get over these issues.

Today I will get a Frisbee out and see if I can get Kash to catch it in the air.  He has not been too coordinated catching anything else so far.  I am sure he will “catch” on.  An update on how he does will be coming.

Hug your dog,

Thomas

Kash is Growing Up. But We Are Still Puppy Training.

Puppy training is still the right term for the teaching of commands for Kash.  I do think that in a couple months we will be able to refer to it as dog training.

Kash is progressing from a puppy into a young adult dog.  I created a video using Animoto ( a really cool free video creator) and my photos taken over the last 2 months of Kash growing up.  See what you think.

Note: This is a high definition video so you might have to click pause once it gets started to let it load up fully. (it all depends on your internet provider speed)

You can see this here too: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=JdzUpn8ciI0

At the end of the video, My Favorite Photo is…

Our Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy jumping over the creekKash the Dog

So that’s it for today.  Oh yeah, Kash chased 3 more squirrels.  They are starting to get the message that feeding on the bird food will be more of a challenge.  Also, we are going to get more focused on our puppy training this weekend.  Kash needs to get more focused on his commands. (actually we need to get more focused on the commands)

Going for a walk,

Thomas