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Kash’s Dog Training Course Doesn’t Teach This

This is something our dog training course didn’t cover.

I have been trying to get Kash to pay attention to the squirrels that have been raiding the bird feeder since I switched to a new kind of food.  I can hold Kash up, nose to the window, squirrel not more than 8 ft away on the feeder, and Kash just doesn’t care.

But… Two days in a row, we have come out the office door and upon seeing squirrels at the feeder (100 ft away) I say SQUIRREL!  And take off running towards them.  The squirrels run down the tree and across the yard.  Kash caught on.  He passed me up and was hot after those squirrels.  Once up the tree, they were safe, Kash would lose interest and we would go in the house for a snack.  He will be a squirrel chaser yet!

Dog training course doesn't teach dog to chase squirrels
I think they went up that tree!

Kash the Dog

Kash is learning the perimeters of where he can go and where he cannot go.  My wife has spent the last 2 summers planting beds of flowers and does not want them dug up before she gets to see them bloom for the first time.  She put a lot of work into the flowers.

So, anytime Kash ventures into a forbidden area, I gently but firmly guide him out of the area while saying “NO DIG”.  At first he thought it was a game and would immediately run back into the flower bed and wait for me to come get him, ready to bolt when I reached down to grab him.  (I told you he was a little stinker!)

After a couple times of this, I had to exert my “alpha dog” status on him and pin him down. He usually gets that message pretty clearly.  It’s working, but once in a while he forgets. You can just see it in his eyes that he is not even thinking of where he is.  So I remind him.

Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy running through the woods

We had another light snowfall last night.  Kash loves the snow!

Kash has been real good about his crate training.  He doesn’t always go in when you tell him to, just because he would rather hang out with me (so I think).  But if you give him a treat, he goes right in and lays down.  Doesn’t whimper or cry.  The most we would ever leave him in there while gone is 4 hours.  And even then, I feel so bad for him being cooped up. It is a big crate.  (42″ X 38″ X 38″ tall)

At night, he is ready to go in his crate about 10 P.M.  He stays sleeping until the alarm goes off at 6 A.M.  Then he goes outside, does what he does, comes back in, eats, and sacks out in the corner of the couch on his blanket.

I watched some Border Collie Dog Training videos the other day.  Man, are there some talented smart, and skilled dogs out there!  Hopefully Kash will be an highly skilled trained dog someday.  Yeah, right.  We just want to have fun!

Kash on YouTube:  http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=umKPiKyUvrk

Thomas

 

How to Stop Puppy From Biting. What Did Not Work

How to stop your puppy from biting can be a tedious task if your dog has the de-meaner of our puppy, Kash.  Here is the latest on what did not work.

When we went to the store to buy Kash a bag of dog food, we noticed a “no bite” spray product.  We read the label and it basically said that you spray this on whatever you don’t want your puppy to bite or chew on.  It has a very bad bitter taste that will repel the dogs desire to bite or chew that item again.

My wife was anxious to try this out.  She followed the directions on the Bitter Yuck and sprayed her hands with it.  She engaged Kash in some play with his stuffed toys.  He immediately stopped playing with the toy and started licking her hands like they were covered with bacon grease!  He loved that taste!  That certainly was a bust.

 

It is hard to stop this puppy from biting.
Me bite? Look at this face!

Kash the Dog

The biting is getting better.  We are sticking to the instructions in our dog training guide we purchased, because it has been nothing short of amazing for teaching Kash different commands.  “How to stop your puppy from biting” has just taken just a little longer.

Kash is now 25 pounds and 19 weeks old.  He is losing his puppy fur.  It looks kind of funny at this time.  It will get better.  We give him a capsule of fish oil once a day to help keep his skin and fur healthy as well as the other benefits fish oil has.

Kash is eating like a pony lately and still looking kinda skinny.  We try to keep food in his dish at all times so he can eat at will.  He is fed Blue Life Protection Formula Natural Chicken and Brown Rice Recipe Food for Puppies.  Kash loves this food so hopefully it will be fairly easy to switch him over to adult dog food made by the same company.

Do you know what is in the food you feed your dog?  Have you ever wondered just what is the best food to feed your pet?  I did a ton of research a couple years ago, and again when we adopted Kash.  I wish I would have found Dog Food Dangers early on, as this is the very best source of information on what is healthy dog food and what you should avoid.  It is worth checking out, especially if you are concerned about your dogs health.

See you tomorrow.  Pet your dog.

Thomas

Stop Puppy Biting Please! Puppy Training Works, Sometimes.

The continuing saga of the “stop puppy biting” issue that I thought was just about solved.  We have been working so hard trying to correct Kash’s puppy biting.  He may think he is just “mouthing”, but with those needle sharp teeth, they tear flesh, draw blood, and then he gets defiant when you tell him “NO”.  NOT ACCEPTABLE.

The dog training guide we have been using has worked remarkably well for everything else. Well, except for the “stop puppy barking” problem we also have.  We think we have been unfortunately blessed with a difficult head strong puppy.  We will overcome these two issues with consistency and commitment.  Kash will be trained.

 

puppy training, how to stop puppy biting has been difficult
Truly beautiful day in the woods. Here comes a little Kash!

Kash the Dog

It was an awesome morning with a fresh two inch dropping of bright white snow that stuck to the trees.  Kash and I headed out into the woods.  The woodpeckers were pecking, geese were flying overhead, and birds were flitting around like it is spring.

We’ll keep on plugging with the biting and barking issue until we overcome the problem.  So stay tuned to see the results.  If you have any advice you can give us, we are open to suggestions. Just use the “comments” link.

 

Kash, a border collie-aussie puppy running image
I love to run!

Kash the Dog

Please leave a comment if you have any advice on “how to stop puppy biting” or “how to stop puppy barking” methods.  We would love to hear your story on how you did it.

Feed your dog healthy dog food and go for a walk today.

Thomas

How to Stop Your Puppy From Chewing On the Wrong Things

How to stop your puppy from chewing on your shoes, furniture, clothes, or anything it can get it’s mouth on can be frustrating.

A Border Collie or Australian Shepherd, our little Kash is a mix of both, like to “mouth” objects, and it may appear that it is chewing or biting.  They learn how something feels with their mouths kind of like humans feel with their hands.

I know Kash will “mouth” my hand gently when he wants to taste or smell what I have been handling.  You can tell the difference between “mouthing” and biting, believe me.

How to stop your puppy from chewing.
Kash loves to chew sticks!

Kash the Dog

Want to learn how to stop your puppy from chewing?  This is what worked for us.

First of all you have to understand that a Border Collie or Border Collie mix needs something to do.  If they don’t and get bored, many will chew on whatever they can get their mouths on.  So with that in mind, we bought some really durable, fun, quality chew toys for him to chew on.  We did not give them all to him right away.

So whenever we caught him chewing on something that he was not supposed to chew, we let out a stern “no chew” in a low growl-like voice.  When he would stop we immediately gave him a “good boy” and handed him an allowable chew toy.

Don’t give him old socks, shoes, flip flops, or similar things to chew as toys, as that would train him to chew those things, as it might just be your $100 pair of sneakers!  When you do find him chewing his chew toys, praise him so he knows that it is OK to chew the right things.

Above all you have to be vigilant and consistent in training.  You have to do the same action each time so as not to confuse the little pup.  The best thing is to remove anything that you do not want chewed.  Take some preventative measures and move things out of reach and do not leave shoes, socks, or whatever else he could get his mouth on.

Dogs will be dogs, don’t punish them for that.  They just need someone to teach them what is acceptable or not.  They are learning everything new and need some puppy training and guidance.  Be patient.  They will appreciate it and probably learn faster as well.

Love your pet, walk your dog.

Thomas

Puppy Training Works for This Border Collie-Aussie Mix

Is the puppy training working?  Kash, the Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy has learned many basic commands and he has started to turn the corner on “stopping puppy biting“.

He was a four legged ball of fast moving energy that was into everything, biting whatever was in front of him, and then doing that puppy barking crap when you tried to tell him “NO”.  A pure stinker with talent for finding whatever might be loose, fits in his mouth, or is shreddable.

 

puppy training works for this Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy
Who me?

Kash the Dog

I told you early on that we did a lot of research before we even took custody of Kash on just how to train a Border Collie mix puppy.  We read a lot of information and a lot of it was the same.  The I found Dog Training Secrets and was convinced that this was what kind of dog training style we were looking for.

We were so pleased and agreed with most of the training.  I mean it was detailed and explained just what to do, but a couple things we had issues with.  Those two issues were “how to stop puppy from biting” and “how to stop puppy from barking“.

Now I don’t know if we were conveying the training wrong, or that we have a head-strong dog that may prove to be a difficult to train puppy.  He learned all the basic commands in a snap!  He is smart, but boy does he give us problems over those two issues.

difficult to train puppy
You calling me?

 

Kash the Dog

I hope this isn’t sounding too negative about Kash.  He does respond so well to the dog training guide commands, and he is incredibly smart.  Handsome and so entertaining that until those snake-like fangs snag your hand or sweatshirt, he is a blast!

We will forge ahead with puppy training.  He is so worth it!

In a quiet moment, talk to your dog at his level, he will appreciate the conversation.

Thomas

Want to see more pictures of Kash? –> http://colliemix.net

Kash, A Border Collie-Aussie Is Driving Me Nuts!

Do all Border Collie-Aussie puppies have this much energy and curiosity?

Kash needs constant supervision in the house or you will end up with chewed shoes, underwear, socks, flip flops, pillows, newspapers, magazines, toilet paper, and anything else he can fit in his mouth!  He even chews the concrete floor tiles! (I think he is really sharpening his snake fang-like teeth)

Border Collie-Aussie imageHe has even emptied out whole laundry baskets, one item at a time.  We secretly watched him without him knowing it just to see if he would complete his “mission”.  It was so funny because he would sneak real quiet-like, knowing he wasn’t supposed to be into the laundry.

If you tell Kash not to take something or go somewhere, he will sit down and study the situation, create a plan, and then slyly proceed to test his naughty plan.  He is a defiant little bugger!

He learns basic commands very quick, but some things are just not going to be learned as fast because of his bull headed attitude.  The dog training course we bought online is very detailed, but our dog invents stuff that the author hasn’t thought up a command for.

It is amazing to watch his problem solving skills.  He’s a thinker.  And a stinker!

To all the stinkers in the world, have fun now, because eventually you’ll get old.

Thomas

Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy image

Stop Puppy Biting Issue Is Conquered. Border Collie Mix – Wow

The “stop puppy biting” issue may have been conquered.  More on this a little later.

I’m telling you, a Border Collie mix puppy is so full of energy that it zaps YOU of energy!  I have slept so soundly ever since we got Kash, our handsome little stinker.  That is because by the end of the evening, I am worn out from constantly removing the many thousands of things from his mouth that he finds.  Maybe millions!

He does love to run.

 

border collie-aussie running through the woods
He he comes, blasting through the woods!

Kash the Dog

Okay, this is what I wanted to tell you about!  I think Kash is finally learning to “stop puppy biting“!  This is something we have been working on since the first week.  Our dog training guide has been the hero in this battle.

Kash is so darn head-strong that this has kinda become a battle of wills.  We have tried to stay consistent with what Dog Training Secrets teaches, and it finally is paying off.  Hats off to the guy that wrote this training guide!

The other issue we are working on before we go on to teaching other commands is the annoying “how to stop puppy barking” crap.  This has to stop.  I have never heard such a sharp, pierce-you-to-the-middle-of-the-brain, loud, in your ear bark!!!  Like I said, Kash is a little defiant guy.

Other than those two “take a little longer” training issues, Kash is a ultra fast learner.  When Kash is in the office when I am working, he will bring his water dish to me when it is empty.  He gently bumps my leg with it and makes a little “hmmph” noise.  It is so darn cute when he does that.

 

Border Collie-Aussie mix, stop the puppy biting.
He doesn’t look like the stinker I tell you he is.

Kash the Dog

It was a great day actually.  Little Kash is growing up.  He was well behaved today and has shown much better confidence in the woods, and had a lot of patience while I was working. So I am looking forward to another training session with my little Border Collie-Aussie puppy again tomorrow.  I’ll keep you posted.

Love your dog.

Thomas

 

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Border Collie-Aussie Mix is a VERY Active Dog!

My Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy is the most busy little guy you have ever seen!

I keep going back to all those warnings of how active and energetic these two breeds can be.  Well they were right.  I don’t know what possessed me to go out and buy a dog training program beforehand, but I’m sure glad I did!

Kash, our Border Collie mix puppy just turned 16 weeks today.  Here is his 16th week picture.

Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy, 16 weeks
16 Weeks Old, A Purebred Stinker!

Kash is learning quite easily the commands like “sit”, stay, “lay down”, fetch, “come here”, and ringing the bell by the door to go out.  He is a little slower learning “no bite”, no jump, and “no bark”.  These last three are so important, but he is just so head-strong that it almost feels like these three bad traits were bred into him.  So we’ll keep working on it.

Kash is just loving the twice daily walks in our woods.  He is learning to watch my eyes when I give him a vocal signal to see what I am looking at.  Border Collies are known to be able to distinguish eye signals and act on them.  I know this to be true.  My previous dog was a Border Collie mix, and was real good at eye signals.

Dog Training Secrets
Busy, busy, busy!

Kash is now taking the shape of a dog and losing the puppy fuzzball look.  He has gained 4 pounds in the last 2 weeks, pure muscle, I might add.  He seems to really like his food.  I researched a lot of dog foods, but the best resource I found for healthy dog food was on the web.

I also add in one high quality fish oil capsule (I cut the end off and squeeze it in) to Kash’s puppy food every day.  I do this for his skin which seemed dry since the very first day we picked him up.  He has very good bowel movements, like clockwork.  Easier to housebreak when they are on a schedule.

Well, there is todays 16 week birthday update, the day is really only half over, so the puppy training is still going full force yet.  Stay tuned.

Collie Mix, Border Collie and Australian Shepherd.

My Collie mix puppy named Kash, is half Border Collie and half Australian Shepherd.

We went out in our woods yesterday.  We had some incredible warm weather that melted almost all of our snow it two days!  The snow had been deeper than little Kash’s legs since we adopted him, so seeing fresh earth was something new to him.

And boy did he get frisky, and freaky fast!  You should have seen him running hell-bent through the woods as if the devil was chasing him.  This dog has more moves than Barry Sanders on his best day!

He also discovered moving water.  There is a small creek that runs through the woods when the snow melts.  It was flowing about as big as I have ever seen it.  Kash looked at it for a moment and just jumped in.  He jumped out just as fast!  It was cold!

Here are a couple pictures from our little walk.

collie mix
A second before he jumped in!

We have been working on “come here” as per our Dog Training course.  He is responding very well.  I did have problems at first, I was frustrated and yelling.  That didn’t work.  Once I followed directions and kept calm, the whole “come here” command really started working much better.  This is a head-strong dog, but we are getting there.

border collie mix
He loves to run!

These long walks in the woods sure do whip us both out!  Kash slept through the whole night without a sound.  He was so quiet I got up and checked to see if he was ok.

We’re going for another hike in the woods…  Wonder what new discoveries Kash will make this time?

Love your pet unconditionally.

Thomas