Border Collie-Aussie Mix is 4.5 on Intelligence Scale

Kash, Our Border Collie-Aussie mix dog, ROCKS!

When you talk to Kash in a conversational way, like you would talk to your mother, he sits and listens like he is trying so hard to learn the words.  He does understand what a lot of words mean and it always amazes me when he proves it.

border collie-aussie mix dog standing in a swamp

Collie Mix

I know Border Collie-Aussie mix dogs are smart, the Border Collie was ranked #1 and the Australian Shepherd was ranked #9 out of all dog breeds for intelligence.  So I guess that puts my dog Kash at about a 4.5 on the intelligence scale.  He would disagree profusely.

I mean after all, he’s Kash the Dog, Handsomest Dog in West Michigan with Speed!

All kidding aside, he has become a well behaved dog other than his jumping on people.  We have tried so many different techniques to get him to stop, nothing has worked.  The dog training course we invested in, in my eyes was a godsend.  Without the lessons it taught me, and my dog, I am not sure we would still have the critter.

As far as the health of Kash, he has not been sick a day since we adopted him.  Healthy, strong and happy.  I attribute it to good quality dog food, and also the homemade dog food we make for him just to give him some variety.  The healthy dog snack recipes we create are some of his favorite treats.

When other dog owners comment on how well behaved Kash is, my wife and I look at each other with pride, because of his behavior as a pup and young dog, we had to work really hard to get him to this stage.  Again, I attribute it to the dog training course.Border Collie-Aussie mix dog with his ball

Kash the Dog

I do have to admit to another bad habit Kash has developed lately.  When he is going out for the last time before bedtime, he thinks there is a raccoon out by the feeder every night!  I open the door and he busts down the steps and streaks straight at the feeder to catch any raccoons off guard.  I can’t seem to break him of this bad behavior.  Just because he treed one raccoon…

Our turkey that comes to the feeder won’t be stopping by any more.  A coyote killed it about 40 feet from my barn the other morning.  The dragged it over by some pines and plucked it and ate it or took it to it’s den, which I think is out back.

The smell of that coyote makes Kash’s fur stand up.  He does not like the smell of those coyotes.  He gets real uneasy when he smells them and even a little jumpy.  Good to know he is aware.

That’s it for now. Stroke your dogs ears gently and smile at him/her.

Thomas & Kash

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