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Border Collie Mix

Kash the Dog, A Border Collie Mix with a Big Dose of Australian Shepherd.

Can there be a smarter dog than this Border Collie mix? Of course, everyone thinks their dog is the smartest critter to walk the earth. But I’m voting for my dog Kash.

Border Collie Australian Shepherd mix

We have bought all kinds of toys on Amazon for Kash, but he likes sticks! But one of his favorites in the house is a:

Plush Skinneeez Fox 24-Inch Stuffingless Dog Toy

(that is a link to this toy on Amazon)

He grabs that fox first thing in the morning and then puts it back in his toy box when he goes to bed at night.

Kash the Dog has several different barks. I can tell if he is barking at a cat versus barking at a squirrel. I can also tell the difference of his bark if he recognizes a familiar car, or one that has not been in our driveway before.

And then he talks. In his own language of course. But you can ask if he has to go outside to do his business and he will answer (in his own noises) and it is a different noise if he just wants to go out on the deck.

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Scanning for squirrels

He sits on a bench next to me in the woods and looks for squirrels. I taught him to sit still (which is hard for his Border Collie mix “breed”) and just scan the trees for squirrels. He loves it. When we spot one, he just waits for me to say “squirrel”!  Off like a rocket and then the all too familiar annoying squirrel bark!

One another whole subject, have you ever thought it through, if there were to be some kind of emergency and you had to evacuate with your pet? Would you be prepared?

Well I have been somewhat of a preparedness guy and think that you should have a dog survival kit. These are not real expensive, but can offer some piece of mind if you have one and an emergency plan.

You can always put one together yourself and keep it in a closet or handy place in case it’s needed. That way you can customize it to fit your needs. Something to think about.

Take your dog for a walk today, especially if it’s a Border Collie mix!

Thomas and Kash




Kash, Our Crazy Cool Dog Goes On Vacation in Michigan

Kash, Our Border Collie Mix Dog On the Beach

We took our Border Collie/Australian Shepherd dog on a mini weekend vacation to view the colorful autumn leaves between our house and the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan.

Border Collie/Australian Shepherd Mix Dog

We stayed in a disgustingly dirty cabin the first night. We made reservations online, the pics looked good (of the outside) and the price was right. Plus they accepted dogs without charge. That was the best thing I could say about this place.

Kash was even nervous staying in this place. Shelly slept in her clothes, coat, shoes and stocking hat the whole night. We left at the crack of dawn, cancelling our second night.

We took off early, seeing lots of deer along the way. We made it to M-22 Hwy and headed north. This is an awesome road to travel with a lot of interesting things to see and towns to pass through. We kept seeing M-22 stickers on all kinds of vehicles, so we are not the only ones fond of this road.

North M-22 Hwy

We also were sourcing antiques and collectibles for my antique store at Sweet Pickins Antique Mall, between South Haven and Bangor, on M-43 Hwy. Stopping at yard sales and estate sales is so much fun for me, and even Shelly bought a few items. The coolest one was a barn sale open at 6 A.M. in the morning!

We met a lady in a park we stopped at that also had a Border Collie-Aussie mix dog. It was a different color but had the same look in the face. Kash looks more Aussie than Border Collie, but this lady’s dog looked more Border Collie than Aussie.

Autumn leaves in Michigan

The color of the trees was better in some areas than others. On our way up, heading north, the color was just starting. We went over the Mackinac Bridge and drove around for an hour, bought some smoked fish, walked the dog on a beach, and headed back south. The color increased dramatically on the way back.

Our dog, traveled so well, he understandably would like to run around more than ride in the van, but he does well. I think it all has to do with how we trained him. We used a program we bought online called Secrets to Dog Training. This has been an invaluable source of information, especially with this type of breed of dog. Highly recommended!

I’ll post more on this vacation and Kash, our traveling Border Collie-Aussie mix dog a little bit later.

You can watch a video about our trip “up north” here at or on YouTube at

Hug your dog,

Thomas and Kash

Border Collie-Aussie and his master

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Kash, A Border Collie Mix Puppy Loves The Snow!

Having a Border Collie mix breed dog is a bit challenging.  This is the busiest puppy I have ever seen.  Into everything, including the clothes hamper.  It pulled out all the dirty socks and underwear one evening and stacked them up, one by one!

This morning was a great morning for a hike.  The snow had melted, and then froze hard overnight, so Kash could walk on top of the snow for a change.  It had been deeper than his legs for as long as we have had him.  So this was a treat!

We hiked back to the swamp were he could play on the slippery ice.  Did he have a ball!  I would throw a stick and he would go sliding in like a baseball player sliding into home plate!  What a character.

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Coming out of the swamp.

We have been working on “come here” the last week.  Now as I have said before, Kash is a head-strong little puppy.  “Come here” was picked up right away, actually he learned the hand signal right along with it.  My wife didn’t believe me because he seldom came when called, so I told her to try it herself.

She went about 50 feet away and I told her to just tap the inside of her left knee with her hand.  Kash immediately ran over to her.  She still didn’t believe it.  So we waited until he was busy with a toy.  She called his name, tapped her left knee, and Kash jumped up and ran over to her and sat down!  She was impressed.

I’m telling you, this Secrets to Dog Training course we bought online is the cat’s meow!  I cannot believe how quickly Kash learns with these methods.  There are still a couple we are working on that are taking a little extra time, like “how to stop puppy from biting“, and “how to stop puppy from barking“.  It is getting better everyday.

We are going to keep focusing on the biting and barking until we have that completely nipped in the bud. (pun intended)  After we have those two issues mastered, and I think we’ll have it under control by the weekend, we are going to work on some hand signals (commands) outside.

He already know the hand signals for “sit”, “lay down” and like I just said above, “come here”.  I really never taught my previous dogs hand signals, so I am glad I learned these methods from Secrets to Dog Training.  It’s impressive to give your dog a hand signal and he does what it means.

Want a easy recipe for dog snacks? We call them Kash’s Cheezy Weezies.  They are real simple to make.  When they are baking, it smells so good that you will want to try them yourself. (not as good as they smell, but your dog will love them)

Go to the healthy dog food page on this site. (see the page tab at the top?) or just click this link and it will take you there.

If your dog is overweight, YOU aren’t exercising enough. Get out and walk the dog!


DISCLOSURE: You should assume that the owner of this website has an affiliate relationship to the providers of goods and services mentioned (links) on this website and may be compensated when you purchase from a provider. These are quality and trustworthy proven products, but you should always perform due diligence before buying goods or services from anyone via the Internet or offline.

Border Collie Mix – Is It a Blessing or a Curse?

Kash, a Border Collie mix puppy certainly displays a lot of “smarts” but also has some hard to handle border collie traits.

I was certain that there was no problem, me, being able to handle the bundle of energy that a Border Collie Aussie mix can bring. Boy, do both my wife and I have our hands full!

If it wasn’t for the dog training program Dog Training Secrets, I am not sure we would have lasted this long.  We are finally getting the biting under control.  Like the puppy training program said, it takes persistence, patience, and commitment.

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He doesn't always like to be told what to do!

Our ongoing training starts before we let him out of the crate in the morning.  We tell him to “sit” before he gets let out, and then to “lay down” before he let out the door to go outside.  Tomorrow we are going to teach him to ring a bell that I will locate near the door.

We will teach Kash to ring the bell when he needs to go out, not necessarily when he wants to go out.  The bell will be located just high enough and off to the side of the door, so that he doesn’t just ring it by accident.  It will have to be a conscious effort.

If any of you has had success with “ringing the bell to go out” I would really love it if you would leave a comment in the comment box.  We are wondering how long it took to get your dog trained.

Kash sure does seem to learn fast, at least the basics.  How to stop puppy biting and how to stop puppy barking has been the challenge for sure.  He sure seems like he is strong-willed, or head-strong. I am not sure what you call it.  We call it defiance!  He is a little stinker, for sure.

Want more information on what we feel is the best dog training course online?  Click on this link and it will take you directly to the website –>DogTrainingSecrets

Interested in seeing another website about Kash?

Need to know more about the best dog food and what to look for in a healthy dog food? This is a link to another page on this blog about dog food information.

Walk and talk with your dog tonight.