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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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My Border Collie-Aussie Mix, Dog Training Course, Lyme Disease

Kash, our Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy is almost a year old.  His birthday is coming up in 3 weeks.  Man, has he grown in every way.  The dog training guide we bought has been a blessing and would recommend it to anyone.  It has saved our relationship early on.

Now, Kash is pretty good most of the time.  We still have a problem with “jumping on people” every now and then.  He just gets excited and forgets.  He does stay around the house outside very well.  He comes a running whenever you call or whistle for him.

He loves to hunt chipmunks and spends a couple hours a day doing whenever I am at home all day.  There are now two chipmunks with short tails. (he bit them off while playing with the critters)

We went for a 4 hour hike through the Saugatuck Dunes along Lake Michigan.  It is my old stomping grounds.  There are more trails now than there were 25-30 years ago.  I still remember how to get around in there though.  We let Kash swim in Lake Michigan and he ran full blast right into a wave.  Boy he sure loves the water.

Border Collie-Aussie running along the beach.
Kash, our Border Collie-Aussie Mix Running Along Lake Michigan

Like I said in previous posts, if it wasn’t for our dog training course we bought online, and our healthy dog food recipes we purchased, I don’t think Kash would be as healthy and vibrant as he is.  He is a handsome pup!  Healthy as can be.  Not a minute of sickness.

There has been a concern due to me finding 7 deer ticks in the last week on Kash.  He has tick preventative medicine on, and he has had Lyme Disease prevention shots, but I’m still cautious and checking him over every day.  I’m checking me over too!

A birthday party is coming up for Kash.  You are all invited.  Details will be coming shortly.

Feed your dog well both mentally and physically.

Thomas and Kash

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Does Your Border Collie-Aussie Mix Like Swimming?

Our Border Collie-Aussie mix dog loves playing in our pond, but it is too shallow to swim in. But, a couple days ago we took him for a walk on some fancy landscaped church grounds in Holland and they have nice big ponds.  Kash was running along the edge in the shallow water when he went a little too deep and hit the drop-off!  Under he went.

Kash was baptized by default!  I was right there ready with my camera.  He came up, eyes wide open in amazement.  He was swimming and he was having a ball!

Border Collie-Aussie mix dog swimming for his first time
Baptized by default in the church pond!

Kash the Dog

Now that Shelly has the summer free, she is going to be working with Kash a lot more on his dog training.  She will have to get out the old dog training course and put it to use.  It has helped us tremendously so far.  Without it we probably would have decide Kash was not trainable and gave him back. (did I really just say that?)

She wants to teach him some advanced dog commands and of course we will keep on working on that “How to stop dog from jumping on people” issue.  He still has that puppyness in him when people come around and he immediately jumps on them to welcome them into our space.  Not good.

Didn't know Collie mix dogs were flower lovers!
Man eating, vicious, flesh ripping puppy stopping to smell the iris!

Collie Mix

Kash is still growing and putting on weight.  He is pure muscle, speed and fur!  Crazy fast! He has ultra quick reflexes and can zig when the chipmunk zags.  He has caught at least 2 chipmunks and just plays with them like toys.  One only has a 3/4 inch tail thanks to Kash.

I think the dog food we feed him is really agreeable to him.  He likes it plain, dry, or wet, or with meat scraps.  He doesn’t fart like some dogs, and that is good!  We feed him Blue Buffalo Puppy food and we are impressed with it’s goodness.

There are some other dog foods that are tempting to try.  I have done a ton of research on healthy dog foods and what make them nutritious.  My favorite resource for this information is Dog Food Dangers.  This tells it like it is.  You may be surprised at what you are really feeding your dog.  This may be something for you to look into.

Well that’s all for tonight.  Tomorrow Kash and I are going for an up-with-the-sun walk in the woods.  Probably have to wear a mosquito net and have bug dope on.  Skeets are bad!


Thomas and Kash


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: