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Border Collie-Aussie Mix Was Difficult as a Puppy

Our dog Kash, a Border Collie-Aussie mix was not a easy dog to raise as a puppy!

Kash Flow, our Border Collie-Aussie mix dog is a very good, loyal, smart, and lovable dog! He wasn’t always that way. From the first day, he was a challenge. He was also smart.

I always thought I had a way with dogs. All of my dogs had been exceptional, smart, behaved well, and totally loyal to me. Kash was different. He is not wired the same as most dogs.

 

This video touches on the first six months of his life. I constantly had to assert my “alpha dog” status, day in, and day out. From biting, to barking, and totally ignoring commands, to not letting you pet him, and even growling at you for eye contact, he was difficult.

I just had a gut feeling that I would get through to him eventually, and he would become the dog that I thought he could be. It took a full six months. Then it was like a switch flipped and he became such a good dog. A lover dog! Totally opposite from what he was.

Border Collie-Aussie mix dog
Kash and his new “cat”

Kash the Dog is now a smart, very smart dog that learns just by listening to what I say. We also use “eye signals” very effectively. He watches my eyes for commands, and then takes action. It makes my wife so mad because we kind of gang up on her sometimes. She can be calling his name, he’ll look at me for the sign, ignore her, or run to her, and then act on my nod of the head or our eye signs. Smart dog.

Border Collie-Aussie mix dogs in my opinion is probably one of the smartest dog on the planet. Of course, your dog maybe the smartest in your world. All dogs can be great companions if treated correctly.

We bought a fantastic dog toy for Kash the other day.

 

This has been a fun toy while cooped up due to heavy snow/weather and has kept Kash occupied with us in the evenings.

Well, until next time, hug your dog.

Thomas & Kash

Border Collie-Aussie and Thomas Fouts

 

 

 

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

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

 

Puppy Training – Asserting the Alpha Dog Leadership Role

Puppy training continues for Kash the Border Collie Aussie mix puppy.

puppy training on the run
Kash - Coming when called

Today, we are going to be continuing to work on asserting ourselves as the “alpha dog” leadership role.  As you probably know, dogs want to know where they stand in the hierarchy of the pack (family).  If they don’t know, they will try and assume the leadership role and you will then have your hands full with your puppy or dog.

The alpha dog rules.  He is usually a male, but not always, and is the one in the best physical condition.  He gets to eat first, (gets the choice parts of the meal) sleeps in the highest spot, (to watch over his pack and guard the position) and may be the biggest.

You want to be that alpha dog to your puppy or dog.  They will feel much more at ease when they know their position in the family.  Your dog will be more obedient and want to please you.

What I have learned to keep Kash from biting, (Kash bites a lot) is when he bites, either playing or lashing out in frustration, I grab him by the snout firmly, pin him down with gentle but firm pressure so he can’t squirm free, and in my deepest authoritative voice, I say NO BITE!

The voice I use is not my normal voice, but one that is a bit louder so that he can distinguish the difference in tone.  This is important.  You should always try to use the same tone when trying assert this change of behavior.

So far, this method has been working.  Kash is not completely trained to not bite yet, but it is getting better.  I was worried that I might instill in him a fear of me, but that is not happening.  Instead he looks at me as if to say “I’m sorry”.  And each time I say “no bite” he quits a little quicker.  I have to remind myself that he is just a pup.  A smart one though.

I forgot to mention that we are using a fantastic dog training product we found online.  I have looked at a lot of programs to train our dog, and this is by far the easiest to use, implement, and it fits how we want to train our puppy.  You can check it out here.

Click here —> Dog Training Information

More on Kash’s training sessions later.  There will be many.

I have posted a video with Kash as the star.  If you would like to see it on YouTube you can go here: http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BAge7RIcczA

Pet your dog kindly,

Thomas