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Border Collie Aussie Mix = Smart!

Our Border Collie Aussie is Smart!

Kash the Dog, our Border Collie Aussie mix pooch had a impromptu play session with a 1-2 week old fawn in the front field of the Blue Racer Ranch!

Shelly was walking with him when he quickly darted up the trail and when she got around the corner, Kash and the fawn were sniffing each other, tails just a wagging! Then they started to play, chasing each other until Shelly thought it a good idea to stop it before the momma deer came busting over.

Border Collie Aussie
Kash the Dog, Border Collie Aussie Mix

Now fast forward to today. A light snow fell, it was a crisp 21 degrees, and absolutely quiet this morning as we headed out the trail towards the woods out back.

I noticed a very fresh set of deer tracks and low and behold, so did Kash! He never pays any attention to deer tracks. These were different. He slowly and methodically tracked this deer. I came around the corner and there he was, staring at a young deer that was staring right back at him, maybe 30-40 feet away.

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This is the fawn he played with earlier in the early summer. (Taken with a Panasonic Lumix)

Normally he barks and chases deer for about 50 feet and then comes right back. This time he started wagging his tail and turned to look at me to make sure I was seeing this deer! Then he turned and came running back to me making his happy noise. The deer then turned and loped off across the field, stopping once to look back.

I’m sure they must have recognized each other and knew there was no threat. It sure was a very cool, memorable moment to watch this unfold before my eyes. Isn’t it neat how animals can react to each other. I believe it is because Kash is an intelligent dog!

The photos here are taken with a Panasonic Lumix camera. I am a huge believer in these cameras. Highly recommended! Having taken well over 1.3 million digital photos with three different Panasonic Lumix cameras, I can tell you they take a beating and still work like a charm.

So, not only am I a believer in my camera, I am a believer in my loyal Border Collie Aussie dog, Kash.  Such a good boy! (although he is a biscuit whore)

Pet your dog, pay attention to him/her. And if you are entertaining the thought of getting a dog, I recommend trying to find a rescue Border Collie Aussie. If trained right, they are the best dogs!

Sincerely,

Thomas & Kash

Border Collie-Aussie mix
Thomas & Kash

 

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Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dogs Have Thin Skin

“Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dogs Have Thin Skin” said the vet!

I do think there is some truth to that. Kash seems to get small sores every time he goes through the swamp water. I do attribute that to thin skin or sensitive skin. Even though Kash, who is Border Collie-Aussie mix, has fine hair close to his skin, a double coat the vet said. He has a full luxurious coat that protects his skin topside.

Border Collie-Aussie Mix

Kash the Dog

Kash is a happy dog, so he doesn’t have some of the weird neurotic tendencies of some dogs of the same breeds. I think we were lucky that way. He is still a stinker sometimes, but for the most part he is a wonderful, smart, loving dog.

As any of you that have been following this blog and the life of Kash as he has been growing up, you know we had our challenges. So any people that have thoughts of adopting a Border Collie-Aussie mix dog, be ready for an smart energetic dog that wants to please.

Read this about Border Collies below to give you an idea of what these dogs are all about.

From Wikipedia: Border Collie

Border Collies make very demanding, energetic pets that are better off in households that can provide them with plenty of play and exercise with humans or other dogs. Due to their demanding personalities and need for mental stimulation and exercise, many border collies develop neurotic behaviors in households that are not able to provide for their needs.

They are infamous for chewing holes in walls, biting and chewing on furniture such as chairs and table legs and digging holes out of boredom. As a result, an alarming number of border collies end up in shelters and rescues every year.

One of the prime reasons for getting rid of a border collie is their unsuitability for families with small children, cats, and other dogs, due to their intense desire to herd; this was bred into them for hundreds of years and still one of their chief uses outside the household.”
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Border_Collie

Kash the Dog - Border Collie-Aussie Mix

Collie Mix

I take Kash for a walk every day, through rain, shine, blizzard, heat, lightning, or heavy storms, just because he needs it and we love to go, period. (Kash is not bothered by thunder and lightning!)

Well, I know this was a scattered thought post, but I needed to let you know we are still here.

Hug your pooch,

Thomas & Kash

Thomas Fouts and Kash the Dog

 

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Kash, Our Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dog Loves the Snow

Do All Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dogs Go Crazy Over Snow?

Our Border Collie-Aussie mix dog named Kash couldn’t wait to get outdoors this morning! He was whining and carrying on at the door like there was a squirrel or a cat out there he wanted to chase.

But, he knew that the first snow had fallen during the night and just wanted to run around and play in it! We first brought him home at 12 weeks old from the rescue organization and played with him in the snow, so it was the first memory he has of us and his home.

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Kash and his favorite outside ball.

We were up and outside before the sunrise this morning. Kash was so darn sparky and just full of energy for this early in the morning. We waited for first light before we headed into the woods.

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Kash coming down the trail.

After a nice walk through the fresh snow covered woods, we went in for a nice warm bowl of homemade dog food, well, Kash ate the homemade dog food, I had hot, steaming steel-cut oats and an egg.

I make Kash healthy homemade dog food to supplement the Blue Buffalo dry dog food we give him. I get recipes out of a ebook purchase online at healthydogfoodrecipes.com. It has recipes that are easy to make and Kash seems to love them, so I make it.

There are homemade dog snack recipes in the book as well. Kash really likes those a lot. Here is a recipe I posted before, http://www.bordercollie-aussie.com/healthy-dog-food/ it’s one that I came up with after making biscuits with other recipes. Try it, your dog will love them.

Kash caught a Blue Heron the other day! After coming close so many times this summer, he finally caught it, and it wasn’t pretty! I have never heard such hideous sqwawking from a bird ever!

I called Kash off the heron, (he obeys real good now) and he came running back to me all proud and excited. With a pat on his back, I grabbed my flashlight and camera and went to see how much damage he caused to the heron.

It was just getting dark when I found the bird, tangled up in the brush, but looking OK and didn’t seem to be scared. I talked to it for about four or five minutes, moved some brush, and told it to follow my flashlight beam of light.

Blue Heron
The Blue Heron that Kash caught

The Blue Heron, pictured above, followed my flashlight beam through the woods, took about 10 minutes until be got to the opening by the field. And then hesitated a moment, and flew off, straight at the rising, big yellow full moon. Awesome sight!

The next morning the Blue Heron was standing in our back yard when Kash and I went out. Seeing the bird, I left Kash on the deck and walked toward the heron. He walked toward me until it was about 20 feet away and flew off. I think it was just letting me know it was OK. Haven’t seen it since.

Well, hug your dog, and make some healthy homemade dog food for your pet. Your loyal pooch will love you for caring so much!

Happy Holidays,

Thomas & Kash, the Border Collie-Aussie dog that loves snow

Thomas Fouts and Kash the Dog

 

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We Saw a Border Collie-Aussie Just Like Our Dog Kash!

Kash, Our Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dog…

We saw another dog that looked just like Kash. When asked what kind of dog it was, they said a “red” Australian Shepherd.  Hmmm… We were told that Kash was a Border Collie-Aussie mix, but boy they sure look a lot alike.

We know Kash has a twin brother that looks just like him. Almost identical, at least the last time we saw him, and his pictures.  His name is Jake.  A really nice couple adopted him soon after we adopted Kash from The North Star Border Collie Rescue organization.

Border Collie-Aussie dog

Kash the Dog

We have a lot of Blue Racer snakes on what we call The Blue Racer Ranch, where we live. Kash doesn’t care to much for them. His first encounter with one was this spring. There were two of them in the grass, Kash saw one slither away and quickly moved in to see where it went. He didn’t even see the other snake that he was almost standing over, until it took off. He totally freaked and jumped about 10 feet backwards! He got behind my legs and started barking madly at it. Funny dog. He still gets freaked when he sees one.

Blue Racer at Blue Racer Ranch

Blue Racer at Blue Racer Ranch

The unofficial Michigan State record for the length of a blue racer is 75.2 inches. We have found skins that are 98 inches and 94 inches. I know I have seen one about a foot longer than that even. They are huge. I have gotten close enough to take pictures of their eyeballs!

We weighed Kash the other day. He is 62 pounds of pure playfulness! He still eats his Blue Buffalo dry dog food. We also feed him quality homemade dog food and homemade dog treats that we make. We bought a great ebook with dog food recipes that are easy to make, healthy, and Kash loves the variety with his regular food.

Shelly, my wife, had neck surgery last week. When she came home from the hospital two days later, he was so, so happy to see her! Kash noticed the neck brace immediately and wanted to smell it. He knew right away that something was different. Kash just hangs out with her and walks at her speed, like he is a caregiver. He is such a smart dog.

Don’t forget to hug your dog today!

Thomas and Kash

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Can a Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dog Understand English?

Kash, who is a more of an Aussie than a Border Collie most days…

My Border Collie-Aussie mix dog certainly does understand English.  Or at least the sound of the words and what that word or sound means.  So I throw in some really offbeat sounding words every now and then just to get his head cocking.

Border Collie-Aussie Mix dog understands english

Collie Mix

Of course Kash knows what “get Shelly” means.  When I say that, he charges over to Shelly and pokes her with his nose, or play bites her hand (which is not always good).  It makes her so mad that he listens to that command so well!

He know the words “squirrel” and “chipmunk” and when hearing them sprints to the arm of the couch and jumps up on it to look out the window for them.  He has caught a couple chipmunks and pulled some tail hairs out of a squirrel, so he know they are a challenge.

He has a favorite squirrel tree on the back property line in the woods.  It is a winter home for a grey squirrel.  He sneaks up on the tree and when he gets about 10 yards from it, he busts ass over to it jumping on the tree like he was going to climb it.  He barks his sharp Aussie bark over and over.  Then he waits for me to tap the tree with a stick to see if the squirrel will come out.  This happens every day, like a routine on our walk. What a nut!

Kash the Dog

Kash the Dog

This is what we are using to control fleas and ticks this year for Kash.   It’s proven to kill all life stages of 4 major tick species, including those which may carry Lyme disease.  We have a lot of ticks on our property so we have to use some kind of protection.

One of the best things is it’s waterproof, so your Kash will remain protected during and after baths, pond swims, swamping and rainstorms.

Merial Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Control for Dogs

Merial Frontline Plus Flea and Tick Control for 45- to 88-Pound Dogs and Puppies, 6 Month

This product sure has a ton of good testimonials and is probably the #1 selling flea and tick preventative so I am sure it works well.

Well, that all for now.  We’ll see you in the woods or by the lake,

Thomas and Kash

Video of Kash and his awesomeness. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Frclzgp2cII

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Our Border Collie-Aussie Mix Needs More Dog Training

Whoops!  Our Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy needs to get back into dog training again.  I did just what I vowed not to do, I was not consistent on our training of Kash.  I have pulled our dog training course back out to refresh some of the commands and implement some new dog training commands.  The puppy training is over!

Kash has been real challenging again.  Both his biting problem and puppy barking has taken a turn for the worse – and it’s my fault for not staying on top of things.  I don’t know if having him neutered has affected his disposition, but he seems to have gotten more aggressive and plays a lot rougher if you know what I mean.

He has been challenging me (kind of) and has become somewhat defiant.  He even wants to smoke cigars now!

 

Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy smokes a cigar
Got a light?

Kash the Dog

We are going to really focus on getting Kash to stop jumping on people, especially visitors.  He is pretty gentle when he jumps on us, but any jumping on any people is really unacceptable. It was kinda cute when he would wake up and stretch out vertically against your body.  Letting him do that was a mistake.  Now it’s not so cute.

So we are going to read our dog training guide all over again and really get consistent with this dog training before it gets too late.  Kash is super smart, maybe too smart at times.   He will learn to be a good dog, if not a great dog – eventually.  He just needs some master who will stay focused, other wise we may have to call in a dog trainer. (yeah right!)

 

Collie mix pup jumps up on people
Kash needs to learn not to jump on people

Collie Mix

Kash is now 1/2 pound from being a 40 pound dog!  We were hoping he would get no more than 45 pounds.  Anyone know of a way to prevent that other than not feeding him?  He still eats his healthy dog food and takes a fish oil supplement every day.  When I go to the grocery store and see some of the cheap brands of dog food, I wonder if the people that buy it really know that they may be hurting their dog’s health. (excellent resource – dog food)

http://www.bordercollie-aussie.com/healthy-dog-food/

Time to let Kash out to pee.  He has been pretty good, sleeping at my feet while I type this post.

Thomas

PS. Here is a video of Kash as a pup.  http://youtu.be/QxVFPXVpI3Y

 

Kash, Dog Training, and his Dog Crate from Amazon

Kash our Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy is still going through dog training. He was successfully crate trained thanks to Dog Training Secrets, the dog training guide we bought online when we first adopted Kash.

The one thing we have to constantly re-enforce is the “how to stop dog from biting” and now “how to stop dog from jumping on people”. Kash seems to think that everyone wants to be jumped on. He does jump gently, but nobody likes a dog that jumps on you, especially with dirty paws.

He was really good about biting for several weeks, now that his baby teeth have fallen out and the new bright white chompers are in, he is starting to bite a little more. It just seems like it is bred into him to bite. I know that Border Collies like to “mouth” but he goes a little beyond that.

Enough about dog training.

We woke up to the ground covered with a couple inches of snow! Heck it’s April 18th! It sure is pretty though. Kash loves the snow, so we went for a walk in the woods first thing in the morning.

Border Collie-Aussie pup out in the April snow
Loves the snow!

Kash runs like a crazy nut through the woods at break-neck speeds.  Prickers. thorns, and branches, it doesn’t matter, he goes right through them.

The other thing this crazy dog likes to do, is not only walk on logs, but run on logs.  He will walk a log to the end or as far as he can go, and then does a four paw pirouette and turns around.  He also like to stand on them with his front paws and scout the territory.

 

Dog training didn't teach anything about log walking!
Kash puts all four paws together and makes the turn

Kash the Dog

I just wanted to show you Kash’s dog crate that he sleeps in and uses to take naps.  We bought a fairly large size even though we could have gotten by with something a little smaller.  But now he has plenty of room for a bed cushion and a play area.

We followed the instructions in our dog training guide and it worked.  Kash really is comfortable in his Midwest Life Stages 42 inch dog crate.  It has safe and secure slide-bolt latches, a durable satin-black electro-coat finish, 1-1/2-by-5-7/8-inch mesh, rounded corners, and two plastic handles for carrying. The unit easily sets up and folds down to a portable size for suitcase-style carrying, and an ABS-composite plastic pan for easy clean up comes included. And the dog crate carries a one-year limited warranty.

Midwest Life Stages Double-Door Folding Metal Dog Crate

All in all, Kash is turning out to be a good dog, soon to be a great dog. As long as he is fed good healthy dog food, exercised enough, trained well, and given the love and attention a Border Collie-Aussie needs, he will be just fine.

Love your dog, they love you back even more.

Thomas

This Border Collie-Aussie Went on Vacation!

Kash, the Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy went on his first mini vacation!  He is an excellent traveler, something we had to find out.  So this was kind of an experiment to see how well he would do.

Every thing is new to a puppy when you travel.  Well, for the most part, it is new to me to too.  That is the whole point of traveling, to see new vistas, places, things, and have a new experience.  But to a puppy, wow, it has to be all the senses on full alert!

Kash got to see those big giant wind turbines, hundreds of them!  We stopped a couple times and walked out to one of them.  I was pretty amazed myself, as I had never seen any in real life.

We drove one tank of gas worth to the south.  That put us in Parke County, Indiana.  We stopped when the thermometer hit 70 degrees.  It was a great place to start exploring, as Parke county is where there is a large concentration of covered bridges.

 

Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy in front of a covered bridge
Kash's first covered bridge!

Kash the Dog

We took Kash hiking in Turkey Run State Park.  What a gorgeous day and found some great trails to boot.  Hardly a soul around so we were able to take him off his leash.  By the way, he took well to the leash training we learned from our dog training guide.  Highly recommended!

 

Border Collie-Aussie puppy stands on a log at Turkey Run State Park
Kash loves to stand on logs, walk on logs, and run on logs.

Kash the Dog

We saw many different animals, birds, and even a salamander to show Kash.  He was really intrigued with a raccoon the first night and the giant bull laying in the field next to the road the next morning.  The geese got him excited as well.  He let them know who could be louder!

 

The big bull got our Border Collie-Aussie puppy pretty excited
Kash was not allowed to "herd" this one.

Kash the Dog

As you know, we like to feed Kash good healthy dog food.  But, it was vacation after all, so we bought him a Burger King Double Cheeseburger!  We crumbled up one patty onto his regular healthy dog food and mushed it in.  Boy did he like that!  We saved the second patty for the next days food dish.

We sure did have fun, probably because our Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy was so darn well behaved!  I have to attribute a lot of it to our dog training guide we invested in when we first knew we were getting a Border Collie mix puppy.  It has made a world of difference in his behavior.  Well worth the money, a hundred times over.  I don’t think I would have made it through his early weeks without it.

 

Kash the Dog walking through a covered bridge
Walking through a covered bridge.

Kash the Dog

Well our first mini vacation with Kash went smooth and we all had fun, saw a lot of new interesting things and made it back home safe.  Stay tuned as I will have a vacation video posted shortly.

Hug your animal.

Thomas

Border Collie-Aussie Pup is Fine Now That I Bit Him Back!

Kash, our Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy has almost quit his puppy biting!  That is now that I took some drastic measures to get him to realize that it is no longer going to be tolerated.  After biting me for no reason, I grabbed his front leg and chomped down on it until he yipped.  He got up and slowly walked away from me in disbelief and laid down.

The next time he was out of control in a biting frenzy.  I rolled up a newspaper and whacked him on the butt after he bit my arm.  Now, I am not one for hitting a dog, much less a puppy, but we had tried all the methods the experts are teaching to no avail.  These methods finally got through to Kash, our little head-strong critter.

 

Kash, a Border Collie-Aussie loves to play.
Aw come on, let's play "catch me if you can"!

Kash the Dog

So our dog training guide is getting a work out.  We are training Kash to shake, shake right paw, shake left paw, count to five with his paw, and am going to try to get him to tap dance with his front feet. (I don’t know about that last one).  The way the author of our dog training guide teaches, it is very easy to implement and carry out.  I appreciate that.

Kash is still eating his healthy dog food without complaint.  He likes it dry or with warm water mixed in.  I did sneak him in some chicken meat the other day.  I think he really liked that.  He is 33+ pounds now – all lean, hard muscle.  I didn’t think a 4-5 month old puppy could have muscles this hard and strong already.

When he comes in after a great run in the woods, sometimes he licks his feet.  At that point, you can smell them.  My wife hates it.  She says it’s the smell of speed.  I agree.  He is so blazing fast.

 

 Border Collie-Aussie leaping through the air
Kash is fast, leaps small creeks in a single bound!

Kash the Dog

Remember, if you think your dog is too fat, YOU are not exercising enough.

Thomas

PS. I just received some great advice from Sharda, the author of Dog Food Dangers.  She never ceases to amaze me with the information on what are the best dog foods and what never to feed your dog.  She is the dog food guru!  To learn more about her Dog Food Secrets click on this link –> www.dogfooddangers.com

Border Collie-Aussie Mix, Kash is all Stinker!

Kash, our Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy is now 21 weeks old.  He is still in puppy training mode and learning every day.

I say “all stinker” because he is the most curious, mischievous puppy I have ever had to deal with.  You have to watch him ever second he is awake.  If he can get his mouth on it, around it, or even near it, he will probably get it and think it is his to play with.

The other part of “stinker” is that we still are struggling with his biting and barking.  It seems like no matter what we do, nothing works for more than a minute.  We have tried several different techniques and methods lately, all have failed.

 

border collie-aussie puppy is defiant
Giving me “the eye”.

Kash the Dog

I never thought I would even consider a “shock collar”!  That shocks me to even think we have discussed getting one of those expensive torture devices.  But when you are at you wits end…

Kash sure loves the water.  After the rain last night the creek in the woods was flowing pretty good.  That is where he likes to head for first thing when we get out walking.  One of these days we will take him to a local lake and see if he likes to swim.

 

border collie-aussie puppy loves the water
Running through the creek

Kash the Dog

Kash weighed in at 31 pounds last night.  I feel really good about the healthy dog food that we are feeding him.  He eats it dry, or with water mixed in.  We put a capsule-worth of fish oil every day in his food.  I am so glad I found Sharda’s Dog Food Dangers, it gives you the best information about the best and worst dog foods on the market.

Well, Kash is almost a young adult dog.  He still has a lot to learn, but we love that little critter to pieces.  Our dog training guide has still been our best investment in helping us get Kash to learn commands.  Despite his puppy biting and puppy yipping, we still have fun with him and know in our hearts he will finally get over these issues.

Today I will get a Frisbee out and see if I can get Kash to catch it in the air.  He has not been too coordinated catching anything else so far.  I am sure he will “catch” on.  An update on how he does will be coming.

Hug your dog,

Thomas