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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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This Border Collie-Aussie mix Dog is 50lbs Already!

Kash our Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy is getting bigger every time he wakes up!  We think we should quit feeding him such good quality healthy dog food.  Maybe he would stop growing.  Just kidding.  He is still eating Blue Buffalo Puppy food 3 times a day.

Kash is pure muscle and speed.  He makes go going fast look so darn easy.  He gets from one place to another deceptively fast.  Chipmunks have now almost vacated the area because he catches them and thinks they are toys.  Maybe it just torture in disguise for them teasing him when he is behind the gate and can’t get to them.

Border Collie-Aussie puppy pouncing on a chipmunk
Pouncing... poor chipmunk!

We have been experimenting with some homemade dog food recipes lately.  He is a little over 9 months old and we probably won’t keep him on puppy food past a year, so we’re trying to find the right healthy dog food combination.  We want to make homemade dog treats as well.  We are big believers in feeding our dog quality dog food.

There is a really good ebook online called “Healthy Dog Food: Dr. Millers Tested Homemade Recipes” that we purchased for the healthy dog food and treats recipes.  It is a easy to follow, good recipe book for a variety of reasons, and they all aren’t just food. Check it out and you’ll be pleasantly surprised how many you will want to try.

When you start reading this book you’ll know, in a moment, exactly how to feed your dog, easily and inexpensively, to quickly get ASTONISHING results…

You will discover how to unlock your dog’s full potential. Know how to simply skyrocket your dog up to new mind-blowing levels of beauty, health and admiration… 

I highly recommend “Healthy Dog Food: Dr. Millers Tested Homemade Recipes” if you are serious about giving your dog some of the best, healthiest dog food you can.  Don’t you think your dog is worth it.  He trusts you to make the right decision.

Our Collie Mix puppy is getting bigger every day
A healthy, handsome collie mix puppy.

Another thing we strive for is regular daily exercise for this critter.  He just needs to stretch out those long freckled legs of his and turn on the jets – often.  Shelly will go about 100 yards down the driveway and I’ll go to the end out the grass in the back.  With Kash by my side, Shelly calls Kash and away he goes, like a bullet shot out of a rifle!  Then I call him…

We put a lot of effort into Kash to make him healthy and strong, and he is.  Good exercise, healthy dog food, and lots of love and attention makes for a loyal, loving pet. (family member)

Race your dog tonight and praise him when he wins.

Thomas

PS. Remember when I was talking about “how to stop dog from jumping on people“?  Well we almost have that problem solved.  We tried stepping on his back feet when he jumped, didn’t work.  We finally just started pushing his head down when he would try to jump and holding him down while saying “no jump”.  He seldom jumps up on either of us anymore and has really curtailed his jumping on other people.

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!

Later,

Thomas and Kash

 

Border Collie Aussie Mix Dog Gets Crazy in the Pond

Kash, our Border Collie-Aussie mix kritter, gets a little crazy when he gets wet in the pond. The poor frogs.  He runs and jumps in, splashing and dunking his head.  This dog is funny nuts.

Border Collie-Aussie mix dog having fun splashing in the pondKash “the splash” Dog

Kash brought his tug-o-war sock in the pond to play.  Pretty soon it sank.  A sunk sock.  He would stick his head underwater and snatch the first thing he would find.  It was usually a branch, weeds, or mud.  Not the sock.  He finally gave up after a lot of snorting and blowing bubbles.

Kash’s dog training took another slump.  Not his fault, but ours.  We only seem to work on training on the weekends when we can both work with Kash at the same time.  I don’t know if he learns better with two people saying the same commands, or if it confuses him, not knowing who to please first.

 

Collie mix dog with head under water
He'll come up for air, eventually.

Collie Mix

We have been experimenting with some homemade dog food and homemade dog snacks lately.  Kash really loves the garlic biscuits, and the beef/rice/carrots/apples dinner that we have tried.  We didn’t make a big bunch of it, just enough to see how well he likes it.

I am a big fan of healthy dog food as you probably know by now.  I used to make homemade dog food for our previous dog who had food allergies.  That is why we chose our puppys’ food carefully after a lot of research.

The best source for finding out about healthy dog food and even some dog foods to never feed your dog, my friend Sharda has a great resource called Dog Food Dangers.  If you want to know what is the best food to feed your dog and why it is the best, click on the link highlighted above.

Oh yeah, we are trying out a “bark deterrent” collar on Kash.  It is the last resort before I rip his barker clean out of his throat!  He will bark non-stop with the most ear piercing sharp, pain-to-the-brain bark for 5-8 minutes straight.  We have tried everything except “the collar”.  We are only using it under very controlled times and conditions as I do not want to harm him or make him scared to bark.  It’s complicated.

Throw your dog a bone.

Thomas

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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, the Border Collie-Aussie Made it Through Surgery

Our puppy, the Border Collie-Aussie mix named Kash, made it through surgery.  He was neutered. Ouch! (I’m a male)  Kash is doing fantastic!  He did kind of give me the evil eye when I picked him up at the vet office though.

 

Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy gives me the evil eye
A not too happy look!

Kash the Dog

Kash is already 38 pounds!  Six months old three days ago.  He continues to amaze us with his funny antics, his crazy fast speed, the over the top intelligence, and just how handsome he is. (bragging)

The two things our dog training course just had no power over is how to stop the straight-to-the-brain high pitched bark, and “play” biting.  The play biting is mostly happening to Shelly, but nonetheless, it should not be happening at all.

We both agree that Kash is wired a little different when it comes to those issues.  Maybe it’s the mixed breed, but we have tried several different techniques that several dog training programs suggested.  None have worked.

The best dog training guide for us has been Dog Training Secrets.  This is by far been the turning point as to whether we kept Kash, or gave him back to the Border Collie Rescue organization where we adopted him from.  If it wasn’t for the techniques that we followed in that dog training program, (they worked so fast) and how easy it was to follow, Kash the dog may be somewhere else.

Border Collie-Aussie and dog training secrets
Looking down the driveway waiting for Shelly

 

Collie Mix

With all that kinda negative stuff said, I just want to go on record and say that I truly believe Kash Flow Fouts will be a GREAT dog.  He just has some things to learn yet.

Did I tell you about how Kash sat right next to me while I installed a gate latch on the gate that keeps him on our deck?  He watched from beginning to end.  Once installed, I flipped the latch and the gate opened.  When I closed the gate, Kash stood up and flipped the latch just like I did.  Fortunately the latch is where he can’t reach it when he is locked in!  He is so darned smart.

So tonight, bend down and give your pup a warm hug,

Thomas

 

 

Collie Mix, Border Collie and Australian Shepherd.

My Collie mix puppy named Kash, is half Border Collie and half Australian Shepherd.

We went out in our woods yesterday.  We had some incredible warm weather that melted almost all of our snow it two days!  The snow had been deeper than little Kash’s legs since we adopted him, so seeing fresh earth was something new to him.

And boy did he get frisky, and freaky fast!  You should have seen him running hell-bent through the woods as if the devil was chasing him.  This dog has more moves than Barry Sanders on his best day!

He also discovered moving water.  There is a small creek that runs through the woods when the snow melts.  It was flowing about as big as I have ever seen it.  Kash looked at it for a moment and just jumped in.  He jumped out just as fast!  It was cold!

Here are a couple pictures from our little walk.

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A second before he jumped in!

We have been working on “come here” as per our Dog Training course.  He is responding very well.  I did have problems at first, I was frustrated and yelling.  That didn’t work.  Once I followed directions and kept calm, the whole “come here” command really started working much better.  This is a head-strong dog, but we are getting there.

border collie mix
He loves to run!

These long walks in the woods sure do whip us both out!  Kash slept through the whole night without a sound.  He was so quiet I got up and checked to see if he was ok.

We’re going for another hike in the woods…  Wonder what new discoveries Kash will make this time?

Love your pet unconditionally.

Thomas