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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

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