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Border Collie-Aussie Dog Gets Poison Ivy

Do Border Collie-Aussie mix dogs get poison ivy?

Kash, our Border Collie-Aussie has what we believe is poison ivy. He runs through it all the time, and we (my wife and I) usually have it off and on all summer long from the poison ivy oils on Kash’s fur.

Border Collie-Aussie mix dog plays

Kash plays with his weasel.

He is constantly licking and biting all four of his feet. Could it be an allergy of some kind or poison ivy in between his toes? This is driving us crazy and probably himself as well. Not only the licking and biting, but it causes an odor from his feet. We used to think it was the smell of speed (because he is so fast) but not it just smells like dirty dog.

Any help on this from you readers? Thanks for your suggestions. (comments)

Border Collie-Aussie mix dog

Kash always the curious one.

Kash is always “up in our business” all the time. He always is checking out what you are doing, what is in your hands, and listening to the words we use. He keys in on the words chipmunk, squirrel, rabbit, frogs, who’s here, play, snack, nap, and the big one, Shelly. He adores Shelly.

He truly does listen to figure out what you are saying and learns really quick when we intentionally teach him something. The other day, Shelly taught him the command “excuse me”, meaning he needs to move when it is spoken. He learned it in a matter of minutes. Now all we say is “excuse me” and he jumps up and moves to another spot. It is so much better now than what was previously said. That’s what we learned from our dog training course we invested in early on.

We have still been feeding him the same dog food, Blue Buffalo, and he likes it. He is 64 pounds the last time we weighed him and the vet said that is ideal for his size.

We also make homemade dog food from the recipe book we bought online. It is chocked full of useful recipes that a dog owner can use. Highly recommended.

I don’t know if any of you have a problem with your dog chewing dog toys to pieces, but this is one that Kash has not chewed apart yet, a Kong Wubba, and he has had it for quite a while.

Shelly bought Kash a pillow the other day, asking me if I thought he would like it, I shook my head yes, ‘wink, wink”. He loved it alright. He had the stuffing torn out of it in less than five minutes and was throwing the pillow carcass around the stuffing strewn living room!

Kash thinks it is his duty to rip the stuffing out of any stuffed animal toy, so we have to choose carefully what we give him to play with. Anything that Kong dog toys makes is usually pretty sturdy and holds up well to an aggressive chewer.

Well that’s it for now, over and out.

Thomas and Kash

Border Collie-Aussie and Thomas Fouts

 

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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.

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

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