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Border Collie-Aussie Mix Dog Needs Webbed Feet

Kash, our Border Collie-Aussie mix puppy is a little over ten months old now.  He is a swimmer.  He could use some webbed feet.  Swimming is one of two ways we found that actually tire him out.  The other is playing with the neighbor dog who looks just like him!

Kash and Sydney. A Border Collie-Aussie and a pure bred Aussie.
Kash and Sydney

Sydney is a female purebred Australian Shepherd from northern Michigan and Kash is a Border Collie-Aussie mix rescued from Indiana.  They are so similar.  Sydney’s tail has been docked and Kash has freckles on his legs.  And they are only a month apart in age.

They sure do like to play.  I took about a hundred photos of them playing and if you weren’t there you would swear it was a dog fight.  It takes Kash a whole day of laying around to recover from a 30-45 minute play session with Sydney.

Kash does have almost 20 pounds on Sydney.  Maybe it’s because he is a male.  Maybe it’s because of the homemade dog food recipes we have been trying out.  Using healthy dog food and supplementing it with vegetables, chicken, and fruit seems to work for Kash.

We took Kash out swimming in Lake Michigan at Deerlick Creek Park in South Haven Michigan the other evening.  He just goes and goes.  He has this thing about biting the waves with his mouth wide open!  A couple of times he came up choking.

Collie mix dog biting Lake Michigan waveKrazy Kash.  He has been improving on his behavior tremendously.  I have nothing but great things to say about Dog Training Secrets, the dog training guide we bought online. He doesn’t jump on people unless they make the first move, like calling him, or trying to get him to play.  And his barking is controlled.  To big issues conquered.

The other great things about Kash is that he stays right in the yard, comes when he is called, and poops in the field, not on the lawn.  How cool is that.  He is becoming a great dog. He even snuggles with Shelly.  He never used to even want to be petted in his early months.  He was a truly difficult dog.  I told Shelly, “he will be a great dog, it just may take some time”.

Remember, have patience with your dog, hug your dog, and feed them healthy dog food.

Thomas & Kash


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Thomas Fouts and Kash the Dog

Kash the Dog – Border Collie-Aussie Mix is 50 Pounds Already

I thought our Border Collie-Aussie mix dog would top out at about 45 pounds seeing he was the runt of the litter.  Not so.  Kash is almost 8 months old and still has some growing to do, I’m afraid.

The dog training guide has been very helpful since day one.  There is one last issue as far as bad behavior that needs attention.  That is “how to keep dog from jumping on people” especially children.  We are working on that as we speak.

I got a tip from a friend of mine this morning.  She has Australian Shepherds so she knows about our type of Border collie-aussie mix dog.  She said to get a spray bottle and mix a little vinegar in with water.  Spray it in the dogs face when he jumps on you or someone else.  She said he would soon quit the bad behavior.  I am going to try it.

 

Kash, a Border Collie-Aussie mix dog with sun on his ears
Kash, cloaked in green

Collie Mix

The ticks are still prevalent in our area.  I still pull 2-3 ticks a day off from Kash, checking him after being outside.  The ticks like to go for the ears, so that is where I start looking. I have found at least half a dozen of them IN his ears!

The best tweezers I have found to pull the ticks out with are called Uncle Bill’s Silver Grippers.  These are the absolute best tweezers I have ever used.  I have had 2 pair of them for close to 20 years and use them for everything.

Don't forget to check for ticks, and while your at it, rub his belly.

Thomas

Feed your dog healthy dog food!

 

 

 

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

 

 

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