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Kash, Our Crazy Cool Dog Goes On Vacation in Michigan

Kash, Our Border Collie Mix Dog On the Beach

We took our Border Collie/Australian Shepherd dog on a mini weekend vacation to view the colorful autumn leaves between our house and the Mackinac Bridge in Michigan.

Border Collie/Australian Shepherd Mix Dog

We stayed in a disgustingly dirty cabin the first night. We made reservations online, the pics looked good (of the outside) and the price was right. Plus they accepted dogs without charge. That was the best thing I could say about this place.

Kash was even nervous staying in this place. Shelly slept in her clothes, coat, shoes and stocking hat the whole night. We left at the crack of dawn, cancelling our second night.

We took off early, seeing lots of deer along the way. We made it to M-22 Hwy and headed north. This is an awesome road to travel with a lot of interesting things to see and towns to pass through. We kept seeing M-22 stickers on all kinds of vehicles, so we are not the only ones fond of this road.

North M-22 Hwy

We also were sourcing antiques and collectibles for my antique store at Sweet Pickins Antique Mall, between South Haven and Bangor, on M-43 Hwy. Stopping at yard sales and estate sales is so much fun for me, and even Shelly bought a few items. The coolest one was a barn sale open at 6 A.M. in the morning!

We met a lady in a park we stopped at that also had a Border Collie-Aussie mix dog. It was a different color but had the same look in the face. Kash looks more Aussie than Border Collie, but this lady’s dog looked more Border Collie than Aussie.

Autumn leaves in Michigan

The color of the trees was better in some areas than others. On our way up, heading north, the color was just starting. We went over the Mackinac Bridge and drove around for an hour, bought some smoked fish, walked the dog on a beach, and headed back south. The color increased dramatically on the way back.

Our dog, traveled so well, he understandably would like to run around more than ride in the van, but he does well. I think it all has to do with how we trained him. We used a program we bought online called Secrets to Dog Training. This has been an invaluable source of information, especially with this type of breed of dog. Highly recommended!

I’ll post more on this vacation and Kash, our traveling Border Collie-Aussie mix dog a little bit later.

You can watch a video about our trip “up north” here at http://www.bordercollie-aussie.com/videos/ or on YouTube at http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Lg_Z_Nui3HQ

Hug your dog,

Thomas and Kash

Border Collie-Aussie and his master

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The Puppy Training Continues…but first this special message

Puppy training can be a pain.  I don’t know about you, but sometimes tough-love has to take hold.

Dog Training Secrets
Border Aussie Puppy

My wife and I had a meeting yesterday to discuss how our dog training was progressing.  We realized that we were probably sending mixed signals to Kash during commands.  I was saying one thing when teaching the puppy not to bite, and she was speaking a different set of commands.  Not good.

So, we wrote down the exact words we are both going to be using from this time forward, for each command that we are teaching our little “hellion on 4 legs”.

We were warned about the high energy levels of a Border Collie puppy, but we thought the mix of Australian Shepherd may calm it a little.  Not so much.  You have to always be aware, every waking minute that Kash is not in his crate. (he only sleeps in his crate, and when we have to go to the store) otherwise he is in to everything.

All in all, the dog training course we purchased is a godsend.  It is amazing how quickly Kash learned how to sit, lay down, stay, and he has started “shaking” first with the left paw on the command “shake left”.  We work on the right paw tonight.

Without the training we got from our dog training guide, I think we may have been in trouble with this head-strong puppy.  It explained many straight forward instructions and how to carry them out, that made all the difference in how our puppy responded.

I thought I was a pretty savvy “dog whisperer” and had trained several dogs into great obedient and lovable pets, but our little Border Collie/Australian Shepherd mix puppy sure brought me down a couple notches.  I am so thankful for the tips and instructions that helped tremendously with getting our puppy under control, that I fully endorse and recommend this dog training product –> Secrets to Dog Training

Tonight we will resume puppy training as we do believe that we have to stay on top of this challenge and be consistent.  If you have any thought or suggestions, please comment in the comment area.  I look at all of them and will answer back if needed. Thanks.

If your dog is fat, maybe YOU should be getting more exercise.


Puppy Training For Kash, Potty Training Starts Again!

We are training Kash to be completely housebroken, in other words, he is to be totally trained to do his business outside and not have accidents in the house. Earlier I stated Kash was “potty trained” (housebroken) from day one.  Well eight days later, Kash peed in the house while looking right at us!

So the potty training began all over again.  This time we thought we would train Kash to ring a bell by the door when he needed to go out.  We bought a bell, hung it by the door just high enough so it would take a conscious effort to ring it.

What we did was show him the bell, let him sniff it and hear it first.  Then we held a treat near the bell.  When Kash would ring the bell, even if by accident, we would click the clicker and he would get a treat.  It didn’t take long for him to figure this one out!

Within a minute or two, he had the bell part figured out.  The next step was, when Kash would ring the bell, we would then immediately take him to the “chosen” bathroom site.  Once he did his business we would heap praise on him and give him a treat.  We wanted him to learn that he would receive the treat outside at his bathroom spot rather than at the door.

puppy training for Kash

Kash learns super fast.  I think it has to do with our attitude and what we learned from reading Secrets to Dog Training.  I was looking online for “puppy training” when I found this ebook.  It is worth ten times the price, especially if you were thinking of dog obedience school.  You can learn quickly what it takes from this detailed dog training program.

This book is far more complete than any of the books I was reading at the library. Especially good are the way it teaches how to solve common behavior problems like chewing, biting, jumping on people, barking, whining and just plain old being disobedient.

I can’t wait to get into the advanced commands and tricks, but I’ll get the basic commands down pat first.  That way I think Kash will be more focused when it comes to learning hand signals, and even eye signals.

If you want more information on this ebook you can just click on this link and it will take you right to their informative website.