Dog Lifestyle, Pets and Family

Meet #Motherpuppinadorable Dog Contest Winner Kaia!

We took a moment to catch up with Kaia @donttouchmyauss.  Kaia is no stranger to competing in dog contests and we thought she represented a #motherpuppinadorable so much she was the winner of our Contest to Celebrate the launch of our new book Motherpuppin’ Adorable: What to do when your dog is better than everyone else’s.  

We love to start at the beginning with how you came up with Kaia’s name (We dedicated a whole chapter to finding the perfect name in our new book!) 

How did you find a name for Kaia?

We came up with a large list of names that start with “K” and then polled our family and friends.  The consensus was Kaia, her name starts with the same letter as mine!  

How old is Kaia?

She is a one year old Australian Shepherd.  

According to Petfinder Australian Shepherd’s are athletic dogs of medium size and bone; The Australian Shepherd is lithe, agile, and slightly longer than it is tall. This breed is muscular and powerful enough to work all day, without sacrificing speed and agility. This dog’s gait is free and easy, and must be able to change direction or speed instantly. The double coat is weather resistant, with the outer coat of medium texture and length, straight to wavy. The expression is keen, intelligent, and eager.


Fun Fact:  Australian Shepherds are not really from Australia

What does Kaia love to do?


Kaia loves to do tricks, play with tennis balls and playing frisbee. 


Fun Fact: Playing Frisbee is a fun way to exercise your dog.  Check out our article on teaching your dog frisbee.  


What dog Sports do you do with Kaia?

We do dock diving and sheep herding.  


Fun Fact:  Kaia would rate high on the fun dog “Sporty Meter” in our new book where we talk all about fun sports to do with your dog and our article on 11 sport dogs to follow on Instagram.  


Dock diving sounds really amazing but also hard. Can you tell us more about it?


Our trainer got us into dock diving.  We both enjoy it a lot, Kaia’s personal best is 16 feet in competition so far.  We have won lots of prizes but it does take practice.  We practice several times a week in our own pool and also once a week with our trainer.  


Fun fact:  According to Dock Dogs Dog Dock Diving is the fastest growing sport on four legs.  There are four events to compete in: Big Air, Extreme Vertical, Speed Retrieve, and Iron Dog which incorporates all three.  You can watch Kaia doing some dock dives @donttouchmyauss

Congrats Kaia on your Motherpuppin’ Adorable Award, it was great to learn more about amazing pups like you!