Welcome to The Real Time Canine

My name is Amelia Smith of BorderSmith Kennel and with The Real Time Canine, I am providing training technique for Border Collie Sheepdogs. Beginning with 10 week old Kensmuir Star, I will document his daily lessons in words and pictures every Sunday. Previously subscription based, the complete working journal is now available here every Sunday.

From the moment I collected Star, his training began and you will be with us every step of the way. Good manners, willingness & confidence are necessary for him to attain my goal to become a useful working sheepdog and successful trial competitor. From the first lessons on manners & socialization to his first exposure to sheep, you will be a part of Star's journey to success.

After a lifetime with animals, dogs, horses and livestock, I am happy to share my expertise with you. I have found success in sheepdog trials at home and abroad and have trained dogs that went on to find success with others. To learn more about me and my dogs, please visit my BorderSmith website and my BorderSmith Blog! Cheers and thank you very much.

Dec 28, 2008

Week 6

Star is still finding his place in the pack of dogs here at BorderSmith Kennels. He's young enough that the others tolerate him for the most part, but Star wants more and is angling for higher status. He has a few bumps on his nose that attest to his efforts. Time and Star's inner resolve will determine where he lands in the pecking order.

This week's lessons

  1. Weather permitting
  2. Leaving Alley
  3. Pushing boundaries

My most recent review of The Real Time Canine comes from Michelle, a subscriber who says; "I am really enjoying the Star Chronicles." Thank you very much, Michelle. I am enjoying it as well.

Dec 21, 2008

Week 5

Star man comes when he is called most of the time now, does not put his feet on me ever and has given up running from me when he has something I don't want him to have. It's a good thing he will run up the dog ramp into the truck, because he has gotten so big!

This week's lessons:

Copraphagia (eating feces)
Tied out
How much is too much?

Subscribers have sent me pictures and some useful information. Thank you. I enjoy hearing from you.

Dec 14, 2008

Week 4

With the exception of play time, I treat Star much like the aged dogs. I speak to him as I do them, and even though he doesn't know what I mean yet, he learns from watching.
This week's lessons:
  1. The keep away game
  2. Load up
  3. Play bites

I am gratified that The Real Time Canine has been so well received. Thank you to all who have subscribed and to those who have not yet, please join us.

Dec 6, 2008

Week 3

Star is finding his place in the pack. He's picked his favorite and tested some boundaries. Instinct took over and he showed his nerve when he became aware of the sheep.

This week's lessons:

  1. Fitting in
  2. Physical balance
  3. Here, here

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