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.

Jan 10, 2009

Week 8

I took questions from subscribers and answered them in this week's digest. I received more than I could answer in one digest, so I will repeat the forum next week before moving back to Star's training. I deeply appreciate all the great questions that I received and regret that I was not able to get to them all.

This week's questions:

How do you stop a dog from barking incessantly to be part of the action?
What do you think of a shock collar to grab their attention? (I don't approve)
How much time do you spend with Star without any of the other dogs around?

One of my puppy behavior tests is whether or not they put their feet on me. Star, like other good ones that I've trained, will jump up in front of me when excited, but instead of touching me with his paws, will curl them against his chest and balance on his hind feet. Flying colors! He passed with flying colors.

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