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.

Mar 1, 2009

Week 15

Things were fairly quiet for Star this week and he got the chance to just lay around and be a dog. Every day is an opportunity to learn something though, and this time it was me who did the learning. I learned more about my dog simply by keeping him close to me while I did every day chores and observing.

This week's lesson:
  1. Relaxation

Here's an excerpt:

Is all this relaxing a waste of time? I believe definitely not. Star is becoming more and more responsive to me and last week I noticed it even in the smallest ways. The way he looks at me when I say something other than his name, like "hey" or "here," "let's go," "that'll do." He makes his way into the truck now when I say "load up" even when he's torn away from his first choice and the food treats for "here, here" are working brilliantly. Even to the extent that he's keener to hear my voice. He's snappier, if you will. In fact all of last week, I think I only had to correct him once for not coming when called. Remember, giving a treat to entice and reinforce isn't enough, you still have to give correction for being wrong.

I am offering the "CAPTION CONTEST" over on the BorderSmith blog and first and second prizes are free subscriptions to The Real Time Canine. Take a look at the picture of Mirk and the sheep and enter with your cleverest caption. Wanna play?

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