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 22, 2009

Week 18

Star's maturity is starting to show in the form of increased confidence. I have curbed my frustration when he doesn't immediately respond to me and increased play time to strengthen our bond. It's working and he is responding confidently and willingly where before he was a little cautious. Sensitivity comes with intelligence in dogs and just becoming aware of my emotions around him has helped.

This week's lesson:

  1. Maturity

Here's an excerpt:
It is really amazing the changes dogs go through when they are young and it is so apparent to me how easily we can damage their sense of well being and confidence. I hear owners complain about the myriad of strange behaviors that manifest in our dogs. Understanding the tremendous sensitivity that comes with intelligence, I can't help but wonder how many are of our own making. The more puppies that I raise, the more I realize that I am better off using lots of observation and patience with restrained correction until my puppy has had time to mature. That doesn't mean no correction, it just means not frightening, intimidating or painful correction.

Star is maturing physically as well and I will be starting some light endurance training in the next couple weeks to create lung capacity and stamina. I run the dogs from my bicycle, which is good for them, good for me, and fun for everybody.

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