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 29, 2009

Week 19

I had an opportunity to witness how one of the greatest sheepdog handlers in the world prepares his dogs for a big event and I was mightily impressed. I have modeled my own efforts to make my dogs physically fit after his methods and Star began endurance training this week.

This week's lesson:

  1. Creating stamina and endurance.

Here's an excerpt:

Another benefit of all this exercise is that I have truly tired dogs afterwards, there are fewer squabbles in the ranks and a much quieter dog yard. Generally speaking, endurance training creates dogs that are much better behaved. There's an old saying in the horse business; "you can't train a horse that is too fresh or too tired." It is true for the dogs as well and the reason that running them from the bike is the last thing I do at the end of the day.

3 or 4 times a week I run my dogs for a few miles behind my bicycle and Star began endurance training this week. He is physically mature enough to withstand the training without risk of injury and it is necessary to create the lung capacity and endurance he will need later to be an effective worker and trial dog.

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