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.

May 31, 2009

Week 28

Star has had exactly 30 days of training on sheep to date and I am impressed by how much he has learned in such a short time. He will take a flank on whistles or voice, will run out a good distance to gather sheep, has a reliable lie down, steady and recall and is quite biddable and attentive with increased confidence each time I work him.

This week's lesson:
  1. A little bit of kindergarten

Here is an excerpt:

There has been no "training behind the barn," and I have written about each and every day Star has been trained on sheep. I've even thrown in a few instances where he simply did a chore. I mention this because it occurred to me today how far this pup has come in a very short time and I don't want you to think that I am cheating. I'm not. It all came together for him today when he happily and willingly took his flanks by voice and whistle, widened when I asked and ran out to gather his sheep a good distance with enthusiasm, speed and comprehension. We worked on driving a bit, he demonstrated a beautiful down and steady, called off faultlessly and ran up the dog ramp with a simple "load up." As opposed to feeling like I was training Star today, I simply enjoyed having him to work and we both had fun.

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