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.

Aug 30, 2009

Week 41

With the temperatures in triple digits, it was simply too hot to work Star, or any of the dogs. So, this week I take a look back at when we started, how far we have come and where we are today. Here is an excerpt:

At almost exactly 11 months of age, I recently put Star's name on a sanctioned nursery entry form to be run not far from my home over New Years. My little guy is growing up and has come full circle from a rambunctious puppy, to an over-burdened youngster, to a well-trained young dog with confidence and ever-burgeoning self-esteem. It feels to me that he has turned a corner to enter the next phase of his life.

I will be judging a dog trial in Carbondale, Colorado, 30 minutes from Aspen this October 16-18. It is being held in preparation for a possible National Finals bid in 2011. Please visit the Strang Ranch website for more information and an entry form. It is a breathtaking venue, and whether you plan to watch or compete, I hope to see you there.

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