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.

Sep 6, 2009

Week 42

It's Star's birthday this month, and in fact next Sunday he will be 1 year old. This dog has come a very long way in a very short time, and I am thrilled with him. I have asked a great deal of him and he has answered almost every call. Now I have great expectations of him, and it is up to me to help him find those answers as well.

This week's lessons:
  1. You have to do it anyway
  2. I can do it myself
  3. Sheep intimidation 101

Here's an excerpt:

This dog loves to gather, and while I'm still keeping everything small, he lights out with enthusiasm and speed that is a joy for me to see. In my mind's eye I can see him speeding to the top at the Bluegrass and Meeker, swiveling his head and looking the whole way. I took a minute to widen his outrun to the left today, which is still a bit tight midway out, and the unfortunate side effect of that was that he overflanked and gave ground on the come-bye flanks at hand. As Star ages and we move to bigger areas, it will be interesting to see if this resolves itself and I have every reason to believe it will.

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