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 13, 2009

Week 43

Happy birthday to you. Happy birthday to you. Star man is 1 year old today and what a nice young dog he has grown into. Needing only practice and polishing, this little dog has come a very long way in a very short time and I am very, very proud of him.

This week's lessons:

  1. The quick step
  2. Don't be fast, be smooth

Here's an excerpt:

Star got stuck in the shade today and was treated accordingly. I went to him, got after him and sent him on his way. The good news is that after driving, flanking inside in both directions in route and being recalled, he came right to me. When he gets to me now, I send him on an outrun without him stopping him before I send, which is very exciting and fun for him. The idea being that he will want to recall off the drive and come to me, because he gets to GET SHEEP! Always fun for a good dog. So now he's running to me in anticipation instead of sulking off to the gate in confusion. It's a never-ending process this youngster training, and I am endlessly balancing correction with progression and fun.

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