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.

Oct 11, 2009

Week 47

This was a busy week for Star. As the date of his very first dog trial approaches, I am ramping up his training and pushing the limits. Star is responding well, and is slowly but surely growing into his power.

This week's lessons:
  1. Tight spaces
  2. How far can you go?
  3. How fast can you run?

Here is an excerpt:

Finally, back to the big field again today on a gorgeous, Southern California Fall day. High clouds, intermittent sunshine, cool breeze, lower temperatures. I downed Star beside the trailer, out of sight of the sheep to get them out, but when I went in to get them, I looked down and there he was glaring at them from the back of the trailer. Back out, downed him again, back in to get them, and there he was again. This is significant, because little Star man is becoming pushy and I'm very glad to be able to report that. Third time was the charm and he stayed put long enough for me to unload the sheep, then flew around to head them and drive them briskly away on my steady and walk up whistles. Initially, I had to encourage him to drive, now I get to steady him sometimes. Good news.

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