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 25, 2009

Week 48

I had the tremendous pleasure of judging the 2009 Strang Ranch Sheepdog Trial in Carbondale, Colorado. In the heart of the majestic Rocky Mountains and just 20 minutes from Aspen, the scenery was world class, as was the hospitality of the Strang family that has owned this little piece of paradise since the mid-1960s. Professional horse trainer and trial producer, Bridget Strang worked very hard to put on her first-ever sheepdog trial and it went off without a hitch.

Star got a respite while I was away and, together with all the other critters at BorderSmith Kennels, was being cared for by my beautiful daughter, Megan. Thanks honey. He will be back hard at work next week.

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