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.

Dec 14, 2009

Week 56

As a wee pup in Wisconsin, Star is 2nd from the right
The outrun is coming into place for little Star man and all of a sudden he looks like a big dog to me. He has always handled like a sports car and becomes more precise with age.
This week's lessons:
  1. I will help you
  2. All the way to balance
  3. No one's default

Here's an excerpt:

I had Mirk leave the sheep at the bottom of the hill about 300 yards away and then spent a bit of time making sure Star saw them way down there. He has become very adept at spotting sheep. I sent him away to me and he cast out brilliantly with good, strong pace and disappeared down the hill. He popped up again on the next rise and was right on track for a perfect outrun. He disappeared again and apparently lost sight of his sheep, because when he showed up again, he had turned in and was looking back to me for guidance. When he got it, he kicked out and shifted back to high gear. When he was near balance, I remembered this time to give him another away-to-me whistle to make him feel good about himself and let him know he was doing well. He interpreted it correctly, overflanked a little, then came on for a nice lift.

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