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 20, 2009

Week 57

Star and I went visiting this week and he had the chance to work fresh sheep in a new field and to lift off other hands and dogs that were holding sheep for us. All new experiences and all in preparation for his first dog trial at month's end. He really took it all in stride and looked like an old hand doing so.

This week's lessons:
  1. Standing out in a crowd
  2. Go ahead and have fun
  3. Quit picking on your little brother

Here's an excerpt:

We went to a friend's place to work today and Star had an opportunity to lift sheep that were being held by other handlers with dogs. Before I sent him on his first outrun, a call came on the radio; "where do you want them?" I answered; "where all the dogs are." Since we will not likely get another chance before the dog trial on January 1 and 2, it was my intention to go from 0, (no one holding sheep,) to 60, (everybody holding sheep,) in one session. Star had to learn some time and there was no time like the present.

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