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 27, 2009

Week 58

Star's first dog trial is next weekend and he is entered in the nursery. Am I nervous about it? Nah, he's trained, ready and capable. He's also quite young for such a feat and I have no other expectations for him other than he will learn.

This week's lessons:
  1. I'm right here
  2. Fast and fun
  3. You're a big dog now

Here's an excerpt:

After a rest at the truck, I sent him over the same distance again, and again he began without having seen the sheep. He started very well, but 2/3 of the way out, pulled in sharply and looked back to me. On my stop and re-direct whistle he began again strongly, soon picked up his sheep, kicked himself out and finished well at the top with a light courtesy whistle from me just to make sure. Because he became unsure, I blew that whistle just to let him know that I approved, and give him a confidence boost. Does it bother me that he is still turning in sometimes? Not even a little bit. He's 15 months old and, at this point, if he needs a little help on a 300 yard outrun, I am more than happy to supply it. The difference between the outruns on day 98 and 99 are that today I sent him blindly. It seems that when he can see his sheep from the outset, he is more confident. I will continue to give him a mix of blind and not to keep him challenged and thinking.

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