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.

Jan 4, 2010

Week 59

At 15 month's of age, and a scant 13 months after receiving him as a puppy, Star won his first-ever dog trial. This weekend he won day 1 of the nursery division at Jennifer and Ron Ewer's On the Border Sheepdog Trial. I've heard it said that the nursery is the potpourri of herding and so it was with Star. From the 6 of 8 dogs that finished in the 2nd nursery, Star was dead last.

This week's lessons:
  1. focus when distracted
  2. Just like practice
  3. That's a lot of sheep

Here's an excerpt:

"From the entire weekend, there is one sight that still makes me laugh and will likely continue to bring me joy. On the first day Star and I exhausted our own sheep. As he approached the exhaust pen he was treated for the first time ever to the sight of hundreds of sheep milling about. The look on his face reminded me of the feeling I experience each and every time I visit the Grand Canyon, disbelief, awe, some kind of rapture. There is something so very innocent and pure about running a talented nursery dog. Nothing is taken for granted and each accomplishment is a happy surprise. The youngsters are clean, fresh, untainted, and there is never a time when the dogs are more reflective of our own abilities and shortcomings as trainers and handlers. After our second run and even though it was clear we hadn't run as well as the day before, I walked over to the blind where a friend was watching, and said; "That was so much fun." "

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