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 24, 2010

Week 62

We received lots of moisture this week, as the heavens opened and deluged us with angels, I mean rain. Southern Californian's NEVER complain about rain. Or at least we shouldn't, we only get about 5 inches per year. The Zamora Sheepdog Trial is next month, so we worked when we could. It was more of the same; challenging Star on the outrun.

This week's lessons:
  1. The pressure release valve
  2. Swamp work
  3. Interference

Here's an excerpt:

Off he went, nice and wide, and directly in the path of the hunters that were now walking towards Star. "This will be interesting," I thought, but also that it would be good for him to handle interference. Carrying huge bags slung over their shoulders, the hunters looked like camouflaged Santas, and Star slowed noticeably when he spotted them. The hunters slowed too, and I can only imagine what they were thinking. Apparently, though, they weren't too scary, because Star moved past them without deviating from his path, shifted back into high gear and finished his outrun nicely. I promise you, that experience will come in handy sometime, somewhere.

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