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 31, 2010

Week 63

Photo credit; Jan Elliott
All the look, listen, trust me lessons paid off this week as Star was put to the test. The sheep shifted far from the set out, and he had to take several stop whistles, walk-up and re-directs to find them. Using his determination and focus, and my vantage point, we collaborated to find them, which made Star the winner. Game over for that day.

This week's lessons:
  1. Stop, listen and look
  2. Never, ever give up
  3. It's always fun when you win

Here's an excerpt:

I see too many people hesitate to help their dog, and I don't understand why. It's like the vacume cleaner that won't pick up the penny. Instead of just bending down to get it, we keep running over it, shake the nozzle, or pick it up and inspect it before running over the penny again. Picking up the penny is the vacume cleaner's job, right? I think it must be the same with our dogs. After all, they are supposed to handle the sheep, but if they are struggling, it's no benefit to let them continue. Help them, teach them, and continue until they can manage it on their own. Never be afraid to help your dog. Unlike standing by, getting frustrated, blowing ever harsher whistles, raising your voice, and blaming the dog, there's no shame in helping.

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