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.

Mar 1, 2010

Week 67

Price, the old master

This week I am looking back on the progression of my abilities as a sheepdog trainer. It has been a long, twisty road from the beginning until now, and just about everything has changed for me. It all started with Price, the dog shown here, and together we learned how to sustain a successful working relationship. It was harder for me than for him to learn how to do that.

Here's an excerpt:

Things were beginning to get easier for me and my dog, and Price was really starting to blossom. He had been like a race horse carrying too much weight to the post. He was running, but not easily, and not at anything close to top speed. As I began to let up, open up and leave him alone, his entire demeanor changed. The one thing that never changed was his unwavering commitment to the job at hand, and now he was free to do it. Suddenly, I was conducting the orchestra, and the music was soaring.

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