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 14, 2010

Week 69

Are you ready Star? Well, are you? Only 3 more practice days before the Sonoma Sheepdog Trial, and we surely took advantage of this one. There is no training going on now at the practice field, only fine tuning and confidence building. With Star, I am keeping things short, sweet, light and happy.

This week's lessons:
  1. Make it snappy
  2. Mixing it up
  3. Are we having fun yet?

Here's an excerpt:

Star man is handling easy for me at this point. He reminds me of a rally car with good speed, great steering, and very precise braking. I schooled him on responsiveness in preparation for the upcoming trial, and mixed up the whistles and flanks adding a shush as needed to keep him keen. I gave him clear whistles in rapid succession, and what I was doing was keeping his confidence up while making things snappy. I carefully kept all my whistles soft, because to do otherwise would likely scare him, but I was flanking and stopping him, changing his direction, speeding him up and slowing him down with whistles that came in rapid succession.

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