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.

Apr 18, 2010

Week 74

With friends at the Sheepdog statue in Meeker, Colorado

This was a busy week here at BorderSmith Stockdogs, but not much went on in the way of dog training. I am writing, instead, about one of my favorite aspects of trialing; camaraderie. Enjoy, and thank you for checking in on us.

Here is an excerpt:

Some of the smallest suggestions have resonated the most within me. At Meeker one year, I asked a hand why the dog on course had gripped off after the drive-away panel where things were relatively easy compared to what they had been on the way there. "Because he was too busy before," came the insightful reply. "I want to be able to drive a straight line," I lamented to a brilliant handler. I was told to simply shorten my "there" whistle. That's all there was to it, and my handling was transformed. While watching others struggle in the shed ring, an uncontested master of our sport commented to me; "nobody just goes in and takes the shed out here, do they?" To this day I never fail to hear those words while shedding and singling. The subtleties have had the greatest influence.

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