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.

May 16, 2010

Week 78

Star and I continued through shedding this week, and it was 2 steps forward and 1 step back. On 2 days he was brilliant, and then he slid back 1 day. 2 out of 3 is pretty good for one so tender, working with uncooperative sheep, while the weather heats up.
This week's lessons:
  1. slow and steady
  2. Put your right foot in
  3. Put your left foot out

Here's an excerpt:

He's beginning to get it. There is a bit of a glint in Star's eye now when I call him through, and he comes right on. He is still a little unsure of himself when they try to break back over him, and he does lose them some times, but he is beginning to understand how to avoid it. I learned something today, myself. I have been calling him through, then attempting to help him hold the shed off sheep. It was confusing him, and it was causing him concern. He thought he might be doing something wrong, and was a bit hesitant as a result. Today I simply called him through a hole that we made together, crossed in front of him, ran to the heads turning the shed into a fetch, and allowed him to sink or swim. I gave him lots of encouragement in the process, but he overcame his hesitancy and tried harder. I set it up again for the same result, and then quit while Star was winning, and retreated to some exercises that are fun for him.

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