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.

Jun 8, 2010

Week 81

I would like to introduce you to my friend, Stephanie Summer's online webstore, Operation Sheepdog Herding. Stephanie is a good friend, and a good sheepdog handler who has created this store where sheepdog enthusiasts and all dog owners can find just what they're looking for in one convenient location. Please visit Operation Sheepdog Herding, and have a look around with my thanks.

This week's lessons:
  1. Staimina
  2. Endurance
  3. Shedding

Here's an excerpt:

A little light came on today during shedding practice. Star shed off all but 3 of the Dorpers, and I could see his interest was peaked when they tried to break back to the others. He never would have been successful on faster sheep, or ones that were trying harder, but he was successful stopping those, and it was good for him to win one. He hesitated a bit when they first tried him, but moved to stop them, found success, and moved again more boldly. This is exactly how Star has learned everything. He is at first hesitant to try new things. Then he finds some small measure of success, and becomes more and more willing as time goes on. He is not the type of dog that I will give up on. Star man needs lots of time, encouragement and patience, but he has shown me enough mettle at different times to make believe in him.

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