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.

Jul 8, 2010

Week 85

Oh, it is so nice to back on the big field. My dogs were rusty, and really needed to be stretched out. We worked on big outruns, Star rallied, and it all came back to him as he began to run out easily finding sheep that were hundreds of yards away.

This week's lessons:
  1. Does this look familiar?
  2. Hey, while you're out there
  3. Come on...come on

Here's an excerpt:

Once today, he started beautifully then went too deep. I blew a stop when he got to 12 o'clock, which he took, turning onto his sheep instantly. The sheep were about 500 yards away. Good boy. Another time, the sheep had moved closer and he could see them. He started too tight, but widened out and finished perfectly on balance and nicely off at the top. He has gathering ability that I will always be able to trust. Plus, he is so willing take direction, that I know I'll always be able to guide him. Good boy. Wow, that's 2 "good boys" in one paragraph.

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