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.

Nov 15, 2010

Week 99

Preparations for the dog trial were in place this week. A touch up here, a reminder there, but most of what occurred was aimed at leaving both of my trial dogs feeling confident and powerful. Having been to Porterville many times, I knew what was in store.

This weeks lessons:
  1. Make it small
  2. Make it keen
  3. Calm before the storm
Here's an excerpt:
Worked in the small field again today. Lazy, I am so lazy! But, on the other hand, it might be just what my dogs need. The confined space keens them up measurably, and allows me to more quietly use my voice and body position to accomplish their training. In other words, bringing things back "at hand" is often a good idea. Star in particular enjoys it, and runs full throttle around sheep that are right in front of him comparatively.

Nothing new today. More flanks on the fly and direction changes while running out. Star did a really nice job in shedding practice today. Not only did he remain focused entirely on the shed off sheep without once looking back, but he came through with more intention, and drove his sheep away with more confidence. It was good to see.

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