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.

Mar 15, 2011

Week 114

Star's arena was dark this week as Mirk and I trained and prepared for a small, local trial where Star was not entered. With an eye towards the finals and my wallet, I only entered one dog, because Mirk needs the points and Star does not. With a lot of trialing ahead of us, Star already has 35 points, in 34th place in the standings, and is already quailfied for the open and the nursery finals. After Zamora and with Sonoma Wine Country trial coming up in a week, I thought it best just to let him cool his jets and relax. Plus it gave me more time to tune on Mirk.

Random Notes:
Next week is the Sonoma Wine Country Sheepdog Trial at Sandy and Arthur Milberg's farm in Santa Rosa, CA. Both Mirk and Star will be running on the small, but treacherous fields in the open. Sandy runs 2 fields and somewhere in the neighborhood of 80 dogs. Half on each field on Saturday, then you switch and run the other. Scores are totaled Sunday after the 2 trials and winners announced. This is one of my favorite trials of the year, because of the beauty, hospitality and, of course...THE WINE!

Check back Monday or Tuesday next week for a full report with pictures.

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