Welcome to The Real Time Canine, Part Two
Welcome to part two of The Real Time Canine. In this edition, I will describe the daily life of a Border Collie sheepdog prospect. In weekly posts using words and pictures, I will describe what they learn and how they learn it. Each pup imparts knowledge in their own special way, and through them I will give you insight into how I train a Border Collie Sheepdog from beginning to success.
As with Kensmuir Star in the original Real Time Canine, you will be with us every step of the way as these talented youngsters acquire the confidence, willingness and skills necessary to attain my goal for them to become a useful working sheepdog and successful trial competitor. I hope you will join us and find useful tips and technique on how to train a sheepdog.
After a lifetime with animals, dogs, horses and livestock, I am happy to share my expertise with you. I have found success at 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!
Sunday, April 1, 2012
Spottie's Play Date
I don't usually let my puppies in with sheep until I'm ready to start them in training. Sometimes they get a go, and I see they're not ready. I put them away, give them a month or so, then try them again. A friend suggested I let Spot have his sheep a bit early. He was 4 months old March 23rd. I'm always willing to try something new, and that's what I did.
This video is the results. It's hard to operate the camera, help the pup and protect the sheep at the same time, but as you'll see in the vid, there's no protecting necessary. Spot very deliberately, and very carefully assessed the situation, and determined how to be handle the sheep.
It's always fun to see a young pup demonstrate the type of style and confidence that you hope to see in a mature dog. Spot gave me all of that and then some. Watch and enjoy while Spot seizes his previously latent talent and realizes his potential. Here's hoping it's a sign of things to come...