Sheep dog handling with the experts.
Remember One Man and his Dog? Always longed to have a go at sheepdog trialling?
Well this is your chance!
Is it real sheepdog handling?
Well yes, insofar as you get to have a go at controlling a real trained sheepdog with real woolly sheep.
Of course you wouldn’t expect to be as good as a working shepherd with a day’s experience, but you’ll be amazed how far you get at learning the basics of sheep dog handling!
Check out all the ones available in the UK at the moment. And as they change all the time, keep checking back if there’s not one near you. We’ve got the lot here, with up to the minute prices for you to snag a bargain.
What happens on the day?
Well there are basically two kinds of sheepdog day.
The first one is a “taster” where you spend an hour or two in a little group getting to know about sheep dogs and how to handle them. And you get to have a little try yourself with a fully trained dog.
The other is a full day (five or six hours) where you learn the theory, get taught in a fair bit of detail how to do it, and then spend some time putting it into practice. You’ll be part of a group of about half a dozen, and there’ll be a break in the middle to give the dog a well-earned rest.
We do think that the full day sheepdog experience is more satisfying and gives you plenty of time to practise being a dog trialler yourself – which is after all what you’ve come on the experience for – but on the other hand the taster gets you closer than you’d ever be to a real sheepdog and a fascinating insight into how they work.
Where are these sheep dog experience days?
The good news is that they’re nationwide – in fact any part of the UK where dogs are used to handle sheep.
The bad news is that they come and go depending on when the expert handlers and fully trained dogs are available for experience days. Most of them running these experiences are working shepherds and working dogs, so real work takes priority and there are periods where they’re doing just that.
But our experience list above is a real time, up to date list of all those on offer at this particular time. So if you see one that you fancy near you, then we recommend booking it while its there!
And if there isn’t one to suit you, keep checking back as the minute one does become available, you’ll see it here first.