Herd sheep and experience country living with this fun sheepdog experience
- Leicester (Leicestershire)
- Gift Voucher valid for 1 Participant
Discover the enjoyment of working with animals and enjoy a day
out in the countryside with this sensational Sheepdog Training
Experience - or why not treat an animal loving friend to an
experience gift you can bet they'll never forget...
Whether you love dogs yourself or are looking for a gift for a friend who does, want to see if you’ve got what it takes to be a farmer or have just always wanted to try your hand at shepherding, you're guaranteed to have a brilliant time during this unique activity. On arrival at the beautiful farm in rural Leicestershire, you’ll be given a warm welcome over a coffee as you are introduced to international dog handler, trainer and published author Nij Vyas and his friendly sheepdogs. Then you’ll enjoy a demonstration of the full capabilities of sheepdogs and their position within farming and sheepdog trials. After a briefing the real fun can start, and you’ll participate in a fun training exercise with an experienced dog. After a break for lunch, you’ll see how sheepdog training all began during a fascinating training session and you'll also get to grips with blowing a sheepdog whistle. You'll be working with both fully trained and young dogs, and under such expert tuition you'll be surprised at how quickly you pick things up. At the end you’ll have a debrief where you can see just how much you’ve learned. Working with animals is a wonderfully enjoyable and calming pastime ... just don't forget to keep an eye out for red kites too, who often frequent the farm!
So whether you want to enjoy this experience yourself or treat a lucky friend, Nij Vyas and his dogs are the perfect team to give you a day out in the country that's fun, hands-on, educational and unforgettable!
The Sheepdog Training Experience is available on weekends throughout the year.
The Sheepdog Training Experience is suitable for all people over
the age of ten.
When possible photographs will be taken to record your day and emailed to you. Photos may be reproduced on the company website; if you do not want photos taken please advise of this in advance.
Experience Duration: 04:30
Time at Venue: 04:30
The Sheepdog Training Experience is approx 4.5 hours long, from 10:00 am - 2:30pm.
Participants: The Sheepdog Training Experience - Leicestershire is for 1 participant.
Max Group Size: 8
Spectators Allowed on Site: No
Maximum group size: 8
This experience is not suitable for spectators.
You should dress for the weather for the Sheepdog Training Experience; walking boots or trainers should be worn, and outdoor layers are advised. It's always a good idea to bring a waterproof too!
The Sheepdog Training Experience usually runs in all weather. If conditions are especially adverse and your experience needs to be postponed, you will be able to reschedule.
5*! A really interesting day. Nij was very welcoming and chatty and clearly has a lot of knowledge. I had a very enjoyable day. Nij and his dogs are very patient as it takes a while to get your head into giving the right commands. Would definitely recommend
There’s more to Experience Days than just Supercar Driving, Helicopter Tours and Bungee Jumping! Don’t get us wrong, we love all of these things, but we also love our more alternative experience providers, and with almost 2,000 products available, we thought we’d give you an insight into something a little different.
Last week, we chatted with ‘Nij’ – our friendly Sheep Dog Training expert – who told us a little about his story, and what you can expect from an experience day with him and his canine colleagues.
1) Hi Nij, can you tell us a little about the history of your business?
I had a chance meeting with a Welsh farmer in 1987, who encouraged me to work my dogs with sheep. I thoroughly enjoyed the experience and searched for somewhere to train my own dogs. Gradually, the interest turned into a hobby and now is a way of life.
2) And how did this passion for Sheepdog Training turn into a career?
I have always been a dog trainer first and a shepherd second, and so I was more interested in the psychology of dogs and how their minds work. I knew I wanted to train in a way which was kind and empathetic and gradually my ideas took shape. In 2010 I published a book called “Sheepdog Training and Trials” and decided to become a full time dog trainer. I now work, not only with sheep and Border Collies, but with all breeds of dog in a variety of different settings – both here in the UK and abroad – running training clinics and seminars.
3) Wow, that’s pretty impressive! Do you have any exclusive information that you can share with us?
My dog, Mac, followed up his title of ‘Midshires Champion’ in 2014 by also becoming the ‘Midshires Aggregate’ winner. I have two young dogs – Todd and Mist – who are the subjects of my forthcoming DVD on sheepdog training. So far, only the people who have attended our experience days have had the pleasure of seeing these young dogs work.
4) Other than this, what makes your experiences so unique and special for customers?
Our experience days are personal and totally geared to the individual so you will not be part of a group of people you do not know.
Our experience days take place in one of the most scenic and popular areas for tourists in the country, on the borders of Leicestershire and Rutland. Rutland is the smallest historic English county, offering something for everyone. The market towns of Oakham, Stamford and Rockingham are a short drive away – offering many quaint shops and cafes – whilst Rutland Water, a large artificial reservoir is popular for water sports and cyclists, and also with walkers and bird watchers as it is an open nature reserve for wildfowl and a breeding site for ospreys. Launde Abbey offers tranquillity, lovely landscaped gardens and wonderful, locally sourced food at reasonable prices.
5) What, would you say is your most frequently asked question from customers?
Most people assume that working dogs cannot be pets. However, my dogs are brought up within the household and come in the house as well as living outside. It strengthens our bond and friendship.
6) Thank you for chatting with us. Do you have anything else you’d like to add?
The experience days are becoming very popular both for families and for corporate team building days and run throughout the year.
Click here if you would like to take part in one of Nij’s Sheepdog Training Experiences, and get back to nature.
The Sheepdog Training Experience in Leicestershire is able to cater for small group bookings, with a maximum of 8 participants. In order to make a group booking, please contact our customer service team.