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Border Collie Experience

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If you or the country lover in your life has a keen interest in the “One Man And His Dog” trials that air annually on Countryfile, then this unique and hands-on Border Collie Experience day will get you learning how to work with livestock with just a whistle and man’s best friend in your toolkit! Located on a working farm in the grounds of Launde Abbey in East Norton, Leicestershire, your host and expert for the day will be Nij Vyas, the internationally renowned Border Collie handler, trainer and author. With over 30 years of experience, Nij and his dog Todd were part of England’s five strong team who won the team event at the World Sheepdog Trials in the Netherlands in 2017, so you’re going to be under the tutelage of the very best. As you’ll learn, herding sheep isn’t just a sport - it’s an essential part of day to day life on most working farms. Your day will start with you meeting the dogs. Border Collies are an eager breed, and relish in their role as farmer’s sheepdog. The pack includes Jake, Spot, Skye and Mac. And building harmony between you, them and the sheep is what makes this so special to witness out in the field. You’ll also gain insight into how young pups are trained in the training pen from age 7 months, progressing from excitable young scamp to fully trained champion sheepdog. You’ll learn the basic whistle commands - and see exactly how the Collies respond to these whilst performing their duties with panache. It’s not as easy as it looks, but under Nij’s tutoring, you’ll end the day calling commands and being able to get the sheepdog to carry out moves such as flanking left or right, stopping in standing or down positions, and outrunning and gathering sheep. This stirring day in the country will help develop the special bond between man and his canine companion - and after a day around the field, it’ll keep you both fit as a butcher’s dog!

  • Learn the traditional art of shepherding
  • Meet the sheepdogs and have a training session
  • Superb surrounding countryside
  • Runs on selected weekdays and weekends
    • Learn the traditional art of shepherding with Nij Vyas and his team of sheepdogs
    • Arrival and Welcome over coffee and cake
    • Meet the sheepdogs
    • Demonstration of sheepdog skills
    • Training sessions with an experienced Dog
    • Learn to use a sheepdog whistle (time permitting)
    • Please allow approximately 4 ½ hours onsite
    • Courses run from 10am - 2.30pm with a break for lunch (not included)
    • You will form part of a small group of up to 5 participants

  • Under 18s must be accompanied by a participating adult
  • A good, general level of fitness is required
  • This activity is not suitable for spectators however guests may join Nij during the lunch break
  • Selected weekdays and weekends throughout the year
  • Weekends are popular so plenty of advance notice may be required
  • Suitable waterproof outdoor clothing and boots should be worn
  • Clients dogs are not permitted on site
  • Accommodation can be provided upon request when booking
  • Our ethos is that your 'experience' should begin from the moment you first browse the site and we can deliver this because of:
    • - once you buy a voucher you are not then left to book the experience yourself. We handle your booking from A-Z, not only providing online dates but also dealing with the supplier to secure your date. Even after you have had your experience, we will ask you for a review of the event to ensure everything went ok.
    • - Our core staff have been working in the industry since 2004 and have all the experience necessary to deliver the experience that is perfect for you.
    • - Each venue and provider has been vetted by us and reviewed by our customers meaning we can give you honest, unbiased advice about what you are ordering.
    • - We have 3 lines of communication; phone, chat and email and our customer service centre is open 6 days a week. The average answer time for our call centre to answer is 20 seconds and we have a vast help section where you should be able to find any answer online.
    • - Once you have chosen a date, we will help to ensure that you get the confirmation in time for your event and if need be we will liaise with the supplier on your behalf if there is a problem.
    • - After each event we invite our customers to review the venue and the provider. This valuable feedback is then used to improve our service and also made public to other customers considering the same event. As a returning customer you will be eligible for a discount code to use on your next purchase.

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