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Watch and Run a Sheepdog on a Farm

Wigton, United Kingdom

Experience hosted by Helen

60 minsHosted in English
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Up to 10 people

What you'll do

You will be audience to Derek and myself as we run our experienced, trained sheepdogs and guide a packet of sheep around a course with just whistles to command the dogs from a great distance. We will explain what we're doing and why it's a practical skill in shepherding for each element. There is no sheepdog without a shepherd, and vice versa!

Then, if any of you would like to have a go at running a sheepdog, we have Meg, our 9 year old dog who will run for anyone! You could not be in a safer pair of hands (paws?) with Meg. We'll teach you the basic commands, and let you play around with moving sheep around a field. It's incredibly rare for a dog to be willing to take commands from a complete stranger, but Meg absolutely adores her job!

We will wrap up the experience with a small tour of the farm, showing our various breeds of sheep and explaining the tiered system of sheep farming in Britain, and how we will move forward with the market and demands of today within our flock.
You will be audience to Derek and myself as we run our experienced, trained sheepdogs and guide a packet of sheep around a course with just whistles to command the dogs from a great distance. We will explain what we're doing and why it's a practical skill in shepherding for each element. There is no sheepdog without a shepherd, and vice versa!

Then, if any of you would like to have a go at running a sheepdog, we have Meg, our 9 year ol…

Meet your host, Helen

Host on Airbnb since 2015
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My boss Derek has been training sheepdogs for over 40 years. He started as a shepherd on a hill farm in central Scotland, and quickly developed a method of training that worked for him and his dogs, bringing out the best of their abilities and innate talents. Derek has won many accolades in the sheepdog trialling world, and has been giving training courses and demonstrations for well over 20 years. If there is anyone who could make the enigmatic art of running a sheepdog accessible and understandable to the public, it would be him!
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Where you'll be

We will do our demonstration and tour on our farm, Raise Lodge. It is a 60 acre lowland farm just outside of the Lake District, with a beautiful Georgian farmhouse and various outbuildings for handling and housing livestock. The weather is very mild for the north of England throughout the year so we have a flock of very happy, well looked-after sheep! The demo will take place in one of our fields, with an option to run on the hill if time allows.
Erin
November 2019
We had a great afternoon! It was such a rare experience and extremely insightful. Derek and Ludivine were so accommodating (we had an issue with our car and they very kindly rescheduled so that we could still attend), and were very knowledgeable and happy to answer all our questions. Meg, Meg, and Lynne (the dogs) were fantastic! Highly recommend this experience - we loved it!
We had a great afternoon! It was such a rare experience and extremely insightful. Derek and Ludivine were so accommodating (we had an issue with our car and they very kindly resche…
Katie
October 2019
Had the best experience with amazing hosts, would definitely recommend to anyone. My 8 year old grandson enjoyed it as much as us. Loved every minute thank you again xx Get Outlook for iOS
Karen
October 2019
Totally fantastic experience. Such expert dog trainers and incredible dogs. We loved our sheepdog experience and would recommend it to anyone. Wear warm waterproof shoes and clothing.
Debbie
October 2019
Excellent experience to learn about specialist training and life on farm . Dogs were so well trained and enjoyed their role which is excellent to see.
Ross
October 2019
We didn't know what to expect, and weren't sure whether we would enjoy it, but it was excellent. Really informative and a great experience of working farm animals. It was wonderful to see the dogs, who seemed to absolutely love the work they do. The sheep seem to be really well cared for too.
We didn't know what to expect, and weren't sure whether we would enjoy it, but it was excellent. Really informative and a great experience of working farm animals. It was wonderfu…
Lonnie
September 2019
A remarkable experience. We learned a great deal about sheep farming, met two very friendly and interesting shepherds, saw talented sheep dogs at work, and even got to play shepherd and work directly with a veteran dog named Meg. A great afternoon in beautiful countryside.
A remarkable experience. We learned a great deal about sheep farming, met two very friendly and interesting shepherds, saw talented sheep dogs at work, and even got to play shephe…

Things to know

Cancellation policy

Any experience can be cancelled and fully refunded within 24 hours of purchase, or at least 7 days before the experience starts.

Guest requirements

Up to 10 guests of all ages can attend.

What to bring

Wellington Boots if wet

Waterproofs if wet