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Work a Sheepdog

animal encounter

Work a Sheepdog

3 reviews
Paused through April 3rd. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
3.5 hours
Group size
Up to 2 people
Includes
Food, Equipment
Hosted in
English
animal encounter

Work a Sheepdog

animal encounter

Work a Sheepdog

3 reviews
Paused through April 3rd. To protect the health of our community, all Airbnb Experiences are paused due to coronavirus (COVID-19). Visit the Help Centre for the latest updates before you book.
Duration
3.5 hours
Group size
Up to 2 people
Includes
Food, Equipment
Hosted in
English

What you'll do

You will meet a selection of our dogs - we often also have puppies throughout the year if you'd like to interact with them. We will demonstrate the natural instinct that is carried by working Border Collies and when you are ready, you will be put into a training ring with a young dog and some sheep and taught to start harnessing that instinct so that the dog follows your body language and voice commands. Although you're not required to use them, we will also show you a variety of sheepdog whistles, the challenge is to make a noise by the end of the day! We will also take an adult dog out and work a flock of sheep, you will be taught to shed the sheep into two groups and pen them as you would do at a sheepdog trial.

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Your host

Learn more about Helen

Helen

Matt & Helen run Foxwood Sheepdogs, a farm business that breeds, trains and sells top class sheepdogs. We've been working with dogs all of our lives but training sheepdogs for 10 years. We teach dog handlers to work their dogs and regularly take part in sheepdog trials throughout England - we have both won trials. We also perform sheepdog demonstrations throughout the year. A key aspect of helping people to learn about sheepdogs is understanding dogs and understanding people. It's no use teaching if you can't communicate ideas effectively - this is something we both excel at.

What's included

Food
Homemade Cake - Gluten Free options available
Equipment
Boots, Coat/Poncho

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Where you'll be

We have access to about 100 acres of private pasture in the Woodford valley area. We keep several breeds of lowland and upland sheep on farmland that consist of farm owned pasture as well as Natural England controlled pasture that's extremely rich in wildlife.

Things to keep in mind

Cancellation policy

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

Communication policy

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Guest requirements

Up to 2 guests ages 12 and up can attend. We will move around the farm and it can sometimes be wet and muddy, and at other times it's sunny and dry (weather and season dependent). We will provide wellington boots and waterproof clothing if required,…

More tips

No knowledge of sheepdogs or sheep is necessary, we will teach you everything you need to know to have fun working a real sheepdog. We often have puppies. Adults and children (over 12yrs) are welcome.
Helen
Work a Sheepdog
3 reviews
$135/person
3 reviews
$135/person