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Sheepdog Experience

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East Norton, United Kingdom
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About Sheepdog Experience
Our experience day is undoubtedly the finest anywhere in the country. Working with sheepdogs is not a hobby but a way of life. You will spend the day with International handler, trainer and published author Nij Vyas and his winning team of dogs in the most picturesque and sublime locations. You will be taken on a memorable journey which will be hands on, educational, fun, rewarding, & emotive. Covid- 19 Guidance - We practice social distancing at all times and I endeavour to keep 4 metres from clients at all times. Meals are currently taken outdoors but a marquee is also available if the weather is inclement. If you do not wish to have lunch then the day dan is shortened as required.
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Angela D wrote a review Jun 2022
Birmingham, United Kingdom3 contributions
After reading the reviews for sheepdog training and sheepdog experience days I booked my dog on a four session sheep worrying course. I was very disappointed. Had I booked a sheepdog experience day I would have enjoyed the second session, most of it spent watching Nij demonstrate his undeniable skill as a trainer and his dog's skill at rounding up sheep. However, I was looking for help with a rescue dog who behaves badly around sheep, and who was shut in the car out of sight during this demonstration. It was only the final session that was held with sheep nearby, and even though I came away feeling that Nij didnt like me or my dog, and that I am a very ineffective dog owner, I actually felt hat we made a lot of progress in that session, and had it been done in the first week as a starting point I would have been ecstatic. As it was, I found the first three sessions frustrating, repetitive and confusing.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Response from Nij V, Owner at Sheepdog Experience
Responded 2 days ago
. Not only does the review not apply to my Sheepdog Experience Days but it is factually incorrect. The client attended 4 sessions to help her prevent her dog from chasing livestock and to find the tools with which to begin this process. Her dog already has a history of chasing livestock. The client is elderly and could not control her dog as it was physically too strong for her. To allow her and her dog to meet my sheep without prior obedience training would have resulted in her being injured and my sheep being injured or killed. On the third and fourth session when the client was in the presence of sheep her dog physically dragged her towards the sheep repeatedly, due to her inability to control it or put aspects of training into practice. She had no concept of her frailty or safety and welfare of my sheep. I have camera evidence to prove she was mistaken about spending "most of the second session " watching me demonstrate with my dog". This aspect was about 10 minutes out of an hour so that it gave meaning to the mistakes she was making and corrections I recommended. Had we started working with sheep from the first lesson this would almost certainly ended in a fatality. This was explained to the client. The reasons for all of the training and repetition were explained to the client. Her difficulties in remembering aspects of training or the explanation I gave her were because the dog had control of her not the other way round. She was overawed by her dogs physical strength. It takes at least 4 months of consistency before I take a young dog to sheep. Her dog was a mature male and the chances of success after an early encounter with sheep would have been the same as jumping out of a plane without a parachute without the necessary preparation, guidance or knowledge. She admits to being an "ineffective dog trainer" but then has the Gaul to criticise and bend the truth. I am very disappointed that despite many opportunities to discuss matters she chose to write a review in the wrong forum and gave no indication of her unhappiness until this review. Prior to undertaking this work a thorough comprehensive written assessment was carried out revealing poor obedience, history of chasing and inconsistent management of the dog. The points in this assessment needed to be addressed prior to any specific work being carried out with sheep. This is both sensible and falls within our risk assessment. I am so sorry that this client found the sessions repetitive and frustrating and confusing. As she states she chose to come to me based on positive reviews she read.
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Anisha Hunte wrote a review Jun 2022
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We were gifted with an experience day with the sheep dogs and had a fantastic time all together, enjoyed learning more about their demeanour and personalities. We even got a chance to learn clever Mist’s commands! Loved spending time with Lara, Kap, Pip, Todd, Mist and Kai! Thank you Nij for all the days activities.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Jock G wrote a review Jun 2022
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Directing the efforts of a working dog. A truly wonderful day. Nij is not only a shepherd who cares for his sheep and dogs intelligently. He is also a superb communicator who does not speak down to those undergoing the experience. The sheer magic of that moment when the dog reacts properly to the direction given by an amateur is difficult to recapture. A truly excellent experience - thank you.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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Jane Bowman wrote a review Jun 2022
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What a fantastic day and a truly memorable experience. Nij is an excellent teacher delivering an informative overview of sheep dog training interspersed with fantastic anecdotes. The dogs of course are remarkable and the relationship between dog and handler amazing. The complexity of this sport soon becomes evident and it is not easy as we found out. The psychology of the dog, the sheep, the terrain and weather all play their part. Real value for money in a beautiful setting. Something not to be missed. Highly recommend this experience without reservation. Thank you Nij and your wonderful dogs. Good luck with your competitions.
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Date of experience: June 2022
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alf641 wrote a review Jun 2022
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My wife and I spent the day with Nij a couple of weeks ago and loved it. The timetable is very relaxed and Nij is a great person to talk to with infectious enthusiasm! Watching him work the dogs in the grounds of Launde Abbey was breathtaking and in the afternoon we had the opportunity to have a go at working with them ourselves - he is a brilliant teacher too! Highly recommended
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Date of experience: May 2022
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