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“Amazing demonstration of working sheep dogs!”

Joyce Country Sheepdogs
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Owner description: An authentic insight into hill sheep farming and rural Irsh life with working sheepdog demonstrations. Interaction with puppies and sheep shearing demonstration during high season. This is set against some of the most breathtaking scenery in Ireland. Rest room facilities available along with picnic tables for guest use. Scheduled demonstration times are 11am, 1pm and 3.30 pm Monday -Saturday, however alternative times are available by prior arrangement.
Burlington, Canada
Level 3 Contributor
18 reviews
7 attraction reviews
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“Amazing demonstration of working sheep dogs!”
Reviewed October 8, 2013

Joe gave us an incredible demonstration of his training and the intelligence and ability of his sheepdogs. It was amazing to see the different styles of hearding of a couple of the different sheep dogs. Joe also brought out one of the sheep dog puppies and it was really neat to see how much herding instinct it already had. The drive to the farm was really beautiful and the nearby mountains that the sheep were grazing on was massive.

It was an extremely interesting and informative demonstration. Joe was more than happy to answer any questions you have and the value for the tour was great!

Visited September 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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7 attraction reviews
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“A fantastic insight into a working collie's life”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

We had an amazing time at Joe Joyce's hill farm, where he demonstrated how his collie sheepdogs gathered sheep and herded them according to Joe's vocal commands and whistles. Joe was very informative and good-humoured. We will visit him again when we are in the area - it is an experience you could repeat over and over in a magnificent setting. Don't miss his demonstration and his amazing dogs - you can even hold a sheep if you want. Just unique!

Visited August 2013
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London, United Kingdom
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“Great fun and utterly fascinating!”
Reviewed August 27, 2013

We first met Joe in nearby Lenane, where he was doing a brief sheepdog demonstration at the Wool and Sheep Centre (he does short demonstrations there.at 11am, 12am and 1pm on weekdays). He told us that he did a longer demonstration at 3pm each day at his farm about 15km from Lenane.

We went to the farm for 3pm, and met Joe, his dogs and some of his sheep. He explained how the vocal and whistled commands work, and explained the methods he used to control the sheep with either one or two dogs. He gave us a full demonstration of how the dogs work, including collecting the sheep, driving them through gates, penning them, and then dispersing them back on to the hillside.

He then explained and showed how the dogs are trained. He put one of his puppies - just a few weeks old - into the field with some sheep and an adult dog. He showed us how the puppy had a natural herding instinct (they treat herding sheep as a sort of game of "fetch"), and how the puppy would imitate the adult dog, thereby learning the more subtle skills of handling sheep.

In all, it was great fun and Joe is an interesting and engaging host. He is very happy to answer any questions you may have. Families are welcome, and children get to play with the puppies! If you're in the vicinity, I'd recommend a visit!

Visited August 2013
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Columbia, Maryland
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“We loved Joyce Country Sheepdogs”
Reviewed August 8, 2013

Even though it was pouring down rain, Joe showed us his incredible dogs. It was well worth it. You can tell that Joe cares for all of his animals. It was lots of fun and the dogs are very fast and intelligent. We would definitely recommend that if you are in Joyce Country, you stop by and meet Joe and his wonderful dogs.

Visited July 2013
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Pendleton, Indiana, United States
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“Awesome!”
Reviewed July 30, 2013

I studied abroad with a group of 15, and we all were so excited to see the dogs. It is thoroughly impressive, seeing the dogs bring sheep down from the mountains, heard them wherever Joe signals, and bring them back up to the top. It was an absolutely gorgeous view, amazing weather, and you could not meet a more passionate Irish man about his livelihood!

His puppies are also sooooo cute, and very friendly!

Visited July 2013
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