The Lake District Sheepdog Experience

Your Experience

Love Border Collies? Join us and try something exciting and fun

who s watching who

im behind you ! see tripadvisor

Our sheepdog handling courses/activities are designed for the absolute beginner or novice, you don't need to even  ever  owned a dog . we started in 2007,and offer a   one-to-one and  group displays  it . makes a lovely gift for the dog  lover  ,

We have a team of working sheepdogs trained to work to a high standard with members of the public. On your experience you will handle a dog with sheep (under instruction) around a small course to test your new skills at the end of your session .

want to try it then ?  [ sheepdog handling requires you to be fit  enough to move away from the sheep if need be , and you will also have to walk  across two fields  that are uneven ground and sometimes wet or muddy ],Our dogs operate on a variety of commands which you will learn. The most fun is when you put your new skills into practice, however, as sheep can be a fickle animal at the best of times. They don't always do as instructed and this may be your greatest enjoyment! - either way we are sure you will have the most memorable time with us!    note...   SHEEPDOG EXPERIENCE IS WEEKDAYS ONLY,  monday to friday , YOU WILL BE OUTSIDE IN A FIELD BUT WE DO HAVE A FIELD SHELTER WITH SOME CHAIRS FOR THE SPECTATORS ,   UPDATE    ..  SORRY  NO DUCK HEARDING DUE TO THE GOV RULES WITH BIRD FLU      !                                                                                                                                                                                                                  .we also offer   CORPORATE TEAM BUILDING, GALA AND SHOW DISPLAYS WITH OUR DESIGNER DUCKS ,education v TV FILMING ECT, ect   ring for details    /   SOME WEEKEND DATES AVAILABLE  for corporate days  ect     [   not sheepdog 1 to 1 experience,  ]  see us on TRIPADVISOR.....please note  we are  licenced by the south lakeland  council 2019  no EX039702      A P LICENCE   inc    teaching /training /performing animals PLESE NOTE NEW COVID RULES  2021


we all loved it

group 2

alan telling everyone how its done .


i penned the sheep .with help from sweep



As part of your sheepdog experience you could learn:

  • A variety of verbal sheepdog commands.
  • How to put sheepdog commands into working practice.
  • don't worry you don't need to whistle  


  • A comprehensive 1 hour approximate   experience is  normally one or  two  dog and handler  with or without  your   friends or family as spectators   , Mon /Fri ....... BUT  large groups [ over 12 with spectators ] can sometimes have weekend bookings  NEW UPDATES new rules now apply due to gov covid     ring for details
  •           Tuition,can be  one or  two  people handling one or two  of our  lovely  sheepdogs with or without spectators  [ . please  note we dont take any spectators without the handlers  unless is a large group  for the demonstration only        .                                                                                                                
  •  AN EXTRA half hour session   see how we start our young dogs off training  £40. as an add on only after booking the one- to- one experience .
  •  booking  in advance is Essential,spectators add £10
  • each
  • for Corporate. Hen parties Kids parties with the runner ducks ,,county Team building, ect please get in touch for prices, ALSO NEW FOR 2018,[ SEE NEW RULES 2020 ]A SHEEPDOG DEMO AT TOTTERBANK,FOR   A  TOUR GROUP OR FRIENDS AND FAMILY WHO JUST WANT TO WATCH THE DOGS WORKING AND SHOWING OFF THE HANDLER SKILLS , 
  • FOR SPECIAL REQUIREMENTS please ring and we will try to help

Credit Card Payments

  •  we can accept most  l major  credit/ debit  card payments   or cleared chq ,   and  you can book and pay on the phone,  please note payments are not  refundable and non transferable  early booking  are best  
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Sheepdog Demo Only half hour and up to 12 people in same family, price on request
One-to-One Tuition approx hour session in 2nd field - £80 each and up to 3 handlers only
Spectators with a handler  £10 per person  [  with the person booking  handling 
 to book the  extra half hour to watch a  Young dog" training session as an add on  to the one- to- one session   please add £45   

Advisory Information T and C 

  • Please ring 07788298432  . for details on  bookings -
  • Gift vouchers are valid for 6 months from date of purchase, PLEASE NOTE  after that they are void.,, !   
  • we are not open to the general public  as everyone is pre booked  in advance , and Coach trip demos please  ring for more information to book times 
  • Don't forget to bring suitable waterproofs and warm clothing. IF COLD WEATHER .
  • Remember to bring stout waterproof, non-slip foot wear or Wellington boots must be fit enough to move around the sheep
  • Please think carefully before booking. If you have a fear/allergy of dogs, sheep or farm animals  ect  then this experience is  not  suitable for you  .and please  don't have  clothes that you mind getting muddy ! 


  you are  booking that time  SESSION ,, spectators  ie your friends or family are £10 per person ,   take photos yes ! but  NO filming sorry without permission.                                                                                                                                   we can also offer TEAM BUILDING  AND CORPORATE EVENTS   ,   ask for details.......advance booking only  ,  email  we have  public liability  ins  PLEASE NOTE . WE ARE . MONDAY TO FRIDAY  FOR SHEEPDOG EXPERIENCE  but  corporate  event or family demonstrations   ect can sometimes be done at a weekend please ring for prices and dates      news  WE HAVE SANITIZER ON THE GATE PLEASE USE THIS  or your own   IN  AND GOING OUT