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Introduction to Sheep Dog Handling - College Certificate

Course Level: 

College Certificate

Overview of the course: 

Farming and Agriculture has been a major part of Bob Shaw’s working life. As Agriculture Lecturer here at Houghall he enjoys working in many different aspects of agriculture using farming methods both traditional and modern. With a keen interest in the countryside and environmental issues Bob has taken on roles within various committees including Secretary and Founder Member of Lakeland Shearers which is the biggest one day shearing competition in UK and also Founder Member and Chairman of the National Alpaca Shearers Association. Bob thoroughly enjoys teaching the next generation of Farmers and we are delighted to announce a range of new agricultural short courses including, lambing, sheep shearing, sheep dog training and small holders course

Entry requirements: 

No entry requirements


Bob has 40 years experience working with sheep dogs especially bearded collies and has entered many sheep dog trials over the years. Within this practical course you will learn to instruct your dog to run left, right, stop, fetch and pen in field. Every dog is different so the course will cater for each Shepherd and dog individually. In-lamb ewes will not be used although different types of sheep will be used. It is expected that all dogs are on good command, however any rough dog will be asked to leave, [any injuries sustained will be charged at cost] All dogs must be on a lead when not on field, working. Lessons will be on 20min sessions, 3 sessions for each dog and handler.

How is the course assessed?: 

No assessment

Length of the course: 

1 day course 10.00 am to 4.00 pm


Houghall Campus, Durham

When does the course start: 

Sessions are running on
Sunday 28th January 2018
Saturday 10th February 2018
Saturday 31st March 2018
Sunday 22nd April 2018

More important information about this course:


£120 per person
*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (20 Jun 2018 12:10) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

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