Sheepdog Experience
Sheepdog Experience
5
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Tuesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Wednesday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Thursday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Friday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Saturday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
Sunday
10:00 AM - 3:00 PM
About
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.
East Norton, Leicestershire, England
Meets animal welfare guidelines

Awards
Travellers' Choice
2023

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sarah
Stourbridge, UK4 contributions
Jan 2024 • Friends
A brilliant day from start to finish. Meeting and spending time with Nij was quite simply delightful. Meeting his dogs, that and so so much more!!!!! Nij is without doubt a talented and experienced trainer. However, what stuck with us most was his belief that the dogs will learn at their own pace and in their own way. If being ready to compete takes longer…..then so be it. His dogs are at the centre of everything. Misty was patient in allowing us to ‘have a go’ and undoubtedly made us look better than we really were! And what a character is Cai. A mind of his own, but trying desperately to please Nij. We heard today he won his first ever trial just the day after we met him. Just saying! The venue is so beautiful too - coffee and lunch good quality and reasonably priced. A great experience. If you have any interest in learning just how these dogs work and how talented they are, then Nij is the man to share with you.
Written 20 January 2024
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NicR
Leicester, England, United Kingdom3 contributions
Jan 2024 • Solo
Brilliant day! Nij was calm and welcoming & all his dogs were incredible. I got to see the dogs working with a variety of different sheep and he guided me through how to work with Misty myself. His expertise and passion for his dogs, and his sheep, is wonderful to watch and be a part of. Lunch at Launde Abbey was delicious and reasonably priced.
Thanks to Nij for his sage advice, thanks to Misty for putting up with me, thanks to Todd for the furry hugs, thanks to Kai for just being himself.
Written 19 January 2024
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Darren B
1 contribution
Dec 2023 • Solo
Beautiful and amazing day with Nij and his wonderful dogs in the grounds of Launde Abbey. It was a real pleasure to see the dogs in action and listen to how Nij has worked with them over the years. I would recommend this day out as a real treat
Written 9 December 2023
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charrigan28
Wetherby, UK5 contributions
Nov 2023 • Couples
We arrived at Launde Abbey, which is a stunning backdrop for the sheepdog experience in the surrounding parkland. The cafe there have lovely lunch selections and service. Wrap up warmly as although sunny it was cold, but luckily dry so no waterproofs needed.

Just watching the dogs work was mesmerising. Having a Labrador we fully understand the work involved in training dogs and really were in awe of Nij and his approach. We had a turn to work with a dog to move sheep and also to work a little with the sheep and dog, understanding the connection and dynamic between the three.

Thoroughly interesting discussions with Nij, who has a wealth of knowledge. Hoping we’ve absorbed some of the magic and our dog handling skills will improve!
Written 15 November 2023
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jane B
1 contribution
Nov 2023 • Couples
We met Nij at Launde Abbey for our Sheep Dog Trial Experience gift from family members. It was a very cold but sunny day. From the start Nij made us feel very welcome. He clearly has a passion for his vocation. He demonstrated a continuous wish to respect his wonderful sheep dogs through skillful guidance and creating a healthy partnership with them. The whole experience was fascinating and one we will remember fondly. Lunch at the Abbey was very welcome and reasonably priced. Nij is definitely world class at what he does and so generously shared his knowledge with us. We wish Nij all the best.
Written 11 November 2023
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Journey18529011540
1 contribution
Oct 2023 • Friends
A great day with Nij and his dogs. We met at Launde Abbey which has a nice little tea rooms where we had coffee whilst we did introductions, then also had a really nice Lunch as well. The dogs were fantastic and great to see how they were worked. Nij shared his vast experience and we got a great insight into how the dogs are trained, as well as understanding their behaviours and psychology. He demonstrated the dogs working and we all got to do several different exercises working with the dogs and sheep as well. Really enjoyed it.
Written 25 October 2023
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Heather
England, UK112 contributions
Oct 2023 • Couples
Doesn't respond to enquiries, so unable to book which is really disappointing as we were really looking forward to booking what we thought would be a really exciting day out.
Written 15 October 2023
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Thank you for posting the review. An email was sent to you in May 2023 and a date was offered to you in October but no response was received to this. Maybe my email got spammed. You further emailed me in September and I was unable to respond as I sadly I contracted Covid for the very first time and as such have taken a long time to recover and indeed am still recovering now. Sorry you were left feeling disappointed. Sadly as a full time farmer with no other admin support some aspects of my work had to give. Please accept my sincere apologies.
Written 23 October 2023
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Lee B
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Solo
Nij was a great host, knowledgeable and experienced in what he does best. He taught us the basic fundamentals of how you start out and gave us some fascinating experiences of shepherding in rough terrain. He also let us see just how difficult it really is by letting us have a go. Lunch in the abbey cafe was delicious and very reasonably priced. A thoroughly enjoyable day, one I won’t forget! Thanks Nij, and more importantly thanks Misty for listening to me!
Written 26 August 2023
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Michelle K
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Family
We had the most fantastic day with Nij and his team of dogs. Nij had lots of time to speak to me about my young collie and seeing his dogs work and getting to work them was amazing . Thanks Nij for a great day .
Written 25 August 2023
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Robin H
1 contribution
Aug 2023 • Couples
Excellent day being shown how amazing these dogs and handler are. Nij was a great host with a wealth of knowledge and even got us shepherding!
Written 24 August 2023
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