Heeler herding sheep

Training a Lancashire Heeler to herd sheep

Posted Posted in Dog activities, Fun with dogs

Ann Jordan has kindly sent me a piece about her gorgeous liver and tan Heeler, Flora, and how she started to train her for herding.  We meet her each year at Discover Dogs so she is a multi-talented little dog! Wanting to “downsize” from Collies and Kelpies, I chose a Lancashire Heeler to help with sheep control in the future.  Not really knowing anything about how a Heeler may work, I was taking a risk but having met one or two, I decided it was worth it.  Basic training was easy as Flora was very bright and eager to learn […]

FAB Agility Show

Posted Posted in Agility, Fun with dogs

Today we attended our first proper FAB Agility Show at the Turnpike Showground in Motcombe.  Just took Dora for practice and to fathom out how an agility show works – quite a lot of waiting around for your turn but everyone is very friendly and helpful to “Newbies”!  Our trainer Tracy Ryan was there competing and pointed us in the right direction although in the excitement of running the course I completely lost my way but Dora was amazing and did the correct route regardless – we didn’t do the weaves as we haven’t got the hang of doing 12 […]

Dora taking a break

Couch to 5k with your dog

Posted Posted in Agility, Fun with dogs, Health

How to get fitter for agility – Couch to 5k with your dog! Dora and I have started a 9 week course of Couch to 5k with Poole Joggers.   Well, I have joined Poole Joggers and Dora accompanies us on the two practice runs in between! It is a course especially designed for beginners – based on the NHS Couch to 5k plan  – and is ideal for anyone looking to take up running, meet new friends and get active! You can download the NHS App from the above link and do it yourself or, as we do, use the […]

Recipe for Liver Cake

Posted Posted in Fun with dogs

Making your own dog treats isn’t that complicated and is a way of knowing exactly what ingredients go into the treats.   Our dogs absolutely love the liver cake treats and will do anything for them! This is a very easy recipe and you can basically use whatever sort of flour you have in the cupboard – I often use a mixture of wholemeal and oats for example.  The garlic is optional but I add it as it helps keep the dogs healthy and as added protection against ticks and fleas. For the little cupcakes in the photo above I made […]

How to make a Snuffle Mat!

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Snuffle mats can be made very easily and keep dogs occupied using their nose to find either small treats or kibble – especially useful when the weather is wet – they are also easily portable and washable.   Click on Dora to see her in action!   You will need: A fleecy throw or two (I found some in Wilko) A Rubber mat – you can use an outdoor mat or a sink drainer Sharp scissors Plus some patience and a good film on tv! Cut the fleece into long strips about 2 inches wide and varying in length from between 7 […]

Corgi Wedding Cake Toppers

Wedding Cake fun!

Posted Posted in Fun with dogs

Well our son James and Becky got married in September and I offered to make the cake – little knowing what I was letting myself in for!  However with help and advice from Heeler friends – and Dora of course who managed to lick the odd rose – we got there, complete with Corgi cake toppers made by Lynn. We even found a use for the Cricut machine and made Place Names for everyone, doggy themed wedding all round 🙂

Lancashire Heelers playing football on the beach

Posted Posted in Dog friendly places to stay, Fun with dogs

Lancashire Heelers are excellent at playing football! In June we drove up to Northumberland and hired a holiday cottage this year rather than hauling the caravan all the way!  We can thoroughly recommend Annstead Farm as a dog friendly place to stay and this wonderful beach is just across the road: Lancashire Heelers playing football video If you would like to visit the lovely Beadnall Bay where this video was filmed, here is a handy map.