Game Fairs 2019

Posted Posted in Game Fair

The year is passing so quickly and once again the Game Fairs are upon us with the May Bank Holidays approaching fast!  We had a wonderful time last year going around the country attending all the Living Heritage Game Fairs.  However this year Netley and Essex Game Fairs have been dropped mainly due to the weather last year which was too hot at Netley and too wet and cold at Essex.  So hoping this year will be better! Calling any interested Heeler owners? We are always looking out for Lancashire Heeler owners who would like to come and give a couple […]

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 […]

Hampshire Country Show – May 2018

Posted Posted in Game Fair

It was a blisteringly hot couple of days at the Hampshire Country Show on 6-7 May 2018 – quite the opposite to Thame a month ago! Everyone was feeling the heat and we had taken our cool coats for the dogs which they wore all day long.  Many people were asking why our dogs were wearing coats in the heat and were surprised when touching them how cool and refreshing they were – we were also asked if there was a human version as there was very little shade on the showground!  Maybe there is a marketing opportunity here?  We […]

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 […]

How to make a Snuffle Mat!

Posted Posted in Fun with dogs

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 […]

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.