2023 News

A very successful training day was hosted at Bearwood Farm with David Cole training for 12 sessions. It was fully booked soon after advertising and David will be doing more training in the future.

The day was a mix of sunshine and showers and the livestock box in the training field was fully utilised all day for shelter, tea & coffee and great discussion.

His excellent assessment of each dog and clear communication made the sessions so helpful for all participants Each session focused on a particular area of training the handler had identified and guidance was given on ways to correct or improve in these problem areas with demonstration and practice of the solutions offered.

The problem and solutions were discussed with the whole group and this shared learning gave increased benefit for each participant. All left with a plan of action to work on at home, more tools in their tool kit.


DESS training day on Sunday 30th July

Start time 9am hosted at Bearwood farm Brentor PL19 0NF with David Cole training.


There will be a charge of £30 per person, tea & coffee, biscuits provided, bring a packed lunch.


Each booked session will have a morning and afternoon one to one with David and their dog working on known problems or general areas of concern, along with the benefit of watching an listening whilst others work their dogs.


Limited number of places, first come first served. Please book direct with Julie Tucker 07970 033813


2022 News

The Devon and Exmoor Sheepdog Society donated £208 to South West Fishing for Life. As well as £200 to the Devon Air Ambulance trust in December 2022.

Just a note to say Jonathan Backhouse sadly died peacefully in his sleep on the 23rd December, all who knew him will remember what a character he was. Our prayers and thoughts are for Mavis and the family.

The Devon & Exmoor Sheepdog Society donated £325 to the Devon Air Ambulance. This was raised on a training day kindly hosted by David Grant.

The Devon & Exmoor Sheepdog Society donated £200 to Childrens Hospice South West in November 2022.

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