Experience Days with Dogs - Sheepdog experience days, husky sledding, pet grooming & pet photoshoot

Here are some dog experience days available in the UK - or ways to introduce waggy tail magic into your life!

Sheepdog Training Day
West Yorkshire

Sheepdog Training Day

Spend up to five hours on a farm and go back to basics, working with nature.  You can really tap into the bond between man (or woman) and dog, as you find out about the special skills developed by shepherds over the centuries.  Expert tuition is provided by talented Barbara Sykes, a shepherdess, farmer and dog trainer.  Lunch is not included, but there is a pub nearby.  The experience content may vary, but this is surely a great gift for any country lover who wants to try their hand at working with dogs. Find out more from Virgin Experience Days


Meet the Huskies and Entry to Eagle Heights Wildlife Foundation for Two, Kent

Meet the Huskies and Entry to Eagle Heights Wildlife Foundation for Two

Head to Kent, where you'll go into the Husky Enclosure with an experienced keeper.  Here you'll be able to get close to and interact with these stunning dogs!  This is a great chance to take photos and discover more about the breed and meet over 30 huskies - they've all got their own personality! All the huskies at Eagle Heights are rescue.  And as part of the experience, you can enjoy entry to Eagle Heights, which is home to many rescued animals and birds. Find out more from Virgin Experience Days


Take your dog on a dog-friendly break!

Take your dog on a dog-friendly break!

Red Letter Days have a number of dog-friendly breaks so that you can take your dog with you and explore new places together!  You can choose from a selection of one or two night stays, and there's a variety of places to stay from glamping sites to hotels and countryside inns. Some locations include breakfast. Vouchers are valid for two people. Owners and dogs should be well-behaved!  Get 10% off with Red Letter Days until 31 December 2024 with the code AHW2024RLD - it's site wide, though some products are excluded.


Hike with Huskies and Entry to Eagle Heights Wildlife Foundation for Two, Kent

Hike with Huskies and Entry to Eagle Heights Wildlife Foundation for Two

There are miles of footpaths and private trails here in Kent, and accompanied by a group of gorgeous huskies, you'll hike for about 2 miles across the North Downs.  Get your camera ready to take lots of photos as you gaze across the Derwent Valley!  The keepers will share their knowledge with you, and you can enjoy entry to Eagle Heights Wildlife Foundation where there are a range of rescued animals including meerkats, servals and reptiles. Find out more from Virgin Experience Days


Introduction to Dog Grooming in West Sussex

Introduction to Dog Grooming in West Sussex

Get a taste of life as a dog groomer, or learn how to treat your woof to some TLC or just have a day with a woof with this Introduction to Dog Grooming experience. You can discover how to prepare, style and finish a breed of dog - you can either bring your own from home, or choose one from the academy.   The day starts at 11am and finishes at 2pm.   This is available from Virgin Experience Days.


Border Collie Experience
From £99.00 

Border Collie Experience

Learn to work livestock with a whistle on this fabulous Border Collie experience day!  Collies make the perfect sheepdog and this session in the Leicestershire countryside gives you a great insight into how man and dog work together.  By the end of the day, you'll be calling commands and maybe even getting the sheep dog to do basic moves!   Courses run from 10am - 2.30pm with a break for lunch (not included).  Go to Into the Blue to find out more and to buy this experience  


Cake, Coffee and Cuddles for Two at the Edinburgh Chihuahua Cafe

Cake, Coffee and Cuddles for Two at the Edinburgh Chihuahua Cafe

Sit back and relax while the eight resident Chihuahuas wander amongst guests, greeting you with licks and snuggles.  Order a loose leaf tea, or unique hot chocolate or creative coffee and tuck into a decadent slice of cake!   The Chihuahuas may choose a lap to lie on, or you may get involved in a game of fetch or tug of war.    Find out more from Virgin Experience Days. 


Pet Photoshoots available from Virgin Experience Days

Pet Photoshoots available from Virgin Experience Days

Gift experience company Virgin Experience Days have a Pet Photoshoot experience which give you the chance to have a professionally taken photo of your pet.  There's also a Bespoke Outdoor Photoshoot for Dogs which takes place at a pre-arranged location within 50 miles of Brighton, Exeter, and Oxford. (Within a 10 to 50 mile radius of each city there is a £0.45 per mile charge.) 


Dog Photoshoot with Image, WiltshireThere's a Dog Photoshoot with Image in Wiltshire

Head to Imagine Photography's wonderful photography studio and take advance of their enclosed garden studio, featuring floral walkways, various wooden backdrops, infamous peek-through rustic windows, ivy walls, rose arches, and various seating areas.   Available for up to three well-behaved dogs, your pooch not only gets to show off their photoshoot skills, but they can also run about in the large studio.   At a later date, head back for a private cinema viewing at the studio where you can choose an image for your included 10x8” print portrait worth £105.  Currently £35 instead of £75.00 and it's available from Virgin Experience Days. 

They also offer a Dog Photoshoot with Desk Art Bloc Image for £80.00 (currently 50% off), where you get to choose an image for your included 10x8” desk art bloc portrait, worth £175!  Find out all about it here. 



Personalised Pet Magazine Front Cover with Frame

How about a Personalised Pet Magazine Front Cover with Frame
Now, this isn't an experience as such - but it could make a lovely gift for a dog owner or lover!  Receipients will choose their pet's picture and put them on the front cover of your chosen magazine - there are options such as Dogmopolitan, Rolling Bone, Furbes and Catographic.  They're printed on high quality gloss photo paper in A4 size and you can receive a frame too to hang it on the wall!  For £30 from Virgin Experience Days.

There's also a Personalised Pet Movie Poster with Frame, also for £30 - take a look here. 

The National Trust has many dog friendly places to visit

Many National Trust places are dog friendly

Did you know that the National Trust cares for 700 miles of stunning coastline and 600,000 acres of beautiful countryside?  And that many of the places they care for are dog friendly?  Not all of them, obviously,  but nonetheless that gives you plenty of scope for new walkies with your woof. Some National Trust places may mean your dog can have a really nice walk instead of having to endure motorway stops so you can all enjoy greater calm and beauty on your journey when you paws for a rest.  Take a look anyway at the National Trust's Dog Friendly pages - there's lots of info, so if you think this would be for you or a gift for someone, you could become a member of the National Trust.


How about the experience of knitting a dog a sweater?

Find out more about Knits for Dogs

Okay, so this isn't an experience day as such, but Hive has a book called  Knits for Dogs : Sweaters, Toys and Blankets for Your Furry Friend.  Created to suit your dog's individual needs, the 16 knitted patterns which include jumpers, neckerchiefs and snoods can be sized up or down to suit a range of small to medium sized breeds.  For £11.19.  Find more information from Hive.co.uk here.


Not a dog experience as such, but you can plan 2025 with an Emma Bridgewater, Dates Dinners & Dog Walks Family Organiser 2025!

Plan 2025 with this Dates Dinners & Dog Walks organiser

This is available from Emma Bridgewater for £12.99.  It's a week to view, starting on Mondays, and has six columns for each member of the family.  If you don't need six columns, you could always use one for noting down dog events such as Crufts (even if you watch it on the TV), local dog shows, favourite dog television programmes you want to see, and so on.  This planner is available from the Calendar Club (who have a huge range of dog calendars, by the way!).  




Lily's Kitchen has some advice from Rory the vet about how to train your dog
Take a look at advice and tips from vet Rory at Lily's Kitchen here
They make delicious, natural recipes, nutritionally made to help keep your dog in great condition!  

Do have a look at their Game Time for dogs and owners, as well!  
Playing games with your dog is a great way to build the bond between you.

PS Check out their Woofbrush range, too - dental chews for dogs.  Woof, woof!

Pooch & Mutt have 5 rainy day activities to enjoy with your dog
Pooch & Mutt have 5 rainy day activities to enjoy with your dog - click here to see them.
 Take a look at their Love-ly Lam Probiotic Meaty Treats, too.
(Pooch & Mutt create an enhanced range of natural meals treats and supplements to give  dogs the optimal ingredients
they need to boost their mood and behaviour, paw in paw with their physical health.)