Agility Activities And Work

Agility, activities and work for Lancashire Heelers

NEWS for all Lancshire Heeler owners interested in agility and Lancashire Heeler Activities!

Jess Flanagan (Trapsyke Lancashire Heelers) has started a Facebook Discussion Group for Lancashire Heeler Agility and more. Most of the contributors to these web pages are members and the discussion is helpful, friendly and lively. Contact me by email if you'd like to be added to the group. Or send me a facebook message by finding me via this facebook link.

Lancashire Heelers make ideal agility dogs

Lancashire Heelers are intelligent, full of energy and ideal for activity, work and competition as well as making wonderful companions. Strong and agile, , the agility arena offers a great opportunity for a dog to use up excess energy. Be under no illusions, the discipline and training required for these events are no mean feat but there is no doubt that they provide great fun and entertainment for Lancashire Heelers, their handlers, and a captivated audience.

First steps to Lancashire Heeler agility and more

If you are thinking of starting out in agility or other activities there are some good tips on the Kennel Club website. Links to their most relevant pages are given on the bottom left of this page.

Hogan The Lancashire Heeler is one of the most active Lancashire Heelers we know. Here he is seen in his latest adventure with Flyball:

Hogan. a very active Lancashire Heeler

More Lancashire Heeler Agility Stars

Lancashire Heeler Thistle




Trapsyke Lancashire Heelers do agilty and more

Clive, (Telpoolwyn Extra Special)




Clive, (Telpoolwyn Extra Special) is owned by Carol Johnson. As well as agility, Clive also has a distinction award in heel work to music.





Lancashire Heeler Firkin, A clear round that was unbeatable!



Firkin (Simonsville Casper) after his first major win at Wigton, Cumbria Kennel Club agility show. The only clear round and winning his class in Grade 1 Agility. Mum Joy Fairbairn describes him as a Pocket Rocket!

Lancashire Heeler Firkin clears the A frame








Lancashire Heelers and Agility

Sue Keen has actually done what many of us think and talk about doing and never get around to - agility with her Lancashire Heeler! If you're looking for inspiration loook no further. We all know how quick, agile and intelligent the Lancashire Heeler is but these action shots show what happens when it comes together with discipline and practice.

Hogan the Lancashire Heeler Does Agility!


I started training Hogan (Lancamb Secret Xander) for agility when he reached 12 months old. He took to it very quickly, often being referred to as 'teacher's pet' in our class!

We had to wait until he was 18 months old to compete, our club show was scheduled for a couple of weeks after this so off we went.

Lancashire Heeler, 'Hogan' performing the 'weave'
Hogan is not a heeler that likes the rain, and typically it poured all day, so with very low expectations we set off around the course just hoping to finish in one piece. Not only did we finish but we got a clear round and a huge cheer from our club members watching!

We have been to two more shows since then and came home with another two clear round rosettes, so hopefully we have a promising future ahead!

Sue Keen and Hogan

Lancashire Heeler, Hogan - never 'tyred'!


More Pictures of Lancashire Heeler Hogan

  • Lancashire Heeler Hogan does Agility: Flyball is a breeze!
  • Lancashire Heeler Hogan does Agility: All a Heeler needs is a guiding hand
  • Lancashire Heeler Hogan does Agility: Easy doest it
  • Lancashire Heeler Hogan does Agility: Preparation is everything
  • Lancashire Heeler Hogan does Agility: The Weave
  • Lancashire Heeler Hogan does Agility: Overcoming the Hurdles
  • Lancashire Heeler Hogan does Agility: A small step for the Heeler!
  • Lancashire Heeler Hogan does Agility: How Many More?
  • Lancashire Heeler Hogan does Agility: Staying the Course.
  • Lancashire Heeler Hogan does Agility: Over again...
  • Lancashire Heeler Hogan does Agility: Me tyred?
Lancashire Heeler Hogan does Agility: All a Heeler needs is a guiding hand
Lancashire Heeler Hogan does Agility: All a Heeler needs is a guiding hand

Lancashire Heelers and more!

I love the hurdle picture, where he has his little paws right up by his face and the concentration as he flies through the air with the greatest of ease, that's our Flying Firkin the pocket rocket alright!!


I wrote this when I first got Firkin 3 years ago. With a new Lancashire Heeler puppy it seems apt to revisit it!

'He was so divine, when he first became mine,
As a puppy he really was gorgeous,
But his famous misdeeds
and the life that he leads
Compares badly with that of the Borgias.'

This is the first verse of a Christopher Curtis poem that still seems to ring in my ears, especially after having taken delivery of our cute 8 week old puppy 'Firkin'. As I said to my husband the other day, do you realise we've had Firkin 6 months now. As I looked wistfully into the distance, I thought to myself how it had seemed a lot longer.

Although I had owned dogs of all various shapes and sizes before, nothing quite prepares you for a Lancashire Heeler! At first, being so small, one followed his antics with ooh's and aah's of delight as the little chap explored his new home. Little were we prepared for the havoc reeked by a small tornado resembling a cross between a Tasmanian Devil and a mole, within just a few weeks.
The cat flap was negotiated at a very early age and we were very impressed, which quickly turned to dismay when it became a source of much entertainment to see what was the largest object he could pull through it, buckets were always a challenge. The impact of catapulting himself through it at 90 miles per hour since he's got bigger, now means it is cracked in 3 places and I stand in wonder as my husband patches it up with extra strengthening methods of bolts and lead plates. The cat, having been given sedatives and counselling has now taken up weight training to enable him to lift it! His exuberance as he takes a 'mad moment' and hurtles in missile mode a wall of death lap of the garden at full throttle, in through the cat flap then a lap of the house normally with a leap from 6 feet away, onto your head that is resting gently on the sofa as you are watching TV leaving indentations of muddy puppy pads on your forehead, takes some getting used to. We weren't aware of his climbing abilities or bounceability until he was a little older, when we were puzzled as to how things 3 feet off the ground could be tampered with. We now understand that there must be a missing link lurking somewhere in the recesses of the Heelers ancestry to a branch of spider monkey and Tigger.

Our house now looks somewhat unusual as anything remotely resembling a step of some sort is turned on it's side to stop 'Firkin' scaling the heights of the bookshelves and windowsills that would make Sherpa Tenzing proud. Friends who visit have learned not to comment on upturned tables, footstools, and yes, even a saddle stand, with saddle, that acted as a willing accomplice on the raid of the 4 foot high shelf housing the 'James Well Beloved' Crackerjacks. Which was proved by parading in front of us the empty packet to show what a clever boy he had been! He's an inquisitive little fellow too. Whilst out on a walk in a very remote piece of Moor-land near where we live, we came across some folk who had parked up their rather luxurious motor home and were standing with some friends pondering over a map to decide which way they would proceed to embark on a walk. I stopped and chatted and passed the time of day for 5 minutes or so as we discussed possibilities of routes they could take. When I started to proceed and looked around for my trusty Heeler, he was no where to be seen. With my eyes normally looking at ground level, they were averted by a movement up higher and Yes, who was sitting IN the passenger seat IN the motor home, looking out the windscreen at us all with a smile on his face was none other than 'Firkin'. We locked eye contact whereby he then skipped lightly onto their table leaving a muddy paw signature, down onto the floor and out the door that had been left so conveniently open and we hurriedly continued on our way.

One interesting little habit that has become apparent, is how tidy he likes to be. Now I'm not talking at home, with his toys, which are repeatedly strewn with abandon around every square inch of the floor. One enters a room cautiously and picks a way through on tippy toes, so as not to play a tune on the numerous squeaky toys and fluffy objects or land on a much cherished chew. No, this is about giving rabbits and other furry mammals that have met their maker on our highways and byways a proper burial. Staying at a holiday cottage last September, our morning walk was on a flexi lead along a country lane. Unfortunately there had been a lot of furry fatalities and Firkin felt a compelling duty to lift every one (however old, stiff or flattened) off the road and take it to the verge, where it was ceremoniously buried with dignity. This meant my walking time tripled and although not a lot of distance was covered, I can vouch for all 28 bunnies peacefully laid to rest.

His latest action of note and a lesson well learned, was to lock me out of my car whilst he was inside. Having been for a lovely walk, we got back to the car park. I opened up the back tailgate, whereby he jumped in as usual and went to the front seat where he is normally strapped in with a harness. I sat on the back of the car and changed my boots and absent mindedly left my car keys. As I moved around to the driver's door he came across to meet me and CLICK, down went his little paw on the lock which activated the central locking. It was only then I realised with horror that the keys were still lying in the back with my boots. A phone call (lucky my mobile was still in my pocket) to my husband at his work, who then had to go home to collect my spare keys and come and meet me and an hour and a half later I was rescued, whilst Firkin looked at me from inside wagging his tail, wondering why I was standing outside and not taking him home for his mid morning snack. At least it wasn't raining.

Obedience training hasn't been his forte. Dennis the Menace is a word that springs to mind, that and a penchant for tall bitches with long flowing hair, that I have to drag him out from underneath. Agility is faring much more successfully though as it appeals to his need for movement. On a trip down to Lancashire before Christmas and a walk in some local woods, it was amazing how many people exclaimed 'Is that a Lancashire Heeler?' Everyone had stories to tell with fondness about ones they had owned or known. For all his antics and mischievousness, you can't help but love the little fellow and I always think how cute he looks when he's sleeping! Yes, life hasn't been the same since 'Firkin' arrived. It's been richer. Enhanced by a little being so full of life and enthusiasm in whatever he does, a curiosity and interest in the world around him, the simple pleasures in life. A butterfly to chase, a bug to inspect with his nose and to watch him run and run and run and run with his little heart bursting with love and joy.

'My Heeler's no good at all he won't come when I call,
He won't 'stay there' or 'fetch it' or 'sit'.
All the furniture's gnawed my commands all ignored
Except 'Heel 'which he leapt to and bit!'


Firkin flies through the air with the greatest of ease!
Friends have learned not to comment!

Lancashire Heeler Working Activities - Blood Tracking

The purpose of blood tracking is to use dogs to find wounded animals, such as deer, bear and elk. This usually takes place on a long lead. Reasons for use vary across the World. In some countries it may be as an aid to hunters of deer and bear. In others the practice is used as an aid to ethical cullling as in deer management in Scotland. Dogs are used to ensure that animal suffering is kept to a minimum.

As this requires highly trained, intelligent dogs, field trials are also becoming popular. Dogs suited to the task, unsurprisingly, are usually drawn from the hunting group and dogs whether bloodhounds or dachsunds compete.

Lancashire Heeler Swedish and Norwegian Blood Tracking Champion - Elsa

Lancashire Heeler Elsa, Swedish and Norwegian Blood Tracking Champion and owner Hanna Nilsson

Here Hanna Nilsson writes about her Lancashire Heeler Elsa, the Swedish and Norwegian Blood Tracking Champion. Congratulations to Hanna and Elsa on their success against very strong competition.

"In Sweden to become a bloodtracking champion you have to do a 'natural ability' test /'tendency' test first. This means that you can't start in the open class before you past the natural ability/tendency test.

Natural Ability / Tendency TestLancashire Heeler Elsa, Swedish and Norwegian Blood Tracking Champion

This is a trail that is 2-5 hours old, 600 metres long, contains four right angles and a blood intermission for 10-15 metres on a straight distance. You have 30 minutes to complete the trail. At the end of the trail is a roe deer cloven foot. For a 600 metres trail we use 1/3 litre blood.

Open Class

In this class the trail is still 600 metres and again contains 4-5 right angles. The trail is 12-24 hours old and you have 45 minutes. Blood intermission is in an angle and on a straight distance and in a return in an angle. Over night there are plenty of animals passing the trail, for example. wild boar (pigs), elk/moose, deer, badger etc. The dog must concentrate on the right trail/track and not get tempted on a fresh one.

50 metres before the trail ends there is a gun shot test and see if the dog is able to continue the trail/tracking.

The Lancashire heeler is a dog wíth many possibilities! All the best Hanna Nilsson & ElsaVisit Hanna and Elsa's website



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