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Animal and Land 29Feb 2016

From pouncing over poles to tearing through tunnels, dextrous dogs jump in on the arena action at Hartpury!

From pouncing over poles to tearing through tunnels, dextrous dogs jump in on the arena action at Hartpury!

Hartpury may be most famous for heroic horses wowing crowds in the arena, but leaping labradors and see-sawing spaniels could now be jumping in on the action!


Students will be able to gain more experience in dog training and have their eyes opened to a major growth area in the animal industry after Hartpury opened a new dog agility arena this week.


They will have the chance to observe and work with dog and owner partnerships using a variety of new equipment, including an A-frame, a dog walk, tunnels, weaves, a see-saw, tyres and jumps.


Students on all College and University Centre animal courses will access new learning opportunities thanks to the new dog agility facilities through lectures and practical sessions in the arena.


Lucy Clarke, who heads up Animal Science degree programmes at Hartpury, said: “I do some dog agility for fun at a local club with my female border collie cross, Tia, and I’ve been able to give a practical demonstration this week to the second year Animal Behaviour and Welfare Foundation and Honours degree groups. They found it really interesting.


“The new facilities will enable them to gain a deeper insight into canine training, fitness, health and safety and the careers available in this area. Several of Hartpury’s animal graduates have gone on to work as dog trainers and it‘s a booming area of the industry. A lot of rescue centres, for example, now use dog agility to improve behaviour and maintain the fitness of rescue dogs.


“The students could also use the dog agility facilities to support their own research and dissertation projects and there will be new commercial opportunities too. We’ve already been contacted by trainers interested in hiring out the equipment and the arena to run classes for their own client groups.”

02 Dec 2016 Animal and Land

Good moos – an unusual arrival adds a splash of colour to Hartpury’s dairy herd

Meet Ruby Tuesday, the rare red and white calf who is breaking up the monochrome pattern of the Holstein-Friesian herd at Hartpury’s Home Farm.

28 Nov 2016 Animal and Land

Furry friend frazzled by fireworks? Can pet products help to soothe the stress? Hartpury researcher investigates

Hartpury lecturer Sienna Taylor has been involved in new research looking into the effectiveness of ‘Pet Remedy’ - a product made from natural ingredients that aims to calm pets in stressful situations.

28 Nov 2016 Animal and Land

Student fundraising gives anti-poaching patrols more bite at wildlife reserve

Thanks to money raised by Hartpury University Centre students, two dogs will be joining the fight against poaching at Mankwe Wildlife Reserve.

16 Nov 2016 Animal and Land

Hartpury’s Hannah harnesses her best as she aces her shot at Great Britain dream

A Hartpury student who has been taking dog walking to a whole new level through the unusual sport of canicross will take on Europe’s elite after being picked for Great Britain.