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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.”

26 Oct 2016 Animal and Land

Happy Halloween from Hartpury! Gloucester Rugby stars get an early fright up close to collection’s critters!

Some of Gloucester Rugby biggest stars and their families headed to Hartpury today to get up close and personal with the College’s cuddly and not so cuddly residents!

18 Oct 2016 Animal and Land

No more tilling – it’s time for direct drilling at Hartpury!

Hartpury Agriculture students had their eyes opened to an alternative approach to sowing the seeds of the future.

17 Oct 2016 Animal and Land

Brexit and beyond –student farmers consider the future of agriculture outside the EU

Hartpury’s student farmers of the future weighed in on the debate and discussions surrounding agriculture in post-Brexit Britain during a talk with local experts.


11 Oct 2016 Animal and Land

Does a harness help make a happy dog? Hartpury research team investigates

What’s the best way to walk your dog? A team of Hartpury researchers have been comparing collars to harnesses to investigate the impact on canine behaviour and comfort.