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Dog days out in Yorkshire

Rosemary Hyslop (with beaded necklace) and Philippa Williams mapping out the site at Layhead Cottages for the Open Day.

This is the second annual open day at Layhead Farm Cottages in Rathmell near Settle, North Yorkshire and this year there is plenty to interest dog lovers and others alike. The open day on Sunday 10th October 2004 from 11.00am – 4.00pm will be held in the grounds of Layhead Farm Cottages, which is a group of six holiday cottages owned by Rosemary and Tim Hyslop of Field House, Rathmell.

Entry is free and open to everyone. The highlight of the event are demonstrations by the Champion dog trainer, Philippa Williams, who has just moved into Yorkshire from Gloucester where she was well known for her skills and new approach to training dogs. She was invited by the Kennel Club of Great Britain to demonstrate at Crufts this year.

Philippa will be demonstrating general training for your dog using the clicker method, and then she will put her six dogs through agility and fly ball exercises and finally demonstrate how to work your dog within a shooting situation of hunting and retrieving. She will be bringing with her a team of nine people and Rosemary Hyslop said, "I am sure these demonstrations will be of interest to many dog lovers who have dogs as pets or in a working environment. We all want our dogs to be well behaved and part of our family lives but sometimes it is isn’t so simple."

Situated within the cottages and of interest to both amateur and professionals there is to be a photographic exhibition of landscapes by Kirstie Handley of Bedale, an up-coming freelance photographer who was for many years a professional press photographer and now photographs unusual images of our Dales landscape. She will be there in person with her camera and her images to talk to visitors and demonstrate her skills.

Every hour Rosemary Hyslop will take visitors around the cottages and show how she has creatively developed farm buildings such as a cow shed, barns and milking parlour into stylish holiday homes complete with games room and adventure playground.

Rosemary says, ‘"We always enjoy having visitors to our open day and this year I think people will enjoy seeing Philippa Williams in action with her dogs. She is also willing to talk to visitors about their pets but if you bring your dog you will need to keep it on a lead."

Layhead Cottages believes in promoting local food and produce to all its holiday visitors and a farm stall will be selling local beef, lamb, sausages and bacon from local farms plus locally produced bread and preserves. Refreshments in the form of a barbecue and cream teas will also be available.

Rosemary is a keen member of FARMSTAY, an organisation which promotes holidays on farms and in the countryside, she will be selling raffle tickets on behalf of them to raise money for the Cancer Care Unit at Airedale Hospital. More details from 01729 840234 or

Philippa Williams in front of cottages with dogs on practise day