About Nij Vyas

Nij has been a dog trainer for 25 years working with all breeds of dog in many different areas; behaviour consultations, sheepdog training and sheep socialisation. His experience has primarily developed through watching and studying adult dogs and puppies and where possible adopting a silent and calm approach. It is only too easy, when faced with a problem, to assume that the dog is always at fault, however, this can never bring about success. He prefers to look at his own failings and if his dogs make a mistake when he looks to change his own actions.

Nij’s dog approach is characterised by placing a greater emphasis on understanding rather than change and looking at the training process as a partnership. Nij’s first love is of Border Collie dogs which he has worked and trained for over 28 years. Since competing in his first sheepdog trial in 1992 he has found success all over the World, winning may open trials and championships, represented England at International level. Nij was part of the “5 man” winning England team at the World Sheepdog Trials in the Netherlands in 2017. Despite his success, Nij always looks forward to new challenges and new methods of working with dogs.

In July 2010 his first book “Sheepdog Training and Trials” was published by Crowood Press and feedback from both Border Collie owners and competitors as wells as owners of other dog breeds have remarked how useful the book as proved in managing their dog’s behaviour. The book has sold worldwide and been reprinted twice. It is also available as an E-Book.

In 2015 Nij launched a new DVD called “Practical Shepherding” which follows Todd and Mist over 18 months; from birth, their first time with sheep, and culminating in working on a sixty-acre park with a large flock. Whilst Mist lacks confidence early on, Todd is more feisty and challenging. The subject of gripping sheep, amongst many others, is discussed at length. There is something here for everyone.

This is the perfect accompaniment to Nij’s book


Nij Vyas SheepdogTraining book

About Katie Burchett

Katie has been working with Bertie for just over three years and is a very popular trainer with both dogs and members. She trained as an actor at drama school in Birmingham but has always wanted to work with dogs, has always had a keen interest in animal psychology. Now she’s found the perfect balance between pursuing both her passions in Leicester; performing and dog training. She recently completed the Advanced Canine Behaviour Diploma with the British College of Canine Sciences, gaining a distinction. She is a big asset to Bertie Dog training and runs our Beginner and Intermediate sessions.

Katie and Mist