For world-renowned sheepdog trainer, Allistair Lyttle, his talent and that of his dogs has brought many successes at sheepdog trials near and far – as well as providing the opportunity to travel the world and even meet the love of his life!
Training dogs since the age of eight on the family farm outside Pettigo, Allistair’s love for dogs has certainly opened up a world of opportunities.
From appearing on the BBC programme ‘One Man and his Dog’, to winning countless sheepdog trials around the world and, most recently, being given the high profile position of president of the Ireland Branch of the International Sheepdog Society, you could say Allistair, now aged 44, owes much to his four-legged friends.
Allistair’s newest role will see him represent committed sheepdog trainers throughout Ireland, and make key decisions over the next four years for an organisation that has been representing sheepdogs since 1906.
From humble beginnings near Pettigo training dogs as a youth under the expert guidance of father, David, Allistair admits he can scarce believe the opportunities sheepdog training has given him.
“It’s amazing to look back and think about the places I have been to compete and judge sheepdog trials,” he said. “It has taken me all around the world. I have been in Norway, Texas, Missouri, Holland, Sweden, Germany, Belgium, France and Italy”. Just prior to Christmas he was competing in Switzerland.
“I was even judging a competition in Majorca recently,” he added.
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