Wales’ first duck herding experience is celebrating its 15 year anniversary in providing delegates with a unique team building opportunity.
Farmer, sheep dog handler and director of Quack Pack, Merion Owens and his group of seven dogs and 80 Indian runner ducks travel to corporate events and set up a series of obstacle courses to offer delegates the chance to learn the art of duck herding with the help of dogs.
The Quack Pack can cater for up to 200 delegates at any one time and can either work one-to-one or in groups of 30 to 40 delegates depending on the group size. Delegates learn to navigate the ducks through the course by using a series of four verbal commands directed to the dogs.
Meirion Owens, director of Quack Pack, said: “Duck herding is a great activity for a corporate event. Delegates have to communicate with each other and use their initiative. Duck herding has a sense of the unexpected. Seeing a manager loose control of his ducks is great entertainment for the rest of the staff.
“It is a particularly effective task for a mangers away day. The skill of a shepherd is to move the stock as steadily as possible. The bond is the most important thing, you have to be the dog’s master but also their best friend. As you can see there is a lot of synergy between this and managing a team.”
Eirlys Thomas, head of marketing networks at Visit Wales, said: “The Quack Pack is an example of the diversity of product available to the corporate market here in Wales. It is testament to its benefit to the corporate market and its uniqueness that it is celebrating its 15th anniversary this year.
“Conference organisers are always looking for something a bit different to spice up their corporate away days and duck herding definitely ticks all the boxes.”
Meirion started sheep dog trialling at the age of nine and is the third generation in his family to learn the craft. Meirion first started working with Indian runner ducks 17 years ago and was frequently featured on the television series, One Man and his Dog.
Depending on the distance required to travel, costs for hiring the Quack Pack start from £500.
For more information on prices and availability please contact Quack Pack on 01267 290282 or firstname.lastname@example.org .