Dog Boot Camp Residential Training

We Train Your Dog For You

Our Dog Boot Camp Residential Training is a custom package where a dog can stay in our home or clean and comfortable kennels for a minimum of three weeks, whilst spending every day and as much time as is necessary with the Vislor Dog Training Team addressing general obedience needs such as:

  • Dog or Handler Aggression.
  • Coming back when called - recall.
  • Paying attention to you - attentiveness.
  • Unwanted behavior such as jumping up, biting, nipping, mouthing, barking.
  • Learning commands such as sit, stay, wait and walking nicely to heel on a loose lead.
  • Learning to be calm around children and in every day situations.
  • Your dog will also have plenty of exercise and interaction with our own dogs.

We do progress reports to keep you updated and reassured that your pet is safe and well. We do video clips and publish them on our social media sites.

How Residential Dog Training Works

Minimum stay is three weeks, with one week fee payable upon booking and the balance upon commencement of the stay. You can meet with one of our trainers for a chat prior to booking residential dog training so that you can be confident in leaving your pet with us. This also enables us an opportunity to assess the suitability of your dog for this type of training.

Handover Session

An inclusive hand over session will be carried out when the residential dog training is complete. It is beneficial to do the handover at your home so that you can assess your dog’s progress within its own environment (travel expenses to and from your home will apply). We will demonstrate what has been achieved, accompany you on a dog walk and teach you how to keep on top of what your dog has learned.

It may be possible for you to visit us at the Vislor Training Center during the 3rd week of training. You will be able to see first-hand what has been achieved so far and provides an opportunity to identify any areas of the training that we may need to concentrate on.

To advance the training even further you can book additional top up lessons or future residential stays; perhaps when you next go on holiday rather than your pet being stuck in boarding kennels.

£ 460


VISLOR are highly recommended

Our Residential Dog Training Programme is an extremely successful and effective training option .

We have many happy customers - read our independent highly rated reviews on GOOGLE and FACEBOOK

Vislor Training Options

one to one dog training


No need for months of attending group sessions. We teach you how to train your dog.

working & sport dog training

Sport dog training

Training dogs for work and sport is our specialty at Vislor - Award winning IPO Trainers

puppy training advice

Puppy training advice

Our initial 1 hour consultation offers a solid foundation for training your new puppy.

Dog Boot Camp Residential Training Reviews

Megan C & Eric

Megan & her dog Eric Dog Bootcamp Vislor - Salisbury

We sent our 10 month old puppy (Eric) who has issues with reactivity towards pretty much anything that moved, and dominance issues towards myself and my partner. We had spent 6 months of hell trying different training methods, all of which seemed to make Eric worse. We found Vislor after looking for different residential training programs and they seemed to tick all the boxes. We got passed on to Craig and his family who have honestly changed our lives.

Now it wasn't easy to hand my puppy over to Craig, but after an initial consultation, all our questions were answered, the plan of the handover was given to us to make it as smooth for Eric as possible. There was plenty of tears on the lead up to dropping him off and plenty of tears as we drove away, but the pain of not having him for 5 weeks has been worth every second, so if your considering it don't let the idea of your dog not being around you stop you from sending them on residential training.

Craig explained the process of the ideal plan for the next few weeks, and we parted ways with lots of reassurance, i knew Eric was in safe hands. We had a group whatsapp, and we received our first update on his first night away, they explained we wouldn't hear much from them for the first 2 weeks due to them gaining Eric's trust but after this the updates came every few days (Plenty more happy tears followed). Every few days we'd see progress updates and we couldn't believe it was the same dog we had handed over.

Normally Eric would be walked at quiet times of the day, we would avoid people, dogs, any animals, cars, bikes, everything. If we couldn't change direction from the trigger you would find us climbing into bushes holding onto his lead as tight as possible while he reacted. To 2-3 weeks later having a video of Eric looking at horses, going into a busy town with bikes and pushchairs going past him, relaxing at costa whilst Craig and his family had a coffee, it was so surreal to watch.

On collection of Eric we went for a walk, Craig showed us what to do then we took it in turns to walk together. Any questions we had were answered. The handover is not rushed, and Craig will continue till you feel ready to leave, but don't think that's the end of communication as Craig is at the end of the phone after you've returned home for any questions or concerns.

The big thing is returning home with him, we were worried we wouldn't be able to be the same as Craig but to our amazement the foundations Craig has laid have continued into home life. Eric was a bull in a china shop, and although he still has high energy he is able to switch off, before he wouldn't be able to lye down and relax unless he had a bone or was in his crate, now he's able to lye on his bed in the lounge and relax for however long we want him to.

On his walks, he walks by our side, no pulling, listens to commands, has minimal reaction to anything (the odd bark here and there). Previously Eric would lunge, bark, try and pull us over to get to what ever he could see, and would stay heightened for the entire walk, and now for the first time in months I've been able to walk him in a busy area by myself without my partner ready to take over if he starts to react, and with the handover from Craig I had full confidence in what I needed to do if he ever reacts.

Craig and his family are worth every penny, they've given us back a dog we always dreamed of. We've got a long road ahead to keep him trained and to work on his dominance towards us, but Craig has set him up for a happy life which we never though possible!.

Eric will definitely be returning to Craig for boarding/training if we go on holiday, he's been so well looked after and treated I couldn't have asked for more! We've gone from considering rehoming our dog to planning holidays and places we can take him to travel.

Thank you Craig and to your entire family for all putting in the effort to train Eric and get him to best he can be. We will be forever grateful x

Luke Phillips & Mika

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When we got Mika we knew it would be a challenge with a lot of much needed patience and dedication. We started our journey great but as she grew older and more confident, we soon realised we were out of our depth, she suddenly turned deaf to any commands and went about her business without a care.

Walking her became stressful, to a point where we would avoid walking her at certain points of the day which inevitably meant she wasn’t getting the exercise she needed. Then the destruction started, demand barking and lunging at everyone who walked through the front door, (Never aggressive thankfully) we were at our wits end.

We called upon many dog trainers, but they never really seemed to get anywhere. Months later and a lot of money spent we found Vislor, and we thank the lord we did! We connected with Tom & Sharne who explained everything from drop off to collection and beyond.

It was daunting to let go of our baby for 3 whole weeks, but this was eased when we knew she would live with them as part of the family for the duration of her stay. We had updates of her progress with pictures and videos and were amazed with how well she was doing. Fast forward to now, she’s calmer, happier and an absolute joy to be around. We’ve been on some amazing walks with her, her focus is spot on.

Completely changed our lives. We cannot thank you enough for giving us the furry best friend we dreamt of having.

Paula Jones, Kobe & Coco

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Paula Jones and her 2 dogs Kobe & Coco at Vislor Dog Boot Camp - Staffordshire

We cannot recommend Sharne and Tom highly enough. We had a holiday booked and were going to cancel until we heard about the 3 week training programme. Our littermate puppies Kobe and Coco went away when we did, we were kept updated with photographs and messages the whole time we were on holiday and the highlights of our days were updates on their progress.

The puppies were in a lovely environment, a real home from home and came back to us completely happy and having learned to walk much better on their leads. Tom and Sharne have been so supportive with our learning to manage 2 puppies and have been on hand with advice and tips since they have come home.

If you are in anyway unsure, don’t be - we are looking for another holiday soon and won’t hesitate to send our babies back to their second home.

Paul and Paula Jones

Sally Conlon & Logan (GSD)

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Dog trainer Tom with German Shepherd Logan at Vislor Dog Boot Camp

Couldn’t recommend Tom & Sharne more! They have completely changed our life and also our German Shepard’s life too. He’s completely different puppy but still so loving, he has so much more confidence in himself which helps us so much.

The communication with Tom & Sharne was perfect, updates throughout the 3 week course & seeing his development was amazing for us and made us feel at ease. I can’t thank you enough!! I’ve attached a photo of Logan from the other day, this is the first time in a year I’ve been able to walk him on my own and feel in control.

Life changing!

Sukey Fenwick & Pipas (Boston Terrier)

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Vislor Dog Trainer Mo with Boston Terrier Pipas

Our little Boston Terrier spent 3 weeks with Mo for residential training. The results have been amazing. She was very reactive to other dogs, livestock, birds, people and pretty much everything. We were convinced her adrenal gland was too big for her body 😂.

Since coming back we can happily walk past dogs and other animals with out her pulling on the lead at all.

Mo has done such a great job and whenever we have a question or issue he’s always on the other end of the phone.

Kelly Facey & Nala

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We cannot recommend Vislor training with Craig and Kate enough! We’ve had our American bully pup back from her residential training for almost a week now and it’s like having a completely different dog in the house(in the best way).

We originally took her to a Vislor training session with Mo, (who was also brilliant and clearly passionate about dog training) after her excessively energetic nature was starting to make it difficult to walk her. It was apparent after this session she would need the intensive residential training to help us get her walking back under control- and they did that and more!

She used to pull us every which way on a walk, we would dread coming across another dog (or pedestrian or cyclist) because of the amount she would pull in order to get to them. Now she walks calmly by our side and barely interacts with the rest of the world. Her interactions within the house have also changed for the better, she is no longer jumping up at guests and is less reactive in general.

If you’re torn about sending your pup away to Craig and Kate do it- you won’t regret it! We missed our girl so much, but it was worth it for how well she’s doing now. They put so much effort into Nala’s training and we can’t believe how far she’s come in a few short weeks. She is by no means perfect, but a thousand times better than what she was!

Craig gave us such a detailed handover that we feel confident in our own abilities to keep up with her training to make sure she stays a pleasure to walk. Both Craig and Kate have checked in on us since she returned home, so their aftercare has been second to none. We want to say a huge thank you to you both and your family for everything you’ve done for us and for Nala!

Andrew Bratchell & Bear (Labrador)

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Andrew Bratchell, family and Labrador Bear at Vislor Residential Dog Boot Camp Handover

We took our fox red Labrador Bear to Craig, Kate and family to help Bear overcome a number of behavioural issues. The lockdown had a negative effect on Bears socialisation at critical times of his development. The net result was that Bear was very nervous of people without dogs, and particularly scared of children. We couldn’t take him any place public without problems.

The training work that Craig and Kate did was incredible. He has lost most of his fears, walks really well on lead and we can take him to public places with confidence. Of course the training continues and we really liked the extensive feedback that Craig and Kate gave to us in terms on ongoing training.

There is a reason why Craig, Kate and family get 5 stars reviews from everyone - they are expert professionals at what they do.

Karan Khanna & Gray (1 yr old GSD)

Karan Khanna with his GSD Gray during Vislor Dog Training - Salisbury training handover

Like all before us, we were very nervous about sending our 1-year old Black German Shepherd Gray away for 3-weeks but we felt we needed professional intervention. Whilst Gray is amazing most of the time, we were really struggling with his reactivity to other dogs and people as well - so much so that we couldn’t take him to parks and what should be an enjoyable activity (ie walking him!) was becoming very stressful and almost impossible for my wife and son.

When we picked up Gray this weekend, it was amazing to see how much he had improved and we have Craig and Kate to thank for that! We have had him home for a few days now and the entire family is able to walk him, even our 10-year old.

No lunging at people at all and he is so much calmer around other dogs (apart from those who have a go at him/us in which case he’s doing his duty and defending us!). He’s also much more attentive towards us.

We also have Craig on the WhatsApp group still offering guidance and support so great to know we can continue to ask questions Now onwards towards off-leading walking and recall!!

Sarah Boden & Olly (18 month Springador)

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Sarah Boden with her Springador at Vislor Residential Dog Training handover.

We sent Olly our 18month old springador to Craig & Kate the beginning of Oct 2021, was having big problems with his reactivness toward people, dogs, runners, bikes (everything and anything) 🙈 Also a big problem to walk as his nose was going away with him which was causing him to pull like a train.

After having training sessions with other trainers I thought it was time to send him away. Trust me I cried like a baby I felt so guilty leaving my baby with someone new to him and us! Craig and Kate reassured me that all was going to be well and would get updates throughout the 3 weeks he spent there with them.!

OLLY is back now and the results are amazing! Just so much more calm and more assertive to us! His lead work has vastly improved he now walks with his head in the air taking everything in where as before he would walk with his nose to floor. He seems much happier and more confident in himself and us when we are out and about.

Our training still continues at home everyday is a training day he is coming on leaps and bounds and the training that has been put in places is fantastic and seeing results 10 fold. Its given us the confidence to continue the training with a very lengthy and strict hand over and a very understanding Craig.

I would Highly recommend to anyone 😁

Thanks for everything Craig & Kate.

Dawn Turner & Bear (6 month old GSD)

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Dawn Turner and her German Shepherd Dog with Crraif from Vislor Dog Training - Salisbury.

Craig and Kate gave us the confidence to try the residential training for our 6m old German shepherd. Bear was having problems with biting and poor manners generally.

When he returned to us he was a completely different dog, the biting has now stopped, we can walk him without issues and can cook and eat a meal without him trying to constantly steal our food.

Thank you so much for the good experience with you both.

Stu Woolley & Ruben

Stu Wooley and his dog Ruben at Residential Dog Training handover.

The difference they have made is unbelievable, Ruben was not responding at all to us, 3 weeks of training and he's a different dog! he listens, he's respectful and a joy to walk.

Thank you

Lada G & Freya (14 month Belgian Malinois)

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I was very apprehensive about sending my 14 month female Belgian malinois for a 3 week residential stay at Vislor. She had problems with nerves and reactivity mainly towards dogs, making regular walks a nightmare.

Craig And Kate kept in touch and kept me updated on her progress through her stay. Since she has come back home I have been able to take her out without worrying, she walks at my heel beautifully and is not phased by other dogs, It’s a drastic improvement and I am so happy that I made the choice to contact vislor for help.

I highly recommend!

Francis Taylor & Austin

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Tom with Frances Taylor's dog Austin at Vislor Dog Training Center - Burton

I can’t praise Tom and Sharne enough for the transformation in our dog Austin since he stayed with them this summer. Before his 3 weeks stay, Austin had severe fear-led aggression toward other dogs. When we rescued him from Spain, he was already an anxious dog but after a bad encounter with an aggressive German Sheppard on our first walk, he was terrified to go outside. Every time he saw another dog, he would either try to run or go into attack mode. As he is a large dog, it became impossible to walk him safely.

We tried two trainers over a 9 month period but nothing worked and we were seriously considering rehoming him. That would have broken our hearts but we couldn’t see any way out. Then I found Vislor.

They have been amazing from the start, answering all our queries promptly and offering advice before we even paid a penny. We were really worried about Austin being away from home for 3 weeks but it was the best decision we have made for him.

Tom and Sharne worked so hard to get him into a place where he is now keen to go out and can even walk past another dog without reacting. Tom kept in regular contact throughout Austin’s stay with update videos and positive comments about his progress and continues to support us now with any issues we have. We are planning to book him in next summer for more training as we know that Tom and Sharne have so much more that they can teach Austin.

Thank you both so much.

Bill Pearce & Cody

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Bill & Karen Pearce with their dog Cody at Vislor Dog Training Center - Salisbury.

Our dog Cody was totally out of control with his barking and disobedience we sent him away for 3 weeks, he has come back a completely different dog. I realise it’s mainly our fault that he turned out this way so we have hade to be educated too..

I’m sure we all will have a great life now without stress..

Many Thanks

Bill & Karen

Kat Dickson & Baxter

Craig and Kate have provided the much needed foundation and advice for our ongoing training, helping us most where we were really struggling. We felt we had almost hit a brick wall of progress, unable to move on because we couldn’t get nice lead walking. Since being home he’s doing really well, his lead walking is so much better, and I’m feeling more confident and relaxed taking him out knowing his overall behaviour is improving.

He also got a dapper groom while he was away.

Thank you!

Glenn Glenn & Woody

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Glen and his dog Woody following Dog Boot Camp course at Vislor Training Center- Salisbury

Amazing job, I was so worried about my boy Woody, but these guys made him feel at home and animals have a good instinct and Woody loves them.

Training in just three weeks was unbelievable, he now walks well and ignores other dogs and people, even football games!! He is more relaxed and happy, I would truly recommend these services to anyone. I will certainly put Woody with these guys when I go abroad and be very happy to do so.

Thank you, you have taken such a worry away from me.

Natasha Small & Sheeba

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Natasha Small and her German Shepherd Dog Sheba following residential dog training at Vislor Dog Training Center - Salisbury.

I first met Mo from Vislor at the beginning of May 2021, where he first met me and then Sheba, Sheba was so reactive she was at time uncontrollable!!! And that is being kind!!Mo advise residential, which at first I was very apprehensive about but he paired me with Craig and his family and I could not have asked for a better experience and pairing for Sheba.

Words can not describe what Craig and his family have done with the training they devoted, time and energy. Katie is so wonderful and understanding and developed a fabulous bond with Sheba. Their daughter and son dedicated so much time and training with Sheba along with Craig to really turn Sheba around and boy she is STUBBORN!! I would highly recommend Craig and his family for their time and training, they were supportive throughout the process and the aftercare has been second to non.

They recommended the vislor reactive training which I have also competed. Sheba is still work in progress but it such a different dog and developing every day! Thank you so Much to Craig and his family with out your training and dedication and devotion to training dogs, especially Sheba, we are both eternally thankful and grateful for meeting you guys and having you train Sheba. Helping me and Sheba to be the best we can be!!!

For Craig is all about getting your dog to be the best they can be, happy confident and calm. Vislor, Craig I would highly recommend for all aspects of dog training, I would not hesitate to recommend the residential training for all your doggy training needs. If you need any sort of help with your dog please contact Vislor. Even if your dog is Not problematic just contact Vislor who will assist you with all aspects of your dog.

Thanks again Craig and family, I will always be eternally thankful and grateful for all you did and continue to do for Sheba and I.

Kate Reynolds, Mabel & Winnie

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Kate Reynolds' dogs Mabel & Winnie at Vislor Dog Training Center Staffordshire.

My girls Mabel & Winnie have just come home from their first stay with Sharne, Tom & their new friend Louie. They’ve very obviously had a lovely time. Sharne kept us updated with great pictures throughout the week and they’ve come home happy, healthy and very well looked after.

Will be booking them in again very soon.

Can’t recommend them highly enough 😊

Helen Chrimes & Bentley

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Vislor Trainer Sharne with Helen Chrimes' dog Bentley at Residential Dog Training.

This is the 2nd time Bentley our Frenchie has stayed with Sharne & Tom while we have been away. On both occasions he has come back happy, healthy & definitely well fed. He is also now able to walk nicely on a lead without pulling my arm off!

I can honestly say I don’t worry about him when he’s with them as I know they love & look after him like he’s their own. Sharne sends lots of texts & photos whilst he’s with them & even when he’s not she still texts to see how he is.

If I could give more than 5 stars I would, I can’t recommend them enough.

Findlay Ingram & Isla (Cocker Spaniel)

Findlay Ingram & Isla the Cocker Spaniel at Vislor Residential Training - Salisbury

Our six month old cocker spaniel suffered from eye issues in her first few months with us and after a few trips to the vet she completely lost trust in people and didn't like to be handled, especially anywhere near her face or neck - making it incredibly difficult to get eye drops in or even put her lead on for a walk.

She was also biting and barking a lot. We tried training her ourselves but we just weren't able to make progress with the biting and decided we needed help.

Kate sent us update videos and we were amazed to see the progress. Kate could apply eye drops and attach the collar&lead without any trouble at all. Amie (Craig & Kate's daughter) is a groomer and even managed to cut the hair around her face, which we could never have done before. Importantly, the biting (& barking) has stopped and she is so much more responsive to us when we say 'No!'. We couldn't believe the difference in a few weeks!

The training has been incredibly helpful and made every day so much more enjoyable! We can't thank Kate, Craig & Amie enough.