Megan C & Eric
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