Vislor Dog Training Center - Staffordshire

Meet Team Vislor - Staffordshire

Tom - Vislor Dog Trainer.

Tom - Vislor Dog Trainer

Tom’s passion for dogs started with his Grandad’s Golden Retriever called Polo. His earliest memories are teaching Polo tricks and going on long walks with Grandad. Growing up Tom was fascinated by his family’s Gun Dogs working in the field on shoots with his Uncle.

Tom’s own journey into dog training started in the show ring with German Shepherds, where he trained and qualified show line GSDs to compete in the working class. One of his females won best protection work at the biggest German Shepherd show in the country in 2017, which quickly lead him into IGP sport.

Tom is an active member of Team Marches and is one of the GSDL licensed helpers for the club. He has a consistent proven track record in helping club members and clients with training their own dogs, both at club and at his own dedicated training facility in Burton upon Trent, Staffordshire.

Sharne - Vislor Dog Trainer

Sharne grew up surrounded by animals having owned and trained horses when she was young in a family that bred Samoyed dogs.

As is the case with all of our Vislor trainers she has experience training GSD’s in IGP Dog Sport as well as showing her dogs to a high level and being involved with organising show rings.

Sharne has been training pet dogs for Vislor with her partner Tom, bringing a lot of natural empathy in alongside considerable dog sport experience to her work.

Sharne has been actively involved in developing Vislor's Puppy Residential Training Scool. She has successfully trained several of our clinet's puppies, helping them transistion into well balanced and trained family pets.

Sharne - Vislor Dog Trainer
Tom doing dog sport
Tom sat with a black GSD
Sharne with dog

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Vislor - Staffordshire Dog Training Reviews

Victoria Callicott, Tilly & Alfie (Jack Russell Terriers)

Jack Russell Terriers Tilly & Alfie at Vislor Dog Boot Camp - Staffordshire

I cannot recommend Sharne and Tom highly enough.

I have two Jack Russells and I was unable to walk them together for over a year. They were both highly reactive on walks when they saw other dogs and I was struggling to control them. My friend recommended Tom and Sharne to me, as she had similar issues with her dog.

I booked my dogs in for the 3 week residential course with Tom and Sharne and it was the best thing I have ever done. They helped my one dog gain more confidence, and the other to stop being so protective over her.

The transformation has been nothing short of mind blowing (which everyone who knew us before has commented on as well). Tom and Sharne kept us updated on their progress and sent lots of videos showing their improvement.

We did a detailed handover session where they showed us how to implement the techniques they had taught the dogs. Since they returned to us, we’ve been keeping up the techniques and I have been able for the first time to walk my dogs together every day without any reactivity and without the usual fear and anxiety I had. The dogs enjoy the walks and are happy and so am I.

The difference it has made to all of our lives is just incredible and I owe Tom and Sharne the world to have my happiness back for walking. The dogs are doing so well and I am so proud of them.

If you have a reactive dog and walking is full of fear, book them in with Tom and Sharne. You’ll be so thankful you did!!!

Thank you so much Tom and Sharne!!!!!!!!!! Xxxx

Rachel Stewart & Selkie (Labrador)

Labrador Selkie with Tom during Residental Dog Training - Vislor Staffordshire

Everything that Selkie learnt whilst away with Tom and Sharne has made our walks with her such a joy.

Cannot thank them enough!

Laura Fenton & Buddy (GSD)

Laura Fenton's Germa Shepherd Dog Buddy

Fantastic trainers.

Behavioural issues addressed:

  • Jumping up
  • Over excited
  • Chases tail when phone rings
  • Reactive lunging at cars & dogs

Bernadette Sherwood & Hope (GSD)

Tom & Hope the GSD at Vislor Dog Boot Camp - Burton

Hope is a beautiful girl; she came to us through a rescue centre. She was fine with us to begin with but slowly, very slowly she became very bad mannered.

She developed guarding issues with my husband. She did not like to be apart from him and would whine and cry, it was heart-breaking. She began barking, snapping and snarling when someone approached him. She began pulling on her walks, I was finding it difficult to her, my husband is a strong chap, but she was even becoming difficult for him. When asked about her we would say “She pulls like a chuffing train”

We tried a lot of different avenues, asked many people for ideas, watched videos and lots of programmes. All to no avail, then one day we received a text message from a family member with the link to “Vislor training” A whole new world opened to us. I read the website cover to cover, read all the reviews and even watched instructional videos that Vislor had produced and uploaded to the web. We talked about it for quite some time. Having our Hope go away for three weeks was a big thing in our lives, but if Vislor could help surely it would be worth it.

We made contact and were directed to Tom and Sharne. We met up a week later and introduced Hope to them. She was true to form, so they had a good idea of what they were taking on. Tom and Sharne wanted to know what we were hoping to get out of the three weeks of “Bootcamp” for Hope. A better-behaved dog and one that doesn’t pull on the lead.

Tom and Sharne made us feel relaxed about leaving Hope with them. They recognised that we were worried about leaving “our little girl” They talked us through the whole thing, assured us that they would stay in touch, and we would get regular updates. We took Hope on a little holiday and then she went to Tom and Sharne a week later. They were great, they could see how upset we were about leaving her, they gave us plenty of time to say goodbye, reassuring us that she would be well cared for. Everything about Tom and Sharne felt knowledgeable and professional, and we were right because Step back, this is a new dog.

Tom and Sharne have done an amazing job with her. She is walking on a loose lead, she is paying attention to Tom, she is ignoring everything going on around her, she is following direction. We think we got more than we asked for and we are extremely grateful.

We got to work with her before they gave her back, this showed us the work they had done with her and the work she had put into it. Hope has come on leaps and bounds. Yes, she still barks a bit at people passing the house. But on the lead, she ignores everything, its just us and her. We are still learning and Hope still tests us, but with a small correction she is back on track.

We wasted so much time before we found Vislor and Tom and Sharne. Look no further your answer is here in the form of two very professional, knowledgeable, kind and caring people. Oh, and they fix your dog as well.

What more could you ask for?

Meryl Wozencraft & Rio (GSD)

We sent our German Shepherd Rio for three weeks residential training with Tom and Sharne. Rio was very reactive to cars and meeting other dogs as well as anything which moved. Walking on a lead was also a real battle with him pulling all the way. When we collected Rio we were shown how to continue with the training and handover took as long as needed and was not rushed in any way.

The training has made a huge difference and walking on the lead is now a pleasure and not a pulling battle, he walks calmly by our side. Reaction to other dogs is now not a problem and he walks by quietly and can also meet with them nicely if we stop. The reaction to cars has also greatly improved and we are continuing to train him as shown by Tom and Sharne.

We had regular updates throughout his training and would highly recommend Tom and Sharne as they have done a great job.

Thank you both!

Ellie Hossack & Paddington (Golden Retriever)

Firstly...congratulations on finding VISLOR and your answer to a happier life.

Before we found vislor, our 10 month old golden retriever Paddington was out of control, he had no manners what so ever and it was impossible to walk him on a lead. He was pulling us over and causing injuries on walks, he had no recall so we were always so reluctant to loose him off. His walks were becoming progressively more dangerous, he would try lunging into traffic whilst walking on main roads, he would pull to get over to other dogs, and would not listen to us at all when trying to pull him away from distractions. He had no patience and would not sit when asked too. On one of his walks, I said to my sister "I wish there was a boarding school for dogs to send them away for training!" We laughed it off, but on the way home I searched the Internet and I found...VISLOR. The reviews were outstanding and I instantly sent an email to get some more info, I was contacted within 24 hours and received a telephone call to book an initial meeting to find out if they could help us.

We had the meeting within 48 hours and was greeted by Mo. He was so professional, informative and answered any questions we had whilst reassuring us that they could help Paddy. After the meeting we booked Paddy in and the waiting time was only one week which was amazing. We were informed Paddy would be staying with Tom & Sharne who were excellent from start to finish. On the drop off day they reassured us that Paddy was going to be looked after and cared for and that they would do there absolute best to help us. We left and had no concerns that Paddy was in the best hands. Tom and Sharne created a WhatsApp group and sent regular updates, including photos and videos of Paddy's progress and messages to reassure us that he was comfortable and settled which we were so thankful for.

For 3 weeks, Paddington went intense training and the results are incredible. He is now walking by our side on walks, listening to the commands we say, no longer pulling us over, he doesn't lunge at other dogs anymore, will sit down without being asked and he seems so much happier in himself. We had doubts that Paddington would ever be able to walk by our side like a normal dog, but Tom and Sharne are a credit to their profession and amazing trainers.

We honestly couldn't recommend this company enough, our only wish is that we had found you sooner!! We are so grateful, and will forever be in your debt for giving us our life back and making Paddington so much happier 👏

Thankyou again, no words will ever be enough to express how much you have helped us! We can't wait to send Paddington back to you when we go on holiday for further training 😊😊

Emma Thomas & Frank (Frenchie)

I adopted frank the Frenchie when he was a year old - he was described by his previous owners as great off the lead, good with kids and generally a happy lazy dog. What I ended up with was a dog with no recall, jumps up and nips anyone and everyone, but also a dog who was overweight and bored. I was making progress with Frank until we had to unexpectedly move in with my parents 2 months ago and he just regressed and got worse and worse.

I decided to book him in for the 3 week Vislor Bootcamp after meeting with Mo, I dropped him off on New Year’s Day and he was taken home by Sharne and Tom. I got updated on franks progress and training with pictures and videos and by week 3 frank was walking like a dream and understood no. Frank is a typical stubborn bulldog but Sharne didn’t give up and gave him consistency in training which we continue now at home.

He has come back much calmer although he’s still got that Frank sass! He wasn’t particularly affectionate in the weeks leading up to bootcamp but came back full off sloppy kisses and snuggles and clearly loved his time with Sharne. It’s so much easier to walk him now and he’s in such good shape we do 4 miles through the woods no problem. I was worried he would hate me for abandoning him for 3 weeks but I genuinely think he had a great time- he almost knocked me out with all the kisses on the day I picked him up.

Would definitely recommend the Bootcamp for anyone struggling with their dogs behaviour.

Barbra Jones

Absolutely amazing residential.

Our jack riddle was terrible at walking and aggression when out walking, Tom and Sharne had him for the three weeks and what a difference!!! We know can enjoy walks and he knows the commands ask.

Would highly recommend to anyone that is finding it hard walking there dogs!!

Lucy Crane & Kassie (GSD)

Kassie - 2 year old GSD at Vislor Residential Dog Boot Camp - Burton Dog Boo

My 2 year old GSD, Kassie went to stay with Tom and Sharne for 3 weeks of residential training and what a huge difference it has made.

Kassie is incredibly reactive to other dogs on or off lead, and very unpredictable. Walking her was a total nightmare. Even when no dogs were around, she had no manners, would pull like a train and was completely disconnected from me. Around dogs, even in the distance she would bark, lunge, run and become completely unmanageable in these situations. She pulled me over on numerous occasions and was becoming a real stress for me walking her to the point I would dread taking her out.

Since her stay with Tom and Sharne she has learnt boundaries and learnt to respect her handler. She walks to heel and is far less reactive to other dogs in the vacinity. It is a long road still, but they have both given me the confidence to walk my own dog without fear of being pulled over and above all else control her when she does react badly.

Simple commands and structure to our walks have aided this tremendously and dare I even say it, she has focus on me and realises I'm not just there for the ride and to be dragged along. It was seriously getting to the point of no return with Kassie and as much as I love her, I was at the end of my tether. Tom and Sharne have explained to me that it is very common and I am definitely not alone.

I wouldn't hesitate to send Kassie to them again for further training as she came back happy, calm and with a new sense of respect for her handler (me!). She's still hard work but I now have the tools to control my own dog which is just a godsend.

Thanks guys x

Mark & Jayne Dorril – Taz (Collie Huntaway)

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Taz the Collie Huntaway at Vislor Residential Dog Bootcamp - Burton

Tom was absolutely brilliant with Taz a collie hunter way. Taz was extremely nervous of traffic and would try to lurch at vehicles passing him. Would also pull like a train when walking. After three weeks with Tom and his lovely wife sharne he has come back a pleasure to walk. And definitely better with passing traffic.

Would recommend them 100% Wish I would of gone to them sooner.

Jayne Dorril. And a very happy Taz.

Georgia Rowney & River (Huntaway)

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Huntaway dog River with Tom from Vislor Dog Training - Staffordshire

We can't thank Tom & Sharne enough for their work with our Huntaway. Our dog was very reactive towards other people, dogs, cars, and livestock. This made it difficult for us to walk him at certain times of the day. After researching different dog trainers in our local area, we eventually decided to look into Vislor's residential training service.

After meeting with Tom, we decided to go ahead with the course. Throughout our dog's stay, we were updated with pictures and videos of him out and about on different walks. We were amazed at his progress.

Our handover session was detailed and both Tom and Sharne made sure we were confident walking him on our own. He's been back at home for a couple of weeks now and we are delighted with his behaviour. We can now confidently walk him past traffic, people and dogs. He will have an occasional reaction to dogs, but this is now a lot easier to manage.

We would recommend Tom & Sharne to anyone struggling with their dog's reactivity.

Thank you!

Christina Bent & Marley

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Sharne & Marley at Vislor Dog Boot Camp - Burton, Staffordshire.-

I can’t thank Vislor enough, Marley went to stay with Sharne for 3 weeks to correct his negative behaviours, walking on a lead and aggression. Throughout Sharne kept me updated with messages, pictures and videos. Even down to the handover Sharne spent her time ensuring we were comfortable with Marley and how to handle him. Also checking in after his training was complete.

Weeks later his a totally different dog. His a pleasure to have around, we’ve had a full house over Christmas and he has been golden. His walking on the lead is amazing however still try’s to test us haha.

Couldn’t recommend Vislor training enough’ so so happy. Thank you!!! Xx

Luke Phillips & Mika

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Mika

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!

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.

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.

Helen Dillon & Rocky (Cockapoo)

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Tom with Rocky the Cockapoo at Residential Dog Training Vislor Burton

Our 9 month old cockapoo Rocky just spent 3 weeks with Tom and Sharne. Before going to them Rocky had become almost impossible to walk. He was jumping and barking uncontrollably at cars as well as jumping and barking at cyclists/joggers/other people and other dogs. We could only walk him ridiculously early in the mornings or in empty fields. Even then it was still really stressful - we were constantly on edge looking out for cars or anything else he might react to. My children couldn’t hold his lead any more because he’d pulled them over or into the road in the past and we couldn’t take him to parks/play areas because of him jumping or barking at other kids. We felt like we weren’t experiencing any of the ‘nice parts’ of having a dog and that Rocky was living a really limited life of short, boring walks and being left behind on family days out.

We tried online training classes and then hired a behaviourist but nothing seemed to work and Rockys behaviour was getting worse. I contacted Vislor after searching for trainers online and I had a meeting with Mo (who was lovely) and talked through our options (including residential training). We decided to go with residential as it was obvious Rocky needed something more than we could manage at home. I was nervous about handing him over for such a long time, particularly as we hadn’t met Tom at that point. Tom was really flexible and we worked it out for Rocky to start his stay on a date where he would have been going into kennels for 4 days while we were away.

We missed him during the 3 weeks but Tom kept us updated with lots of videos and it was great to see his progress. On pickup day we had a detailed handover with plenty of time to learn the techniques they had used and ask any questions.

Rocky has been home for 2 days and the difference is amazing. Our children think Tom gave Rocky a ‘magic potion’ and I’m inclined to agree! He walks beautifully on a lead now past any/all distractions. Previously he couldn’t cope with seeing a car pull slowly off a drive. This morning I walked him along a busy A-road at rush hour with no problems. We’ve been to the park where he sat nicely beside the play area and he’s been off lead with great recall. Walking him is a pleasure now and something we look forward to (rather than a nightmare we all dreaded).

I hope we can keep up the excellent work Tom & Sharne have started and its good to know we can contact them with any questions. We can’t thank them enough.

William Graydon & Chunk

William Graydon (A.K.A 220 KID) with his Puppy Chunk at Vislor Puppy Residential Training

What a great experience this was for both me and my puppy chunk! I was also nervous about him going away for puppy camp residential but Sharne was always in communication daily updates videos and photos.

Chunk has come back a really well behaved boy the proof being first day we were out walking (he walks to heel and doesn’t ever pull) a dog off its lead jumped for him and tried to cause a scene and chunk calmly ignored it and walked off. A really reassuring moment and proof of the training. Everyone always comments on how well behaved and calm he is which for me with my work is so important.

I’m so glad I chose to send him to Vislor and they treated him as their own, he was definitely sad to leave but we will be having some more classes in the future to keep developing the great skills they have taught him. It has transformed his life for the long term good! Bringing out the absolute best of him. They even went above and beyond to teach him some extra obedience tricks which was a brilliant surprise and he loves practicing these.