Vislor Dog Training - Stoke Golding, Leicestershire
Based in Stoke Golding, Vislor Leicester is centrally located, and easily accessible from Hinckley, Burbage, Leicester and Lutterworth.
Meet Team Vislor - Leicester
Rich - Vislor Dog Trainer
Rich has over 15 years' experience of training working dogs and has competed in IGP Dog Sport for 10 years. He is twice winner of the IGP National Championships, has won three team GB selection trials, and has competed at the World Championships in France.
Rich is a qualified animal first aider and has experience training and conditioning working dogs at the highest level. Rich is an active member of Team Marches Dog Sport and is an experienced IGP training decoy. He has also worked with show line GSDs to help prepare them for the obedience and bite work phases of their competitions.
Dogs that stay with Rich during Vislor residential training do so within a family environment. They will live within the family home for the duration of the stay and have opportunity to socialise with his wife and two children, along with their Miniature Poodle and German Shepherd.
Rich and his family really are dog focused; his wife Jen works onsite as a professional dog groomer and is training her Poodle in the sport of agility.
Location & opening hours
- Address:52 Ryelands Crescent, Stoke Golding CV13 6EP
- Hours:Monday 8:30am-6:00pm
- Phone: +44 7973 320413
ALL VISITS BY APPOINTMENT ONLY
For the best possible outcome for you, your dog and the trainer, we kindly ask that you do not bring children to meetings and lessons.
Leicester Training Reviews
Adam Moore & Albus (Weimaraner)
We reached out to Rich due to our male weimaraner appeared anxious on walks creating dog reactivity. Walking him was a challenged for both me and my partner and not an enjoyable experience.
Rich responded quickly to our need for help and gave a thorough overview of the training required and support that he would offer for our boy. Rich was patient and answered a lot of questions before anything was agreed.
During the time Rich was with him he gave regular updates and was happy if we chased for more. Nothing appeared too much.
It was incredible to get updates and see the progress he had made in such a short space of time.
Rich did an incredible job and was thorough and detailed for our handover so we could maintain the changes that had taken place. We went from a dog that couldn’t walk near another dog before reacting to one that now responds to our correction and is a pleasure to walk.
Although it’s only been 1 week since our boy return Rich is chasing us now for updates and still offering guidance and advice.
An incredible service and amazing results.
Dawn Matthews & Sid (Golden Retriever)
I contacted Vislor Training as our 8 month Golden Retriever Sid was very lively on the lead. He pulled and jumped up at every opportunity. He is definitely a people and dog lover, but when you’re heading for 30kg and have muddy paws it isn’t a desirable behaviour.
Rich had Sid for 3 weeks and the change is remarkable. He no longer pulls on the lead, will walk close and is able to deal with all types of distraction. His obedience is much improved and we are progressing well on his recall.
One important lesson that I have learnt is that training is as much about the owner as the dog. Consistency, follow through and a positive approach are key.
Sid was treated as part of Rich’s family and will return when we go on holiday.
Judith Rogers & Brinkley (Labrador)
A huge thank you to Rich to have a calm happy boy back hes like another dog.
Brinkley is not just a 100% better more like a 1000%
Nothing was a problem with getting touch with Rich plus we are welcome to get in touch if we need any advice.
Once again thank you so so much Rich you are a super star 🌟 🤩
Caitlin Hamilton & Marshall (French Bulldog)
My partner & I adopted Marshall back in July 2021, when he was 6 months old. He came to us unable to socialise safely with other dogs and young children, we had previously used another trainer to rectify these issues and accepted that this was just way that Marshall would be.
Since, there were a number of incidences which could have had serious consequences for both the dogs & children involved, as well as on Marshall and we were truly at our wits end. Walking him became unenjoyable and we were always nervous taking him out in public, to the point where he wasn't getting the quality of life a dog needs. We were even considering rehoming him to somewhere remote, away from other dogs as we live in London as keeping him was becoming a burden on our lifestyle.
I gave my partner an ultimatum as I couldn't look after Marshall by myself anymore due to his behaviour and the stress it was causing me as my partner is based in the office 5 days per week, but he found Vislor & Rich and we had a call the next day and Marshall was all booked in for the training. Rich was clear & concise but realistic with the results and we knew that we had to continue the training when we had Marshall home.
Throughout the stay, Rich kept us updated with Marshall's progress with pictures & videos and we genuinely couldn't believe how quickly Rich was able to help Marshall. Whatever we mentioned was an issue for Marshall previously, Rich went out of his way to practice and rectify for us (eg reactive around trains). We were shocked at the progress in such a short time.
At the end of the training, we had an in-depth handover and since he's been home, Marshall has continued to grow and learn and is truly a different dog. We've got from hating walking him for 5 minutes round the block to comfortably taking him to cafe's, parks, pubs & on trains where he is no longer reacting the way he used to. We know that the responsibility is still on us to keep Marshall at the level he is at but we couldn't have done it without Rich's help, and would recommend his services to absolutely anyone who asks.
Thank you so much Rich & Vislor!!
Adrian Hyde & Digby (Border Collie Rescue)
Rich made huge steps forwards with my Border Collie in just one lesson. He listened to my dog's issues and tailored his help to his specific needs.
Would definitely recommend.
Claire Tidey & Reggie (Vizsla)
Rich is a god send!
We have tried to train Reggie ourselves a number of times to be calmer, walk better on the leads and with recall. Another big issue was distractions of any kinds, people, dogs… a leaf.
We were a bit anxious sending him away for three weeks but Rich setting was perfect having both dogs and kids and Reggie being in his house. He was also brilliant when he was there. We got regular pictures and updates and when I was missing him Rich didn’t seem at all annoyed with my texts!
We’ve had reggie back for a week now and both of us are in shock with the improvements. Outside the house he’s a totally different dog. Obedient, no pulling, hasn’t reacted once to another dog and following all the training commands. Inside the house, though still a bit of work for us to do, Rich has set such brilliant standards and a baseline for Reggie that now it’s just practice and every day he’s getting better and better.
We do have a second dog who we always thought was a dream but seeing what Rich had done with Reggie now considering sending her.
100% recommend to anyone considering using Rich - our hopes and expectations have been far surpassed.
Chris Ramsdale & Bessie (Labrador)
Our Labrador Bessie was almost impossible to walk on a lead and extremely reactive around other dogs. We tried multiple trainers to help us, but no success.
I then looked into residential training and got in touch with Rich. He was able to show us some of his training techniques and explained to us what he could do for Bessie.
Bessie eventually stayed with Rich and his family for 3 weeks, and we received almost daily updates on her progress. When we collected her, we was completely amazed at her transformation.
We can now walk her comfortably and she stays by my heel perfectly. Also, she now no longer reacts aggressively to other dogs either.
I cannot recommend Rich enough! The work he has done has completely changed our lives from being dog owners who had to walk their dog at night and couldn't visit busy places, to having a very well behaved and wonderful family dog.
Claire – Miranda & Giannis (Greek Rescue Dogs)
Two of our Greek rescue dogs (Miranda and Giannis)are just back from a residential with Rich. Rich has done an amazing job with them!
Miranda was definitely the dog we had the most issues with as she is a very anxious and nervous dog and highly reactive to other dogs as a result, whereas Giannis is an excitable pup! Going for walks with Miranda was really stressful as she would go nuts if she saw another dog - even from a distance. Giannis would copy her behaviours so it was a nightmare with the two of them!
Rich completely understood Miranda and her anxious nature so worked really hard with her to get her more comfortable around other dogs. So much so that she was absolutely fine to be with his dogs, and he got her to the point where she could be relaxed even if another unknown dog was close by. Giannis is so much more obedient since the residential, particularly on the lead where he definitely has the ‘following state of mind’ now thanks to Rich.
We really can’t thank Rich enough for all the training and help he’s given us and the dogs! He’s absolutely brilliant with them and just totally gets their personality and what training they respond to best. It was clear when we picked them up from him that they had such a bond with him, and that was so lovely to see.
I had absolutely no problem with the dogs being away with Rich for 3 weeks as I knew they were in completely safe hands. Rich was great at keeping in touch and updating us on their progress whilst they were with him. He’s also brilliant at offering advice since their residential.
It’s been a joy to see Miranda, who was riddled with anxiety at the start of the residential, being a much more relaxed dog.
We’ll definitely continue to work with Rich as I really enjoy training the dogs.
Thanks so much Rich!
Iain Mcfadzen & Nyx (German Shepherd)
Rich from Vislor was fantastic.
He talked us through exercises we could do with Nyx to get her paying attention on walks, pointed out the small mistakes we were making, and suggested other steps we could take beyond that if we were still struggling later.
He didn't try to push further sessions on us as he didn't feel we needed them, and invited us to send him questions if we had any.
Nyx became 50% better walking on her lead pretty much over the course of one session and has further improved with more training work since then.
Taking her out is fun again!
Simon Taylor & Mali (Belgian Malinois)
When were looking for somewhere to place our Belgian Shepherd for the duration of a holiday, Vislor were very easy to talk to, their processes and helpfulness immediately put us at ease. They recommended Rich as being particularly suited to our dog and they were spot on!
Rich had our dog for 3 weeks and we agreed he would concentrate on loose leash walking and precision obedience. We were kept updated with regular progress reports and videos, the dog was clearly happy with Rich and his family.
The results have been fantastic, not just the aspects Rich worked on, other details of obedience are better on account of she is now so ultra attentive.
Thanks Rich and Vislor!