One to One Dog Training

We Teach You How to Train Your Dog

For owners wanting a more hands-on approach to their dog training you can book a one-to-one private training session with Travis where you will learn how to train your dog, quickly and easily, no need for months of attending group sessions, our methods are bespoke to your dog training needs.

​One-to-Ones are our preferred method and are useful for almost anyone, from first time dog owners to experienced trainers. We tackle problems head on, unlike many trainers that tend to avoid the problem. We can help with whatever issues you are facing, the most common problems are, pulling on the lead, jumping up, re-call, sitting and waiting, interaction with other dogs. Our aim is to help you to achieve your goals.

Small additional costs apply for evening and weekend lessons or lessons carried out at an alternate venue to our base at Shenstone, Kidderminster, West Midlands, we also have an indoor training facility at Essington, Wolverhampton, this will be quoted upon your enquiry.

Travis will discuss your dog training and behavioral problems and find out what you would like to achieve, carry out an assessment of the interaction of you with your dog and agree the best training option, teaching you simple practical skills and setting achievable goals for you to work on together at home with your pet.

£ 75

FIRST CONSULTATION/SESSION

£ 50

PER HOURLY SESSION THEREAFTER

A 50% surcharge will apply for evening and weekend lessons or lessons carried out at an alternate venue to our base at Shenstone, Kidderminster, West Midlands. We also have an indoor training facility at Essington, Wolverhampton, this will be quoted upon your enquiry.

Vislor Training Options

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Puppy training advice

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

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Sport dog training

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

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Residential Dog Training

Our 3 week intensive residential dog training programme - we train your dog for you.

One to One Dog Training Reviews

Lisa Clark & CJ (GSD)

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I had 4 sessions with Trav, with my German Shepard he came not being good on the lead when walking in public and was about sensitive when doing so however after having some training sessions you wouldn’t think he was the same dog, it’s bought out the bond between us it’s helped me and it’s made us bond with each other so much more so a massive thank you to Trav and Lorraine for helping me with this and if I need more training I will without a doubt be returning. I am so pleased with the result.

Jo & Madi (GSD)

Happy Vislor customer Jo & her dog Madi (GSD)
The transformation in my dogs behaviour is amazing. After just 5 sessions with Trav, my German Shepherd Madi is now calm and obedient, with an effective recall. No longer reactive, she is a pleasure to walk and it’s lovely to see her enjoying being off the lead. Trav’s extensive knowledge in this field is evident, and Lorraine is always quick to respond to any queries. Whole heartedly recommend Vislor Dog Training to anyone who wants to take their training to another level.

Nicola & Django (Mali/GSD)

Nicola & Django Mali/GSD cross
We’ve really enjoyed training here! We have a Mali/GSD called Django who is reactive to dogs and people through nerve.Lorraine is always quick to respond to messages and is really helpful and reassuring 😊Trav and Mo take time to talk you through what’s happening and why and their enthusiasm is addictive!! We have had three lessons with Trav and each time left more confident, we’ve been doing our homework training in between visits and today actually had Django OFF LEAD walking next to me,releasing him and recalling him(with Travis’s dog the other side of the fence) he doesn’t need to see us again as we now have the knowledge to carry on building on Djangos foundations😊would 💯 recommend these guys and when we are allowed il be going back just to give them a huge hug😂Thankyou guys👍🏼👍🏼

David, Courtney & Cassie (11 month GSD)

Court and 11 month GSD
I went there with my dog Cassie pulling on leash and constantly not co-operating with me on a daily walk, after half hour or so I saw a completely different dog walking beside me. They are lovely dog trainers and well mannered thank you for today

Jane & Lottie

Jane and her dog Lottie

I attended training with Travis, as my 2 year old dog pulled on the lead every time we went for a walk which made the walks tiring and less enjoyable for us both. He explained in such a way as to make me believe in myself that I was the one who could ultimately take control of the walks, and that my dog would respond. He advised a grip collar, that has worked wonders for both of us, as it corrects the dog by a flick of the lead, and informs the dog that she has done wrong when straining on her lead.

I admit, I found it difficult to carry out the corrections at first, and Travis encouraged me by training me, rather than my dog, to be more instructive towards her, and make my corrections clear to her when she needed them. I also asked his advice on recall techniques, and again, his advice has so far, worked, and we are making progress on that.

I would highly recommend him as a trainer, he has given me a great amount of patience, not the dog, as it is the owner who I believe, really needs to be trained, and he has given me the tools to work with to enjoy my dog for many years to come.

Yuka & Lufia – GSD

Yuka with her german shepherd dog during one to one training

I just wanted to say Thank you to Travis! I really enjoyed second lesson,too! That helped me and my dog Lufia a lot! My dog is completely different dog now! She has been quite good with my daughter and my daughter could handle Lufia and could hold her leash when walk, but I couldn't trust my dog 100% as Lufia has big problem with cats! Sometimes bark at dogs in her territory, too... So I couldn't let my daughter to hold Lufia's leash anywhere she wanted. However, Oneday, I'm sure I will able to be trust Lufia with my daughter because after the lesson today, I took Lufia to walk in my village and met a cat but she didn't even think about bark at the cat! She looked the cat and just ignored! I couldn't believe it and was so proud of her!

Our partnership getting stronger everyday and I learned from Travis a lot! I wish I could meet him when my dog was puppy. I will continue to practice with my dog and I would like to have another lesson when I'm ready for next step. Thank you very much!

I highly recommend Vislor dog training to anybody, anydog, any age xxx

Karl & Luna – GSD Puppy

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Travis is the best dog / person trainer I have ever encountered or knew existed. I cannot stress enough if you simply need assistance with your first ever dog or have an issue you are baffled to remedy, Travis is the man to see. I will quickly outline the issue I had, and you may be able to relate to it. I hope you find it useful.

I have had Labradors before and have successfully trained them to a basic household pet level so I thought I would be able to handle any dog related situation. My fiancé and I were looking for a new dog to join our family (and our 8 year old cocker - perfectly trained) and after some local burglaries we decided to get a German Shepherd Puppy (Luna). We did everything text book with her, from puppy school, to socialisation and our dog walker introduced her to several dogs every day. Luna absolutely loved our cocker and all the dogs she walked with everyday. We knew she had a level of nervousness with new situations and new dogs (typical of German shepherds) but this escalated quite dramatically. She went from avoiding new dogs, to barking to outright charging at them. At 9 months she weighs 28K, is strong and very intimidating. I am 6 foot and weigh 16 stone and I struggled to hold her. My fiancé was pulled over and hurt herself.. My dad no longer comes around to the house as Luna would knocked him to the ground to greet him.

We have paid hundreds of pounds in hiring behaviourists to help us (we tried two) and even though I agree with their methods (and I was already doing most of them) – something was not gelling. I could make Luna walk to heel using treats and clicker but something wasn’t right. She was never relaxed, always manic – the best way to describe it would be imagine a 8 year old child who had drank nothing but fizzy pop and eaten sweets all day. I could go on but the situation had become so bad we had started the conversation of possibly rehoming – something we did not want to do. Then we stumbled upon Travis on the internet and I will never look back. As soon as you turn up to the training ground you know this is an organisation that will deliver. Proper equipment and a fenced off area and it just screams professionalism.

Travis spent a good time on my first visit (Friday 17th January 2020) just talking me through the psychology of a German Shepherd and even though I knew some of it, I was surprised with how much I was unaware of. What I loved about Travis is that he made it clear there is no magic bullet, but just learning the tools on how to deal with situations and reinforcing the correct behaviours in Luna. Then he took be to the field and showed me how to walk her properly. In under fifteen minutes Luna was almost working perfectly and was not pulling. I couldn’t believe it. More than this, Luna was calm and happy. I had taken control and for the first time in nine months Luna was comfortable in her own skin. Then Travis introduced his own dog and I expect all hell to break loose. But it didn’t. Travis walked me through what to do and I was staggered with the results. It was the same Luna, but she was happy to let me control the situation.

Now that I have got Luna home, I have walked over 8 miles in two days and its been the best walks I’ve ever had with any dog. I have walked past dogs, cats and children playing football and it was easy. Because I knew what to do.

There is still a lot of work to do but I feel confident and empowered that I can do this. I can’t believe I even considered rehoming Luna.

Thank you Travis.

Kelly & Minnie (American Bull Dog Cross)

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Having struggled with our reactive dog for far too long I approached Trav for help, and felt reassured from the outset. We found him very approachable, straight talking and hugely knowledgeable. A lot of his ‘training’ was directed at me and has made me feel much more confident when out walking, which in turn has helped my dog. Lorraine is also very helpful - getting back to you immediately - and regularly checks in on progress. Thank you both

Claire, Rachel & Ellie the Lab from Stourbridge

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We are so grateful to Travis for his help with our overly enthusiastic Labrador puppy who had a very strong mind/will of her own. He is great at communicating and delivering training which has an immediate impact with instant results. It's made the world of difference to us and would highly recommend him to anyone.

Pete Lee Lee Recommends Vislor Dog Training

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Travis operates on a very high level of professionalism, he communicates on a no nonsense level where it becomes crystal clear and easy to understand for the dog owner. We have no hesitation recommending this service. Will definitely book another lesson, when our work schedule allows.

Ian & Freddie

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I have a 14 month old gsd he his a terrific dog and has a wonderful temperament except when he is on he's lead around other dogs also he pulls alot on lead. I have tried all manner of different haltis and harnesses but was having no success this was making me more frustrated which in turn was making Freddie more anxious. I just couldn't go on any more it was getting impossible for me and my wife to go for the nice relaxing walks we wanted with our beautiful family dog. I found vislor while searching the Internet and dropped Lorraine a email and told her briefly about our plite with Freddie she reassured me and i booked a 1 2 1 lesson with travis. After having a consultation with travis you can tell that he clearly knows he's stuff and put me at ease. After only one lesson you could clearly see the difference in Freddie and also i felt much more confident I have since had another lesson and also already booked another Freddie is doing fantastic. Travis is a fantastic dog trainer but he is also fantastic at training the handler he explains and teaches how to read your dog and this makes so much difference in creating a better bond which in turn makes for a better training session. Many thanks to vislor travis and he's team

Nick Harding – Peaches & Nina

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After trying different dog trainers, my wife and I had reached a point where we were desperate for help and advice for our dogs. We found Vislor, read the reviews, and contacted them immediately. From the very first session we were blown away! Trav has a wealth of knowledge and experience that is just unparalleled compared to anything we've come across before him. Trav doesn't just teach your dog, he teaches you, the owner, to handle your dog properly. My wife and I honestly have so many good things to say about our experience. You can't put a price on an amazing trainer, especially when the results are so effective and can be seen immediately. I recommend Vislor to everybody. Give them a call and you'll be amazed with the results.

Janet & Dougal

Dougal came for one to one private lessons because he had been attacked by another dog and was frightened of other dogs and people, pulling on the lead when in walks, growling and barking at visitors. After just two lessons we have received this message: Just a quick message to let Trav know that it's going really well with the house move + dougal meeting and playing nice with my parents lab. Dougal has met lots of new people at the house and has almost immediately felt at ease. We are looking forward to booking our next lesson with you, will get a date sorted soon to start his recall! Thanks guys!

George Middlemiss – UK Police Dog Training Sergent (Retired)

During my Police Service I had responsibility for training all of my Force Police Dogs. I supervised six Dog Training Instructors, three of which were Home Office Accredited. We had responsibility in training and maintaining over 70 dogs providing the General Purpose Patrol, Firearms Support, plus Drugs and Explosives Search functions. Keen that the unit should perform to the highest of standards, my policy was to actively seek out new ideas and training methods from other forces, and also from trainers with non-police backgrounds. I trained with and exchanged ideas with expert trainers throughout Europe and the USA and on a regular basis since 2001, with Mr Travis Foster (of Vislor Dog Training) Travis has long-standing experience in training dogs for sporting purposes, including Schutzhund, and the Belgian and French Ring sports. The expertise and guidance he provided in all areas of dog training allowed us to develop significantly as a unit, and the standards now achieved are far greater than prior to his involvement. In particular, his knowledge, understanding and skills in developing a dog to its full drive and bite work potentials, are in themselves worth the time spent in his company. His standards are extremely high, and his in-built sense of responsibility ensures that channeling high drive and commitment in a dog must be coupled with excellent safety and control. His techniques, coupled with patience and understanding ensures the production of a well-rounded dog, trained to a first class standard. His knowledge, and experience in training the Belgian Malinois has been of great help in the development of Tactical Support Dogs. Travis also shared his immeasurable expertise to provide advice and guidance in the development and training of pups for Police Work. He is in my opinion, as a trainer of dogs, one of the best in this country, but equally important, as an instructor of people, his style of communication and presentation, facilitates an easy-to-follow environment for the pupil. George Middlemiss ACPO Instructor (Retired) Director, Martello Search and Security Limited

KODA & Susan

I had training from Vislor about 2 years ago, it was the best training I've had !! After going too 3 different dog trainers before, who were useless! None of them could train my stubborn husky. After only 2 lessons with Vislor I noticed a dramatic difference in my dogs behaviour and temperament. He was so responsive and a lot less stressed , I also noticed he didn't attack me anymore which was one of my main concerns . After 6 lessons Vislor had my Husky walking off lead and his recall was incredible making him a pleasure to walk. I would recommend vislor to anyone they are really incredible! Susan (A very happy customer) (Susan & Koda went on to do competitive obedience :-)

FUDGE & Lisa

I have to admit I was apprehensive at first with regards to the 1:1′s but you all made me feel very at ease and clearly explained the theory behind your training. It was clear that I needed to be much more assertive and black & white with my instructions – so Fudge and I spent quite a bit of time working through the homework we were given and we had some frustrations along the way but equally some positives. The outcome after 5 weeks is fantastic and our family dog walks are so much more enjoyable. I am so pleased that Fudge now walks without pulling on the lead and he is so much better on the sit, down, heel, away and wait commands. Travis has been honest, patient and consistent with me and certainly has an aura around my dog! I was impressed that Travis offered to come out to my home so that Fudge received the same training but in his own familiar territory which has made a massive difference and goes to prove that the training is transferable. Fudge & I still have some things to work on but what a huge difference in such a short space of time! Thank you very much for all your help, I would certainly recommend your facilities and training to anyone who like me wasn’t sure that I could do this, trust me you can!

OAKLEY – Recall Training

We had our 1-2-1 with Travis at Vislor where we concentrated on the recall. Oakley is a friendly bouncy dog and loves to play with other dogs. The problem comes when we want to recall him away from playing or other distractions. There is only one word I can use to describe the results we achieved with Travis, AMAZING!! In the short space of time we were at Vislor, we achieved more than we have over the 8 months we have been attending our local dog training class. Thanks very much Trav. Oakley was a pleasure to have on holiday with and even on crowded beaches full of other dogs, his recall was superb. Our holiday was great and we did some long coastal walks and walks across the moors. We will be going to Vislor again before we go to the lakes in August.

HARLIE & Eric & Karen

My Wife Karen and I had our first lesson and consultation with Ashley today. We were absolutely gobsmacked! Our dog Charlie responded so well and since coming home we have had him out on two walks and he is honestly like a new dog! We have also been working on his scratching which is going very well too. Ashley is a real credit to you and made us feel so relaxed. Thank you! Thanks again. Eric.

DIESEL & Andrea & Mark

Hi Travis, Ashley and Lorraine, After our one to one sessions in May/June we really wanted to thank you for all of your help with our rescue dog Diesel. We honestly thought his barking and lunging at other dogs was here to stay! We had tried lots of training methods and nothing seemed to make a difference, until we met you! I dreaded taking him for a walk and meeting other dogs, people crossed the road to avoid us and it felt like several hours at the gym. Amazingly, taking him out now is something I look forward too, our relationship has grown and I am able to take him anywhere. We still have room for improvement but everything is looking very positive. We cannot thank you enough, our big thug is now almost a little angel. What you have done for us is remarkable and has made a huge difference, for that we are truly grateful. Thank you Andrea, Mark & Diesel

GEM & Jan

Jan & Gem live in Suffolk and came to stay near by with a friend for a week and booked in for one lesson per day for 5 days. They go to obedience class every week, Gem could sit & heel but pulled all of the time which is a problem as Jan has pain in her shoulder. Jan wants to do competition obedience, but first she needed the basic good manners and foundation training, Jan knew there was something missing in the training that she was doing in the classes which is all positive with no correction of unwanted behaviour taught at all. On the first lesson we always do a theory presentation explaining methods and theories and discussing what type of help is needed for this dog and owner. Jan said 'the theory presentation is very good a must for everyone, it is amazing and sets out what you can do and achieve. Everything that I have learned from Travis has been a lot to take in and remember, but now I have got it and understand, previously I had a lack of understanding and would have carried on aimlessly with our training, now I know how to reward and correct and to train correctly, it will have a positive impact on our everyday home life and I am looking forward to doing Competition obedience, I want to do everything with Gem. I can feel the bond coming between Gem & I now, she is now in a calmer mode, and I understand the positive & negative balance. If I opened a door Gem would barge past screaming with no control, now she waits quietly and calmly to go through when told. Gem can now sit and down, stay calmly, working for me even with the distraction of other dogs, heel without pulling and has learned the following state of mind where she stays near me all of the time not running away to other dogs etc. I know how to continue the training my self back at home, as I now have the understanding, all is clear for me and Gem, but we will definitely be back for more lessons. It has been an amazing week and I have enjoyed every minute!

MAJOR & Howard

Howards review after a couple of lessons at Vislor Dog Training Centre with Major. Today I took my eight and half month old German Shepherd “MAJOR TOM” to a horse trial and it was a pleasure to have him with me. He only barked once, remained calm and well-mannered and when walking off the lead never strayed more than 10ft from me – returning every time I called. I had got up at 6.30am and took Major for a walk around the village. I met a total of 9 dogs and not once did he bark or pull. I thought then that today was going to be a good day. One month ago I went to a similar horse trial and that day was a disaster. He barked at every dog he saw, lunged at every dog within 15ft, was totally unruly and made my day a total misery. As a result I contacted Vislor Dog Training Centre and after one introduction session, two days of “Doggy Day Care” and a final lesson I now have a dog I am proud of, I can handle and is a credit to the hard work put in at Vislor. I have already recommended Vislor Dog Training Centre to others and would certainly have no hesitation in giving a personal recommendation if asked. Howard Miles

NELL & Kay

I came to see you last February with my rescued German Shepherd bitch Nell, 6 months old, hse had a huge problem with other dogs, having been bullied, she was fine with my tiny yorkie and cat, we farm sheep so lots are around, she had never been on a lead until I had her, I must say I have had rescue German Shepherds for 45 years and have never had the problem that I had with this one, she would attack any dog and pull me off my feet. After a couple of weeks I knew I needed some help, we go horsey events and local fetes etc, something had to be done! Well after a session there was a great deal of improvement with both of us. I can honestly say this is the best money I have ever spent, Nell is so happy, I can take her anywhere, she is a happy dog and loves other dogs and horses. She just went to the local village feta with lots of children, I entered her into the best behaved dog and under 10's where the dogs were nose to tail! I can't recommend you enough, and have told a lot of people including my vets. Thank you again, Kay

MARK GSD

Hello Team Vislor, I brought Mark, my German Shepherd along for an assessment with you and found the time spent extremely helpful, you did ask me to let you know how I got on. I now have confidence to approach other dogs with Mark, which I would not have done prior to meeting you. We have had a definite improvement, Mark has passed several dogs at distances of 5 mtrs and tail waving is the most he has done, we were also able to stop and chat with another GSD owner, who walks two. I sat Mark and had a conversation, again with a space of about 5 mtrs between Mark and the other two GSDs. After a while Mark lay down, ignoring them. On our country lane walk we met a lady walking about 6 jack russells – all on leads, but, one was aggressively barking at us, Mark tried to jump up and down, I corrected him and we were able to walk on. I took him to the park this afternoon, and he behaved very well, passing three different dogs, one excited tail waving, one muzzled jack Russell and one sniffing the ground.

INCA & Colleen

Thank you so much to Travis and Ashley for a fresh approach to training. I learnt to be more 'black and white' in my commands. My 'wilful' GSD now has more respect for me and seems to be enjoying her training sessions more. I am looking forward to my next session soon. Regards, Colleen Ferguson

FRYDA & Sheila

Having wasted time and money over the years with various trainers, I found Vislor and decided to make the 6 hour round trip. The first one to one session with Vislor Team brought such outstanding success with my female GSD Fryda I have returned twice more with my Male GSD puppy and 'again' have achieved Excellent results. We discussed the problems I was having, my female had been diagnosed with hip dysplasia and needed to have her hips replaced, she needed fine tuning on the lead, and I needed to get this sorted before the operation. In one session Fryda was sorted and I mean sorted! She has not left my side on lead since, no more lunging when other dogs bark at her. I would highly recommend Vislor to anyone who wants to train and understand their dog or experiencing behavioural problems. From the moment you arrive, you know your in good hands. The team was very approachable and helpful — not condescending like some dog trainers, they bent over backwards to make sure I was leaving well equipped to work with my dogs. Vislor is the ONLY place I would take my loyal 4legged best friends. Don't hesitate to take your best friend here, you will not be disappointed with the knowledge and support that you would receive, look at their own dogs - they say it all. Thank you all at Vislor!