Craig - Vislor Dog Trainer - Salisbury

Craig - Vislor's Salisbury Dog Trainer.

Craig was raised in the New Forest where his parents bred German Shepherd dogs. From an early age he has been surrounded by animals. Craig developed a passion for looking after the dogs which inspired him to become a breeder himself and now has over 30 years’ experience.

After graduating from Agricultural College, Craig spent several years farming livestock. During the early 90s he founded his own security business. Craig trained and bred security dogs and supplied general security solutions to businesses across the UK.

In 2000 Craig returned to farming and breeding German Shepherd dogs on his own small holding. Following an introduction to Vislor, he developed a passion for IGP and quickly fell in love with the dog sport. Craig now has his own dog training facilities in Wiltshire.

Craig doing dog sport

Passionate About IGP Dog Sport

Craig portrait
Craig sat with a GSD

Craig - Vislor Dog Trainer

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Craig's Dog 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

Kelly Facey & Nala

Positive: professionalism, quality, value

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)

Positive: professionalism, quality, reliability

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)

Positive: professionalism, quality, responsiveness, value, reliability

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)

Positive: professionalism, quality, responsiveness, value, reliability

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)

Positive: professionalism, quality, responsiveness, value, reliability

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!

Bill Pearce & Cody

Positive: professionalism

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

Positive: professionalism, quality, responsiveness, value, reliability

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

Positive: professionalism, quality, responsiveness, value, reliability

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.

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.

Juda Wolf & Otto (Beagle)

Positive: professionalism, quality, responsiveness, value, reliability

Juda & Otto (Beagle) at Vislor Dog Training - Salisbury.

Never had a problems with dogs in the past until we got Otto the Beagle. He wouldn’t listen, was stubborn and barked at everyone and everything. We tried local dog trainers to no avail, so we started researching residential dog training and came across Craig and Kate.

They explained everything and guided us on the process from start to finish. We decided to leave Otto in their care and hoped for the best! They kept us informed throughout the 3 week process on WhatsApp with video updates and calls from Craig explaining how the training was going.

When we finally came to collect Otto we were in shock. He was walking nicely by our side, not pulling on the lead, no barking at passers by and even walked past other dogs without problems! We were thrilled. They guided on how to carry on the training process with Otto, they explained he could revert back to his old ways without proper training continued.

Since he’s been home he’s been good as gold. Craig and Kate have since been in touch to find out how things are going.

All in all we would highly recommend them to anyone looking to correct any behaviour problems they might have with their dog, the results are worth the investment.

Thanks again guys!

Joe Roseman & Coal (GSD)

Joe Roseman & Coal (GSD) at Vislor Residential Dog Training - Salisbury

I live on a farm and it is surrounded by other farms. There are sheep and livestock everywhere. I know of two dogs owned by neighbours that have been shot by farmers because they wandered into neighbouring farms and chased and attacked sheep. I do not want this to happen to my dog.

Craig and the team understood my goals and trained my dog so that he would be able to have a very happy and safe life on my farm. He went to Craig as a stubborn GSD who very much wanted to do only what he decided, and that included chasing sheep, nipping the cats and definitely having bad intentions towards the chickens (one of which ended up momentarily in his mouth). He returned from Craig with a different mentality. Essentially he ignores the sheep now and has only a passing interest in the cats and chickens. He has learnt obedience.

Craig knows what he is doing. He has enormous experience with difficult dogs and he has done a superb job with my dog. The team provides constant updates via Whatsapp, with videos and commentary of progress. There is ongoing support after the handover. The 3 weeks is, really, just the start of the training. Having the ongoing support is important. I recommend Craig and the team with full confidence. I would also add that my dog is now WAY happier.

Rianna Hanif & Henry (1yr old Labrador)

Rianna Hanif & Henry (Labrador) handover at Vislor Residential Dog Training Salisbury.

I couldn’t recommend Vislor more highly!

We have an energetic 1 year old fox red Labrador who wanted to be ‘top dog’ in the house and wasn’t listening to any commands from myself or my partner. He also started excessively biting and lunging at us when he wanted attention or was bored. We tried working with other dog behaviourists as well as independently training him but nothing worked and his behaviour was getting worst. We had really ran out of options until I found Vislor.

From initially meeting with Mo to find out more about the process, we knew that these were the trainers for us. Mo clearly outlined what we should expect and made us feel totally confident in the decision to book residential training. Henry spent 3 weeks with Craig, Kate and their lovely family who all supported with training. It was a hard 3 weeks without our boy but it was more than worth it! Henry has come back a totally different dog, walking perfectly on the lead without pulling and in the house he finally respects us and listens to us with no biting or bad behaviour. He is a dream to be around and we now properly enjoy our life with Henry and he seems like a much happier and content dog.

Thank you Craig and Kate! You have helped us more than we can express

Tom Whitley & Luna (GSD)

Positive: professionalism, quality

Linda and het GSD Luna Vislor - Salisbury Residential Dog Training handover

We had just about ran out of options with our 15 month old GSD Luna via standard training methods during lockdowns (puppy classes and neighbours). Luna had become reactive to most cars, cyclists and 50/50 with other dogs generally pulling and barking going through several types of lead and collar trying to find "The Fix".

In just three weeks residential we have got back a more well rounded girl who we can walk without incident whilst on the lead. I was a bit gobsmacked on our first walk with zero reactions whilst on the short lead and even sat at the side of the road whilst half a dozen cars drove by to make sure it wasnt a fluke . Obviously there is still input and further training required by ourselves to get Luna fully trained, but the residential training has steered us all in the right direction.

Highly recommended 👍🐶

Jayne Hodgetts & Dexter

Jayne Hodgetts & Dexter at Vislor Residential Dog Bootcamp Salisbury

My dog has improved so much . He is a joy to walk . I highly recommend these people to train any dog . Thank you

Eleanor Radley & Griffin (10 month GSD)

Eleanor Radley & Griffin (10 month GSD) dog boot camp

Could not recommend Residential Training with Craig & Kate enough for anyone struggling with their dog.

To give a bit of background, Griffin is myself and my partners first dog and is a 10 month old GSD. With us not having much experience as Griffin started to get older and more importantly bigger... we ran into a number of issues. His lead walking was all over the place and it was beginning to become difficult for me to handle him out on walks. He was pretty much interested in everything apart from listening to me. In the home, he would bark at everything and anything that came past our house and overall lacked general house manners. He really struggled to be independent and would often bark for attention no matter how much we played/interacted with him.

When we started looking into residential training, it felt like a really big deal and almost like we failed him but it's the best thing we ever did.

Craig and Kate are so knowledgeable and we really felt comfortable leaving Griffin with them for 3 weeks (he hadn't previously spent a night away from me since we brought him home). In the initial meeting they spent a long time with us talking through everything and Griffins behaviours. 2 weeks later we dropped him off for his 3 week residential stay.

We were apprehensive about the changes we would see and how we would continue it at home but I can honestly say we can't believe the difference. We had a lengthy handover with Craig and Kate when we picked Griffin up and were amazed at how much better his lead walking was. He can now walk at a heel! Not only that but he is SO much more engaged with us, for a variety of commands, including the word NO!

It has truly changed our day to day more than we can explain. We now have a much happier dog and a happier home and feel positive about the future with our four legged family member. Craig and Kate put in the ground work and have given us all the tips and instructions for how to continue with his training at home.

There is also a WhatsApp group set up at the start of the residential stay, where they sent videos and updates of how Griffin was getting on. They have also left this open for any further questions we have.

It is really hard to try and summarise this review but I hope this helps anyone considering residential training and finally, thanks again Craig and Kate.

Ella, Harvey and Griffin :)

Janey Wayne & Bailey (GSD)

Positive: quality, responsiveness

Janey Wayne, family & Bailey (GSD) at Residential Dog Training - Vislor Salisbury

We had an almost 1 year old German Shepherd who would pull our arms whilst walking on a lead, always needing to be at the front, and would jump and nip our 12 year old son when in certain situations. We weren’t certain about being without our dog for 3 weeks, but after speaking to Mo and then Craig at Vislor, we felt confident that Craig had a wealth of experience that could help us with our particular concern of lead walking. We weren’t wrong.

During our dog’s time away, we received an occasional video and could see the progress by week 2. By the time of our handover at the end of week 3, the difference was immense. Our dog was walking on lead, by our side, listening to commands and no longer walking us! This is with every member of our family, including our son.

It is still a work in progress but we have a comfortable, solid foundation to work with. We can highly recommend Craig and his family and are really happy with the results achieved in just three weeks.