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

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.

Molly Debney & Loki (GSD)

Positive: professionalism

Molly Debney and her GSD Loki at Vislor Dog Boot Camp Salisbury

My German shepherd dog has been with Kate and Craig for 4 weeks on residential stay. He has always been very anxious and reactive around other dogs. on collection they took me through everything step by step. The change in my boys behaviour is unbelievable I can honestly say they have been amazing.

Adam & Monty

Adam & Monty his Collie Dog Boot Camp Vislor

Craig took our young dog for an initial 3 week residential, and subsequently we have had some 1-2-1 follow up sessions too. Our dog is a rescue and he is particularly challenging; after trying lots of different methods and trainers, we felt like we had to undergo intense training as he was becoming too much for us.

After a difficult start (even by Craig's standards), he started to get through to him and by the end of the 3 weeks he was a completely different dog. Also, importantly for us as owners, we are in a much better position to train our dog too. It has been good to have Craig available to discuss our progress with, and we are thankful that we no longer worry as to whether we can keep our dog or not.

We can only imagine the progress a less challenging dog can make in a relatively short period of time.

Ali Evason & Zelda (8 month GSD)

Positive: professionalism, quality, responsiveness, value, reliability

Ali, Zelda (GSD) & Craig at Dog Boot Camp handover

We acquired Zelda our beautiful GSD at the age of 9 weeks old. We had waited 6 years after losing our previous GSD at an amazing 14 years old. We considered ourselves to be experienced as we have had 3 over many years but Zelda changed our opinion of ourselves. She was the most fabulous dog in the house. We have never experienced any chewing or mess and she is wonderful with our grandchildren.

This all changed dramatically as soon as you put on her lead to take her out. She would start barking furiously as soon as she got outside...... just in case someone was there. It didn't matter if anyone was or not. She would pull so hard on the lead that your arm would feel like it was coming off. She would lunge at anything on wheels, cars, vans, bikes, scooters. You name it, if it had wheels she just had to go for it. Then if we saw another dog coming we felt we had to change direction or hide as she would rear up and bark trying to get to the other dog. We had tried training but nothing seemed to work, she was getting no better. We now know as it was group training it was never going to. We were advised by one trainer to use a Gencon collar but this only made matters worse. We were by now at our wits end having spent a lot of time and money to no avail.

This is when we discovered Vislor and I am so thrilled that we did.Zelda was 8 months old by now and a very big boned dog, already weighing 28 kgs. She had pulled me over going for another dog and I had suffered a broken finger. From the first contact with Lorraine the whole experience has been amazing. She responded so quickly and put us in touch with Mo to have Zelda assessed. Mo put us at ease immediately and made us feel so much better by assuring us that it wasn't our fault or anything we were doing wrong. We had actually got to the point where we were feeling that so his reassurance really helped.

Mo recommended 3 weeks residential training with Craig and Kate in Salisbury and it is the best thing we ever did. We were kept up to date with videos and messages which helped enormously as we missed her so much. We met Craig and Kate for the handover in our local park. We had thought it would be a quick handover with a few pointers but how wrong were we? We were not rushed and we walked together for a good hour whilst we were shown how to carry on with the training so that the progress gained would not be lost. The change in Zelda is truly amazing. She walks nicely to heel, no pulling. She now walks past dogs with no reaction. She even ignored squirrels yesterday!! I am thoroughly enjoying my time out with her now.

There is still a lot of work to do from our end but Vislor and Craig and Kate have been wonderful and I would very highly recommend them to anyone who is struggling as there really is no need to. We have already booked another week with Craig and Kate for July plus they are always there to take our call should we be unsure of anything. Absolutely so grateful for everything you have done.

Thank you and a big thank you from Zelda too

Sam Grant & Copper (GSD)

Positive: professionalism, quality, responsiveness, value, reliability

We picked up our 16month old GSD just before lockdown hit. Things were going great as I have always had dogs in my life I had a good understanding of basic training etc.. no one quite knew what was coming with the pandemic and the world closing meant life for a dog changed dramatically. We live rurally so finding other people and other dogs was a chore at the best of times let alone with the world locking itself indoors. This meant for our poor dog socialising was non existent as was any type of socialising classes or chances to meet with friends and family. Month 6 rolled around pretty fast and before we knew it Copper's behaviour was rapidly changing, a bad Experience with an off lead dog on a walk in which Copper got bit changed the way he behaved towards his surroundings forever… or so we thought. Things quickly became uncontrollable with Copper's behaviour deteriorating by the day, he was highly reactive to just about everything and would do just about anything to protect our home and us by lunging at cars, people and any animal we came across. He meant no harm and never came across as aggressive but the fear of the unknown meant we had to take action.

Most trainers we spoke to were either not taking on clients due to the pandemic or simply said Copper's behaviour was too intense that training him would take years to change whether they could even change it at all. We knew that Copper needed a very special type of trainer, one that would take time and understand our very needs. This is when we found Vislor, in particular Craig, we quickly learnt that Craig lives in a very similar environment to ourselves surrounded by animals and children in the home (very important to us woth little ones running riot Within our family) so we knew we had found the perfect match. We wasted no time and got it booked.

From the off Craig filled me with confidence that we could get copper where he needs to be. After week one the videos began to roll in with Craig showing us incredible behaviour changes and a dog we barely recognised. Unfortunately midway through week 3 Copper became very ill and a phone call from Craig meant training had to stop immediately and Craig had to bring him home and emergency vet appointment booked. We discovered Copper had a digestive condition causing tummy upset and Craig was always ringing for updates and it was so apparent how much love he had for dogs. A few days later with Copper on the mend and on antibiotics Craig returned to our home and did the sessions from our house instead which in hindsight was a blessing in disguise as Copper was so much more relaxed with this. We honestly could not believe the change in his behaviour, we finally had the family pet we always wanted.

Craig and his wife have well and truly changed our lives and that is no exaggeration. My partner dreaded coming home to a dog that would bark at her, bite her continuously and make life hell. All of this has vanished and the behaviour is only getting better by the day. If you are struggling with a pet and you think there is no hope, look no further than Craig. Trust the process and your lives will never be the same again.

So from us, Thank you Craig for reminding us to never give up and for giving copper the second chance he deserves, we are eternally grateful.

Tina Langdown & Zero (Dobermann)

Positive: professionalism, value, reliability

Tina, Craig & Zero the Dobermann

Had a three week residential course with Craig from Visor Dog Training for my 16 month old Dobermann. Craig was amazing from the start and reassured me that Zero would be ok, as we have never been separated before! I was nervous in sending him away but I knew it was the correct thing to do for Zero. Craig kept me up to date with phone calls and messages. Also sent me little videos of how Zero was doing. It was great to see Zero happy with his tail up and enjoying the training with Craig.

Zero came home after the three weeks and the change in him is amazing. Craig showed me how to carry on with the training while at home. Craig is also on the end of the phone anytime that I need that extra encouragement or help while I continue to train.

I would definitely recommend Craig to anyone who wants their dog baby trained! Thank goodness I found Vislor and Craig, as I would never have trained Zero the way Craig has trained him. I also have a younger Dobermann, that I will be sending to Craig as soon as the puppy is old enough. Can’t wait to be walking with two well trained and obedient dogs that won’t pull on their leads and have that perfect recall. Craig has done that for Zero. He is an absolute pleasure to take out and walk anywhere.

Thank you Craig.

Sarah Hancock & Marley (Labradoodle)

Positive: professionalism, quality, responsiveness, value, reliability

Sarah Hancock & Marley the Labradoodle Vislor Dog Triaining Salisbury

If you are on this website, reading these reviews, then you know what it’s like to have a reactive dog and are probably at your wits end. We rescued Marley, our labradoodle a year ago, having not been given his full background we quickly found out he was very reactive to dogs, people, moving vehicles. We got a basic trainer, but that soon proved that Marley needed more and this is where Vislor quite literally turned our lives around. I had done extensive research in residential training, but none quite had what I was looking for. I then found Vislor, their videos of them training other reactive dogs, who behaved just like Marley, straight away made me feel like I had found the right place. I contacted Lorraine, who promptly got in touch and provided me with all the info. Within weeks Marley was off to stay with Craig, his wife and their family.

The moment we met Craig, we knew he would be so good for Marley. Even though I was handing over my fur baby, yes I did cry, he was very reassuring and I knew he would be well looked after. We were sent messages to keep us updated and it is not an exaggeration to say that by the first video of Marley with other dogs, I was blown away by the progress he had made! We looked forward to all the following videos and it was so exciting to see the transformation in Marley.

The handover was so good, Craig will not rush you and will stay as long as you need until you feel confident. Craig was also really good at explaining all the things that were in place for Marley, answering any questions. Marley has a been home with us for three weeks now. We can walk Marley anywhere we like, anytime. I no longer have to turn and hide from other dogs. Marley is a new dog, a pleasure to walk. He walks beautifully by my side, no pulling. We can go past people, children and vehicles no problem. Marley will always be aware of other dogs, but we know now he is anxious, the difference being Craig has made it possible for Marley to relax and know that we are in control, this making the walks enjoyable- something I never thought would happen!! We still chat with Craig and we know that he and the Vislor team will be there for us at anytime.

I cannot recommend these guys enough and will happily send Marley back to Craig, not only for top up training but because I know how much Marley has enjoyed his time with Craig and the family.

Thank you ? ?

Jo & Archie (GSD)

Jo & Archie GSD

It’s not an exaggeration to say we were desperate for help when we turned to Vislor. We had an 11 month old German Shepherd who was jumping up, mouthing us, walking him was becoming impossible and dangerous he pulled so much and was very reactive to other dogs. He hit life at 1000mph all day long and was experimenting with and indeed pushing every boundary. He spent just over 3 weeks with Craig and his family and the dog Craig returned to us was honestly non recognisable. Archie walks now beautifully on a loose lead, he’s not reactive to other dogs , he’s been calm in the house and finally understands 2 essential commands .... no and down (lie down). Just these 2 words have given us back control of a head strong, full of life, young GSD who is now asleep on the kitchen floor in front of me, definitely a calmer and happier dog and a calmer and happier owner.

Thank you Craig and Vislor you really are amazing - thank you from Archie to.

** PS **

To be honest I couldn’t properly articulate in writing just how amazed and grateful we are. It’s too incredible to believe. Archie has never sat on his mat in the kitchen without a chew used for bribery and once he’s eaten it he’s up and off again. We brought him into the kitchen and he was calm and took himself to his mat and just played with a teddy ( not destroyed it in a frenzy) and fell asleep. I wanted to check he pulse to make sure he was still alive. Mind blowing. I can’t express how grateful we are. I understand he may push boundaries again but we now have the training to use the tools and advice given. I’m excited about the future now with Archie.