OWNER Lyn Lutner was so determined to address her pet’s problem behaviour that she travelled from her home in France to take part in training with The Dog Man.
Up to that point, Lyn and her Irish Setter, Wyspa had tried everything. They attended local clubs and attempted programmes with other dog trainers but nothing worked to resolve Wyspa’s poor obedience skills when let off the lead.
After trawling the internet, Lyn eventually found Craig’s details and decided to get in touch. She was particularly interested in residential dog training with The Dog Man, as it gave her the additional opportunity to meet up with friends from England.
Over the course of three days in the heart of the beautiful Staffordshire countryside, owners and their dogs take part in a tailored programme that includes practical hands-on demonstrations, exposure to different training environments and the opportunity to put their newfound skills to the test.
Because it is a one-to-one programme, it’s a chance to ask lots of questions and build confidence. It takes place with Craig Flint, a dog handler and trainer with more than 20 years of experience.
“We were having difficulty getting Wyspa to return to us when we let her off the lead,” explains Lyn, a former teacher. “Setters have quite a reputation, but we were getting worried for her safety as she’d run towards the road. We knew we had to do something.”
Lyn, who stayed at The Dog and Doublet in Sandon during her visit, continues: “Craig was able to concentrate on us individually and really understood where we were in terms of our training, and how we could make improvements.
“It was an intensive course and I am really seeing the difference in Wyspa now we have returned. Her recall is brilliant. We will still be continuing with the training as Craig helped me to focus on the importance of consistency.
“I wouldn’t hesitate to recommend him and the training holidays, and in fact I’ve already passed on his details to a friend of mine.”
Residential training makes a great gift for dog lovers this Christmas.
To make an enquiry or to book a place, just get in touch.