“We have continued working on the training techniques we learned during our recent stay (4th May) and just wanted to let you know that we have already seen a huge improvement in Amber and Chester’s self control issues. Our walks are so much more relaxed now and although it’s obviously an on-going process, we are starting to regain our lost confidence that we could ever be comfortable walking them off lead. They are so much more responsive to us and far less distracted.
The first thing that they mastered was learning to go to their crates voluntarily when they heard someone arrive at the front door and staying there until we gave permission for them to come out…and since that we have seen their ability to self control come on in leaps and bounds. Thank you so much for all of your help and advice and we will continue working with everything you have taught us.”
“Thankyou for the naughty but nice day yesterday we travelled from Gloucestershire and it was worth every minute, we were made to feel so welcome and at ease and Michelle was amazing, my reactive collie Ernie has never been able to work in an environment with other dogs before without spending all of our time outside, and by the end of the day he was working in the arena with 4 other dogs the calmest I have ever seen him. Totally amazing, I now have lots of strategies and games which I am able to use to keep him calm, we will be back soon as I have never felt so welcome for having a reactive dog, I came away feeling so much calmer, positive and confident, and not embarrassed about having a naughty but nice dog !! Thankyou xx“
“Back at the beginning of 2013 I was looking for dog training with a difference. I had attended weekly classes and lots of day workshops, but was looking for an experience I could fully immerse myself in. That’s when I found the Dash2Devon Camp that Devon Dogs run! I had never, ever attended a camp before, so admittedly I was nervous about the whole thing. I called up and spoke to Carole and was instantly put at ease. There and then I booked my space….this was in June and the camp was taking place in September! Cue me getting very excited, even marking ‘days to go’ on the calendar.
What I loved was the emails and info I received before the camp. It was so amazingly organised and I felt at ease that I had everything I needed to prepare and get ready for the camp. I’ll never forget the Monday, the first day of camp. Monday is the settling in day. I was booked into the Fox and Hounds as I didn’t fancy camping in my tent on the campsite in September! (I don’t own a caravan!!) The pub is fab, the room was nice and the staff were ever so welcoming. It would appear that they had many a Devon Dogs students stay there, as when I mentioned what I was up to they knew all too well!
I arrived at the camp ground on Monday afternoon for the welcome meeting. This was a chance for every camp attendee to meet and for us to receive our welcome pack, including our workshop timetables, and to be introduced to the week ahead. Pimms was served, along with cream teas! What a way to start the camp! The workshop days themselves were simply awesome! The trainers were super knowledgeable, kind and worked at my level. I learnt so so much from each of them. The days were exhausting for me and my dog! Each evening we’d got back to the pub and crashed out on the bed pretty much until the following morning, ready for the next day!
The camp was finished off with a BBQ on the Thursday evening, where everyone got the chance to scoff yummy food and chitchat about our week. What I really loved about my first camp experience with Devon Dogs was how everyone came together and helped one another. There was no weird clickiness or odd looks! Everyone wanted everyone else to succeed and have fun, it was a true group bonding experience.
I left my first Dash2Devon Camp with renewed motivation in my training, newly made friends and a dog who was happy and content – he had had just as much fun as me! That was back in 2013 and every year since, I have attended the Dash2Devon Camp! I can’t get enough of it! If you are looking for an all-round dog training camp where you’ll learn multi-disciplines and skills, have fun and make friends along the way, Dash2Devon is the camp for you”
“We attended your Boundary Games workshop with our 11 month old collie pup. Thoroughly enjoyed it, learnt lots from the brilliant tutor and Breeze was really well behaved. Thank you so much”
“We attended a naughty but nice one day workshop which was brilliantly put together and provided a safe space to practice the strategies to help worried and anxious dogs overcome obstacles. Thanks Devon Dogs. James Hunt BVetMed MSc CertVA DipECAWBM (AWSEL) European Veterinary Specialist in Animal Welfare, Ethics and Law.”
“Bought fitbone for all our dogs from Devon dogs. This is Louis, a 10 year old lab with severe elbow arthritis. He is the love of our lives. After two weeks use he went to vets for regular acupuncture. She could not believe the muscle change in him. His muscle tone had improved so much. She immediately extended the time between acupuncture sessions from four weeks to six weeks. His fit bone sessions literally last minutes. Prior to fit bone we had noticed the muscles on his back legs starting to fade but now they can be seen improving.”
“Excellent training facilities and instructors. Did a great summer camp in September and have started 121 lessons with Michelle (which are excellent) definitely recommend, if you in thinking about going for a workshop or lesson, do it, you will learn loads, have great fun and your dog will love you for it!”
“Had a one off lesson with Michele yesterday as in the area on holiday. Just brilliant worked on the 2 areas I have problems with, Casey improved in a very short space of time. Also gave me lots of ideas to work on at home. Superb venue and facilities.”
“Just got back from a week stay at Bowerland cottages, Devon Dogs. Took part in a one day Naughty but Nice course then had some 1:1 training sessions with Michelle. Amazing accommodation and loads of room for my 5 dogs. The course was great and really gave be confidence with my Naughty but Nice dogs. The 1:1’s were amazing and were really targeted and useful. Michelle was such a friendly and supportive trainer. Really hoping I can save my pennies and go back again next year!”