Training Retreats


Covid-19 Restrictions

Under Government guidelines, it may only be possible to run this service outdoors, which will be completely dependent on the weather and availability of safe space.


Social distancing and other mitigation rules will apply and I will not handle anyone's dog.

Booking of accommodation is at your own risk and you may want to consider the effect of any further Government restrictions on travel before booking.

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A holiday with a difference!

Ever find yourself wishing people didn't know you're a dog trainer, so you could get some honest feedback and advice? Then take the chance to give you and your dog some quality time in one of the most beautiful places to be in England!

Come to Devon for a retreat where you'll be treated with respect but still be given constructive coaching. Whilst no-one can guarantee the

weather in Exmoor, you are guaranteed an enjoyable, relaxing,

interesting, useful and uplifting experience.

Personal coaching, tailored to your needs, perfect for troubleshooting, polishing up or learning new skills. Come with a problem you'd like to solve and/or choose from sessions introducing you to:

  • Scentwork

  • Gundog basics

  • Real Dog Yoga

  • Obedience

  • Groundwork and Observation

  • Tricks

  • Parkour

Here's what's included.

Time for you:​

  • a personal Welcome Pack with useful/tasty locally produced items for you and your dog

  • complimentary afternoon tea at an award-winning Devon coffee shop- very dog friendly too!

  • time to relax: enjoy walks in the beauty of Exmoor or sit back with a glass of what you fancy. There are woods, beaches and even rivers to wild swim in...

  • enjoyable lunch and dinner venues or a maybe picnic if it's sunny!

Time for you and your dog:

  • time to learn: activities adapted to suit you and your dog

  • maximum of 4 participants: plenty of input and discussion

  • minimum of 5.5 hours per day training time with me

  • work with your dog/s or mine (Bob, Peg and Mac are friendly and sociable and VERY different from each other!)

  • verbal, written or video feedback/records where possible

  • kind, positive, honest, constructive coaching

  • NO harsh methods, lots of fun

Price for one person and dog/s team:

Single day:  £190

Two Days:   £360

Three Days: £520

Looking for longer? Email Alison with your request.

Payment plan available: email to book a place and set up payments.

Booking is as easy as 1,2,3:

1. Email to see if your preferred dates are available. If they are, a provisional booking will be made.

2. Find your accommodation. A pdf. list of possible dog friendly local places is downloadable here.

3. When you've booked a place to stay, confirm and pay a minimum of £190 to confirm your booking for your retreat.

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What does Alison offer you?


You'll benefit from my wide range of experience, having worked with Search and Rescue Dogs, taught various workshops and classes and worked with a multitude of different dogs on a 1:1 basis.

I specialise in high-energy working breed dogs, but have worked with everything from Chihuahuas up!

I like to bring kind, effective techniques and a

non-judgemental attitude to my work

with dogs and people.

With a background in teaching people in

non-school settings, you'll also have the benefit

of my experience in effective coaching.

I am:

  • Clever Dog Company Method Licensed Trainer

  • Accredited Trainer for Talking Dogs Scentwork

  • Accredited Instructor for Real Dog Yoga

  • A student in Animal Centred Education

  • Trainee Mantrailer with Mantrailing UK

  • Full PI and PL Cover Insured

If you value, thoughtful, open-minded and fair instruction, you'll like the way I work. If you'd like to find out more about my training ethos, see my articles in Dogs Today Magazine.

Special Offer!

Bring your friends!

Book 2 places, save 10% each

Book 3 places, save 15% each

Book 4 places, save 20% each

email Alison now to access this offer

Please note: to be fair to other participants and for everyone to get the most out of their stay, this retreat is not suitable for those with dogs who have serious problems around people and dogs. 1:1 packages are available, contact me to chat over your needs.