2 Week Residential Dog Training programme - FEE £895

This is the perfect option for those with busy lives.

Our ‘Calmness Leads to Reward’ -  2 Week Residential Dog Training Programme is a comprehensive dog training and behaviour programme conducted in house over a 2 week period (14 nights) at our family home 'Claddagh Lodge' the HQ for our Dog Guru Dog Training & Behaviour Centre.

When it comes to your dogs training there is never a one size fits all solution. Our Residential programme is aimed at those owners who simply do not have enough free time to practice daily training exercises with their dog or attend weekly scheduled obedience classes and workshops.


While in our care your dog will live with us in our family home,  which is a normal busy household of adults and teenagers.  Your dog will be fully integrated and trained alongside our own Copperbirch Labradors and 3 cats as a member of our family pack.

We only take a few residential pupils for training at any one time this ensures your dog gets our full attention.

Our "Calmness Leads To Reward" - Residential Dog Training Programme is designed to optimise your dogs learning, we manage all the normal distracting factors that contribute to your dogs high energy, excitable and sometimes problematic behaviour.

Your dogs daily training sessions are carried out over a 7 day week and will involve trips to the park, shops and the town for important calming socialisation.  They will even get the opportunity to participate in our on site weekly obedience classes, giving them the opportuntiy to integrate with other dogs and their owners.  We teach your dog to be calm and relaxed everywhere they go.

However its not all training, we have also built into our daily programme time for sleep, rest, play and most of all lots of evening cuddles from our human family members.  Your dog will join us each evening while we are just chilling, watching a movie and relaxing in front of the fire.

During your dogs residential training we will provide the much needed daily structure and routine that all dog's crave, resulting in a much calmer more relaxed, happier and stress free member of your family when they return to you.

Bedtime is at 10.30 pm and at night your dog will sleep either in a crate if thats something they are used to or on a comfy dog bed.  We have a special dog room set aside in our home with underfloor heating and all the 'mod cons', giving your dog the space to switch off, chill and get an uninterrupted night sleep. 

Our dog room is just a few metres and within hearing distance from our own family members bedrooms, it is also fully equiped with CCTV cameras should your dog need our attention during the night.

We pride ourselves on being able to offer this totally unique, loving home from home dog training service.

positive dog training - "CALMNESS LEADS TO REWARD"

During your dog’s stay we will teach, train and communicate with them using our uniquely developed “Calmness Leads to Reward” © formula for dog training & dog behaviour.

"Calmness Leads to Reward" is a philosophy Keith developed 25 years ago and is based on a true understanding of animal psychology and the dogs innate primal instinct for the survival of the family pack unit.

It is a holistic dog training and behaviour method which incorporates two core fundamentals that of 'Behaviour Management' and the 'Education of Communication Cues' through positive training.

This ensures that the partnership of dog and owner is balanced, whole and complete.  “Calmness Leads to Reward” © uses only positive reward dog training methods which are based on the timely, consistent, reward of affection with love without the need for treats or gadgets.

Keith believes that you should be able to communicate with your dog because of the bond that you build through mutual affection and respect based on loving leadership, using a true understanding of innate canine psychology and not because you are bribing your dog with food.

Keith will provide you with expert ongoing support.  He will tailor design your dogs training to start you on the journey of permanently transforming your dogs behaviour giving both you and your dog the perfectly balanced, stress free, loving relationship.


Our objective is to transform your dog’s behaviour.  We want your dog to be a loving, calm family member that understands the boundaries when living within your home and family unit.

Each of our residential dog training programmes can be tailor made to suit you and your dog’s individual requirements.  We have listed below some of the areas of focus and skills your dog will learn during their 2 week stay with us.

  • 6 Essential Communication Cue's: We will teach your dog the Communication Cues' of Heel, Sit/Stay, Recall, Place/Bed, the Release Cue & the Leave/No Cue.
  • Calmness: We will teach your dog to be calm, relaxed and have the ability to simply just chill.
  • Walking on the Leash: During the programme we will teach your dog how to walk calmly on the leash without pulling and being reactive towards people and other dogs.
  • Meeting & Greeting: We will teach your dog how to be calm and in control of their own energy while meeting and greeting people both inside and outside the home without jumping up and getting over excited. 
  • Coming When Called: We will teach your dog how to come when called with the vocal cue and also with a dog training whistle.
  • Switching Off: We will teach your dog upon your instruction how to go to a place and wait patiently in their bed or place mat should you need them to do so.

These are just a few of the standard skills and 'Communication Cues' your dog will learn while in our care alongside your personal bespoke requirements.  

During your dog’s stay we will provide you with weekly progress updates and a training video before they leave to show you their newly taught skills and how you can continue with their training.


Upon graduation on the day of collection you will be given a full demonstration of your dog’s newly learned calmness and obedience skills.  You will also be provided with a full training booklet outlining all the 'Communication Cues' your dog has been taught.   

It is then expected that owners spend some time following this demonstration in order to learn the new communication and tuition procedures we have taught your dog.

We will also identify and eliminate the factors within your home that contributed to your dogs unwanted problematic behaviour issues, we will make suggestions and advise on some changes you may need to make in your home environment and daily management structure to maintain your dog's newly taught skills. 

We will teach you how to provide structure and set new positive boundaries to continue with your dog's training successes in your new life together.

The fee for our residential programme is £895

The fee of  £895 per dog is split into 2 stage payments.


A £200 deposit per dog via bank transfer is required to secure your booking.


The remaining balance of £695 is payable on the first day of arrival.

This fee includes your dog’s accommodation and training for the duration of their stay, a private consultation on arrival at the Dog Guru Centre and 1-2-1 owner tuition upon collection.


We work with dogs of all ages on our residential programme there is no upper age limit.  We accept dogs from as young as 5 months old.

Although there is no upper age limit please understand that the older your dog is the longer they have had to settle into their behaviour pattern.  Breeds do differ in maturity, so if you are not sure please contact us for advice.


Our residential dog training programme is not suitable for those owners whose dogs are displaying very reactive aggressive behaviour.   As these problems usually exist between you and your dog we recommend first of all booking a 1-2-1 Behaviour Consultation with Keith initially to remedy this behaviour before moving forward.


We are available to fine tune your handling skills for the lifetime of your dog, this is his ongoing commitment to you and are always at the end of the phone should you need to get in touch in the future.

We have an outstanding record of success.  Our Dog Training Programmes have been called astonishing and our Dog Trainer & Behaviourist Keith Mathews 'The Dog Guru' is likened to have the ‘magic’ touch.

Keith has a wealth of knowledge which he has acquired over a lifetime from working with all breeds of dogs in different situations.

He has a unique intuitive skill and is able to tune into the energy of those that he works with both human and animal, he prides himself in being able to assist dog owners in overcoming their dog’s problems even when all other trainers and behaviourist's have failed

Our "Calmness Leads To Reward" Residential Dog Training programme will transform the behaviour of your dog and you will be rewarded with the possession of a perfect companion who will excite admiration on every occasion.

For further information, details of our next available residential training slot or to book your dog onto our Residential Dog Training Programme please email us by clicking on the link below or call us on:

Tel : 0773 928 2066.