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Daisy & Tilly’s Intensive Training by Eileen M

Daisy TillyJust back from another wonderful trip to Devon dogs. We travelled from Huddersfield, West Yorkshire with our two dogs Daisy (cocker spaniel, almost 13 years old) and Tilly (rescue mixed breed girl, 2 years old.) 

Old Dairy

This visit we stayed a full week in The Old Dairy – fabulous. Lovely and roomy, an enormous dog friendly garden and a lovely welcome pack. I always look forward to my toast and homemade marmalade when I’m here. It’s something I never have time for at home. I almost wish we’d visited in the winter to make use of the lovely wood burner, but I’m not going to complain because we had amazing weather!

Intensive Training Package

I booked the Intensive training package, 10 hours of 1-2-1 training with the fab-u-lous Michelle Ingham. Every session was packed with useful and specific training games. We mainly come for Tilly’s benefit, but during the two hour sessions Daisy has plenty of “turns” and loves the games too. She has really benefitted from my discovery of The Absolute Dogs/Devon Dogs team.

When we got Tilly from the rescue centre she was 5 months old and I was just randomly surfing the net to gem up on my puppy training. I am so glad I found out about this community. Tilly is basically a delicate flower, easily spooked, but very fun loving when she feels safe. This style of concept training has worked wonders for her.


When we weren’t training we tried to get out and about. We didn’t do too much because Tilly was really tired after her sessions and she isn’t the most optimistic of dogs when she’s tired. We did get to Widemouth Bay and Sandymouth Bay a couple of times – both great dog friendly beaches. Sandymouth is National Trust owned and has a great cafe.

Nearby Attractions

We also visited Lanhydrock House (National Trust) –  about a half hour drive, great grounds and again a good cafe (there is a theme to my outings!) Castle Drogo is nearer, a bit smaller but good for a little walk round the grounds. Meldon Reservoir is close too with good walking. To be honest, I wasn’t that keen on Roadford Lake; a bit busy for us (on the day we went anyway.) 

Trebarwith Cove is lovely to visit, about 40 mins and so is nearby Tintagel

If you didn’t feel like going far there is the Pegasus Trail literally on the doorstep – an old railway line about 50 yards from the garden gate. As a runner I found this really handy for my morning run – and flat too!


We mostly ate at the cottage but did go out to the Fox and Hounds (about 8 mins drive.) I’d stayed there previously when doing an Agility course with Lauren a couple of months earlier and found it to be a great, friendly, unpretentious pub. Decent food and real beer, and dog friendly too. 

I only wish I lived a little closer!

I couldn’t recommend a training holiday enough. My next trip is already booked – I’ve persuaded a friend to bring her dog later this year and I’ll bring Tilly as well. I only wish I lived a little closer!

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