Energy-packed dog training that gets results. A relaxing holiday in the Devonshire countryside.
Yes, you can have both.
Lauren founded Bowerland Cottages so you can enjoy a peaceful break while immersing yourself in games-based dog training. At the end of your retreat, return home recuperated and armed with a wealth of training know-how.
When you book your stay, Lauren’s expert team will design a custom plan to meet your exact training needs. This plan will centre on a collection of engaging games, making for a full-of-fun retreat for both you and your dog(s).
The result: Tangible training progress. A strengthened dog-owner bond. Happy memories.
Finding The Perfect Location for Bowerland Cottages
Lauren and her family searched for some time before finding the perfect Bowerland Cottages site. They sought help from the property renovation experts Kirstie Allsopp and Phil Spencer on Channel 4’s Relocation Relocation.
With Kirstie and Phil’s help, Lauren closed on a neglected property in Okehampton, Devon. She saw huge potential in the site, which she revamped into a state-of-the-art dog training space with rustic holiday cottages. 10 years later, Lauren appeared on another episode of the television show. During this episode, Kirstie and Phil document the upgrades she has made.
Lauren has given each cottage a personal touch. For example, those staying at Old Dairy Cottage can enjoy a herb garden. Meanwhile, those staying at Parsley Cottage can cosy up with the wood burner and indoor dog training room — perfect for rainy weather.
Another option, Holly Hock Cottage, sits on a farm where guests can walk around three lakes, visit the animals, and collect free-range eggs from the chickens. The barn conversion comes complete with an outdoor hot tub to enjoy the sunset after training.
These are just a few of the luxury cottages that Lauren has developed and refurbished over the years. Some are within a minute’s walk of the training arena. Others offer a secluded spot, tucked even deeper in the countryside. Despite their remote locations, these cottages are within a short walk of the arena.
Lauren’s Journey to Dog Training Prowess
Since running back-garden training sessions in her early career, Lauren has become a huge name in the dog training and agility sphere. Her accomplishments include winning at Olympia and Crufts and representing Team GB at multiple World Championship competitions.
Lauren has also served as a dog training consultant for the UK Police. In this role, she helped the police force develop the effectiveness of K-9 Unit dogs in patrol duties and explosive/narcotic detection.
Today, many people know Lauren as the host of the popular Sexier Than a Squirrel podcast. Dog owners all over the world tune into this podcast, where Lauren breaks down training challenges and offers valuable tips for dog owners. She interviews other experts in the dog training world, sharing tips on topics like training puppies not to bite and supporting deaf dogs.
Lauren is also the author of several advice-loaded books like There’s a Trick for That! and Game On! Puppy. On top of this, she has played a crucial role in creating countless training videos, courses, and retreats. These include the renowned Naughty But Nice Retreat, which won the 2023 South West Tourism Silver Experience of the Year Award.
Expert Dog Training
Lauren is the mind behind the expert training that you will receive during your Bowerland Cottages stay. Her training style upholds positivity at all times, encouraging rewards and never punishing dogs when they get it “wrong.” The training shows owners how to tackle challenging scenarios before they arise, taking a pre-emptive rather than reactive approach.
Some owners also sign up for Devon Dogs’ in-person and digital training offers, which Lauren’s team offers at the same site.