Dog Training Holidays – In Cornwall


Stay with us in for a week in Cornwall and get three hours of free dog training for up to two dogs  – allowing you to have fun with your dog, while teaching them new skills and improving their obedience. The training is open to all breeds of dogs – and all abilities (but is only available on certain dates – see below).

The training sessions will include tricks,  general obedience, social manners such as greeting people without jumping up, walking together off the lead, and general recall, covering all levels from beginner to advanced.

The training will be taken by Melissa Chapman of ABCforPets. Melissa is a full time qualified dog trainer. Melissa trains dogs in a way where they WANT to learn, thus providing a much more enjoyable reward based experience for both you and your pet. Melissa uses the most up to date and well established training methods that are tried and tested to be very effective, this is reinforced with toys, treats and bags of praise.

No longer do you have to be embarrassed to take your dog out in public, or be fearful of seeing other dogs walking in the park.

The training will consist of two 90 minute sessions on the Sunday and will take place in our 23metre x 50m indoor training arena  (see picture below)- which is just 100 yards from the cottages.

During the other days, guests are welcome to use the training facilities on their own to practice the techniques, or can of course enjoy the many nearby walks (including the coastal path) and visit the many local attractions (with Polperro, Looe, Fowey and the Eden Project all less than 20 minutes away – and you can now take dogs into The Eden Project).

The farm is less than 2 miles from the coast and coastal path (which is designated as an area of outstanding natural beauty in this stretch between Looe and St Austell ). The local village (Pelynt) is less than a mile away down quiet lanes and The Jubilee Inn in the village offers excellent food and welcomes dogs.

The training would normally cost £70 per booking but is free for guests who stay with us for a full week in one of our three dog friendly cottages (Mealhouse, Waggoners or Rosebud).

To check cottage prices and to book please either make an online booking for one of the available dates (see below) by clicking here.  Or you can email us at or phone Richard on 07847 248383.  We allow two dogs to stay in The Mealhouse, Waggoners and Rosebud.

Please Note that we have not yet organised the dates for 2021 due to the current uncertainties over CV.  However please get in touch if you would like the training and we will endeavour to organise a date for you.

If you cannot visit us on any of the above dates then please get in touch as we may be able to arrange alternative dates.

The training will take place on a Sunday , so please book with us to arrive the Friday before the dates above (all our dog friendly cottages have a Friday arrival date – though we can sometimes be flexible on this out of season).  Please note that the training is only free if you stay with us for 7 nights or more.

Reviews of the Training:

Angela Douglas – Posted on Facebook 7th June 2018

“The training was absolutely brilliant – if you get the chance do go – both you and your dog/s will have a great time! Fantastic facility and excellent trainer.


Please also see below an article by Travel Writer Robin Mead (and his dog Evie), who stayed with us and took part in the training.  The Article was published in the Silver Travel Adviser magazine.

Finally, for reviews on Trip Advisor of the Dog Training holiday please click here.


Star Travel Review

Robin Mead

Travel writer and former hotel inspector

A dog-training holiday in Cornwall

Travel writer Robin Mead took his recently-acquired rescue dog, Evie, on a special dog-training holiday in Cornwall. How did they get on? Robin decided to let Evie tell the story.

Evie at Polean Farm, CornwallLook, who says I need training? Do what you like, when you like: that’s my motto. And after spending 12 months on the streets, I don’t see any reason to change my ways.

Perhaps I should explain. I’m a two-year-old German Shepherd/collie cross, and I was found homeless and half-starved in Livada, Greece, about a year ago. A rescue organization brought me to the UK and after a couple of false starts with would-be owners I finally adopted my “for ever” humans in July.

They’re a funny pair. They seem to be under the impression that I’m going to do what they tell me! I thought I had already demonstrated that was not the case, when they took me to local training classes. But then they booked a holiday on a farm in Cornwall, and cunningly didn’t mention that the holiday included three days of one-to-one classes with specialist trainers Jackie and Terry Lawer.

Val and EviePolean Farm is roughly midway between Looe and Polperro, and in the summer its lovely, stone-built, self-catering cottages are very popular with families. For that reason Polean is more of a play farm, coupled with livery stables. Farmer Keith takes the youngsters on tractor rides; there are plenty of sheep, goats and pigs which enjoy being petted; and the morning hunt to discover where the free range chicken have hidden their eggs is a hugely popular event.

I joined in the latter, even though I wasn’t invited.  I thought chasing the chickens might encourage them to hurriedly deposit a few more eggs, but they just rushed about, squawking and flapping their wings. Neither Farmer Keith nor my humans seemed very pleased about this pastime, and I had to be put on a lead.

Polean Farm have had the bright idea of running dog training holidays outside the peak school holiday season, and three of the comfortable cottages are “dog friendly”. Apparently, this is because they have ‘accident-proof’ stone floors. What do they think I am: uncivilized or something?

Training and surveying the scenery with one of her humansClasses take place in a huge indoor training arena, and the trainer turned out to be not only quite strict but also very tricky. When I ignored her calls to “Come here”, she produced a squeaky toy and of course I had to keep rushing over to investigate what it was. I liked Terry best, especially as he had a pocketful of tasty treats that I thought he might be willing share. But do you know what? If I didn’t do what he said, he kept his hand firmly in his pocket and ignored me!

Well, you have to humour these people, don’t you? So I put on my best behaviour, and as a reward I was allowed to try out the hurdles and tunnels of a sort of canine assault course. Though I say it myself, I was pretty good at that. What fun!

I think I rather like this ‘holidays’ idea. The people at Polean knew all the best dog walks in the area, as well as the best beaches for indulging in my favourite pastime: splashing about in the sea.  They even sent us to a dog-friendly teashop in Looe  – although I noticed that, while my humans scoffed a cream tea, all I got was a bowl of water.

Jackie Lawer with her own collieMy only complaint, really, is that everyone seemed to be ordering me about. My best chance of asserting myself came when I spotted the farm’s huge black cat, Tom, lying on his back in the sun. I rushed over, anticipating a really good chase, but he didn’t even bother to get up. Wham! I got an almighty slap in the face from a well-muscled paw with sharp bits on the end. Ouch! Cats aren’t supposed to stick up for themselves like that.

Anyway, I’m thinking of taking my humans back to Polean Farm again next year. And when I do, I shall continue what I started this year. No, not my training. Cat training! Whenever I see Tom, I shall studiously ignore him. That’ll teach him!