Branxholme Gundogs

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Alan Crozier
22/09/23 11:02:08
Just want to say thanks to Alistair for a very productive lesson yesterday. Archie, my 9 month old cocker is a different dog today! Alistair gave me loads of tips but none were better than his 3 best... No 1, Be Steady, do nothing. No 2, Be Steady, do nothing and No 3, Be Steady, do nothing. Simple. The change in 1 day is unbelievable.
Archie might make a gundog yet.!
Alan Crozier
Nick Aitken
19/09/23 13:19:59
I heard about Alistair through a word of mouth recommendation and contacted him through his website. I explained my dog, Finn wasn't a gun dog breed but an energetic and easily distracted 9 month old Border Collie. After a chat on the phone we arranged a one hour lesson.

Alistair clearly demonstrated some techniques and strategies to hold Finns attention. We also worked on his walking to heel. By the end of the lesson I could see a marked improvement in Finns focus and I believe I now have a solid foundation to build on as I work with Finn over the coming months. Thanks Alistair!
Carol Chalmers
12/05/23 20:18:26
I have a 4.5 month cross working Labrador/ working Spaniel. I have not had a large breed before and I really wanted some advice/guidance re heel training, recall and other issues. Alistair was so helpful and demonstrated using himself with Callie and then with my daughter and I. I feel he offered strategies for us to implement and repeat constantly. Alistair clearly has a wealth of experience which I feel we really benefitted from. This was a one off session but I would have no hesitation in going back to Alistair if I need more support in the future.
Thanks Alistair your input was so appreciated!
Alistair Mackay
10/05/23 20:07:24
Had the pleasure of instructing Carol and her daughter with Caley their 5 month Lab Spaniel cross. What a wee smasher she is and she was a treat to train. In no time she was sitting patiently and focusing on me with baited breath! Doing NOTHING... Remember Carol..... eye contact and her knowing that something good is about to happen will make for a better connection between you both. Talking to her to keep her attention certainly helped and wasn't she so motivated with my hand when walking to heel! Hope you wrote everything down when you got home... must remember to set alarm clock next time... at least half hour over time ha ha
Anne Edwards
30/04/23 19:00:08
Hi Alistair
Hettie and I thoroughly enjoyed our session on Friday. Lots of great hints, tips and demos! It’s only been 2 days since our lesson but Hettie is listening more to ‘her master’s voice’ and is a totally different dog to walk already. Looking forward to another session when we are back up North again!
Amanda Barclay
20/03/23 14:21:13
Had video call with Alistair today in advance of in-person lessons later in the year. Rosie is our 2 year old cocker and we’re having trouble with her on-lead walking and recall. The session was very valuable and informative and Alastair gave us useful tips about where we’re going wrong. We will be working hard over the next couple of months to get Rosie ready for her ‘proper’ lessons in June.
George Gray
19/02/23 13:40:35
Met Alister today whilst walking dog in Binning Wood. He gave me advice about getting Hector to walk to heel better. Basically by using any old piece of rope as slip lead. Have binned my old method and Hector is different dog! Thanks Alister for free advice ha ha. (have booked a lesson though for next week)
Sarah Kane
15/02/23 15:28:36
We visited Alistair at the weekend with our nearly 6month old (very head strong) fox red lab Ozzy! Alistair had Ozzy’s attention from about 60 seconds in to meeting him. Alistair talked us through the basics and fundamentals of gun dog training which we’ve taken away and trying our best to apply! It was a very worthwhile session, Alistair has lots of knowledge and experience which really helped with the puppy training journey!
Nicola Jardine
05/02/23 10:21:23
I am writing this review after visiting Alistair at Branxholme Gundogs. My young lab Kally is 10 months old and needed something to stimulate him to further his training. Alistair quickly pointed out that giving him titbits wasn't the way in which to do this! As soon as he saw a 'treat bag' attached to my waist he figured I would be too generous with them. He was able to substitute treats with tasks that stimulated him without expanding his stomach.
Alistair has a vast store of knowledge to impart on to novice handlers such as myself so it was a very rewarding hour for Kally and myself.
I will definitely be going back in a couple of months to soak in more of this knowledge.
Pat and Jimmy
04/02/23 22:43:26
Jimmy and I had a very informative lesson with Alistair today with our 5 month old cocker
Leah. We wanted to be sure we were on the right track with her training for the coming months. Just basic stuff really but important non the less. The usuall stuff with recall and walking to heal that seems to be everyone's problem.
Alistair was quick to put us right with some of our misconceptions and gave us renewed hope that we could progress without any major hiccups.
Getting rid of our harness was certainly the best advice, with Leah now walking with no pulling whatsoever on a slip lead. Supposing we don't see any other improvement in the coming weeks, the improvement in our walking hours is worth the cost of the lesson alone !
Thank you Alistair once again.
Pat and Jimmy (and not forgetting Leah)
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