Branxholme Gundogs

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Alistair Mackay
21/05/24 12:58:50
wow, just read review head can't get through kitchen door ..I'm stuck here for eternity! thanks again Elaine. Loved little Pep! easy to train. a little star in the making.
Elaine Kerr
21/05/24 10:12:58
I don’t usually post reviews but this one is very well deserved. I contacted Alistair about my four month old red fox Lab named Pep. He came from a good chain of working dogs and my plan is to work pep as a retriever. Alistair was absolutely superb. I spent just over an hour with him and it was truly fascinating listening to him and learning from his experience. Already it has made a difference to my dog. Alistair was supportive, friendly and clearly has experience in abundance. My plan is to revisit Alistair when pep is a few months older to go over more technical bits of retrieving. But what he taught Pep and I yesterday will change our lives and make the experience so much more fun for both of us. If you are thinking about using a dog trainer - stop looking - Alistair is your man. I simply couldn’t rate him any higher. 10/10. He’s made a friend for life in Pep.
Alistair Mackay
08/04/24 17:17:49
the review by Shane below: it seems Shane, everyone wants to know if you are THE Shane Williams of Welsh Rugby greats....sorry folks, Shane below informs me he has never even been to Wales !
Shane Williams
07/04/24 12:25:01
My wife and I recently traveled to Alistair to redeem a Christmas Voucher for 1 lesson .
Our 6 month black cocker Lena certainly needed some input from Alistair it has to be said.
OMG, we couldn't believe how naughty she was in the first 10 minutes of our lesson. Alistair was so good and reassured us that this was quite normal and not to worry. She ran about like a demented chicken not taking any notice of what was being asked of her.
Alistair quickly picked up on the root cause of the issue which was that she was not responding to her name in any way or form.
After another 20 minutes of instruction Lena gradually started to glance in our direction and give us eye contact. This act alone stopped her from going hell for leather and slow down to 200mph!. . The combination of her name together with a peep of the whistle made all the difference. By the end of the lesson we couldn't believe the difference that 1 hours tuition would make. In the week that followed our whole walking experience has become more of a pleasure once again. Shona and I can't recommend Alistair enough and will be going back for our next lesson in 4 weeks to get further instruction.
Lucy Martin
17/02/24 11:24:54
Had a great one to one lesson with Alistair yesterday. Everything he taught made great sense and now it is a case of putting it into practice with Izzy. It has definitely given me more confidence going forward.
Would certainly recommend Alistair.
Susan Crowe
30/01/24 11:54:59
Had a super1 hour lesson with Alistair today, he is absolutely superb putting everything into perspective and ongoing training for my young dog. Certainly recommend him.
Alistair Mackay
17/11/23 10:29:11
Graham.. thanks. What a great review and glad it's made such a difference. See you on on the 29th. Regards Alistair
Graham Humpage
17/11/23 09:45:22
What a difference an hour can make! Ollie, a Cocker spaniel, and our newest member of the family has been rehomed by us – this for the third time in his short six months of life. He's a clever dog and we quickly had him house trained and buddying with our black Labrador Finn, all in the six weeks since he arrived! Having lost our 13-year-old springer in the summer, it was a realisation that Ollie certainly ‘fitted’ however, whilst he is most definitely smart, certainly energetic he was evolving with some bad habits that needed addressing. Willing to learn, we turned to Alistair to train him (and ourselves) and after one lesson it is amazing to see the change in Ollie. Happy to please, responsive to the whistle and full of fun, Ollie (and us) We are certainly going to really benefit from Alistair’s wealth of knowledge. Seee you soon.
Joe Carmichael
15/11/23 22:23:33
Had a lesson today with my 1 year old Lab Lucy. Would recommend Alaster as a good trainer. Just wanted to know I wasn't doing anything wrong in the development of my young dog. Learned more in an hour than anything I'd previously picked up from the Internet in the last 3 months. Thanks. Joe
Alistair Mackay
15/11/23 11:30:34
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Nicola Eadie
02/11/23 10:37:08
thank you Alistair for seeing us at short notice.
I can't believe the difference in Brogan after just the 1 hour's lesson with you. her lead walking has been transformed at a stroke... the hand and peep tip seems to have done the trick. Also she is much more attentive to my presence when off the lead during walks.. she doesn't tear off at 100pmph like she used to. All in all I would recommend Branxholme Gundogs to anyone who just wants a better experience with their beloved pooch.. Regards Nicola & Brogan (13 month cocker)
George Gunn
25/10/23 06:33:29
Thanks Alistair
Mabel and I had a great lesson. Highly recommended to anyone with a dog in need of training.
Alistair Mackay
22/10/23 22:58:22
Oh thanks for your kind words Kirsteen... sorry I have been calling you Christine all this time.... need a new hearing aid maybe, ha.. , or get an ear trumpet possibly. ha ha. Ted was a treat... didn't I tell you.! Enjoy.
Kirsty Shields
22/10/23 22:44:37
We spent an hour with Alistair and it has transformed our lead walking and recall with Ted. We particularly appreciated that Alistair talked through our daily habits with us at length to understand our challenges. Ted has been a happier dog since. Thank you Alistair, we hope to be back for more fun soon.
Amy Sugden
19/10/23 21:28:03
Just wanted to say quick thanks for continuing the lesson today Alistair... must have both been mad to think it could possibly work but it did.. thanks to your 'estate'!.. plenty of shielded spots out of the wind and rain made it a do'er in the end. As you quite rightly said, training a dog in that weather is 10 times more difficult than it would normally be, but then again how easy it then becomes when the weather is good. Hope the next 2 lessons in the course are blessed with good days. Regards Amy & Flash
Clare Ciusin
19/10/23 09:30:38
thanks Alistair for all your tips. Already looking forward to next lesson. Morph is really stimulated with the new regime you suggested. hopefully he will be picking up or beating by the end of the season like you said. The whistle is the magic tool that you promised it would be. See you in 3 weeks. Clare.
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
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