Testimonials

Quotes We have used Eshiels for both obedience training and kennelling. Ian and Andrea are just brilliant. You think no-one can care for your dog like you can but Ian and Andrea can match you. Tapaidh trots in tail wagging and doesn't give us a backward glance, then gives a little cry when she leaves. Eshiels posting videos of her is amazing and I can't recommend Ian and Andrea highly enough. Everyone should board their dog here as long as you leave space for Tapaidh 😊 Quotes
Lisa MacKinnon
Tapaidh's owner

Quotes I met Ian when looking for a stud dog to mate with my beloved bitch who we hoped to produce a litter from. From my first meeting with Ian it was clear he has incredible knowledge about all things Labrador. I was fortunate that Ian's wonderful, good natured and very handsome Mr Gibbs did indeed sire the subsequent litter, and we had nine beautiful puppies. They were a picture of health from day one. Ian has been incredibly helpful and supportive to me the whole way through the process, his knowledge and experience have been invaluable. As some one new to breeding I have had a lot to learn, and Ian has provided sound and pragmatic advice whenever I have asked. I have greatly appreciated this, and cannot recommend Ian highly enough. He is passionate about his dogs, and producing only the best dogs. Thank you Ian for all of your help. Quotes
Claire Cameron

Quotes Eshiels Gundogs came highly recommended and we were not disappointed. After attending one of Ian's novice handler days (which are great fun and really instructive), he drew up a 12 week residential training programme for our 15 month old black lab, Sultan. After dropping him off, we received a weekly update which was very reassuring. When we went back to pick him up, the results were outstanding. Not only did he respond perfectly to the whistle to sit, stay, retrieve game and walk to heel, but he was also in superb physical shape and clearly in high spirits. Sultan is now fully ready to go for the shooting season. Thank you Ian. Quotes
Rob Jefferies
Satisfied Customer

Quotes I approached Ian with my strong willed Springer Spaniel - a dog with a prey drive off the scale! And despite nearly 2 years of me teaching the dog bad habits, he was able to establish a solid base from which to build on in 3 months! Having read the books and watched several of the DVDs, none have matched lessons with someone who can rectify the mistakes and explain where I have gone wrong immediately. I now enjoy training my dog and can see real progress; I am confident that my dog will now be obedient enough to work. I cannot recommend Ian's one to one training highly enough. As well as building on my current dog's base, I am now starting my a second pup on lessons. Quotes
Barry McMaster
ESS

Quotes The perfect balance of professionalism and heart. The Mitchells are totally responsible breeders who will ensure that any prospective owners are fully prepared for a new dog. We are fortunate that we were able to have our wonderful boy Louis who is now part of our family. He attends regular training sessions with Ian who is an amazing trainer. He is firm but fair, patient and extremely knowledgeable. He explains each exercise clearly and does not use harsh methods; each dog (and handler) develops at their own pace. We recently did a beginners group training day which was really enjoyable and an invaluable experience for all of us. We have also used the boarding facilities and would now never consider using anywhere else. The standard of cleanliness is exceptional and the dogs benefit from regular supervised exercise - our dogs returned to us happy and clean smelling! No negatives - only positives! Eshiels is exceptional in every way! Quotes
Bev and Martin Jowett
Eshiels = Excellance

Quotes Having never had to book our two cocker spaniels into kennels before, our first choice was Eshiels after viewing the spacious new top of the range heated boarding kennels when attending one-to-one training lessons with Ian, and a good choice it was. On our return we were greeted with two happy dogs who clearly had been extremely well cared for and had a great time at Eshiels and when Andrea spoke about how they had been we could tell they had got to know our dogs well and had paid alot of attention to them like we do at home. Eshiels will be full of returning customers and we will certainly be one of them. First Class Kennels, First Class Care and also First Class breeders as our wee Freddie was bred from Eshiels Stud dog Freddie and we still to this day recieve comments when out walking about what a beautiful, well natured dog he is. We would highly recommend Eshiels on all levels to everyone. So thanks Ian and Andrea! :) Quotes
The Jess Family
Owners of Freddie (Junior) and Finn

Quotes Friends recommended that we contact Eshiels when we decided to train our new Lab. We initially booked 6 one to one lessons on the strength of the recommendation, and having now been a client of Ian and Andrea's for both training and boarding over the last year, We would have no hesitation in recommending Esheils to anybody looking for positive, friendly, and pragmatic training plus a very high quality and professional boarding service delivered by people who are so obviously passionate and committed to the training and welfare of working dogs. Quotes
Susan and Fraser Wood
Owners of Beau, a black Labrador

Quotes I contacted Ian after I was having great problems with my very hunt driven labrador who would run off hunting for up to 2 hours at a time. Ian recommended his residential training for 12 weeks. Luner stayed at Ian?s lovely kennels and his superb surrounding training areas. I must say at this point I was very doubtful if anything could be done and I really thought I would have to rehome her as I thought she would never change. When the 12 weeks were up, I dreaded going to collect her, but how wrong I was, Ian had worked wonders she now walked to heel, knew a stop whistle and direction control, and retrieved to hand. She had obviously built up a lovely bond with Ian as she listed to his every word. He took me through how to continue her training and all the whistle commands I needed to know I would recommend Ian's training without a second thought, his methods of training are kind and he cares for the dogs so very well. Thank- you so much. Quotes
Jemima Hitchen
Client. Durham

Quotes We are the proud owner of Poppy, a gorgeous black lab who we picked up this January. We couldn't be more happy, she has such a great nature, amazing with our 3 kids and a joy to have around. We are so glad we came to Eshiels, the quality of the puppies are a credit to the breeders. We would advise anyone to take a look at these guys. Well done and Thanks. Quotes
Matt Bradley
Customer

Quotes Feel very content, and happy, when we take our two labradors to Eshiels. Ian & Andrea have taken the time to get to know our dogs, and us, and I couldn't recommend them both highly enough. Our dogs are sisters, with very different temperaments & their traits/personalities are recognised by Ian & Andrea, and very well looked after. Eshiels premises are great, it's an idyllic setup, with two very knowledgeable, helpful owners - it's brilliant. Quotes
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