Eshiels Gundogs. Trail Dogs. Boarding and Training Kennels
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Quotes We are the proud owners of Keira who is one of "Freddie's girls". As first time owners we approached Ian for assistance with general obedience however , although a family pet, we also wanted to develop Keira's and our own knowledge on gundog skills. We booked a series of lessons with Ian and the transformation was amazing. It is so obvious that Ian is passionate about dogs and has vast knowledge, always willing to answer any questions we had.. He ensured that our sessions developed general obedience as well as gundog skills such as whistle and direction commands, they were hugely enjoyable for puppy and ourselves. Keira's two favourite places to go are the beach and Eshiels!!! Although training sessions are now over, our choice for kennels for Keira was an easy one and we have booked her in for holidays at Eshiels. Quotes
Margaret and David Haldane
Cocker Spaniel Owners

Quotes First Class dog Kennels! this is the Hilton of the dog world, both Ian and Andrea are so committed to what they offer here and ensure that you are made to feel that you and your dog are the most important person to them at that time. It is not just another Dog coming through their gate, they take time to find out exactly what your dog needs and uphold your every wish for the care that you request. Very professional and committed people. I am sure that they will get lots of returning customers including us in that! Quotes

Quotes I went to Ian for one-to-one obedience training for me and my cocker spaniel, Brodie. I was a first time dog owner and knew next to nothing about how to train a dog. I learned so much from Ian's patient training which has led me to have greater confidence and a happy, obedient (well, most of the time!) dog. I now enjoy and appreciate my lovely dog more than ever. Quotes
Rachel Hunter
Very happy customer

Quotes Tess, my 3 year old cocker spaniel bitch and I have been attending Ian's gundog training now for 2 years. If it wasn't for Ian's encouragement and training methods I am sure I would have given up in the early days, but here we are further down the line with a happier, more obedient dog! (did I say that?) and a more confident owner. The way Ian puts across his training is excellent and I would recommend anyone wishing to commence gun dog training visit Eshiels. Quotes
Sandra Rankin
Satisfied Client

Quotes His passion is extraordinary and the 'interview' that I was put through before he parted with a pup was to me a vital part of the process. 'Poppy' is now 3 years old and easily the best Labrador I have ever had the pleasure of being involved with. She is the epitome of Ian's breeding mantra - she is an outstanding outstanding Labrador Retriever - fit, extremely fast, healthy, highly intelligent, very biddable and with a great working ability, but also unbelievably soft natured and a beautiful temperament. She has created quite a stir amongst some well entrenched breeders and trainers in my area who have all commented not only as to how good she looks, but also on her keen intelligence and amiable demeanour. I firmly believe that Eshiels Gundogs are one of the best breeders in the country and am extremely happy to recommend them to anyone. Timothy Mygind Quotes
Tim Mygind

Quotes It took me over a year, and a lot of fruitless searching, before I found Ian Mitchell and his beautiful dogs. I was looking for a very special Labrador and I was prepared to search hard and long till I found exactly the right one. I needed a well bred, athletic, intelligent, working dog, but (most importantly) also with the temperament to live in a family with very young children. I live in the South of England and found it extremely difficult to get a Lab that fitted the bill (they were either thick set, or of questionable breeding, or the breeders I found simply didn't seem to have the right passion for what they do). From the moment I happened across Ian Mitchell I realised that I found one of the best breeders in the country, and I consider myself extremely fortunate that he was prepared to let me have one of his precious Labs. His passion is extraordinary and the 'interview' that I was put through before he parted with a pup was to me a vital part of the process. Quotes
Tim Mygind
Happy Owner

Quotes We were recommended to Ian when our Cocker came of an age that he no longer needed to stay so close on walks and started running off! Whist we do not have expectations of a fully trained gun dog, we are after a well behaved family pet who can be trusted in the great outdoors. Ian with his one to one sessions has not only worked with Monty on his training but has also given us invaluable advice and training tips that we can do at home. Rome wasn?t built in a day, but thanks to Ian we are sitting comfortably in the Colosseum. We would highly recommend Ian, not only for his first class training, but also for the genuine care he shows the dogs in his charge Quotes
Matt and Helen Savage
Owners to Monty

Quotes We very luckily came across Eshiels Gundogs by chance after we got Rosie (17 month old black lab bitch). Since then Ian has been very patient and effective in training Rosie and me! Rosie had also been very well looked after by Ian and Andrea, and I'm sure will love her next stay in the new kennels in the summer. Can't recommend Eshiels highly enough for positive training or happy boarding! Quotes
The Garden Family

Quotes Training a springer isn?t quite as straightforward as the training manuals and magazines suggest. We started with basis obedience and steadiness (not spaniel qualities), and learning to walk on a lead. A course of one-to-one and group lessons , and Sula was soon hunting and retrieving dummies. It was great fun watching Sula progress (despite the teenage months), do her first scurry, and attend her first shoot. I really enjoy the training sessions, and so does Sula. Ian is passionate about gundogs, has a real empathy with them, knowing how to modify his approach to different dogs, handlers and moods. His training is based on being kind and fair. He explains clearly why each exercise is important, with patience and humour. The training ground offers a variety of cover, and is set in the beautiful borders landscape, and the school is friendly and homely, thanks to Ian and Andrea. Still so much to learn about owning, training and enjoying a gundog! Quotes
Cathy Findlay
Springer Spaniel owner

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