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Welcome to Anvilstone Dog Training

Not just dog training. We train people too.

About Anvilstone Dog Training

Located in the southern Lake District near the small market town of Kirkby Lonsdale, Anvilstone dog training is based on a sheep farm on the side of a limestone fell.

Privately owned rolling fields, meadows, and rivers give way to fellside and felltop vistas, all perfect location for different types of dog training and dog handling.

Further North, we have 100 acres of mature woodland, with a 10 acre lake for cooling dogs off.

The farmhouse, dog barn and kennels are set in the midst of our own grounds, with almost 1000 acres of fellside immediately accessible from our fields.

The location, with the variety of habitats is perfect for training all types, shapes and sizes of dogs, in almost any discipline. Whether it’s general obedience, lead pulling, search work, deer stalking, gun dog work, dog/people aggression, confidence building, or focus training.

Anvilstone dog training is also home to the well known Anvilstone wire haired pointers. We are 5 star council approved accredited breeders of GWPs and Drahthaars.

Dog Boarding near Kirkby Lonsdale

We have a detached holiday cottage, located opposite the farmhouse with fantastic views over the fields and fells. If you want to bring your dog and leave them with us for training whilst you relax, or come out and work with your dog and Ian then it works well for them and you.

The kennels, farm and cottage are all owned and run by Ian and Sue.

Sue runs the cottage and admin. Ian, who has 20 years experience in breeding, training and working wire haired pointers and has a level 3 qualification in training people, runs the dog and human training facility.

We work on high quality, small numbers, and total customer satisfaction in everything we do.

If your dog doesn’t need training but they want a holiday, they can enjoy a canine structured break running free or on leads in the countryside alongside other dogs with similar sizes, ages and physical levels.


  • Detached holiday cottage, located opposite the farmhouse with fantastic views over the fields and fells.
  • Heated kennels.
  • 100 acres of dog proof fields.
  • 100 acre mature woodland, lake and rivers.
  • 1000 acres of fell side and fell top accessed directly from the farm.
  • Our sheep, cattle, chickens and our own dogs can all be used to train clients dogs not to react to animals.
  • Fields set up with remote control dummy launchers & lure machines.
  • CCTV security throughout the farm and kennels.
  • Vet surgery 5 minutes from the farm.
  • Canine grooming specialist including hand stripping wire breeds.
  • Council approved 5 star breeding facility.
  • Dog barn for additional canine training, people training, drying area, focus training and close proximity reactivity work.