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We love it when our clients and their canine companions are happy and below is a selection of comments from previous clients who have taken the time to leave us reviews.

If you’d like to discuss dog training or any behavioural issues with us, please contact us here.

Jo Queminet
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Luna my, 3yr old, small cross breed from Romania has had a tough start in life. I fostered then adopted her after she was signed over to a rescue centre last year. She is a lovely companion but has always been nervous of certain breeds of dog & new people. I was becoming concerned that our life together was going to be very difficult. However one session with Ian has turned that all around for the better. I stood & watched Ian put Luna through some intense training which included clear, down to earth, explanations of what I need to do going forward. I was so happy to see her responding so well. Now it’s over to me to keep it going. It was a lot to take in but the change has been incredible. I have more confidence & our walks have been amazing. My regular dog buddies have all noticed the difference, especially those with dogs Luna wasn’t keen on. No more avoidance tactics on my part & no reactive behaviour from Luna. I can’t thank Ian enough for sharing his time & experience to help Luna & me. I will be keeping up Ian’s good work, it’s been a game changer for me & Luna.

I would highly recommend Anvilstone Dog Training.

Becca
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Me and my ‘runaway” canine companion had a great time training with Ian at Anvilstone. Ian has to be your ultimate dog whisperer, but with a great skill in‘human’ whispering too. He is very knowledgeable, calm and had a great capacity to instil confidence in me and Bigs (dog).
I was amazed at what could be achieved in a relatively short time, I think the ‘immersive’ nature of the training was a significant component. I would highly recommend him and the Anvilstone set up.

It is, of course, still work in progress, not sure Bigs has entirely lost his penchant for duck, but I now know that ultimately he can and will. It was an extremely rewarding experience working with Ian.

Struggling with a dog sours the relationship and this experience potentially changes all that.All done in a beautiful location, with high class snacks! Cant recommend it highly enough. Thank you Ian.

Tara our 5 year old GWP
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Tara is a 5 year old GWP with a short attention span and although she has acceptable heel work, recall, sit and generally ok obedience there was room for improvement. As a typical GWP she was always pushing the boundaries. She also was a worry around sheep. So we went to Ian Wh near Kirkby Lonsdale info@anvilstone.co.uk who has tremendous empathy with dogs and wealth of experience in training dogs. By day 3 we were able to walk her off the lead in a field of sheep getting to 10m off the sheep which was remarkable. Thoroughly recommend Ian if you are having issues with a GWP of any breed and need help.

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We had issues with our Belgian Malinois not listening and would have killed sheep given the chance. Ian explained everything clearly and listened to what we had to say. He was understanding and patient. Started with the very basics and builds the dogs trust before moving on to the next level, waiting until the dog fully understands what is currently being asked of him. Really impressed with the guidance and results, we are now totally confident taking him in with our sheep and he would not leave our side.
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Took my German Shepherd for a two day training session with Ian this weekend. My dog was very bad at chasing sheep! Ian sorted it out within 5 minutes. The whole experience has been very informative, myself and my dog have learnt a lot. Would highly recommend Ian for any problems you have with your dog. Even if you just want to improve your relationship with your dog.
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Puppy classes for Alba. Four months old and great instruction from Ian. We’ll practice all week
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Fantastic day with Ian training hank our patterdale. Significant improvement with recall after just a few days following Ian’s training techniques, no more selective hearing no more barking at farm animals you can train a patterdale 😁 highly recommend 🐾
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Ian knew instantly what I needed to do ……Ghyllie, my lovely but headstrong and independent male 3 year old large breed was not seeing me as his leader!

I was struggling with pulling on the lead, excessive sniffing and reactivity to some dogs/people and the inevitable unreliable recall.

I decided to leave Ghyllie with Ian for 5 days of training….by the first afternoon he was ignoring sheep (off lead) and having lovely play sessions with Ian’s dog Pepper. Needless to say I had been worried about leaving Ghyllie, but as Ian promised, he kept in daily contact with messages and videos illustrating Ghyllie’s improvement and their newfound relationship!

Day 5 came, I was excited to see Ghyllie again and learn more from Ian...lots of very logical, sensible advice and those valuable practical tips on how to strengthen my leadership role.

It’s been a month since I last visited Ian at Anvilstone and I can honestly say Ghyllie is a totally different dog, improving week by week.

I’m learning to read his behaviour more clearly and anticipate problems before they arise and take action!

There is lots of long lining out on our walks but I see it more of a ‘fine tuning’ training tool now rather than a step backward. Ghyllie has been a pleasure to bring home and each day we are learning how to really enjoy our time together, providing stricter boundaries and rewarding with lots of positive reinforcement (Ghyllie really did love Ian’s cheese supply!!)

If you need help and don’t know where to turn then please seek out Ian at Anvilstone Dog Training and really get to know your dog.

Thank you Ian.

Ghyllie (Kirby Lonsdale, Lancashire).
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I spent 5 days with Ian with my 7yr old GWP Lemmy, after 24 hours we were off lead in a field with him coming back to the whistle, the next day he was off lead with sheep. Incredible! I had seen many other dog trainers before Ian, with no results and I had began to give up hope. If your dog has any sort of behaviour issues please just call Ian, he is happy to chat through any of your concerns/questions and give you options! money well spent, I now have a happy dog!
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Well we trained a Labrador, a Boxer and a GSP over the years so surely having a GWP would be no bother! Ozzy came into our lives, the most loving, adorable family pet you could ever wish for……
Fast forward 2 ½ years and after much research, discussion, reading other peoples experiences on the GWP FB page we decided that we needed help we clearly underestimated the task. Ozzy constantly pulled on his lead, wouldn’t walk to heel, recall was on his terms after he had a wee and a sniff, his reaction to squirrels and cats was off the scale and was always first up the stairs, through doors etc and when he didn’t want to do something would throw himself on the floor! A bit like a toddler with terrible twos.
A number of people had mentioned success about some guy up in the Lake District who specialised in GWP dog training. Having made contact, off we trundled for a week’s intensive training. Our thoughts were leave him and then have a handover at the end of the week. However, Ian’s initial assessment was that we needed to be part of the training and we were so glad this was the case as we have learnt and been taught so much in that week. As is often the case it's not the dog but the owners and we needed to learn how to communicate effectively with Ozzy. After a lot of input, training and tips from Ian and us undertaking daily sessions we have come home with a completely different Ozzy. The week exceeded our expectations - he is calm, so much better walking to heel and no longer pulls and does as he’s asked on command (most of the time) and we walked through a sheep field with him off the lead and no reaction whatsoever.
Yes it’s a work in progress and he’s not perfect yet but you know you only get out of something what you put in so it’s about us reinforcing the training several times a day and making Ozzy do what he’s been instructed to do. We are so glad we participated daily in the training as we don’t feel that a handover at the end of the week would have been enough for us or Ozzy albeit each to their own.
So in a nutshell we would highly recommend Ian as a specialist in his field with so much knowledge on dog behaviour, training and traits. Don’t be afraid to admit you need help some dogs are more difficult to train than others as we have found to be the case. When all is said and done we wouldn’t be without Ozzy he brings us so much joy so the training effort and perseverance in the short term makes for a happy dog and owners!
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If you need a top professional dog trainer don't waste your time and money going anywhere else like we did , Ian has done a amazing job from day one ,by day two our Dobermans have gone from skitty untrusting nervous dogs to confident dogs , I'm over impressed by the way Ian trains and handles my dogs very calm and professional we'll be carrying on with Ian to get the full protentiol out of our dogs, thanks for everything Ian.
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Absolutely amazing results after 2 short sessions with our rescue doberman Girls.

I can really say im very impressed with ians approach to dog training taking time to teach each doberman with kindness and really working out the indivsual temperament of the dogs.

Ian has a great calmness around the dogs and I think the dogs really wanted to work for him.

The difference we have found in our everyday home life already is really impressive!

Would recommend ian for all your dog training needs, problems or just brushing up on some basic training.

Michelle @gardk9collarsuk
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We have just completed 6 full days training, with a “pass out”on the fells on day 7 with Ian Wh @anvilstonedogtraining … what a journey we had!

Jack our GWP ruled us..even with years of training he was noisy, dominant and only recalled when he wanted.. we had given up walks because it was too stressful and ended up, at ungodly hours, training in the park when no-one/ dogs were around due to his reactivity, screaming, lunging, the list goes on!

Ian was informative, instructive and made us realise the most important issue was leadership and by changing the balance in our favour Jack would become less confused .. we were in fields with sheep on our own within a day, and walking through towns and dog parks with hardly any noise or reaction!
Ian has given us the confidence to be the owners Jack needed.. we finished our 7 days with a walk on the fells with Jack and Pepper (one of Ians dogs) off lead walking through sheep, gorse, passing people and staying within 5 metres and always checking in.. something we had only ever dreamed of!

This has changed our lives for the better.. lots to keep working on but the difference already in Jack is immense, he is calm, happy to be lead and comfortable we are looking out for him.

If you are thinking of using Ian, don’t wait like we did.. within 7 days we have now been hiking in the mountains alongside sheep, sat in a cafe and eaten and walked around shops which we haven’t been able to do in 2 years! our leadership and relationship has changed and all due to Ian’s guidance!
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We’ve had dogs of various breeds over the years, and definitely find Biddy, our 15 month old GWP the most challenging. However, taking her on walks was becoming less pleasurable with constant pulling and wanting to chase livestock. I then found Ian through various posts on social media and after meeting him, it was evident early on that it was more us that didn’t understand the breed rather than a problem with the dog. Ian spent some time with Biddy initially and it was clear that it was possible with the right training (for both the dog and us) that we could enjoy her. We left Biddy with Ian and returned after 4 days and it was a pleasure to watch him with her. We spent a few hours with Ian, watching and learning, and he gave us training and the difference is remarkable, we now have control and this means a happy dog and happy owners. I think for someone who hasn’t had a GWP before, a training session with Ian should come as part of every puppy pack… that way, you’re getting the best out of an amazing breed and it’s only fair on the dog too.
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We’ve had dogs of various breeds over the years, and definitely find Biddy, our 15 month old GWP the most challenging. However, taking her on walks was becoming less pleasurable with constant pulling and wanting to chase livestock. I then found Ian through various posts on social media and after meeting him, it was evident early on that it was more us that didn’t understand the breed rather than a problem with the dog. Ian spent some time with Biddy initially and it was clear that it was possible with the right training (for both the dog and us) that we could enjoy her. We left Biddy with Ian and returned after 4 days and it was a pleasure to watch him with her. We spent a few hours with Ian, watching and learning, and he gave us training and the difference is remarkable, we now have control and this means a happy dog and happy owners. I think for someone who hasn’t had a GWP before, a training session with Ian should come as part of every puppy pack… that way, you’re getting the best out of an amazing breed and it’s only fair on the dog too.
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We entrusted Ian with the training of our beloved pooch Frankie last month and the results have been truly remarkable. Frankie returned home not only with a newfound discipline but also with a palpable enthusiasm for his improved skills.

Anvilstone Dog Training offers an expansive and picturesque environment, replete with sprawling fields for exploration, a meandering river perfect for splashing, and an array of captivating scents for our furry friends to discover. In addition to these delightful surroundings, Ian provided daily tailored one-on-one training sessions for Frankie that proved invaluable.

Reflecting on our experience, I am pleased to share our journey so far:

Day 1 - Arrival and Introduction:
Upon our first meeting with Ian at his charming residence nestled in nature's embrace, he adeptly explained his training methodology. Ian's thoughtful approach ensured that as Frankie's owners, we were fully aligned and comfortable with the training process. Ian commenced Frankie's training with a focused 20-minute session, during which he also imparted techniques like proper heel walking and effective deployment of the long training line. This initial interaction extended into the morning, where we had the opportunity to connect with fellow Pointer owenrs on a similar path. Confident in Frankie's well-being, we entrusted him to Ian's care for the next five days.

Days 2-5 - Progress and Updates:
Though our home felt incomplete without Frankie's presence, Ian's daily updates and videos were a source of reassurance. These communications depicted Frankie thriving under Ian's expert guidance, displaying remarkable responsiveness to the training.

Days 6-7 - Empowering the Owners:
The culmination of the training journey saw us reuniting with Frankie, prepared to absorb the wealth of knowledge he had acquired over the past week. Ian's patient and comprehensive explanations equipped us to seamlessly integrate Frankie's new skills into our daily routine. Tasked with practicing and mastering the techniques, we were astounded by the depth of Frankie's progress during his time at Anvilstone Dog Training. The joy of witnessing Frankie confidently off-leash, reliably returning to our side, was truly heartening.

While Frankie was already a wonderful companion, the transformation he underwent through Ian's guidance brought him even closer to canine perfection. Yet, our journey continues, grounded in the understanding that consistency remains paramount. Each walk now presents an opportunity for us to reinforce the techniques imparted by Ian, ensuring Frankie's continued growth and proficiency.

Our experience with Ian and Anvilstone Dog Training has been nothing short of exceptional, and we wholeheartedly recommend his services to those seeking to enhance their furry companions' lives.
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My rescue dog & I spent a week with Ian getting the basics right. My dog Joe has an unknown background from Bulgaria & it looks like he’s had quite a trauma in his past - he was jumpy & nervous so training him was hard. In just a week Joe was happy, relaxed, confident. Walking calmly on his short lead & great recall away from sheep (!) off-lead. I’ve also come away with lots more knowledge and insight. Highly recommended.
Best decision we made!
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Since visiting Ian in June, our now 17 month GWP is coming on so much, we can have him off lead around all other dogs without a problem or worry, hes stopped chasing cats and ignores sheep and cows when out and about. Honestly the best thing we have done is bring him to Anvilstone. Thank you so much again for all your knowledge and wisdom!

Anonymous
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We have just got back from spending a great week with Ian Wh at Anvilstone Dog Training. Our GWP Lily has responded fantastically to Ian’s training & we have learned so much too. He is extremely patient & offers advice & support on the individual needs of you & your dog. Now we just have to practice all we have been taught while actually enjoying our walks at long last. Thank you Ian.

PS we stayed in the rental cottage that Ian has. It is extremely comfortable & well equipped & we would definitely recommend a stay there.

Anonymous
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The most amazing experience, Ian is so talented at what he does. We now have a happy dog that we’re completely relaxed to walk knowing we can handle so many different situations.

I honestly can’t recommend enough, a lifetime investment!

Anonymous
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My GWP is 7 her name is Ruby, not your usual GWP as far as exercise, lazier than than typical GWP but she has a few issues. Very high prey drive, not good with other dogs, strangers, or children, have managed these issues for the the last 7 years. Very, very, stressful at times.

Could not find anyone that I could take her too until I came across Ian at Anvilstone dog training in Cumbria, read the reviews on the sheep training FB group and decided to phone him and discuss training for Ruby, he listened to everything I had to say and said to book her in for a week. Drove from Greenock near Glasgow to Cumbria on 11th July and left my girl for the week, we went back down last week on the 17th July and worked with Ian and Ruby All day before bringing her home.

Ian is lovely, very calm and reassuring and has an amazing knowledge and understanding of the GWP owning several of his own. Ruby has chased Sheep with intent of killing in the past! Within 20mins of being there Ian had taken Ruby into his field with his sheep as you can see a calm Ruby! We left Ian’s on Monday with a less stressful dog and lots of training to keep up, I needed more training than Ruby, I think I should have been there for the week and Ruby for a couple of days.

If you are looking for advice or help I seriously recommend Ian, who I want to say a huge thank you too. Ruby is more settled and more focused on me, lots of training ahead and hope to visit Ian again with Ruby and her very much trained mummy.

Anonymous
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Thanks very much Ian for the training with Nia yesterday evening I wouldn’t shut up telling Michelle how good you both were together, I’m well impressed with your dog training very professional & calm, looking forward to next visit with both dobermans.

Adam S
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Ian provided some valuable tips, structure and reassurance after converting my 3rd hand GWP (I know, I know) from a psychotic attacker of small furries to an altogether more controllable, chilled beast. Thoroughly recommended.

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