Alistair Mackay Gundog Training Expert at ArdMoor

Alistair Mackay is the owner of Branxholme Gundogs in East Lothian, and has over 25 years experience training dogs, winning 4 Field Trials (with different dogs) in Scotland and England.

Name:         Alistair Mackay
Job title:     Gundog Trainer
Location:    East Linton, East Lothian
Employer:   Self Employed

Background:  I retired 20 years ago after 25 years working in my retail business in Hawick and Kelso, and I now help anyone with a desire to have a better relationship with their Gundog.

I have worked 5 dogs at a time in my picking-up days at Hallrule and Branxholme in the Borders but I now find 2 Labradors a more manageable number... I can no longer carry all the birds that 5 dogs retrieve on a particularly successful drive!

Hobbies:  I enjoy living in beautiful East Lothian and many beach walks after spending most of my life in the Scottish Borders with their rolling hills, and I play tennis, usually 3 times a week with my wife Sheila.

What made you choose this career?

I enjoy helping people get the most out of their dog, whatever their concerns or specific training requirements may be, through either 1:1 sessions or group training.

How long have you worked within this industry?

30 years and counting - and I absolutely love it.

What do you love most about your job? 

Meeting people who want knowledge in order for them to have a better gundog experience.

What is your favourite time of year and why?

No preference as there is always something to do and keep busy with!

What is your most difficult time of year and why?

I enjoy all times of the year and being outdoors no matter the weather! 

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