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I first came across Geoff through a friend who was an experienced field trialler and A panel judge for trials who new my dog Paris and suggested I get Geoff to assess him. I went rather spasmodically with Paris but he impressed me with his thinking outside the box regarding the problems I had with Paris, Iโ€™d tried other trainers but their attitude to problems was you shouldnโ€™t have let him do that not a solution for a very novice handler!

When I got a puppy I lost almost 10/12months due to a personal injury but with this youngster when we eventually got to go training Geoffโ€™s honest and calm approach helped me to achieve something Iโ€™d wanted to do but never dreamt I would enter field trials. With his encouragement and a dog that he always said was honest allowed me to achieve awards in the few trials we entered. Sadly this became to an end when my still young dog died.

Geoff new what I needed although I had doubts but I do hope to start again thank you Geoff.
John Cottrell
I have been training with Geoff for a number of years and would like to thank him for his training and guidance which has been a key element of our success with our dogs, one of whom has just won a 1st in a Novice FT. Many thanks Geoff.
Penny Craig
I met Geoff a few years ago when he judged me and my young GWP bitch on a hunting test at a novice gundog working test and then bumped into him again a while after at another working test where he was watching the water test in which we were participating.
After a conversation with him about my specific training issues and frustrations all of which Geoff was confident he could help with, I booked a days training with him for myself, my husband, our friend and our three related GWPs.
A year later and following monthly visits to see him none of us have looked back with all three dogs achieving regular awards at working tests and training hard towards our final goal of trialling.
Geoff is down to earth and says it as it is but he is patient and determined to get the best from handler and dog and we can't thank him enough for all his help and guidance.

Michelle Ansell
As a first time HPR owner and handler, I have been trying to learn as much as I can, as I know I am the cause of many of my issues and have made some early mistakes, with my young Bracco.

I have been lucky to have some great advice and training along the way and one of these respected handlers and coaches put me in touch with Geoff.

Geoff has been able to take us to the next level with our training and it is because of his guidance and coaching that we were able to achieve a recent win in novice, as well as earlier novice awards. We still have a long way to go but Geoff is committed to the journey with us and comes up with ideas for the problems he sees in front of him, with both the dog and the handler.

I am also gaining in confidence and experience through Geoff's help as he brings his many years of field craft; game, shooting, gundog work, awards and experience to the fore.

Thanks to Geoff, we have realised a little bit of our potential, as I don't believe we would have achieved the win without his specific help and guidance.

Zsรณfia Miczek
Geoff is the most honest and straightforward person I have ever met in the HPR World. He is not just a great trainer with unconditional passion about the HPR breeds, especially the Wirehaired Vizsla, but thanks to his generosity, he allowed me to organize a training seminar on his training ground in Preston. We couldn't have wished for a better area to train dogs, not to mention the grouse moor experiences and grouse counting Geoff organized for us! He is a true friend and nice to see people in the same business who appreciate my success and help me instead of regard me as competition. Thank you Geoff!

Paul Bennett
Having been Field Trialing now for 4 years and noticing areas of that my dogs could improve I approached Geoff for his assessment of where we were at and how we could move forward. Not surprisingly the dogs were great it me that needed the training !
He has a wealth of knowledge and experience that he articulates well and makes it appropriate for you and your dogs situation.
He has the knack of being reactive to established problem areas between dog and handler but also proactive to be able to identify issues that could be problematic in the future and how to eradicate this possibility.
If your serious about your gundog training and in the area to make the most of his facilities I would certainly recommend him.

Jason Hudson
I've been trailing seriously for the last 2 years
It is hard to found someone who's got the knowledge and experience to share.
It's not about just taking your money each session.
You come away, thinking you have learned something that can be addressed on your own.
Had two 1st All aged and a 3 rd in Open
Bring on this year
Thanks again Geoff

Karen Saynor
Word of mouth took me to Geoff as well. I would just say "he's brilliant". Honest and patient - telling you how it is. It was down to Geoff's guidance and the opportunities we were given that Tulli was able to win an Open Field Trial last season, which was more than I could have hoped for.

Louise Holmes
I loved learning how to train my two GSPs but being new to the breed I didnโ€™t really understand their needs and was getting conflicting advice which was confusing for me and my dogs.
Geoff was recommended, by a respected HPR judge, to be the man to help me.
Through training with Geoff I have been able to achieve more than I ever thought possible including several field trial awards in my first season. I have had/and still have a lot to learn about all the elements of field craft and gundog work. Geoff has a wealth of knowledge, experience and a genuine interest in helping you and your dog to achieve your goals. His honest straightforward approach has helped me get the best out of both my dogs which I have to say have totally different needs!
Thanks Geoff, we couldnโ€™t have done this without your help ๐Ÿ™‚

Jayne Herbert
I came to know about Geoff through word of mouth and had heard that there wasn't really anything as a dog trainer he couldn't solve!
I had developed should we say, a 'few problems', not only with my bitch but as a handler (myself being, a lot of the time, the cause of my problems!)
I have now been going to Geoff for approx. 2 years and as a result, I have had consistent Field Trial awards with my GSP, Ziva.
I recommend Geoff to people I know/come across that are needing the sort of guidance they do not seem to be getting elsewhere, he has a way about him that mentors you, making you a better handler which in turn, makes a better relationship for you and your dog.

Michael Caine
I first met Geoff two and a half years ago. He was watching over proceedings at a field trial in Cumbria. At the time I had a few problem area's with my HWV Cleo and that were getting worse as the season progressed. A friend told me to speak to Geoff about my issues, and I'm glad I did. He got me to a level I thought was out of my reach. He is now helping me with my young dog. Keep up the good work Geoff and thank you for your help.

Loren Cottrell
When I went to see Geoff I was in a muddle with the path I was going down. He has a step by step approach to training based on what I want to achieve. He is very patient, focussed on raising the bar for HPR's and today I have a very different dog to the one I had the day I turned up to see Geoff.

John Cottrell
I highly recommend Geoff. His focus on the handler, together with his practical knowledge and expertise of how to address specific issues is second to none.