Blue Dog

Happy puppy and dog training


Who We Are

We are an award winning family business based in Gateshead, Tyne and Wear.  We offer positive, modern and ethical puppy and dog training, scentwork, fun agility, enrichment activities and behaviour advice.

We run our group activities in Winlaton and Swalwell and can offer home visits across Tyne and Wear, North Durham and South Northumberland.


Say Hello To...

Karen owns and runs the business with support from hubby Phil.  She is the lead trainer and behaviour advisor.  Blue Dog is named after Bo and Missy their Kerry Blue Terriers

Bo is the eldest "blue dog" and is nearly 8.  He can be a bit of a couch potato but does enjoy chasing his ball (in short bursts of course).  He loves his "stuff"...especially his blankie and his cuddly pink pig.

Missy is 7 but still looks and acts like a pup.  She is a real sweetheart and very kissy.  She loves a good run, doing scentwork activities and cuddling in on the sofa.


What We Do

We offer 121 and groups for dogs of all ages

  • Puppy home visits
  • Puppy socialisation classes
  • Dog training classes for all ages
  • Scentwork
  • Fun agility
  • Activity sessions
  • 121 training
  • Behaviour advice

We provide modern, quality services

Activities are designed and led by Karen, who is a qualified and accredited dog trainer and behaviour advisor.  She is a member of the IMDT, PPGBI, a Scentwork UK trainer and a licensed Be A Tree Child Safety Presenter.  We use positive, force free and fun methods that work.

We run friendly and welcoming activities 

Our activities are inclusive, fun and family friendly.  We promote force free and fun puppy and dog training for all and we encourage families to come to sessions together.  Activities are designed to strengthen the relationship, trust and mutual understanding between your and your dog.


We Do Happy Puppy and Dog Training!

In our opinion training shouldn't be formal and boring,  it should be fun for you and your dog!  It should be a great game...that way your dog is going to want to train with you and that means they are learning more.  We absolutely love to see dogs and their hoomans bonding, having a great time and loving their learning together.

I can't recommend Blue Dog enough!  Karen is an excellent trainer: caring, friendly and professional.  I have learnt so much and my dog, Flossie, has too!  All of the sessions are such fun and a lovely way to bond with your dog.  If ever Flossie finds things a little overwhelming, Karen and Phil are so supportive and still include her in all activities, allowing her to do what she can.
If you are thinking of trying puppy / dog training then you really can't do better than Blue Dog Canine Services!
Louise and Flossie the Poochon 

Why Choose Blue Dog?

We've just been given an award by Lux Magazine for being the Best Dog Training Provider 2018- North East England and we were also lucky enough to win the SME News North East Enterprise Award 2017 for Best in Obedience and Agility Training!  In 2017 and 2018 we were named the "Best Dog Trainer in Gateshead" according to Three Best Rated and we are super proud of that.  

Karen is also a member of the following professional bodies: