Welcome to Blue Dog

Happy Puppy And Dog Training

Thanks for visiting us!

We are an award winning local business covering Tyne and Wear, North Durham and South Northumberland.    

Blue Dog is a small family business owned and run by me, Karen Bunston, with support from my hubby Phil.  I'm a qualified dog trainer and scentwork trainer, accredited in canine behaviour and a full member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers and Pet Professional Guild British Isle

 

We always get asked why we are called Blue Dog..it's after our two gorgeous Kerry Blue Terriers Missy (in the purple collar) and Bo, the funniest and kissiest dogs we've ever had!


What We Offer

We believe that puppy and dog training should be fun and force-free and we want all of the family to get involved.  Our programme of group classes runs throughout the year:

If you can't book online, we can also accept card payments over the telephone by calling 07717292272 or 01207 659029


Why Choose Us?

I design and run all our courses and activities, so you can be sure you're getting up to date information based on the latest scientific research. 

We only use force-free methods in our activities and do not allow the use of aversives of any kind including prong collars, choke chains, rattle bottles, e-collars or anything else that may cause a dog distress or harm.   


We've Won Awards

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 we were named the "Best Dog Trainer in Gateshead" according to Three Best Rated and we are super proud of that.  


Professional Membership And Assessments

I'm a full member of the IMDT having been externally assessed and I work within their strict code of ethics.  I'm also a member of the PPGBI having passed their entry requirements.  I'm a member of Doggone Safe bite prevention and a licensed Be A Tree presenter.


 I'm A Recognised Scentwork Trainer

I have a passion for promoting quality scentwork activities for pet dogs and I'm a recognised Scentwork UK trainer and an UKCSD trained instructor.


Don't Just Take Our Word For It!

Karen first came out for a puppy visit when we got our working cocker and since then we have been to puppy foundations, bronze and silver courses and 4 search and sniff classes.  We now have a very well behaved 7mo which i doubt would have been the case if he hadn't done so much training.  Albie loves going to the classes and is always keen to learn new things.  Thank you Karen and Phil!
Faye and Albie.
Bella (my Westie) and I have been to a number of Blue Dog activities. All the sessions have been well organised and really good fun for both the dog and owner. You can tell that Karen and Phil love dogs and know what they are doing.  Bella thoroughly enjoys the sessions and I have gained great practical advice and help in so many ways. 
If you are even just thinking about training then give it a go with Karen and Phil and you will not be disappointed. One of their videos inspired me to try agility with Bella and she loves it. Who would have thought my little Westie would be flying over jumps!
Jan and Bella the Westie
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 

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