Welcome to Blue Dog Canine Services 

Blue Dog is based in Gateshead and Newcastle, and we work throughout Tyne and Wear and into Northumberland and County Durham. 

We provide a range of high quality services including:

Blue Dog is a small family business owned and run by Karen Bunston BA(Hons), an accredited behaviour advisor and dog trainer, with support from Phil her husband.   

Blue Dog is named after Karen and Phil's Kerry Blue Terriers, Missy and Bo.  

Karen is qualified in Advanced Canine Behaviour and Advanced Level Biology. She has trained extensively with the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT) and was mentored by the Chairman of the IMDT, world renowned trainer and TV regular Steve Mann.  

Karen works within the IMDT Code of Ethics, and uses positive, force free and reward-based training methods that are scientifically proven to work.  


A message from Karen and Phil

At Blue Dog we believe that you can "teach an old dog new tricks" and all dogs and puppies love learning if it's fun and motivational.  

Regardless of your dog's age, breed or training experience, whether you are looking for groups or one to one support, we have an activity for you.  

Our groups are family friendly and children are welcome at our sessions.  All activities are designed so that children can be actively involved in their puppy or dogs training.  We also ensure that people who have mobility issues or disabilities are able to participate too.

Our sessions really do have the fun factor!  Although fun, the training we give is science based and high quality.  You will get a real-life experience and  ongoing support so can train the important, everyday essentials you'll need at home.

We hope you'll get involved and are sure you won't be disappointed if you do. 

See you at a Blue Dog activity soon!



Check out our current programme of group activities.  Why not pop along to view one of our sessions to take a look at what we do to see if they are right for you?

Don't Just Take Our Word For It!

Just had to say how much easier life has been with our little Ivy since we learned how she ticks.  Having a very boisterous little dog who is full of fun and energy is very tiring, and learning how to interact on her level and understand how she thinks has led to huge improvements in her behaviour.

Ivy can now walk on a loose lead, sit, stay and leave very well after just 5 sessions and she is now giving us some much needed peace lying on her blanket. the world feels like a different place now. Thanks so much, we're really looking forward to Silver in June.

Jacqui and Ivy the Working Cockapoo
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.

Karen is also on hand to answer any questions you have about your dog and any training issues.  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 

Baby Come Back was fab, we loved it.  It was fun and gave us the skills we needed to work on a good recall at the same time.  We retrained a recall word and was given the information we need to continue to work on this at home.
Lovely friendly trainers who gave great advice and a fabulous service, was so impressed.  We also got breaks and chill times to socialise the dogs when they were losing focus.  Found it more real life when it was outside and there were natural distractions around.

Vikki and Dexter the Sprocker


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Some Of Our Dogs Having A Wooftastic Time