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

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

We always get asked why we are called Blue Dog..it's after our two gorgeous Kerry Blue Terriers Bo and Missy, 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'm a qualified dog trainer, accredited behaviour adviser, a Scentwork UK trainer and a UK Scent Dog trained instructor.  

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.  

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 Pet Professional Guild having passed their strict selection process.

We Are Award Winning!

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 luck enough to win the SME News North East Enterprise Award 2017 for Best in Obedience and Agility Training!

And ...we were recently named as The Best Dog Trainer in Gateshead by Three Best Rated®

Thanks everyone - happy days!

Don't Just Take Our Word For It!

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 
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

Awesome Dogs Having A Wooftastic Time

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