Welcome to Blue Dog Canine Services 

Welcome to Blue Dog!  We are an award winning local family business covering Tyne and Wear, North Durham and South Northumberland and are the "Best Dog Trainer in Gateshead" according to Three Best Rated.

Blue Dog is a small family business owned and run by Karen Bunston, a qualified dog trainer and accredited behaviour practitioner.  She is supported in the business  by Phil her husband.   

Karen has studied Advanced Canine Behaviour and Advanced Level Biology. She is a full member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT), having successfully passed a rigorous two day assessment of her practical dog and people training skills.  She 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.  

Our business is called Blue Dog because we have two Kerry Blue Terriers, Missy and Bo.

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 one to one advice and support is tailored to you and your pup or dog's individual needs, and you will benefit from a bespoke action plan  and ongoing support to implement it successfully.

While our training really does have the fun factor, it is also science based and incorporates up to date research to ensure it is of the highest quality.  

We really do hope to see you 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!

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 

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.

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
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.
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

Just completed a 5 week Bronze with Belle, a very active Border Collie pup.  Karen and Phil were both amazing and very patient.  We learned so much each week and practised our homework as much as possible.  Can't recommend Blue Dog enough.  Thanks Karen and Phil.

Linzi and Belle

We Are The Best Dog Trainer In Gateshead According to "Three Best Rated"... Which Is Rather Lovely!

According to Three Best Rated®

"Our employees Handpick top 3 local businesses. We check business's reviews, reputation, history, complaints, ratings, satisfaction, nearness, trust, cost, general excellence using our 50-Point Inspection. We display only businesses that are verified by our employees"

More great news...

We've only gone and won the SME News North East Enterprise Award 2017 for Best in Obedience and Agility Training!

Ready, Steady, Shop!


Book and pay for activities quickly and securely using our online shop.  Either pay by PayPal or checkout as a guest to use a credit or debit card.  We can accept card payments over the telephone by calling 07717292272

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Some Of Our Dogs Having A Wooftastic Time

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