Welcome to Blue Dog

Force-free, fun and modern 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 and my hubby Phil.  

We always get asked why call your business 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 offer a range of group activities and courses throughout the year and update our programme with new activities regularly.  

If you're not sure if our sessions are right for you, then pop along to have a look for yourself.

Take a peek at what we have coming up.


I also offer individual one to one support at your home, by video link or appropriate location:

Keep One Paw Ahead Of The Pack!

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Quality Services You Can Trust

I am a full member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT), having successfully passed a voluntary rigorous two day assessment of my practical dog and people training skills.  

Having studied both Canine Behaviour and Advanced Level Biology, I still continue to study and undertake training to ensure my knowledge and expertise is as up to date as possible. 

In February 2018 I completed my Scent Instructor training with the UK College of Scent Dogs which was amazing and I'll be offering some great scentwork courses and activities in summer 2018.

Previously, I was lucky enough to be mentored by Steve Mann the world renowned dog trainer, TV regular and Chairman (and founder) of the IMDT.

We are fully insured, DBS checked and we work within the IMDT Code of Ethics, using positive, force free and reward-based training methods that are scientifically proven to work.  

And The Award Goes To...Us!

We're the winners of 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!

A Quick Word About Our Services...

At Blue Dog, our activities are suitable for pups and dogs of all ages and they are a great way to have fun with your dog, learn together, work as a team, strengthen your relationship and provide essential mental stimulation.  

We firmly believe you really 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.  

Ready, Steady, Shop!

Book and pay for activities quickly and securely using our online shop.  

You can choose to pay by PayPal or by credit or debit card.  

We can also accept card payments over the telephone by calling 07717292272 or 01207 659029

Some Of Our Awesome Dogs Having A Wooftastic Time

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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 
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
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
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.