Welcome to Blue Dog

We Do 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 Isles

"Blue Dog"was named  after our two gorgeous Kerry Blue Terriers Bo and Missy and our logo was designed especially look just like like our gorgeous boy and girl.


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

You can book a place online or by calling 07717292272 


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 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 and 2018 we were named the "Best Dog Trainer in Gateshead" according to Three Best Rated and we are super proud of that.  


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 regognised Scentwork UK and UKCSD trainer and member of Doggone Safe bite prevention programme and a licensed Be A Tree child bite prevention presenter.


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 

We Do Happy Training 

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