The Blue Dog PAWfect Dog Programme

Our training classes are designed and delivered by Karen a qualified trainer who has been externally assessed.  She is a full member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers and the Pet Professional Guild British Isles, and has studied Advanced Canine Behaviour.

In our sessions you will learn how to train your dog using ethical, force-free and up to date methods.  We use fun games and activities to train behaviours, which are based on current scientific research into canine learning and development.  

A group environment is not necessarily a suitable option for some dogs.  Contact us if your dog is nervous, excitable (including being very vocal), anxious or reactive please to discuss what best suits your pup or dogs needs.  

We attended the Bronze training sessions and had a 1:1 session with our lovable rogue Sunny.  Since our first session with Karen, Sunny has gone from strength to strength in her training, especially recall where we had huge issues with the terrier in her!  
I couldn't think of a more fitting review than today Sunny was running off her lead at Jesmond Dene with her cockapoo friend, chasing their ball and returning when asked!!  Thank you Karen and Phil. A couple of months ago we never thought Sunny would get to this point!

Sophie and Sunny
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Blue Dog PAWfect Dog Bronze 

  • Saturday 24 February 11.15am
  • Saturday 30 March 11.30am at Swalwell Cricket Club

Only £55 for the course 

It is suitable for almost all pups over 21 weeks, if your puppy is younger, the Pawfect Puppy Foundations would be a great choice.  If your pup has completed this, then this is a great next step!

These are five week beginners courses for dogs over 21 weeks old, where you will learn how to train everyday essential commands and important safety cues using reward-based methods that really work.  Session numbers are kept small to ensure you get plenty of one to one support and advice. 

  • Recall
  • Automatic focus
  • No jumping
  • Loose lead walking
  • Touch
  • Ignoring other dogs
  • Sit
  • Down
  • Stand
  • Wait and stay
  • and more

Blue Dog PAWfect Dog Silver 

Sunday 17 February 10am

This four week course is suitable for puppies and dogs who have completed their Pawfect Dog Bronze Award.  

It's a small group session where we'll continue to build on what you've learnt previously through new games and activities and introduce new cues and exercises too.

Contact us if you have not trained with us before as this still may be suitable for your puppy or dog.

Blue Dog PAWfect Dog Gold


This three week course is for dogs and puppies who have completed Fun, Tricks and Training Silver. and who want to continue to progress with us. 

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

We have done two courses so far with Karen and Phil, with our puppy El Chapo, and have loved both. We've learnt so much from Karen who is an excellent trainer and makes the sessions really engaging and fun! Chapo has benefited so much from attending and is growing into a happy and confident dog with lots of new tricks learnt as well as us picking up great tips for home training. 
Amanda, Ian and El Chapo
Sidney and I thoroughly enjoyed our bronze fun, tricks and training sessions.  There was lots packed in, but it never felt rushed or overwhelming.  Very informative but relaxed and fun training sessions 
Karen and Sidney the Cockerpoo
Karen  and Phil were wonderful with my little ball of fluff Teddi. They were so patient and encouraging with him as he has a mind of his own.
We took part in the Bronze training sessions and the Search and Sniff classes which he really enjoyed and was shattered when we got home!
I will definitely be attending more classes this year and can not recommend Blue Dog highly enough 

Leslie Ann and Teddi
We have really enjoyed our sessions with our puppy Dexter. We have attended the Puppy Foundations course, and the Tricks and Training Bronze classes. Karen and Phil have been great, and very patient with our extremely excitable puppy. We have practiced our homework every week, and Dexter is really developing his skills at home, with the lessons us humans learned in the classes.  
Christine and Dexter

What You Need To Know

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