Welcome to Blue Dog 


Thanks for dropping by to find out more about us!

You may be wondering wonder what we mean by "happy training"? 

We mean that we advocate force free and reward based training which is underpinned by the latest science.  In other words, training that's fun for you and your puppy or dog that actually works!

At Blue Dog we will never promote the use of any methods that use force, intimidation, outdated debunked methods or indeed anything that will cause your puppy or dog discomfort, fear or pain.

This short video gives you a bit of an idea of what we are all about!

Do you have a dog with no manners, who jumps up or won't comeback when you call?  How about dog that pulls on the lead or doesn't listen to you? Maybe you've got a puppy and just want to get the right foundations in place? Or a dog that finds it difficult to be calm or lacks a bit of confidence?

We can help you!

Through positive reinforcement, enrichment and fun game based solutions, we will work with you to address your everyday puppy and dog challenges.  We aim to help you understand what makes you dog tick so that you can teach and guide your puppy or dog to make good choices that work for both of you!

We want to help you get the happy, confident, well mannered and chilled out dog you always dreamed of and we want you and your pup or dog to have the most awesome relationship you can possibly have!

We believe that dog training shouldn't be formal and boring, it should be fun for you and your dog!  You will  see your dog progress and learn quickly through play based activities than they would using strict and formal methods.

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!
Louise and Flossie the Poochon 
We had one to one training with Karen and our pup Otto. He was 3 months old when we started. Karen was great at listening to our anxieties and designing the lessons accordingly. It felt like a tailored approach to our needs and she showed a real insight into Otto’s behaviours. She has high expectations of homework but provides a really helpful audio file after your session. Her advice and the strategies she gave us were so helpful. We saw results in Otto’s behaviour but the training was more for us and it has helped us be more consistent in approach. I do not think we would have got as much out of a class with other puppies. We certainly felt comfortable asking Karen’s advice and she was really patient with us anxious daddies!
Neil, Rob and Otto the Daschund


Activities are designed and led by Karen, who is a qualified and accredited dog trainer and behaviour advisor who is a member of the IMDT, PPGBI, a Scentwork UK trainer, and a UKCSD Intructor.  

Stay at Home video services are with Karen and totally tailored to you and your challenges.  They are a really popular choice as they are super flexible and there are a range of activities available.  All you need is a phone, tablet or computer and an internet connection.  

Calls are by What's App, Messenger, Facetime, Skype or Zoom.

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If you'd prefer to meet face to face with Karen, we offer In Person family training sessions.  These are held outdoors in the lovely secure garden area at The Winlaton Centre.

These sessions can be attended by up to five members of the family so you can all learn together.

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Our small group sessions are run in accordance with current Government guidance in relation to COVID-19.  The only session we are currently offering is our Happy Puppy Foundations. Up to four pups and one handler per pup can ttand these sessions.  Places booking up quickly and our July groups have sold out.  Please keep checking back for future dates.

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