Happy Training

for pups & dogs


We are pleased to announce that we are now in a position to resume some of our services.  This is based on the current Government guidance and also recent information received from leading industry organisations about how this guidance should be applied to dog training sessions.  The current Covid-19 guidance means that:

Dog training sessions should take place outdoors on private and secure land that has adequate car parking which enables social distancing to be maintained at all times.  The area used should be large enough for up to 6 people (including the trainer and assistant) to work with their dogs with 2m distance being maintained at all times from other owners and their dogs.  Numbers of households in a gathering should be minimised wherever possible.

With this in mind, we are satisfied that we can resume in person puppy and dog training safely and in accordance with Government guidelines for families living in the same household..

From 8 June we will be using the secure, outdoor garden area at The Winlaton Centre for in person training.  These session will take place with one dog or puppy and up to five members of a family living together.  These will be known as Family Sessions and are suitable for 1 to 5 people.

We have also developed a range of Stay at Home services, after a successfully piloting them during lockdown and receiving great feedback.

These virtual services available will include Happy Puppy sessions, 121 training sessions, scentwork, enrichment for calmer and happier dogs and "Preparing pups and dogs for the new normal".  Separation Anxiety cases can also be offered virtually by arrangement.

All Family Sessions and Stay at Home Services are with Karen who is a qualified trainer and behaviour adviser.

Having reviewed this guidance, risk assessed the venue and the training activity and explored viability of resuming group activities, we are not satisfied that we could ensure the guidance is strictly adhered to at all times, by all participants, and this means that we will not be resuming group activities at this time.  

This is subject to change and ongoing review.

For those with a credit note you can redeem this against any of these services, please contact us about this.

In person Family Sessions can be booked online and Karen will contact you to book an appointment.

Virtual sessions can be booked and paid for online using our new book and pay system.

Please visit our Current Services page for more information.


We believe that dog training shouldn't be formal and boring, it should be fun for you and your dog!  In our sessions we love to see dogs and their hoomans bonding, having a great time and loving their learning together.

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 

What We Do

We offer services for pups and dogs of all ages

  • Puppy home visits
  • "Happy Puppy" classes
  • Scentwork
  • Enrichment activities
  • 121 training
  • Workshops
  • "Happy Dog" classes

We provide modern, quality services

Activities are designed and led by Karen, who is a qualified and accredited dog trainer and behaviour advisor.  She is a member of the IMDT, PPGBI, a Scentwork UK trainer, and a UKCSD Intructor.  We use positive, force free and fun methods that work.

We run friendly and welcoming activities 

We promote force free and fun puppy and dog training for all and we encourage families to come to sessions together.  Activities are designed to strengthen the relationship, trust and mutual understanding between your and your dog.


Who We Are

We are an award winning family business and offer positive, modern and ethical puppy and dog training, scentwork, fun agility, enrichment activities and behaviour advice.

We run our group activities in Winlaton and can offer home visits across Gateshead and Newcastle and much of Tyne and Wear.  

Our Little Team


Karen owns and runs the business with support from hubby Phil.  She is a qualified trainer and behaviour advisor.  Blue Dog is named after Bo and Missy their Kerry Blue Terriers

Bo is the eldest "blue dog" and is nearly 9.  He can be a bit of a couch potato but does enjoy chasing his ball (in short bursts of course).  He loves his "stuff"...especially his blankie and his cuddly pink pig.

Sadly we lost our little Missy this year.  She was 8 but was still our little pup who never grew up - the most loving and kissy girl in the world and we miss her very much.


Why Choose Us?

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!  Since 2017 we are the "Best Dog Trainer in Gateshead" according to Three Best Rated and we are super proud of that.  

Karen is also a member or a qualified trainer of following professional bodies: