Welcome to Blue Dog

Dog training school and services

Thanks for dropping by!

Welcome to the home of happy puppy and dog training!  At Blue Dog we promote "happy dog training" which means we mean that we advocate force free and reward based training using the latest science and evidence.  In other words, training that's kind and fun for you and your puppy or dog... and it actually works too!

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!

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

At Blue Dog we will never promote the use of any methods that use force, intimidation, outdated debunked methods or indeed anything that will cause your puppy or dog discomfort, fear or pain.

Through reward based training, enrichment and five minute everyday training games, 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 the best fun ever for you and your dog!  You will  see your dog progress and learn quickly through play based  and fun activities than they would using strict and formal methods.

Our Services

We and offer online and offline services and our 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 trained scentwork instructor.  


'Keep Calm And Puppy On' E-book

There's so much (mis) information and conflicting 'advice' out there about dog training and behaviour, that it's difficult for owners to know where to start looking and what to believe.  That's why we've produced our must have digital resources for all new puppy parents!

Virtual 121 Support and Training

Our virtual classes and support can be just as effective, if not more so, than 'in person' activities. This is because your puppy or dog will be more relaxed in an environment in which they feel comfortable and there are fewer distractions at home and so it is often more beneficial for helping your puppy or dog to focus on you.  We give you step by step instructions about how to get online and get the most from your session - so even if you are a bit nervous of trying online, we'd urge you to give them a go.

Virtual training session are with Karen and totally tailored to you and your challenges. All you need is a smartphone, tablet or PC and an internet connection!


In Person Puppy Training

These family sessions are in person will be held on a Sunday outside in the lovely secure garden area and The Winlaton Centre or inside in the Centre Sports Hall in the event of bad weather.

Karen is offering a limited number of in person 121 sessions with puppies and their hooman family (up to 5 people allowed from the same household).

These sessions are useful for teaching your dog to focus on you and listen to you, to come back when you call, to walk nicely on the lead and to make good choices instead of doing things we don't like such as jumping up.

These are outdoor sessions is the secure garden area at The Winlaton Centre.

Online Learning

Help with separation anxiety and home alone training

At present we are unable to take on new customers due to high demand, please contact us to register an interest in this service.

We want to help you and your dog overcome separation anxiety so that you can both get your lives back.

Karen specialises in helping dogs and their owners overcome separation anxiety and has trained with Julie Naismith, the author of the separation anxiety training guide, Be Right Back! on her SA Pro Trainer Programme.

There is so much (incorrect) advice out there about how to 'fix' separation anxiety, often using inhumane and damaging methods.  Let Karen help you help your dog overcome separation anxiety using kind and evidence based methods that work.

If you book a package of 121 support with Karen, you can be sure that you are working with someone who knows how to help you and your dog get over separation anxiety.  

You are also choosing to work with someone who has a lot of experience and who has helped and supported hundreds and hundreds of puppy and dog owners.

So if you are looking for someone who really knows what they are talking about, then choose to work with Karen.  Yes it can be hard to stay the course and there are no quick fixes, but you'll be supported by her on your journey to freedom.  Every step of the way!

What people are saying about us...

I cannot thank Karen enough for her fantastic puppy training and her endless support that she has provided me with over the last few months. We couldn't have managed without you. Not only did we have one to one training sessions but reluctantly because of lockdown we experienced virtual training. I say reluctantly as I was not convinced this would be of any benefit. I couldn't have been more wrong.  I found these sessions equally if not more beneficial. I was able to focus without any distractions. I have definitely been converted. I would like again to thank Karen for not only her training but also for her ongoing telephone advice that she has given us whenever we have needed it. As a result of Karen's commitment we have a lovely cockapoo puppy Paddy and together we are building each day on the training that has been put into place. Thanks again Karen from Paddy and the humans. I would 100% recommend your services.
Shirley and Paddy the Cockapoo
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 

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