A bit about us

Buddies Dog Training Club Bolton was established in 2001. We like to think that as a team we have a wealth of practical experience and theoretical knowledge to offer you.


Karen has been running dog training classes in Bolton for 25+ years. Having grown up in a very doggy household Karen began a career with Guide Dogs 30+ years ago working in the kennels, she qualified as a Guide Dog Trainer in 1988 and became a Senior Guide Dog Trainer in 2000. Unfortunately this career had to come to an end due to personal circumstances. However Karen has continued to run and teach at Buddies Dog Club since it was established in 2003

Karen is a member of the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers and has qualified with The Kennel Club as an examiner for the Good Citizen Dog Scheme up to gold level. She also gained a Professional Diploma in Education at Bolton University.

Karen lives with a German Shepherd called Billy and rescue dog Brian, a patterdale terrier  

Derek W has a lifetimes experience living with, training and working dogs. He has achieved bronze, silver and gold Good Citizen Dog Scheme awards.

The family has owned, shown and bred several dog breeds over the years and have puppy walked numerous dogs for Guide Dogs for the Blind.

Derek attended obedience training classes with the family GSDs, followed by years training and working his Labrador Retrievers as gundogs. (ps he’s also Karen’s dad!).


Katie has a love for terriers and is currently owned by 2 Cairn terriers Bronnie and Barley. They have both had their own unique and quirky issues which was the reason why Katie became interested in dog training and understanding dog behaviour.

As you probably know Dorothy & Toto followed the yellow brick road and found Oz but Katie and her Cairns followed Chorley Old Road and found Buddies!

Bronnie & Barley have both achieved their Bronze, Silver and Gold Good Citizen awards. Katie has also trained and competed in Agility with Barley.  

Katie has completed an Introduction to Tellington TTouch course and is currently studying for a Diploma in Higher Canine Behaviour & Psychology