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 began attending dog training classes with her own German Shepherd in her teens which has led to her running dog training classes in Bolton for 25+ years. Having grown up in a very doggy household and having a keen interest in dog training Karen started 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 2001

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 rescue dog called Brian the Patterdale terrier, a breed not for the faint hearted ???? 

Katie has a love for terriers and owned 2 Cairn terriers, Bronnie and Barley. They both had their own unique and quirky issues which was the reason why Katie became interested in dog training and understanding dog behaviour. Bronnie & Barley both achieved their Bronze, Silver and Gold Good Citizen awards and Katie also trained and competed in Agility with Barley.  

Katie has a Diploma in Higher Canine Behaviour & Psychology.