After working with Victoria and her team, Lee has recently been extended and accepted an exclusive offer to join the VSPDT team. As an accomplished dog trainer dedicated to maintaining the highest level of professionalism and expertise while following the latest in the ever-evolving field of animal behavioral science, Lee offers the North Durham area a dog training option they can rely upon to achieve results using the same science-based, humane methods displayed by Victoria on It’s Me or the Dog.
Lee is a fully qualified ‘canine behaviourist’, who works with dogs to modify or change their behaviors using positive dog training techniques. This is a unique skill that has been developed by years of hands-on experience, and formal training to degree level.
Lee has studied for three years at Bishop Burton College to gain a FdSc Degree in Canine Behaviour and Training from Hull University.
Within this time Lee studied, Canine Psychology, Canine Development, Canine systems, Inappropriate Canine Behaviour, Psychopharmacology, Breeding and Genetics, Canine Nutrition and Behaviour, Canine Welfare and Legislation, Dog Training instructors for beginners to advanced pet dog obedience and Agility Instructing to competition level.
Lee is a member of the Kennel Club Accreditation Scheme for Instructors in Dog Training and Canine Behaviour, and is working towards an accreditation.
Lee is member of The Pet Professional Guild (PPG) a world wide organisation representing force free pet professionals across the pet industry. Membership number: 39521657
Lee has been awarded a certificate from the International Animal Behaviour Training College, for teaching agility to pet dog owners.
Lee has also completed a work based learning placements with HMSO Prison Detections Dogs. Lee has also trained three dogs to perform as ‘Toto’ on stage for the Spotlight CTP Theatre Group production of ‘The Wizard of Oz’.
Lee recently stood down from 14 years voluntary service within Mountain Rescue. He was a Full Team Member on North of Tyne Mountain Rescue Team. Lee was a Fully Graded Search Dog Hander for Search and Rescue Dogs Association, SARDA (England), with his border collie, Bracken. They attended many call outs in the mountains and remote areas to search for missing walkers, climbers and despondent people. They helped the team to save lives and resolve searches in wild and remote areas. Sadly Bracken passed away in August 2017, he will be sadly be missed fantastic family pet and amazing working dog. The best dog Lee has ever had the privilege of sharing his life with.
Lee has lots of skills and experience working with people, as he is a fully qualified youth worker with a BA (hons) degree from Durham University. He has been a professional youth worker for over 20 years, with 14 years at management level in youth work. Within this time Lee managed a voluntary sector youth project for 5 years. Lee was then asked to manage a team of 32 youth workers as the XL Youth Village Coordinator for Sunderland City Council, which engaged young people that were causing antisocial behaviour into positive youth work activities, which won many national awards. After 3 years in this role Lee took a life changing decision to step away from youth work to follow his dream of becoming a full time professional dog trainer.
Lee has also achieved his Walking Group Leaders Award, from the Mountain Leader Training Board, and has completed his Summer Mountain Leader training, and Single Pitch Award Training. In his younger days he achieved the prestigious Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award. This led him to becoming a Duke of Edinburgh Award Leader and a Mountain Rescue Volunteer.