School of Dogs Ltd ®, is a professional, family run, dog training business, established since April 2012.
Using Science-Based Methods, Lee Ferry provides the most up-to-date positive dog training techniques for all ages and abilities of dogs and owners. Lee is fully qualified with a degree in canine behaviour and training. Lee is also part of Victoria Stilwell's dog training team for the UK.
We offer a range of classes from puppy schools, puppy advice, advanced obedience, agility, private consultations, dog daycare, all are fun, informative, and relaxed in our own dog training centre.
To become a VSPDT trainer and a member of the PPG our dog training methods went through a rigorous and comprehensive examination. This guarantees we are of the highest professional, humane and ethical calibre of force-free dog trainers.
Durham County Council, Approved Dog Day Care Centre under the Animal Welfare Regulations 2018:
Licenced No. DCC/ALA/O77835 (4 Star Rating)
Covid-19 Update - 2021
*All Saturday & Sunday classes are paused until we are out of lockdown.
As discussed at the classes.
*All New Puppy Classes, will be meeting online via Zoom, please watch out for an email.
*Private consultations & 1-2-1s will be rescheduled to meet on Zoom.
* We are unable to offer refunds due the changes in Covid restrictions, we will be offering alternative times and dates.
* Consultations and stay at home tuition with Lee will be available online via Zoom, with bookings made online.
*Dog Day School is OPEN every Thursday & Friday as normal.
We are not closed, just adapting to the current restrictions.
We are still here to help, just send us a message.
At School of Dogs, we believe the most engaging and beneficial way to train your dog is to use positive dog training techniques.
This fun based method, keeps your dog interested and eager to learn. It allows you, the owner, to reward the behaviours you want to encourage and ignore unacceptable behaviours. All skill levels are catered for, from beginner, to advanced, to private classes.
We will show you how to establish clear communication with your dog and understand your dog's physical and social behaviour.
We welcome all breeds, ages and sizes of dog to undertake any of the below services -
BEHAVIOURAL CONSULTATIONS AND 1-2-1 Training
For dogs with specific behavioural problems, we offer unique personalised training sessions.
These consist of an initial consultation lasting for 80 minutes @ £70 and then additional sessions of 60 minutes @ £35
Problems with your dog at home, Lee will visit your home and give you first class information on how to positively change your dogs behaviour. Priced at £120 this includes travel costs.
Additional cost if outside of Durham, Newcastle, Sunderland
Lee Ferry is a fully qualified ‘dog behaviourist’, who has helped to train over 5000 dogs to modify or change their behaviors using positive dog training techniques. This is a unique skill that has been developed by 18 years of hands-on experience, and formal training to degree level.
Lee was a Fully Graded Search Dog Handler for Search and Rescue Dogs Association, SARDA (England), with his border collie Bracken. They were involved in many callouts searching for missing people in wild and remote areas in their 10 years of service. Lee also went on to train Fern as a search dog, but this work was not for Fern. Lee stood down from this volunteering service in 2012.
Lee has lots of skills and experience working with people, as a professional youth worker for over 20 years. He managed voluntary sector youth projects and a City-wide youth project which won many national awards for helping to minimise youths causing anti-social behaviour across the City of Sunderland by 34%. After this Lee felt it was time for a life changing move in his career and took voluntary redundancy in 2012 to set up School of Dogs.
Lee went on to study for three years to gain a Degree in Canine Behaviour and Training from Hull University. Within this time, Lee studied.
Canine Behaviour and Training
Inappropriate Canine Behaviour,
Breeding and Genetics,
Canine Nutrition and Behaviour,
Canine Welfare and Legislation
Dog Training instructors for beginners to advanced pet dog obedience
Certificated Agility Instructing to competition level.
Lee has also completed a work-based learning placement with HMSO Prison Detections Dogs and is a member of the professional pet guild and instructor and assessor for the Pet Dog Ambassador. Another highly sort after qualification in dog training.
Lee was fortunate to work with Victoria Stillwell and her team, which led him to accepting an exclusive offer to join the VSPDT (Victoria Stilwell Positive Dog Trainers) 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 East of England a dog training option they can rely upon to achieve results using the same science-based, humane methods displayed by Victoria on Channel 4’s It’s Me or the Dog. Lee has also worked at Crufts many times with Victoria and the rest of the VSPDT team, promoting positive dog training techniques. Lee is also a mentor for students on the VSA dog training course, he currently has 5 students working with him each week.
*This has to be one of our best reviews for our business
It’s been my good fortune to find School of Dogs. Lee and Steph, who run it, are great people. Arty, my Labradoodle, and Fred the Dalmation are no strangers to staying with Lee and Steph on a regular basis. I’m sure you’ll appreciate that I spend a considerable amount of time out of the County making progammes for TV and it’s invaluable to know that our Arti & Fred are well looked after. I really can’t recommend School of Dogs and Lee and Steph highly enough.
Not only are the dogs well cared for, loved, exercised and well fed, it's clear that Steph and Lee and School of Dogs go that extra mile; the dogs are always more disciplined when they come home, than when they were left. If you get the opportunity and good fortune to have your dogs stay with Steph and Lee, then you’ll completely understand why I’ve given the testimonial I have. They are good, kind people that genuinely love and understand dogs. I’d hope so because Lee has a degree in K9 behaviour.
So crack on, get them booked in, what’s not to love!
Best wishes and kind regards
Most recent achievements within our business
One of Lee’s most successful outcomes from working with dogs was ‘Alf’ a Staffordshire Bullmastiff which he saved from euthanasia. Have a look at the short film we have made about Alf https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3YfJGZbBvmE
Lee also has very well attended dog club, with members working towards assessment to become ‘Friendship Dogs’ for Wag & Co. Just recently one of the club members Lynn & Spud featured in Prima magazine promoting their volunteer work with people with dementia.
This has led to Lee now working in partnership New College Durham to provide learning placements for their students from animal care courses, to learning skills in dog training and caring for dogs, we currently have four students on a weekly basis.
Lee has recently trained Sammy, a rescue Sprocker Spaniel, to be a School Dog at St Andrews Primary School in Bishop Auckland. Here Sammy reads with children to promote a love of reading and spends time with pupils who have social and emotional issues, to help calm them and give them “time out” from their own daily emotional struggles. In addition, Lee also delivered a dog obedience after-school club to pupils and their dogs, teaching them to be responsible owners from a young age. Headteacher Nicola James says, “Introducing Sammy to our school family has been a really positive move. Lee has helped us ensure Sammy was well prepared for the role and that all risk and temperament assessments were made.” https://www.thenorthernecho.co.uk/news/18230617.pooch-spreads-joy-reading-sessions-st-andrews-school-bishop-auckland/
From the early days of School of Dogs’ being primarily a dog behaviourist service, the business has gone from strength to strength. From the addition of Dog Agility classes and Doggy Day Care facilities; the business really has gone from strength to strength. New for 2020, Lee is promoting his new School Dog Induction programme and a new Outdoor Dog obedience class and the brand new Teens stars class.
Lee’s online presence has been essential in building the business. Help from Lee’s good friend Neal Harris has allowed the School of Dogs brand to be promoted locally and nationally.
Lee’s has also been very fortunate to produce a YouTube channel; where he can help to spread the word of positive dog training. This would not have been possible without the help from Jon Stubbs and his son Lewis Stubbs. Their vision for making dog training films has been inspirational and alot of the content, dialogue and film editing were from Lewis’s direction. Sadly last year Lewis (18 years old) was involved in a tragic plane accident. We will never forget him, his moto was ‘one life- live it’. Therefore, we dedicate our Youtube channel to the memory of Lewis. We ask our followers if they help in his memory of planting a tree. https://www.facebook.com/groups/407204986666297