Michael has gained various degrees of canine related qualifications ranging from Dog Psychology to Understanding Canine Aggression through CIDBT (Cambridge Institute of Dog Behavior and Training) gaining Professional Instructor Skills & Management in Dog Training, receiving National Dog Training Instructor certification from CIDBT, GODT Guild of Dog Trainers (Master Dog Trainer status), MBIPDT/ GODTMT/ NASDU,IADTB.
Michael was also an approved & accredited instructor for NASDU
(National Association of Security Dog Users) delivering HABC GPSDH L2 & L3 courses to ex Police, Military, Security & civilian personnel but left NASDU to concentrate on his competition work
Michael is an accredited KCAI (Kennel Club Accredited Instructor) which was presented to him at Crufts in 2015 by Mr Paul Rawlings Chairman of the KCAI Board , Michael is also doing a BA Hons degree in Canine Behavior & Psychology and is an approved trainer for the Kennel Club GCDS as well as an A list examiner.
Michael also completed courses with Edinburgh University in Animal Behaviour & Welfare under Professor Natalie Waran, BSc, PhD, Dr Fritha Langford, BSc, MSc, PhD , Dr Susan Jarvis, BSc, MSc, PhD , Heather Bacon, BSc BVSc CertZooMed MRCVS , Hayley Walters, RVN , Dr Jill MacKay, M.Sci, PhD.
Michael assess dog's for various police force's such as the Metropolitan Police, Surrey Police, Kent Police & also carries out assessments on dog's that have been seized by the police under the Dangerous Dog's Act for the magistrate courts for various solicitors & private client's.
With a deep passion in how dogs learn & behave, the Belgian Shepherd breed is a particular passion of Michaels due to their strong high drives & specific training techniques needed to get the best from them, Michael has trained many Belgian Shepherds for Security / Personal Protection & IPO & is currently training his young pup from Holland.
Currently Michael is competing with a female Dobermann from the Warringhof & Vom Jaspis kennel in Germany and gained his IPO1 in Holland gaining the highest points of the trial in Obedience and recently gained his IPO2 at the Dutch Nationals also gaining the Dutch Youth Working Champion title & female working champion of 2017 & then again in 2018 and then went on to gain their IPO3.
Michael is the first ever UK dog handler and first ever dog that has gained the Dutch Youth Working Champion Title and the Dutch Female Working Champion Title with such a young dog at 2 .5 years old and all within a 6 month period a truly fantastic achievement, and not only once but done it 2 years in a row
Michaels current Belgian Shepherd puppy https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5h4r6-d_BuM&t=22s is from the 2017 Dutch IPO all breeds Champion Germali's Nero & top Dutch Kennel Van't Haagse Bloed and they train regularly in Holland with top IPO trainers & competitors Paulus Bosma & Marielle Van Der Kooij.
Michael is a licensed bite helper in IPO assessed & licensed by FCI World Championship Judge Mr Simon Kwak from Holland as well as being a licensed tracklayer.
Michael recently gained his Dutch Helper liscence having worked under the guidance of International & World Championship helper Dhr Ruud Broeders, the examining judge in Utrecht was Dhr.Rick Zainal from Holland.
Michael competes in Europe & the UK in IPO which he says is something he really enjoys.