I started working with The BC SPCA in 2009, in order to gain the hours of experience required to apply to Veterinary school. While working there, I quickly discovered a huge problem in the shelter system, which caused me to re-think my path.
Almost all of the dogs that ended up at the shelter were either surrendered because of their behaviour, or they developed behavioural problems from being in the shelter system. In my few years there, I witnessed countless dogs get euthanized because of behaviour that could not be corrected by their "positive only" training, and completely preventable situations created by well-meaning staff members.
My absolute frustration and disgust caused me to re-think my path.
In 2012, I attended extensive training learning alongside Cesar Millan, Cheri Lucas, Martin Deeley and Brian Agnew at the Dog Psychology Center in Santa Clarita, California. In 2013, I attended more training with Cheri Lucas and Brian Agnew at the beautiful Second Chance at Love Humane Society Ranch in Templeton, California. I've been working with dogs ever since, with the intention to prevent as many dogs as I can from getting surrendered to shelters and subsequently euthanized.
I live in Surrey, B.C. with my wife, our two children, and our beautiful dogs.
"Being in tune with your dog is not all about training: it's about understanding the dog's needs, and providing direction and protection" - Cesar Millan
After one visit with Michael our lives with Cooper went from “oh my gosh what have we done?” to confidently taking him anywhere and everywhere. Michael helped us to reclaim ownership of our home and apply common sense rules. Prior to Michael we were hesitant to venture into certain situations with Cooper. Post Michael, we have traveled and stayed in a hotel, frequented outdoor coffee shops (with Cooper calmly sitting at our feet), visited off-leash parks, and enjoyed watching him run and play while always keeping us in focus. Needless to say, we have had many comments about our well-mannered companion and always recommend Michael. Thanks Michael, you’ve helped us to thoroughly enjoy life with Cooper."
- Peter & Maxine - Cloverdale, Surrey BC.
We highly recommend Micheal and his services. After several attempts with different trainers and programs we were at a loss in correcting some issues we were having with our pup. Michael's approach was direct and extremely informative. Within 48hrs of our first meeting, our pups behaviour and our reaction had completely changed, by the second meeting it was a 99% improvement. We couldn't be happier. The change has alleviated so much stress for us and other family members. It is allowing us to focus on a healthy and very happy relationship with our pup. Thank you Michael.
- Kim & Paul, Surrey, BC.