Michael Mc Cann
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 and Management in Dog Training, receiving National Dog Training Instructor certification from CIDBT, GODT Guild of Dog Trainers (Master Dog Trainer status), MBIPDT/ GODTMT/ NASDU.
Michael is 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.
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 dogs for various police forces such as the Metropolitan Police, Surrey Police, Kent Police and also carries out assessments on dog's that have been seized by the police under the Dangerous Dog's Act 1991 for the magistrate courts for various solicitors & private clients.
With a deep passion in how dogs learn and behave, the Belgian Shepherd breed is a particular passion for Michael's 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 and IPO and is currently training his young pup from Holland.
Currently Michael is competing with a 2 yr old female Dobermann from the Warringhof & Vom Jaspis kennel in Germany gaining his IPO1 in Holland gaining the highest points of the trial in Obedience. And recently gained his IPO2 at the 2017 Dutch Nationals also winning the Dutch Working Youth Champion title of 2017.
Michaels current Belgian Shepherd puppy is from the 2017 Dutch IPO all breeds Champion Germali's Nero and top Dutch Kennel Van't Haagse Bloed. They train regularly in Holland with top IPO trainers & world championship 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 gained his Dutch Helper licence in 2016 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 throughout Europe & the UK in IPO which he says is something he really enjoys.
James has a long history of working with all varieties of dogs and grew up involved with dog sport IPO Schutzhund (a high level points-based sport including three phases – Tracking, Obedience, and Protection). James competes and assists in the sport. James has previously assisted team UK at the WUSV World Championship in Germany, most recently in 2016
James is one of the few licensed A grade GSDL helpers
James has been selected to be the helper at the GSDL national championships, the all breeds national championships and WUSV world championship qualification trials.