United Kingdom Belgian Shepherd Working Dog Association


Our Team

United Kingdom Belgian Shepherd Working Dog Association

Michael Mc Cann

President & Working Dogs Director
Michael has been training dogs for over 20 years and owns & trains Belgian Shepherds and Dobermanns.

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 3 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 Youth Working Champion title of 2017 as well as the Dutch Female Working Champion title of 2017 a first for any dog from the UK and more recently gaining their IPO3.

 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. 

Michael trains regularly in Holland with top IPO trainers & world championship competitors Paulus Bosma & Marielle Van Der Kooij and is a regular member of their club in Pijknacker as well as being a guest member of various other Dutch IPO Clubs.

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 Competition 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.

Ian Alexander

General Secretary
Ian has been in dog sports for 11 years, starting in the church hall  doing Kennel Club good citizenship bronze,  silver and gold, then moving into the dogsport of IPO where he has trained and competed as an IPO handler.

Ian travels to Holland whenever he can to train and  develop his knowledge further.

Ian is a licensed IPO bite helper gaining his license both in the UK & Holland.

Ian currently has a Belgian Shepherd from the Van't Haagse Bloed Kennel in Holland and enjoys training in the IPO sport.

Shangar Sivarajah

Treasurer & Membership Secretary
Shangar has a diploma in Management Accounting (CIMA Dip MA), and graduated from Reading University with Ba in Buisnes Ecomonics. He has worked in the Logistics industry for 10 years overseeing the finance function, and is currently head of finance at a fast growing Freight Forwarders specialising in the e-commerce sector. 

 Shangar has a great passion for working dog breeds, maintaining the philoshpohy that working dogs are bred to work, and we as responsible dog handlers should give these dogs the opportunity to do so. 
 He currently competes in IPO, travelling to Europe when able to further develop knowedge and skills in IPO.

James Bows

Helper Co-ordinator
James is responsible for overseeing the licensing of UKBSWDA bite helpers, organising approved FCI judges for helper licensing and liaising with the working dogs director for all trials and team selection. 
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.



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