Michael Mc Cann: President
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 was previously 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 as well as being currently involved in the training of approximately 10 other Belgian Shepherds for other handlers involved in IPO,PP & Security work.
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 & FMBB world championship competitors Paulus Bosma & Marielle Van Der Kooij and is a regular member of their club in Pijknacker Holland 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 has been in the IPO sport for many years and enjoys going out to Europe to train whenever he can.
Marielle Van Der Kooij: IPO World Championships consultant
Marielle is a very well respected IPO trainer/competitor and has competed at the FMBB WC many times as well as being the Dutch champion.
Marielle has a deep passion for the IPO sport and the Belgian Shepherd, Michael our President trains regulary in Holland with both Marielle and her husband Paul who is also a very well respected IPO trainer/competitor and KNPV trainer.
We are very pleased to have Marielle onboard with the UKBSWDA and we look forward to the coming months ahead.
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 as well as being the first UK helper to have done the Coenstadt in Holland.
Alexander Mouyis: Chairman
Alexander comes from a security background and was previously in the army, Alexander has recently selected a bitch from the Marix kennels in Belgium and she will be trained for the security sector.
Alexander says he is looking forward to the journey in creating a fine example of the breed along side his training colleagues and is proud to be a valuable member of the UKBSWDA committee.