Mike works as an independent consultant, dog behaviourist and trainer for all dog related issues. He has a specialist interest in dangerous dogs and those dogs prohibited under S.1 Dangerous Dogs Act 1991, being recognised in the courts as an expert witness in this field.
Mike served as a police officer for over thirty years, with the second half of his career being spent as a member of the dog section. He has trained and worked different breeds of dogs both in the normal police dog role and in a specialist search capacity.
Mike has served as a full time Dog Legislation Officer on a Joint Force Dangerous Dogs Team and prior to his retirement had been involved in hundreds of dangerous dog and prohibited breed cases. He has examined Pit Bull Terriers, Dogo Argentinos, and the Japanese Tosa.
As part of the court process, where dogs have caused injury to people the court wishes to know the reasons behind the behaviour. Mike is able to provide a forensic examination of all the issues involved, the history of the dog, scene location, events leading up to the injury, and then assist the courts in their decision making concerning whether a dog would be considered a danger to public safety. Where it is possible, Mike can suggest physical management conditions and behaviour modification plans to the court as alternatives to destruction.
Mike has worked with local authorities as well as local and national charities in their efforts to promote animal welfare, responsible dog ownership, and deal with the many dog related issues of today.
Mike is the holder of a Level 5 Diploma in Canine Behavior and Training and continues to study for a Level 6 Advanced Diploma in Canine Behaviour. He is a member of the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers.
Mike has given interviews to national radio organisations and been quoted in numerous media outlets on matters relating to dangerous dogs.