Michael has personally worked with over 1000 dogs across the United States and abroad, including Canada, UK, Italy, Germany, Denmark, Mexico, Costa Rica, India, and Malaysia. Michael has built a clientele including media and entertainment personalities, politicians, ambassadors, business executives, show dog professionals, psychologists, veterinarians, and loving families from all walks of life. Michael's approach to dog ownership is rooted in scientifically sound, experience-based implementations that make training and life with dogs a positive, enjoyable journey for all involved.
Since his earliest memories, Michael’s life has been all about dogs. He started working in veterinary clinics during his elementary school years, became a rescue group and animal therapy volunteer in middle school, and started showing in AKC conformation and breeding Great Danes at the end of high school. He graduated with honors from George Mason University with a Bachelor of Science degree in Psychology.
Michael’s work in the dog world has included a variety of media including print, production staff positions and live TV segments. He’s appeared regularly on Good Day DC (Fox 5 DC), ABC World News Now, Good Morning America, KTLA, Facebook Live Audio Rooms, and NBC 4 DC. He worked on staff with the dog cast for ABC’s Pooch Perfect series and has appeared in NewsBreak and Beverly Hills Lifestyle. Find links to Michael's appearances here.
Michael actively competes with both his own dogs and client dogs in dog shows and is a media contributor for the top magazine in the sport, The Canine Chronicle. Michael is a Canine Good Citizen evaluator for the American Kennel Club and has conducted educational staff seminars for dog walking companies, boarding kennels and veterinary hospitals throughout the United States. Additionally, Michael is a professional member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers and his training business is fully insured through the Business Insurers of the Carolinas.
I can't say enough positive things about Michael! He has turned little Harper into a rockstar. Michael started training Harper when she was just 4 months old. Honestly the training started with me first! As a first time per owner he really calmed my fears and walked me through the ideology that Harper needed to adjust to my life not the other way around. We worked through so many common behavioral problems that puppies go through and after her week of board and train she literally learned all the fundamentals. We recently moved to Florida and Michael has popped down in person and on FaceTime to keep our progress going. Harper is now 10 months and loves her sessions with Michael this will be a life long relationship!
Michael is a wonderful dog trainer. Our dogs have learned so much from Michael, and he has also done a great job of training us how to teach our dogs effectively. He's especially kind and gentle with our dogs, while simultaneously giving us concrete and definitive instructions on how to work out whatever problematic behaviors our dogs have. He breaks the training down into manageable parts that build into the result we are seeking. We love that he is focused on positive reinforcement and we still use what we learned and continue to learn from him every day. We would highly recommend Michael to anyone!
We had the absolute pleasure of having Michael train and board our 7 month puppy this past week. She used to be extremely hyper, ADD and always on "squirrel mode". Michael is hands down the best. His philosophy and approach to training is deeply rooted in behavioral psychology and promotes long term, lasting outcomes. He is an expert in his field, extremely professional, responsive and helpful. Forever grateful to have met Michael and will always have him around for our puppy Butter.
I can't start to thank Michael enough!!! I had just got a 3 month year old puppy and was complete lost and overwhelmed. He help put me at ease and guide me through tools and tips to train my puppy. He was so fast and efficient with all his knowledge on training.She was potty trained in a week! He's beyond educated in all areas and has your pets best interest at heart. I only trust his advice! He really cares about your pup and you. Thank you Michael so much. Luca and I love you!!!
Michael is a phenomenal dog trainer! He is truly in tuned with a dog and their needs. I've learn more about dog anxiety and mental health. My dog is happier and better behaved because of Michael's help! Now, she is a service dog ready to Jet set! Thank you again Michael!
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