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About Mik Moeller

Dog trainer Mik Moeller in Arizona with his dog Samson

A nationally certified professional dog trainer (CCPDT-KA/CBCC-KA) and a certified specialist in dog-dog aggression, Mik Moeller's skill in reading dog body language and working with dogs is well known and respected among his peers. His leadership in the training field is reflected in his committed efforts toward improving the quality of life for dogs and building stronger bonds between dogs and their owners. Mik started his career at the SFSPCA and now currently works in the behavior and training department at the Arizona Humane Society. Mik's expertise in successfully working with dogs of all types reflects his love of animals and a passion for what he does.

Mik's excitement for training started 14 years ago when he decided to enroll his new dog Mocha in a puppy class. In that class, he fell in love with training and decided to switch careers. He started working at the San Francisco SPCA in 1998 and graduated from the renowned SF/SPCA Dog Training Academy in 1999. As a certified dog trainer and behavior counselor, his talent for working with dogs, especially those who are aggressive toward other dogs, was noticed. Mik enthusiastically took on these challenging cases and was awarded special certification for dog-dog aggression in 2002 by Jean Donaldson, head of the SF/SPCA Dog Training Academy. Now a recognized expert in dog reactivity and canine enrichment for behavior modification, Mik has written articles for various publications and given lectures on leash reactivity shy/fearful, and canine enrichment in shelters and in homes.

West Valley Arizona dog trainer, Mik Moeller teaching the reactive rover class

An excellent instructor, Mik has taught basic and advanced public classes for over ten years. Through his involvement teaching in the community, he has seen the need for new programs. Mik personally developed the original "growly dog" class. Now named Reactive Rover, this successfull class focuses on dogs who are reactive to other dogs on leash. He has taught this much needed class for the last eight years.

While classes are a great tool for training, Mik realizes that many dogs need help in specific areas that can't be addressed properly in a class setting. Often, dogs need extra attention to work on a particular issue that a class structure can't provide. Some dogs are also too overwhelmed in a group, making it hard for them to pay attention and learn. In addition, many people have a hard time fitting classes into their busy schedules. Mik has been offering private consults and training sessions for the last ten years, providing dogs and owners with personalized attention and tailored training.

In addition to dog training, Mik has also been actively involved as a professional dog walker in the San Francisco community for over ten years. Seeing regular exercise as a healthy part of a dog's life and the difficulty of many owners to provide this much needed activity, Mik started offering to walk the dogs of his friends and clients along with his own dog Mocha. Before he knew it, Mik had a regular pack that he took to popular dog parks.

Mik's Dogs at class in Arizona

His expertise in managing dog-dog interactions has given Mik a unique perspective toward the dog walking profession. As dog walking has become more and more popular, there is a need for recognized professional standards. A dog walker isn't necessarily a trainer and yet all walkers need to know how to competently deal with the inevitable confrontations with other dogs and people in our public spaces. Recognizing this need, Mik co-founded the Dog Walking Academy in 2003 to give dog walkers the necessary training to control their packs and maintain a safe environment in our public parks.

While Mik no longer provides dog walking services, he has focused his time on training as well as developing training materials for other dog trainer professionals. Most recently he has published a book on leash reactivity, as well as seminar DVDs based on his popular "reactive rover" classes taught at the SFSPCA

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