Michael Bane, owner of A Dog’s Way training began working with animals in 1989. He is a Certified Pet Dog Trainer (CPDT) and an AKC Approved Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. He provides group training courses at facilities across Connecticut and his private training and behavior consulting extends into the surrounding states of Massachusetts and Rhode Island. He is dedicated to building better human-canine relationships through positive methods.
Michael began his work with animals as an animal caretaker at Sulphur Creek Nature Center in Hayward, California, which provides rescue, care and release for injured or orphaned native California wildlife such as songbirds, birds of prey, foxes, coyotes, opossum, reptiles and amphibians, and fish. As an animal caretaker, Michael was involved in a variety of aspects of wildlife rehabilitation including: animal husbandry, oiled bird care, nutrition and animal handling. During his time at the facility he become one of a handful of individuals able to engage in direct interaction with the resident coyotes and wolves.
Michael began working with dogs in 1995. He developed his own program for teaching basic obedience with his own dogs. He later participated in formal obedience programs that allowed him to take his dogs to higher levels. Michael completed an apprentice dog trainer program that fostered his commitment to positive training methods.
Michael’s experiences have given him a wide variety of training exposure including companion obedience, agility, pet therapy, rally obedience, flyball, and behavioral modification.
Michael has been actively involved in Mastiff Rescue and he now serves as one of the primary rescue contacts for Connecticut, Massachusetts, and Rhode Island.
Michael is a firm believer in lifetime learning for both people and dogs. Michael stays current on issues and trends concerning canine behavior and training through participation in industry organizations including the following:
Association of Pet Dog Trainers
The Certification Council for Pet Dog Trainers
The International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants
Association of Companion Animal Behavior Counselors (ACABC)
AKC's Canine Good Citizen Program
Michael shares his home with English Mastiffs and Saint Bernards. Through his passion for large breed dogs he is able to create a special connection with these large dogs. This has enabled him to develop an expertise with the giants as well as become a resource for resolving behavioral issues and aggression not only with these breeds but with dogs in general.