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Mike Newland, PPG, PPN, MGODT

Company Director, Head Trainer & Behaviour Consultant

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Mike Newland is one of the Directors at Adolescent Dogs, a successful company that has trained over 15,000 pet dogs and their owners since 2006.  

His passion is in behaviour modification and he specialises in the rehabilitation of pet dogs with reactivity and aggression issues. Having worked with some of the worlds most renowned trainers, he has developed a training programme that combines science based training, ACE and scentwork to successfully rehabilitate dogs and to train owners. 


Mike is one of the Head Instructors at UK Sniffer Dogs, teaching Instructor Workshops to dog trainers and behaviourists across the UK. He also teaches the UK Sniffer Dog pet dog classes in Guildford, which are a safe haven for dog owners with reactive dogs, who are often not welcome elsewhere, but also the perfect hobby for puppies and adult dogs who benefit from the mental stimulation and enrichment that the courses provided. The perfect addition to any obedience training programme.   


Alongside this, Mike works with pet dog owners, trainers and behaviourists on a one to one basis and via workshops, as well as running specialist webinars for dog trainers across the world via his Online Academy, which has helped to train over 2,000 dogs since 2020.  He also runs his own Practical Instructor Courses for dog trainers.


Mike is also involved in working with dog rescues, volunteering his time to work with some of the most challenging behavioural cases to help them to find forever homes, fostering reactive dogs to help with their rehabilitation, and organising staff training days to provide hands on training to staff and volunteers.  He also visits local Veterinary Centres to provide seminars on running successful puppy classes and giving up to date information on socialisation, diet and behaviour. 

Mike has been assessed by the British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers and passed his 2nd Grade with honours.  He is also an approved member of the Guild of Dog Trainers (GODT), a member of the Pet Professional Guild for Force Free Dog Trainers, a Professional Member of the Pet Professional Network and is a Head Instructor for UK Sniffer D

Mike lives with his partner Jenny, 8 dogs, 3 cats, 2 goats, 3 giant tortoises & 2 children (10 yr and 7 yr) in rural Ewhurst with over 2 acres of land to train on, backing onto Polo fields - which offer hundreds more acres. 

Their own dogs include a Pug, 2 Chinese Crested, a Mini Xoloitzcuintli (Mexican Hairless) 2 Standard Xoloitzcuintli's, a Border Collie and a Working Cocker Spaniel. 


Background Qualifications, Online Courses, Webinars, Seminars & Experience 

  • Accredited Instructor for the Guild of Dog Trainers (GODT Master Trainer)

  • Head Instructor for UK Sniffer Dogs

  • Proud Ambassador for the Pet Professional Guild

  • Professional Member of the Pet Professional Network (PPN)

  • Attended a BIPDT COURSE and obtained a Certificate in Basic Instructional Techniques (British Institute of Professional Dog Trainers) 

  • Full member of the Pet Professional Guild - the association for force free pet professionals (PPG)

  • Fosterer for dog rescues across the UK - helping to retrain and rehabilitate rescue dogs

  • School of Canine Science - Behaviour Bible (currently undertaking)

  • Craig Ogilvie - Interactive Play Workshop - 2020

  • Craig Ogilvie - Communication, arousal and problematic behaviours seminar - 2020

  • Kamal Fernandez - Monthly training workshop - 2020

  • Completed the UK Sniffer Dogs Gold Tracking Instructors Course - 2023

  • Completed the UK Sniffer Dogs Silver Tracking Instructors Course - 2022

  • Completed the UK Sniffer Dogs Bronze Tracking Instructors Course - 2021

  • Completed the UK Sniffer Dogs Gold Instructors Course - 2020

  • Completed the UK Sniffer Dogs Bronze Instructors Course 2019

  • Completed the UK Sniffer Dogs Silver Instructors Course 2019

  • School of Canine Science - Trainer of the Year Course 2019

  • Sarah Fisher - ACE practitioner Course - attended 5 days practical training - 2019

  • Kamal Fernandez - 2 Day Practical Training Seminar on Dog Training & Behaviour - 2019

  • Ttouch Practitioner Course - attended 5 days practical training - 2019

  • Victoria Stilwell - 2 Day Dog Behaviour Conference - 2019

  • Alex Wilson - 2 Day Tellington TTouch Seminar - 2019

  • Kamal Fernandez - Reactivity, dispelling the myths seminar - 2019

  • School of Canine Science - Behaviourism 101 with Dean Nichols - 2019

  • School of Canine Science - Attended Dog to Dog Aggression Seminar - 2018

  • Craig Ogilvie - Attended Communicating with your Overstimulated Dog Seminar - 2018

  • Brenda Aloff - Attended Canine Body Language seminar - 2018

  • Brenda Aloff - Attended Get Connected Seminar

  • Brenda Aloff -  Attended Instructors Workshop for Aggressive Dogs 

  • Brenda Aloff - The Engaged Dog - Academy Online

  • Craig Ogilvie - Attended Practical Play Skills Seminar

  • Dr Ian Dunbar - Attended Common sense & cutting edge concepts in Behaviour & Training

  • Dr Ian Dunbar - Attended Simple solutions for common Behaviour & Training problems

  • Kathy Sdao - Leash Aggression Webinar

  • Attended Geert De Bolster Dog Aggression Seminar

  • Sirius Dog Training Academy - Dr Ian Dunbar Fighting & Biting Seminars, Puppy Training Classes & Adolescent/Adult Classes Online

  • Sirius Dog Training Academy - Attended Dr Ian Dunbar Business, People Training & Games seminar

  • Sirius Dog Training Academy - Attended Dr Ian Dunbar Dog Behaviour Counselling Certificate

  • Northern Centre for Canine Behaviour: Attended Canine Crime Scene Investigation with John Rogerson 

  • Northern Centre for Canine Behaviour: - John Rogerson Practical Ultimate Recall Workshop 

  • Northern Centre for Canine Behaviour: - Attended 9 Day Professional Dog Training, Instructing & Behaviour Practical Course with John Rogerson 

  • Sarah Whitehead - Attended the Sex and Hormones Seminar

Zeya the Xoloitzcuintle - 3 Weeks Residential Dog Training

Zeya the Xoloitzcuintle - 3 Weeks Residential Dog Training

Zeya the Xoloitzcuintle has completed her 3 week residential training stay with us Before she arrived for training, she was very scared of children and adults who stopped to talk to her. She would bark and lunge in fear or even run up and jump at them barking. This was obviously not ideal as it could get her into a lot of trouble! Since her season she could also be reactive to unknown dogs and would snarl at any that came close to her In addition to this, she lacked confidence with being handed to have her jumpers put on or when being moved from furniture During her 3 week stay, we have worked intensely on some counter conditioning exercises to help change her emotional response as well as taught her to move away from overwhelming situations rather than running into them. We’ve taught her it’s ok to move away from people when she feels pressured to say Hi and desensitised her to the invitations to greet. Zeya has been able to make friends with children and adults she has seen frequently during the stay and is more relaxed and calm when meeting new adults and children She is also able to walk past people and dogs when out and is happier and more relaxed to ignore them and stay focused on her owner instead . We introduced some basic Parkour training in public too, to help build her self confidence and get her interacting with her environment, making her less worried about the people and dogs Finally, we have worked on building her confidence with being handled and taught her a solid send to bed cue to reduce the conflict with getting off the sofa when needed Well done Zeya! We’ve loved working with you!
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