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Michael Purcell

Certified Dog Trainer, USAF Veteran and Canine Aficionado

Mike is a lifelong Philadelphian and graduate of Father Judge High School. He served in the US Air Force from 2009-2013 as a hydraulic aircraft mechanic on the C-17 Globemaster III. He completed two tours overseas supporting Operation Enduring Freedom and Operation Iraqi Freedom. While serving in the USAF, Mike received his B.S. in Criminal Justice from Park University. After his Honorable Discharge from the USAF, Mike went on to gain a M.S. in Sports Management from Wilmington University and a M.B.A. from Penn State University. 

 

In 2012, the universe brought Chutley into Mike's life. He had always wanted to have a Boxer as a canine companion because he found their personality matched his own. Boxer's are cheerful, intelligent, loyal, fearless, and goofy and Chutley has proved that to be true for the last 8 years. From the moment they met, Mike began studying canines diligently. He has received extensive education in dog language, dog behavior, and various training techniques. 

Throughout the years, Mike has learned that utilizing a positive reinforcement training technique can be applied to All Canines. Working with a wide variety of dog breeds with varying ages, sizes, and temperaments, science based positive reinforcement techniques have proven time and time again to turn "stubborn" dogs or dogs with "problems" into loving and loyal family members. But more important than training dogs to listen to and follow cues has always been educating humans. There are no bad dogs, only uneducated humans. It is Mike's goal to educate everyone with (and without) dogs so that we can all live harmoniously. 

Mike is a Certified Dog Trainer through the CATCH Canine Training Academy. He Graduated from the CATCH Master's course With Distinction, graduating with an overall course grade of 97%.  Mike is currently working towards his CPDT-KA certification. Mike follows and studies from a number of world renowned behaviorists and trainers to include Patricia McConnell, Ph.D., Pamela Reid, Ph.D, Karen Pryor, Jean Donaldson, Nicole Wilde, and Turid Rugaas.