Nik grew up on the island of Mauritius and has been training dogs since he was 13 yrs old. After learning how to train his own German Shepherd dogs, he worked with his first mentor to train several pet and personal protection dogs as well as promoting local humane society efforts. He enjoys foundational puppy work and building a life-long love of learning and cooperative play habits in dogs. Whether you are looking for a well-behaved pet and hiking companion or a competitive sport dog, Nik can assist you in meeting your goals. Nik trains primarily in the Michael Ellis system for dog training, focusing on rewards, relationship-building and a fair approach to using pressure. He enjoys applying cutting-edge research on learning, motivation and peak performance to the field of dog training. He currently competes in the sport of Nosework (scent detection) and Rally-Obedience with his Lab and is training his German Shepherd puppy for the sport of IPO.