Nielsen, Michael

Michael Nielsen began his military career in 2003 and joined the Danish Air Force in 2008 where he was an MWD handler, trainer and kennel master for 5 years. Michael was deployed three times to Afghanistan; two of those times as an MWD handler and the third deployment as the first Danish K-9 Handler with the Danish Special Forces. Michael’s vast knowledge of working dogs comes from the years of classes he took while in the Danish military as well as courses and certifications received at Vohne Liche Kennels here in the US. Michael is the owner of Danish K9 Solutions and in addition to training and certifying working dogs, he has developed a system of K-9 first aid and first aid kits (AIDOG) that is taught and distributed worldwide.

CLASS: K-9 First Aid

This class will cover the AIDOG way of K-9 first aid. Michael developed this system during his service as a K-9 handler and trainer for the Danish military. Topics covered include how to use C-abcde algorithm when administering K-9 first aid, the most typical injuries a working dog will have, items that should be in your K-9 IFAK and more. Instruction will include theory as well as a hands-on demonstration.

CLASS: Proper K-9 Selection

This class will cover the genetic aspects of selecting the right dog for your K-9 unit. Topics will include:

  • Mental aspects
  • Physical aspects (muscle development, X-rays, teeth, organs)
  • Early conditioning at a young age
  • Environmental conditioning
  • Early foundation work
  • Correct levels of needed drives and proper thresholds of those drives
  • Social and civil conditioning
  • Negative aspects of over-stimulation of young dogs