Meet Your Instructors
Dr. Jeff Grognet
Mike Annan, Master Dog Trainer and Behavorist
I began teaching over 25 years ago. It all began with a course for veterinary assistants and there are now four of those. I then built a course for pet sitters, helping them create the most successful business they could. Over 17,000 students have taken these courses and they are still gaining in popularity. In the last few years, I've helped develop the courses you can explore on this web site.
I became a veterinarian in 1983 and opened a practice with my wife Louise (also a veterinarian) in 1995. Ever since, we've specialized in caring for cats and dogs. Each and every day, working with other people's pets continues to be challenging and fun. And yes, our home is filled with animals.
I also love to write and teach—especially when the topic is animals. I've been a regular contributor to several pet magazines and newspapers and have contributed over a thousand articles over the years. You can still see my articles in the AKC Family Dog magazine.
These courses on animal behavior came about because I realized there are lots of people who want to use the best methods to train and modify the behavior in our four-legged friends. If you are one of them, you are passionate about animals and you could thrive in this field. Though it will take hard work and determination to learn all we have to offer, you can achieve the dream of working with animals.
I also have a soft spot for cats. When you see feline courses here, they were designed and written by me.
Because I'm a veterinarian, I look at animals and their care with a slightly different perspective than you will as a trainer or behaviorist. I like to add in animal care tips to the courses as well as the core behavior material. This is what sets ACE instructors apart from the competition.
Does this sound exciting? It is. Take a look at the courses and see what first step you want to make in looking after our four-legged friends.
When I was growing up, I wanted to help every dog. This created a passion to work with dogs that needed help, and this became the foundation for my career. My goal is to help people and animals live in harmony.
Since I began, I have used the most humane methods when working with dogs. You will not see choke chains or prong collars used in my classes. I strive to educate myself by continuously researching. I've taken and conducted seminars in early puppy training, aggression and anxiety disorders, and behavior rehabilitation. Once I have the information, I then pass on this education and experience to you, the student.
My knowledge of training dogs to the Canadian Kennel Club standards is used at my title-winning obedience school. I take great pride in my accomplishments as a trainer.
I strongly believe in using progressive calm energy, relaxation, redirection, and positive reinforcement, creating customized behavior programs for my clients. I have over 200 documented cases that I have solved for my clients.
In the last few years, I have been heading into different instruction fields. I'm the head trainer and canine behavior consultant for many rescue organizations, including the Vancouver Island Compassion Dogs, an organization that places rescue dogs with veterans and people with disabilities. They are taught to train their own service dogs. I have also created and conducted safety seminars for the meter readers that work for BC Hydro.
What does this mean for you? It means that you have the most up-to-date instruction on how to train and modify behavior in dogs. This is the foundation for the ACE courses. I look forward to helping you on your journey for being the best instructor, an ACE instructor.