ICAN Newsletter

December 2018

It has been nearly a year since ICAN – International Companion Animal Network started and what a fantastic year it has been for us.

We have had some great organisations join ICAN.

BHARCS is a premium education academy based out of Bangalore, India. The Academy offers education opportunities to pet parents, with a specific focus on Canine Behaviour. The Academy boasts of the most exhaustive education program that offers more than 700 hours of learning for animal behaviour enthusiasts and professionals. BHARCS was founded by Sindhoor Pangal who is a Canine Behaviour Consultant, Canine Myotherapist and Software Engineer by qualification. She has spent more than four years learning about the behaviour and anatomy of dogs from different teachers across the US and Europe. She has more than five years of experience as a Behaviour practitioner and has been an educator for more than three years. Sindhoor is the India country representative of Pet Dog Trainers of Europe (Europe), affiliate of The International School for Canine Psychology and Behaviour(UK) and a member of The Pet Professional Guild(USA).

Positive Dog Trainers Academy (PDTA) offers the opportunity to obtain certification in the science of dog training, whether you have prior experience in dog training or want to follow a new career path. Our certified instructors can teach the science of force free training by using the positive reinforcement method, the only method supported by a vast body of research over the last 10 years that is acknowledged as humane in all circumstances. PDTA was founded and is run by Wendy Coersen who is from Holland and is a fully-qualified member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT) and IMDTB UK, professional and qualified Dog Trainer and Behaviourist and Maria-Christina Patala who is a fully-qualified member of the Institute of Modern Dog Trainers (IMDT), UK.

Kynagon Dog Trainers Academy is in Greece and was founded and is run by Dimosthenis Moumiadis and his wife Koula. Dimosthenis and Koula are both full members of ICB – International Canine Behaviourists and Dimosthenis has trained dogs that sniff out poison which is often found in Greece and kills pets, wildlife and birds. Dimosthenis also works as a Behaviourist in Greece.


We also welcomed Craig Ogilvie as a new Patron of ICAN. Craig is an Internationally renowned Dog trainer, seminar leader and Author. Having spent a great deal of time training and testing working dogs in locations all over Europe, he very quickly went on to achieve unique accreditation. Craig is the first person from the U.K. to be licensed to test and train dogs internationally in the working dog sport called Mondioring: which consists of Obedience, Agility and Criminal Apprehension. Craig is one of the very few experienced and qualified Civilian Police Dog Training Instructors in the U.K. His passion and study of Dog behaviour and training has led to him helping dogs and people all over the world via seminars, workshops and online training. Much of Craig’s time is focused on working around problematic behaviours in dogs along with group training for professionals and enthusiasts.

We welcomed Pet Professional Network and Anna’s Stray Dogs as new affiliates of ICAN: Pet Professional Network was founded by Helen Motteram. The aim of the Pet Professional Network is to collaborate with some of the best organisations promoting animal welfare and offer individual memberships to help people grow their business and receive people friendly advice and B2B support. There are so many great trainers out there, but sadly many that still do not support and are cruel to others. Anna’s care for stray dogs is a non profit organisation in Greece. Unfortunately in Greece there is a serious problem with abused, hungry and abandoned dogs. Annas vision is to find as much help as she can to feed, save and take care of those poor dogs.

We are extremely proud to have been accepted as an Approved Trainer Organisation for Dogs Helping Kids. Dogs Helping Kids (DHK) is a charity that does amazing work training and assessing dogs to be able to work in schools, colleges and libraries as educational and therapeutic aids. Dogs Helping Kids is dedicated to using highly trained dogs to help teach children non-violence, empathy, respect, kindness, love, responsibility, friendship and trust.

ICAN was also added to the list of approved behavioural organisations with LV, John Lewis, M&S, Argos and More Than insurance companies. This will mean members with CAB will be able to work with these clients insurance companies should they need to. A big thank you to Andy Hale and Freya Locke for all their hard work on this.

Our Facebook page has over 5800 likes which is down to the amazing hard work of the ICAN Social Media team, Denise O Moore, Rosee Riggs, Jean Gough, Jane Goss, Anna Patfield and Taryn Blyth who work so hard finding articles for the page. A special thanks goes to Denise and Rosee, without them the page wouldn’t be as successful as it is.

Our webinar team Mair Franklin, Colin Spence and Debby Lucken are also working away furiously and will be bringing free webinars to ICAN members from some great presenters, so keep a look out for our webinars next year.


Last but by no means least ICAN Members have a monthly article in Edition Dog magazine.


To say I am incredibly proud of what has been achieved in the first year is an understatement, and I cant wait to see what next year brings.

I would like to say thank you to all ICAN members and I wish all of you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year

Sue Lefevre

Chair of ICAN