He was always surrounded by animals and the Lorraine family had a strong affinity for the German Shepherd Dog, so his interest in animal behavior was sparked at a very young age. When he was 19 years old, Michael attended the National K-9 school for dog trainers, where in order to graduate he was required successfully to train and certify his personal dog ‘Blondi’ as a fully functional service dog.
After graduating Michael worked as a dog trainer in upstate NY for a few years. He then moved to FL in 2001 where he bought his first working dog, a Belgian Malinois named Sepp. He was immediately propelled into the competitive dog sport of IPO where he titled his first dog to IPO3 with an FH title. Together, Michael and Sepp earned five top 10 finishes, and four top 5’s at national events. They were also Regional Champions and Vice Regional Champions. It was this journey with his first working dog that Michael says got him interested in real dog training.
With his second working dog Bomber, their first attempt at earning an IPO 3 title won them a Regional Championship. They then went on to win back to back DVG National Championships in 2014 & 2015, which earned them the privilege to compete in against the top German teams in the prestigious DVG BSP, earning him and Bomber a spot on the U.S. FMBB World Team.
Michael has been sought after by many law enforcement agencies for his unique skill set. After 9/11 when there was a dramatic increase in the need for highly trained service dogs, Michael made it his personal mission to build the most comprehensive service dog program ever created. He has successfully combined the specialized training techniques he has acquired throughout the years in order to create maximum functionality and versatility in all of the dogs he trains.