Michael began his canine career in 1982 when as a New York City Police Officer, he was selected from hundreds of candidates to become one of the first members of the Department’s elite Canine Unit. In 1984, he became the Department’s Canine Training Officer.
In 1986, Michael joined the Nassau County Police Department. In 1992, he was promoted to Police Sergeant and appointed to the position of Commanding Officer of the Department’s Canine Unit. He was directly responsible for the training, selection and deployment of the unit’s K-9 teams. In that capacity, he planned and supervised security details for foreign dignitaries, high-ranking political figures including, but not limited to, the President of the United States.
As a state certified trainer and examiner of police canines, he evaluated numerous canine teams for law enforcement agencies throughout New York State.
Michael's company was dedicated to providing high-quality bomb and other scent detection dogs to private industry. Their services were utilized at “Ground Zero,” the site of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks. CCI provided its services to financial institutions, schools, cruise ship companies and foreign governments.
Post “911,” in October 2001, as a member of the U.S. Naval Reserves, Michael was deployed to Naples, Italy, where he spent 9 months training and supervising the military working dog (MWD) program.
He owns and operates “Hounds Town USA,” a dog daycare and training facility which caters to private pet owners. At the K-9 camps, he assesses and evaluates the temperaments of dogs of all ages, size and breeds for their suitability and sociability as pets and their ability to interact non-aggressively in pack environments. Michael supervises and studies canine pack behaviors on a regular basis. Michael is currently court qualified in police canine tactics, deployment, and scent recognition.