Rainbow Dogs was founded by Mike Garner in London in 2004. Having left behind the urban life Rainbow Dogs now operates in Brighton & Hove, Sussex.
Mike has extensive experience with dogs having worked as a behaviourist and rehomer at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home and as a trainer of assistance dogs at Canine Partners and Dog A. I.D.
Mike instructed classes at Hammersmith Dog Training Club for eight years. He has successfully trained his own dogs and client's dogs from Bronze through to Gold standard of the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme.
Mike assessed the dogs of potential foster carers for Brighton & Hove City Council Fostering Service.
Mike has recognised qualifications in human and animal behaviour having gained a BSc (Hons) in Psychology at Birkbeck, University of London as well as an NVQ Level 3 in Animal Care whilst working at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.
Mike is committed to CPD (continuing profession development) and has completed various training courses and seminars offered by leading behaviourists and academics.
Mike strongly believes that reward based training is the most effective and ethical training method available.
All the services offered relate to work successfully undertaken in the past.
Mike Garner is Enhanced DBS/CRB checked.
I really recommend Mike! We have had three sessions and they've been incredibly useful. In just a few weeks, my scared rescue dog has made wonderful progress. I can tell he is happier now too! The advice Mike gives is easy to follow and really makes you think about things from the dog's point of view. We've seen real results quickly because it's all force free, at the dog's pace, with tips that actually work. Even though we'd read lots of books and had support from the rescue charity, nothing beats having an experienced professional walking through situations with you and assessing your pet in real life. Having Mike on board really guided us through those tricky early weeks.I can't thank Mike enough and will definitely book his services again. More...
Kerry Jean Lister
We went to Mike because our 1yr old lab cross Marvin was pulling like a train on walks and it was starting to give us bad backs! Mike was fantastic and showed us the best way to train Marvin without having to resort to snacks. Marv took to the training really well and that combined with the great harness that Mike recommended made a real difference. Can’t recommend Mike and Rainbow Dogs enough! More...
I went in yesterday with my new rescue dog - the lovely woman that served and helped me with harness advice was so so kind and supportive. I don't normally like to shop in big chain stores but she has changed my mind. Thank you! More...
Rainbow dogs are very efficient. I’ve ordered harnesses for Toby twice from rainbow dogs and have been impressed with their swift delivery and excellent customer care. Brilliant service!
Mike was very helpful and kept me updated during my recent purchase of a perfect fit harness. i really appreciate it. Thank you.
Grace Nicole Clements
Mike was thorough, patient and knowledgeable, helping me to transform the way I walk my high energy Saluki Lurcher. Using a perfect fit harness I now have so much more confidence walking him, and I would highly recommend Mike to anyone. Buck is now calmer on the lead and now he has properly learnt how to interact with other dogs his manners are improving every day. Thank you Mike! :) More...
Mike from Rainbow dogs came to visit me with my Mum and Dad. He showed them how to walk me on a long lead which would give me the freedom of being off the lead but it still gave them some control over me. He also fitted me with a really nice harness which had to be blue, to suit my Dads favourite football team. I have to say I do look quite fetching in it. Since Mike has seen me and gave my hoomans some tips, I can feel they are more confident when walking me, which in turn makes me more confident. However I still don’t like walking on the pavement alongside a busy road. Those pesky cars and busses make such a rumble. I am such a happy little Duncan and a lot happier since we met Mike. Thank you so much Duncan Disorderly More...
Great service and the harness worked beautifully.
Excellent shop and service.
Very helpful staff.. I always use perfect fit they are great for not slipping when your walking so no rubbing on the skin. Also looks good on the dog. Thank you More...
Excellent service, highly recommended
Nicola Jane Wilson
I ordered Perfect Fit Harnesses for my two 4 month old Cocker Spaniel puppies and they are fabulous. They are easy to put on and look very comfortable. The rings at the front and back make walking two boisterous pups much easier. I would definitely recommend. More...
Excellent dog trainer. Brilliant and easy to follow advice!
Mike has fantastic knowledge which he evidently shows within his dog training. He has brilliant people skills and fantastic dog training techniques. You can't not warm to mike and he will make a real difference to yours and your dogs life! More...
Superb customer care from Rainbow Dogs. I brought a Perfect fit harness for my Yorkipoo. After establishing the correct size wth the help from Mike, I now have a harness that really does what it says...It fits perfectly!!
Mike has been brilliant with helping our dog Murray with a few areas (separation anxiety, children and walking nicely on the lead). Murray has come on leaps and bounds since the training sessions and is much more confident now. Will definitely be booking some more sessions when we move flat! Thank you! David, Bex & Murray More...
Absolutely fantastic service, the harness for my dog was brilliant, and the great thin is parts can be replaced as my dog is small normal shop harnesses do not fit. Excellent advise have recommended to others. Thank you More...
Such a great service from Rainbow Dogs. Mike answered my many questions very promptly when I was buying a perfect fit harness and I was amazed when it arrived the next day.
He then helped with explaining how to adjust it to get the best fit. Thank you - will be using this website again
The rainbow man rocks! He is so patient, kind, and full of empathy - he really helps you to see life through the dogs perspective.
We have been lucky enough to have Mike with us for both our dogs ; firstly my beautiful billy, who he helped train from a crackers, irrational puppy, who lept from sofa to sideboard, into a well behaved mummy's special soldier who held up his paw, sat, waited for treats and was a delight to us all. R.IP. Billy x
Now we have the gorgeous cookie who is teeny and sweet, curious yet cautious, so thanks to the rainbow man, we are learning how to look after her and get to know her. Like I said, he rocks... More...
I have 2 dogs,brothers 19 months old called Cooper and Bertie.I found Mike on the internet because I needed help with Cooper whilst out on our walks. From being such a cuddly,loving dog indoors he became the devil incarnate once his lead was put on-people,bikes and especially other dogs,no-one was spared from his barking and growling. With Mikes patience and training walks are now much more pleasurable as I am following the tips and advice that Mike taught me.So thankyou Mike and it's good to know that you're on the end of the phone if I encounter any more problems. More...
excellent service , would highly recommend
Mike made it easy to find the right size harness for my poodle. I needed one for other people to use when walking him, and it's spot on. Thanks x
I contacted Mike for help with Tia shortly after i rehomed her as she was showing aggression towards men, trying to herd the traffic, ripping up the house when i went out and various other things which were making it hard to manage with her. Mike has been really great in our six sessions together and really helped to understand her behaviour, particularly the aggression which was my biggest worry. Like anyone struggling with their dog i trawled the internet for ideas and help and spoke to quite a few different people, driving myself a bit mad with all the conflicting ideas, but Mike was the most convincing and packed a lot of helpful information into our sessions, he was really able to fully explain his methods and the logic behind them. I have been using Mike's methods for a while now and there have been no miracles, this stuff takes time but we are definately making progress and it is easier to be consistent when you feel you are on the right track. Mike is a true dog lover and was kind to Tia and kind to me! I am really glad i consulted him and will continue to use all his advice as me and T move forward. More...
When we were recommended Rainbow Dogs we were really struggling. We wanted to be able to leave our 7 year old german shepherd with a dog walker for a day or two so we could enjoy time away, but we'd never been able to do so. Mike brought some amazing but simple ideas to us and now we, the dog walker and the dog are all so much more confident together! More...
I have been put off harnesses for my Malamute Nuka as they tend to encourage pulling with her breed rather than discourage it, and I just stuck with her head collar but I knew she wasn't happy with it even though most of the time she was good as gold on it.
So after finding out about the Perfect Fit Harness I got talking to Mike about them, I decided to try it out, she is now wearing it on her trips around the shops and is already walking much nicer than I could have asked for.
Thankyou Mike More...
Mike is a fantastic trainer, he worked with myself and Jake my German Shepherd to achieve full assistance dog status with the charity DogAID - this involved everything from high levels of obedience on and off lead to teaching Jake the many and varied tasks he needed to support me in the home and in public, Mike can turn his hand to anything and Jake loved it all :) His training is by positive methods only, he's very patient and his results are absolutely fantastic - Jake and I qualified in October and I still can't believe how far we have come since we started training with him. He's also a genuinely lovely person that you feel relaxed and comfortable with from day 1, very very highly reccommended - wish I could give more than 5 stars! :) More...
Mike is the bestest! Without him Mr Darcy and Lord Nelson our two rescue springer spaniels would not be able to lead the lives they do now - lounging in the local cafes and enjoying pub visits, chasing their doggy friends in the local parks, but also roaming the Downs like a proper gun dog and splashing on the beache when the weather permits. Amazing how far they’ve come with Mike’s help from totally shut down and not able to cope with other dogs or human beings to being these cheeky spanners with their own character. Most important of all Mike’s lessons are great fun. Highly recommended. More...
Mike was brilliant! I can't recommend him enough. He trained my whippet puppy in just three sessions. Two years later, people often comment on how well behaved my dog is. His techniques are subtle and calm which is always good for the dog. I now have a lurcher too and I use the same techniques with her. More...
I recently bought my puppy a Perfect Fir harness: it arrived very promptly and is an excellent product. I would recommend Rainbow Dogs and will certainly use them again as the service I received was superb.
Excellent service. I purchased a Perfect Fit dog harness. Very good product. Item arrived next day. Very happy and would certainly use Rainbow Dogs again and recommend them.
Mike came to our house when we had behaviour problems with our dog Paddy. He gave us some sound advice which helped us understand Paddy and Paddy understand what we wanted too.
Mike is very patient and teaches you how to overcome problems at home and when out. Highly recommended
Mike's knowledge of all things canine is truly amazing. He has helped me with information from afar as sadly I don't live near him to benefit from his one to one hands on work. Wish I did, because my Beagle pup could do with his "Midas touch". I highly recommend Rainbow Dogs. More...
Mike is amazing!
We had the 3 beginner lesson package with Mike with our new addition, a beagle pup. For the first lesson Mike came to our house to see how we were with the pup and how we acted. He picked up straight away on what was needed to be changed. We learnt a lot within the first lesson alone. 2nd and 3rd lessons were outside learning with the short lead as well as a training lead. You could try and learn over YouTube vids and books but Mike is great with the dogs individuality and we have carried on with everything that he has taught us. We will be re-visiting Mike soon for taking our dog skills further and make sure that we haven't fallen into any dodgy habits! :) A pleasure to learn from and Reggie loves him! More...