Rainbow Dogs... where every dog is an individual
Mike Garner Rainbow Dogs Professional Dog Trainer Brighton Sussex

About Rainbow Dogs

Rainbow Dogs was founded by Mike Garner in London in 2003. I moved to Brighton & Hove, Sussex in 2013. I now have over 20 years experience of working professionally with dogs.


I have two passions in dog training: Rescue dogs and assistance dogs.

I gained extensive experience with rescue dogs working as a behaviourist, rehomer, assessor, and staff trainer at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.

I worked as a qualified trainer of assistance dogs at Canine Partners. I'm currently a qualified trainer and assessor of assistance dogs for Dog A.I.D.

I work in partnership with Brighton Dog Watch and The RSPCA to provide training and behavioural services for rehomed rescue dogs in Brighton & Hove.

I provide training and behavioural services to The Cinnamon Trust in Sussex.

I assessed the dogs of potential foster carers for Brighton & Hove City Council Fostering Service.

I instructed classes at Hammersmith Dog Training Club in London where I also successfully trained my own dogs from Bronze through to Gold standard of the Kennel Club Good Citizen Dog Scheme.


I have recognised qualifications in human and animal behaviour and use science-based training methods.

Having a behavioural science degree, BSc (Hons) in Psychology from Birkbeck, University of London helps me understand what is going on at both ends of the lead.

I achieved an NVQ Level 3 in Animal Care whilst working at Battersea Dogs and Cats Home.


I am committed to CPD (continuing profession development) and have completed many training courses, workshops, and seminars by leading behaviourists and academics.

I have completed courses in Dog Law and Dog First Aid.

I strongly believe that reward based training is the most effective and ethical training method available and am therefore a proud member of The Pet Professional Guild.

All the services I offer relate to work I have successfully undertaken in the past.

I am Enhanced DBS/CRB checked.


Rainbow Dogs is all about treating every dog and every owner as an individual.

There is no set structure or 'one size fits all'; every session is taylored to you and your dog's specific needs.

I will listen carefully to your needs in order to work out achievable solutions with you.

The feedback that regularly comes up in my testimonials is 'calm and patient'.

I want you and your dog to enjoy training and to be set up for success.

I welcome every dog and owner under the rainbow!