Maureen Backman, the founder of The Muzzle Up! Project is officially “retiring” from this wonderful initiative to pursue other endeavors. She has graciously handed off The Muzzle Up! Project and all of its social media accounts to Michael Shikashio CDBC.

We wish Maureen all the best as she continues to pursue her dreams! Her efforts have impacted the lives of countless dogs and their guardians in such positive and life changing ways. We can’t thank her enough for all of the time and resources she has selflessly dedicated to The Muzzle Up! Project over the years! Thank you Maureen!

Michael and a team of dedicated volunteers will be updating the website, Facebook, and Instagram accounts over the coming weeks to continue to spread the message about the benefits of Muzzling Up!

A bit more about Mike:

Michael Shikashio, CDBC, is the past president of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC), and provides private consultations working exclusively with dog aggression cases through his business Complete Canines LLC. Michael is fully certified through the IAABC and is a full member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT).

He is sought after for his expert opinion by numerous media outlets, including the New York Times, New York Post, Baltimore Sun, WebMD, Women’s Health Magazine, Real Simple Magazine, SiriusXM Radio, The Chronicle of the Dog, and Steve Dale’s Pet World.

Michael is a featured speaker at conferences, universities, and seminars around the world, and offers a variety of workshops, webinars, and online courses on the topic of canine aggression.


Join the conversation! 5 Comments

  1. Maureen Backman, thank you for starting and building the Muzzle Up project. You picked the best possible person to carry on this important work. Thank you Michael and crew for taking this on.

  2. A very worthwhile endeavour. All very best wishes for the future.

  3. This is a brilliant website and I have shared it many times – thank you Maureen, many, many dogs and handlers must have benefited

    Thank you too Michael and your volunteers for maintaining it and not letting such a valuable project disappearing

  4. So glad you’re back up and running!


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