“This is a hands-on course with heart and muscle. And breath. Dr. Mark Johnson delivers everything he promises and even more in the way of inspiration. I attended as a non-professional with a biology background and appreciated every lecture/discussion and lab. Mark leads with creativity and enthusiasm but also knows when to let attendees experience the uncertainties inherent in learning curves. He’s great with all animals, four-legged and two.” - Kris Ellingsen, January 2012.See more testimonials from GWR students »
Resources For The Professional
Benefits For Every Animal
GWR is a progressive company founded by Dr. Mark Johnson and specializes in humane and respectful capture and handling of wild and feral animals. Dr. Johnson is dedicated to teaching and advising wildlife and animal welfare professionals of all kinds and to bringing care, honor, and respect to animals whether they are free-ranging, captive, or feral animals.
GWR’s work and instruction is based on the most practical and effective field-oriented methods and equipment and explores conscious ways of working with the animals. In effect, we study not only ways of doing but also ways of being as we handle animals. With this conscious approach we observe our selves, choose how we respond to the excitement of capture and handling, and strive to learn from each animal so we can become a better person with each experience.
Each course has hands-on labs with animals and teaches practical and effective field-based tools and techniques while promoting the highest professionalism and care, honor, and respect for each animal.
Assisting programs with logistics and operations for successful, humane, and professional wildlife capture and handling.
King 5 News
GWR Current Goals and Projects
Training in Humane Dog Capture and Handling
There is a great need for training in catching and handling street dogs in a humane and compassionate way throughout the world. In places like India and Asia, and Africa feral dog populations are out of control and rabies is a common risk to children and adults. It is estimated that there are over 55,000 human deaths due to dog rabies and children are most susceptible. Trap/Neuter/Release with rabies vaccination is an essential tool. But because animal handlers in these regions often lack critical skills and tools, feral dog captures are frequently unsuccessful and unsafe. Harsh dog handling leads to animal suffering, injuries and death, and handlers themselves are physically and emotionally stressed and often bitten. Even in the U.S., training in humane, compassionate, calm and effective dog capture and handling is limited.
Dr. Mark Johnson has developed conscientious and caring tools and techniques for humane dog handling and is teaching courses around the world. But there are only so many programs and students he can reach by traveling. He wishes to share these tools, skills, and caring attitudes with spay-neuter programs across the globe and so has
created the Feral Dog Blog, YouTube Channel GWRFeralDogs, the free Training Library, and this website.
Dr. Mark’s goal with GWR is to reduce human and animal suffering around the world.
We will do this by
2) Producing training videos for animal shelters, captive wolf facilities, and spay/neuter/programs around the world.
3) Collaborating with rabies eradication programs around the world to provide translated training materials for vaccination and spay/neuter programs that is practical and effective to specific regions and cultures.
4) Training animal shelters throughout North American about the Y pole to see the benefits in reducing the use of snare poles in animal shelters and using the Y pole more compassionate and safer handling of fearful dogs.
5) Bringing pride and purpose to animal handlers in spay/neuter programs around the world to empower these often unappreciated workers by creating a safer environment for both animals and people, and teaching handlers how to develop a respectful and caring relationship and connection with the animals they handle.
Y Pole Project
Dr. Mark is introducing the Y pole, a humane tool for safely handling fearful dogs to the animal welfare community and GWR is dedicated to see that every shelter in North America is aware of this essential tool. It is a safe, effective, and caring tool when used with compassionate attitudes. When used as taught by Dr. Mark Johnson, the humane Y pole has the potential to change the dog handling culture within shelters. We hope all shelters will work with Y poles and learns it’s strengths and weaknesses. GWR predicts that the Y pole will replace most uses of the less humane snare pole in animal shelters. To accomplish our goal we are providing training materials with our blog, Training Library, and Y Pole Page and YouTube Channel: GWRFeralDogs.
The Most Complete Information Source On Y Poles