Marcel Nijland is a professional animal physiotherapist and dog behavioural consultant. Since my childhood I am training dogs for obedience, agility, police dogs, and tracking and rescue dogs.

I have written several books and about 150 articles for dog fancy magazines and veterinary magazines. 

In Holland I am frequently invited to speak on symposia and congresses. The topics of my lectures concern dog training, 'positive  policedog training', physiotherpay in dogs,  gait analysis and physical training, and also behavioural topics, like stress reduction by positive reinforcement in police dogs. Beside these activities I am a tutor at the Martin Gaus Academy for Behavioural Therapists.

My major focus in the last years is on training working dogs. By intelligent training programmes we try to train the dogs as reliable as possible. Top working dogs must perform on a physical and mental top level. Details can make the difference.

In 2014 Steven Schukking, Luc Jansen and I published the 'Guidelines for movement and exercise in puppies'. We tried to give a safe and realistic advise for puppy owners to give their pups proper exercise.


In Holland several professional organisations developed their knowledge during the lectures and workshops about locomotion and gait analysis, working physiology and positive reinforcement in dogs. Among these orgnisations are the Dutch police, the Dutch Army, the Dutch Assistance Dog Association and the Royal Dutch Guide Dog Foundation.

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The workshop at the Martin Gaus Academy

Are you interested in a workshop or lecture for your organisation? Don't mis the chance to increase the performance of your dogs. You can contact me by email: or look at the other pages on this website.