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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.
Dr. Mark teaches one of the most extensive courses in wildlife chemical immobilization for wildlife professionals and university students, animal control officers and captive animal programs.
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.
Our website provides a growing collection of resources on equipment and techniques for humane capture and hanldling of wildlife and feral animals.
Feral Dog Blog
Instruction, photos, videos, and stories on humane and ethical dog capture, handling, and transport methods
from Dr. Mark Johnson DVM and guest authors.
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.
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