Our Management Team
John Greyvenstein’s love for and interest in animals were the main reasons for his research into working dogs while in the process of obtaining his BSc (Zoology) (Hons) and MSc degrees in Genetics.
The subject of his thesis, “The heritability of practical important characteristics in working dogs” is an indication as to why he is regarded as a world authority in this field. Articles and papers by John are deemed brilliant by international authorities on the subject.
He is also a sought after speaker at relevant congresses and seminars. John completed several managerial and marketing courses at the University of South Africa (UNISA) and the University of Pretoria, and was a founder member of the Animal Control Research Committee of the South African Medical Services.
He was head of the dog centre of ESKOM (the South African Electricity Supply Commission), which under his leadership developed into the largest breeding and training centre for working dogs in the Southern Hemisphere at the time. John also served on the committee examining and making recommendations on the privatization of dog centres in South Africa.
He founded Bio Dog Services (now Braveheart Bio-Dog Academy) in 1987, and developed it into one of the largest private training centres for working dogs in Southern Africa, also rendering highly specialized services to international clients.
At dog training level, John is one of only a handful of A-level DH5 accredited instructors in South Africa, and is also a qualified Assessor and Moderator.
John is a past chairman of SASDA (South African Security Dogs Association), as well as past chairman of the National Dog Committee of SANSEA (South African National Security Employers Association). He is also PSIRA (Private Security Industry Regulatory Authority) representative on the SGB (Standards Generating Body) sub-committee for the generation of Unit Standards for the training of dogs and handlers in South Africa, and past Chairman of the PSIRA Dog Committee.
More achievements of John include :
The development and commercializing of the Bio-Hut and Bio Bin – a unique, patented kennel system for dogs.
John is in constant demand by governments internationally to act as Project Manager for the establishing of specialized dog training and operational centres for a variety of applications.
Since 2005, Braveheart Bio-Dog Academy has also emerged as the world leader in developing advanced training methods and aids for the detection of Narcotics and Explosives.
The highly professional management team of Braveheart Bio-Dog Academy is completed by John’s wife, Marina.
Marina holds a BA degree in Social Work, and a post-graduate Diploma in Family Therapy as well as a Certificate in training method and a Diploma in Marriage Counselling.
Marina is also a qualified Assessor and Moderator.
These qualifications, coupled with a natural flair for working with dogs, make her services invaluable in integrating a private protection cum companion dog into a family unit.