Expert Advisor - Shaun Hesmondhalgh

Expert Advisor Specialising in Dangerous Dog Legislation
The Way of the Dog - Legal Services

Shaun Hesmondhalgh, owner and director at The Way of The Dog Ltd is an expert advisor specialising in Dangerous Dog Legislation. 

Shaun is a former Service Police Dog Handler, Police Dog Kennel Manager, and a former Crime Manager from the RAF Police Special Investigations Branch.  He possesses a first-class BSc (Hons) in Canine Clinical Behaviour and a Professional Diploma in Education (Distinction). Additionally, Shaun is a Full Member of the Expert Witness Institute and is recognised by the Canine & Feline Behaviour Association as an expert witness. He is listed in the UK Register of Expert Witnesses and the National Expert Witness Agency directories.

By choosing The Way of the Dog Ltd, you are not only accessing an accredited and exceptionally qualified dog behaviour professional but also a close team of time served accomplished former criminal investigators who are highly qualified in the gathering and presentation of evidence.

Shaun Hesmondhalgh

Shaun Hesmondhalgh

What is an Expert Advisor?

An Expert Advisor provides expert support on a specialist or technical matter within their field of expertise; however, they do not provide expert evidence to the courts.

The role of an Expert Advisor is different to that of an Expert Witness in that it is an advisory role focused on supporting the development of a robust defence or claim for the instructing party.  Once a biased or partisan role has been adopted the advisor can no longer properly serve the court as their overriding duty to the court has been nullified.  In the case of a dangerous dog incident an expert may provide investigative support by acting as an Expert Advisor to the team investigating the circumstances surrounding alleged breaches of Dangerous Dog Legislation.

Expert Advisors can be instructed by any individual or agency seeking specific expertise and the input of an Expert Witness outside of the court.  For instance, an instructing solicitor may request an Expert Advisor to investigate the details of a case and provide an interim report on specific matters.

Why Choose The Way of the Dog?

By choosing The Way of the Dog Ltd you are accessing the knowledge and experience of an accredited and exceptionally qualified dog behaviour professional. Additionally, Shaun is an accomplished former criminal investigator who is highly qualified to provide specialist support to a team investigating  alleged breaches of Dangerous Dog Legislation. 

As an Expert Advisor, Shaun’s methods ensure that every case and dog is assessed thoroughly and with impartiality.

For a full précis of Shaun’s experience and qualifications, MOD and related references please contact him directly using the details shown below.  A Fee Engagement Letter will be made available upon an initial formal request to provide support.


Expert Witness Dangerous Dog Legislation
Expert Witness Dangerous Dog Legislation
Expert Witness Dangerous Dog Legislation

Contact The Way of the Dog

For more information on our services please contact us using any of the following methods, or complete the form.


Telephone: 01204 450716

Mobile: 07917 203363

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Want to know more about TWOTD?

At The Way of the Dog, we believe that all members of the dog training and behaviour industry should be transparent about their qualifications, experience, and knowledge. Find out more about The Way of the Dog Ltd, Shaun and his approach to dog behaviour and training by visiting the pages below.

Our Philosophy

How does TWOTD differ to other trainers / behaviouralists?

About Shaun - In Brief

An introduction from TWOTD’s founder

About Shaun - In Depth

Shaun’s experience and qualifications

Dog History

Shaun’s personal dog owning history

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