About Us

 

Michael Burkey, Dog Behaviorist, Michigan Dog Training, Plymouth, Michigan, German Short Hair PointerMichael Burkey’s CV (Resume) Michael is the CEO and Dog Behaviorist at Michigan Dog Training, a highly successful dog training corporation whose aim is to promote peaceful relationships between pets and their families. MDT specializes in helping high energy dogs become ideal companions.

Michael is a professional dog trainer and dog behaviorist who has been highlighted reguarely on Channel 4 and Channel 7 News in Metro Detroit.  He is an expert trial witness on dog behavior, Diabetic Alert Dog Trainer, Certified E-Collar Specialist, Certified Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator for the American Kennel Club (AKC), former Police K9 Handler, Search and Rescue (SAR) K9 Training Director and SAR K9 Handler, obedience and rally competitor and social worker.  Read more info here

 

Judy Wernette, Michigan Dog Training

JUDY Wernette, Executive Assistant

Judy joined our team in July, 2016. She is highly experienced in customer service, organizational management and data processing to name just a few of her skills. You will enjoy her friendly and professional spirit when scheduling your appointments at MDT. She is a partner at Strategic Partners, Inc. (a consulting firm specializing in not-for-profit organizations), former Executive Director of the Lenawee Humane Society and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration. Judy was selected as MDT’s February 2017 Employee of the Month.

 

Brittany Walter, Michigan Dog Training, Plymouth, MichiganBRITTANY Walter, Supervisor

Brittany joined the MDT team in April 2017 as an Assistant Dog Trainer.  On June 7, 2017 after passing comprehensive written (with a 100% score) and practical exams, Brittany was promoted to the position of Dog Trainer with a specialization in E-Collar training. On July 11, 2017, she was promoted to the position of Supervisor as she had demonstrated the ability to prioritize and plan work activities, identify and resolve problems by gathering and analyzing information to develop eloquent solutions, and exhibit sound and accurate judgment with a results driven team orientation perspective. She previously worked as a multi-species Animal Trainer and Performer at Sea World and as an Elephant Caretaker for another organization. She has two dogs of her own and relocated to the Plymouth area in order to work at MDT.  Brittany was selected as MDT’s June 2017 Employee of the Month.

 

Michigan Dog Training, Plymouth, Michigan, dog trainer

ANNIE Zhao Yang, Kennel Technician

Annie joined our team on September 3, 2012. She is originally from China and therefore, speaks Mandarin and English. She enjoys training dogs as well as providing dogs with much needed exercise and love.

 

 

Michele Bodoh, dog trainer, Michigan dog training

MICHELE Bodoh, Dog Trainer

In May 2016 Michele joined the MDT team as an Assistant Dog Trainer after having run her own business for thirty years in another field. Through which she learned the importance of excellent customer service and having a strong work ethic. On May 10, 2017 she was promoted from Assistant Dog Trainer to Dog Trainer after having completed MDT’s Trainer program and successfully passing comprehensive written and practical exams.In 2014, she completed the Karen Pryor Academy’s “Foundation Training for Instructors” course, has been actively involved in animal rescue as a foster mom to many dogs and cats through the years, volunteered at the Monroe County Humane Society and earned a Championship Trick dog title on her personal dog through the Kyra Sundance’s “Do More With Your Dog” program.

 

 

Fern Smith, Michigan Dog Training, Plymouth, Michigan, dog trainer

FERN Smith, Assistant Dog Trainer

Fern had three years dog handling experience at another company prior to joining MDT in September 2016. She was also a Freelance Photographer and a School Teacher for six years. Her Bachelors of Art degree is in English. Fern has the right combination of skills to teach you and your dog by breaking down learning exercises into easy to understand components and have fun while doing it .

 

 

Michigan Dog Training, Plymouth, Michigan, Dog Training Technician

EMILY Justusson, Dog Trainer

Emily joined the MDT team in October 2016 as an Assistant Dog Trainer. On April 20, 2017, she was promoted to Dog Trainer after having completed MDT’s Dog Trainer program and successfully completed comprehensive written and practical exams with a specialization in E-Collar training. She is enrolled as a student in the Animal Behavior College. She joined our team because she recognized MDT as having an excellent reputation in the field and her goal was to become a dog trainer. She enjoys the process of keeping dogs engaged in training and also learning what motivates them. She believes that dog training exercises should be enjoyable and a positive experience for both pets and their owners. And, we do too.  You and your dog will enjoy her upbeat attitude toward life and dog training. Emily was selected as MDT’s April 2017 Employee of the Month.

 

Robert Ankiel, Michigan Dog TrainingROBERT Ankiel, Kennel Technician

Robert joined the MDT team in March 2017. He previously volunteered at various veterinary hospitals, loves dogs and is a student at Oakland Schools Technical Campus studying Biotechnology and Environmental Science.  He is always glad to lend a hand and has two dogs of his own. Robert was selected as MDT’s May 2017 Employee of the Month.

 

Michelle Cogle, Michigan Dog Training, Plymouth, Michigan

MICHELLE Cogle, Dog Trainer

Michelle joined the MDT team in April 2017 as an Assistant Dog Trainer.   On June 11, 2017 after passing comprehensive written and practical exams, Michelle was promoted to the position of  Dog Trainer with a specialization in E-Collar training. She relocated from West Virginia to Michigan to join the MDT Team.  She previously trained Mobility Service Dogs at West Virginia University.

 

Morgan Vincent, Michigan Dog Training, Plymouth, MichiganMORGAN Vincent, Assistant Kennel Technician

Morgan joined the MDT team in May 2017 as an Assistant Kennel Technician.  She is a college student with a desire to become a Veterinarian. Morgan always has a smile on her face and happy to assist clients and her colleagues.

 

Sarah Lickfold, Michigan Dog Training, Plymouth, MichiganSARAH Lickfold, Assistant Kennel Technician

Sarah joined the MDT team in June 2017 as a Kennel Technician. She is a college student pursuing a Bachelor’s Degree in Business Administration. She has two personal dogs and loves playing softball.  She can be described as a self starter, hard worker, and team player.

 

Jessica Bawol, Michigan Dog Training, Michael Burkey, Kaboom, Plymouth, MichiganJESSICA Bawol, Assistant Dog Trainer

Jessica joined the MDT team in July 2017 as an Assistant Dog Trainer. She is a college student with a desire to become a Veterinarian.  She has two personal pets and can be described as a very upbeat, happy and well organized person. She says she enjoys making others happy and feel important.

 

April Russell, Michigan Dog Training, Plymouth, Michigan, Dog TrainerAPRIL Russell, Assistant Dog Trainer

April joined the MDT team in August 2017 as an Assistant Dog Trainer. Previously, she worked as a Kennel Technician at a dog boarding facility. She can be described as friendly, organized and a hard worker. In addition, to her love for dogs, she has also been a horseback riding instructor.

 

Alicia Beggs, Michigan Dog Training, Plymouth, MichiganALECIA Beggs, Assistant Kennel Technician

Alecia joined the MDT team in August 2017 as an Assistant Kennel Technician. Alecia is pursuing an Undergraduate College Degree in Animal Biology at Eastern Michigan University. Alecia said she looked at several places to work with dogs and choose Michigan Dog Training because MDT stood out as really caring about the dogs. Her prior experience in customer service and love for animals, makes her a great fit at MDT.

KRISTI Smiley, Assistant Kennel Technician

Kristi joined the MDT team in September 2017 as an Assistant Kennel Technician.  Her prior work experience includes being a Veterinary Assistant, volunteer dog walker at the Humane Society of Huron Valley, and an Intern at Potter Park Zoo. She is pursuing an Undergraduate Degree at Michigan State University in Zoology and plans to apply for it’s Veterinary Medical School in two years.

MICHAEL Belanger, Assistant Kennel Technician

Michael joined the MDT team in September 2017 as an Assistant Kennel Technician. He brings many years of experience in the health care field and cleaning. He’s adopted three dogs from a shelter and took care of his health care clients’ dogs. His prior experience in the care and cleaning fields and love for animals, makes him a great fit at MDT.

 

Michigan Dog Training (MDT) stands out as a recognized leader in dog training due to:

  • Michael Burkey’s real world experience (Police K9 Officer, Search and Rescue K9 Training Director, Dog Behaviorist, Social Worker, National Scenario Based Trainer and obedience competitor)
  • Our experience, professionally trained and certified staff
  • Being the preferred training place of many veterinarians for their own dogs
  • New agencies (Channel 4 and Channel 7 News, cable TV and newspapers) call MDT when needing to interview a dog behavior expert
  • Corporations call MDT when needing their employees trained in dog bite prevention
  • Attorneys call Michael Burkey when needing an expert witness regarding dog behavior
  • Experience in providing Aggression Rehabilitation, Service Dog training and Scent Detection training
  • Vast experience working with all breeds, large and small
  • Proven ability to successfully train and modify the behavior of the most challenging of dogs that other trainers and facilities can’t or won’t train
  • Use of cutting edge scientifically based behavioral training and experience in all methods of training
  • Varied programs that best suit you and your dog (board and train, day school, night school, in home lessons, private lessons at the facility and group classes)
  • Flexible hours to accommodate your personal and work schedule
  • Abundance of fun group classes
  • Posting clients’ dogs’ pictures on social media so owners can follow their dogs’ training
  • Our numerous five star reviews
  • Unlimited “Perfect Practice” group classes for certain noted programs
  • Free family hikes for all students
  • Our 7,000 square foot highly maintained, climate controlled facility conveniently located at 1031 Cherry Street, Plymouth, Michigan  48170
  • Our honesty, transparency and experience
  • We treat you like family

In summary, we provide the behavior solutions you seek with a five star client experience.