MDT Staff

 

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

 

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

Brittany joined the MDT team in April 2017 as an Assistant Dog Trainer. 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.  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. Brittany was selected as MDT’s Employee of the Month for June 2017.  In July 2017, she was promoted to the position of Supervisor.

 

Michelle Cogle, Michigan Dog Training, Plymouth, Michigan, dog trainerMICHELLE Cogle, Training Instructor/Team Leader

Michelle joined the MDT team in April 2017 as an Assistant Dog Trainer.   She relocated from West Virginia to Michigan to join the MDT Team.  She previously trained Mobility Service Dogs at West Virginia University. 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. On September 19, 2017 she was promoted to the position of Training Instructor/Team Leader.

 

Michigan Dog Training, Plymouth, Michigan, Judy WernetteJUDY Wernette, Executive Assistant

Judy joined the MDT team in July, 2016 as an Administrative Assistant. 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), is a former Executive Director of the Lenawee Humane Society and has a Bachelor of Science Degree in Business Administration.  She was selected as MDT’s Employee of the Month for February 2017 and was promoted to Executive Assistant in April 2017.

 

Michigan Dog Training, Dog Trainer, Plymouth, MichiganEMILY 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 and is being mentored by Michael Burkey for her practical portion of her studies.  Emily was selected as MDT’s Employee of the Month for April 2017.

 

April Russell, Michigan Dog Training, Dog Trainer, Plymouth, MichiganAPRIL Russell, 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.  In addition to her love for dogs, she has also been a horseback riding instructor. On January 1, 2018 she passed a comprehensive written test with a very high score and on January 2, 2018 she passed the practical exam earning a promotion to the position of Dog Trainer with a specialization in E-Collar training.

 

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

FERN Smith, Assistant Dog Trainer

Fern joined the MDT team in September 2016. She had three years prior dog handling experience at another company. She was also a Freelance Photographer and a School Teacher for six years. Her Bachelors of Art degree is in English.

 

 

Michigan Dog Training, Jessica Bawol, Dog Trainer, 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 and she has two personal pets.

 

 

 

Michigan Dog Training, Julie Pearson, dog trainerJULIE Pearson, Assistant Dog Trainer/Assistant Kennel Technician

Julie joined the MDT team in November 2017 splitting her duties between being an Assistant Dog Trainer and an Assistant Kennel Technician. She has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Zoology with a concentration in neuroscience and behavior from Michigan State University. As an Intern, she gained valuable experience working at a Wildlife Refuge learning behavior training utilizing a clicker, working with Hoof Stock, primates and carnivores, nursing injured/sick animals, documentation management, deep cleaning enclosures, enrichment projects and more.

 

Robert Ankiel, Michigan Dog TrainingROBERT Ankiel, Kennel Technician

Robert joined the MDT team in March 2017 as an Assistant Kennel Technician. He previously volunteered at various veterinary hospitals, loves dogs and is a student at Oakland Schools Technical Campus studying Biotechnology and Environmental Science.  Robert has two dogs of his own. He was selected as MDT’s May 2017 Employee of the Month. On June 29, 2017, he was promoted to the position of Kennel Technician.

 

Michigan Dog Training

HEATHER,  Kennel Technician

Heather joined the MDT team in November 2017 as an Assistant Kennel Technician.  She was a former animal caretaker for an aquarium retail store and she earned a Bachelors of Science degree in Biology at Oakland University. Her future goal is to become a veterinarian. Heather was selected as MDT’s Employee of the Month for December 2017.

 

 

Michigan Dog Training, Dog Kennel TechnicianALEX Schulz, Assistant Kennel Technician

Alex joined the MDT team in November 2017 as an Assistant Kennel Technician.  She was a former Kennel Attendant at a dog kennel on the west side of Michigan.  Her future goal is to become a dog trainer.

 

 

Christie Ward, Michigan Dog Training, Kennel Technician, Plymouth, MichiganCHRISTIE Ward, Assistant Kennel Technician

Christie joined the MDT team in December 2017 as an Assistant Kennel Technician. She has prior work experience as a Stablehand working with horses (feeding, cleaning, medicating and handling).

 

 

 

Michigan Dog TrainingMARQUITA Meers, Assistant Kennel Technician

Marquita joined the MDT team in January 2018.  She has a Bachelor’s of Science Degree in Zoology/Animal Behavior from Michigan State University. Her prior work experience includes: Education Coordinator for a Wildlife Rehab. organization, Zookeeper and Kennel Technician for two Dog Day Cares.

 

 

Michigan Dog Training, Plymouth, MichiganANNIE Zhao Yang, Assistant Kennel Technician

Annie joined the MDT team in September 2012. She is originally from China and therefore, speaks Mandarin and English.