Michael Burkey, Dog Behavior Expert

300_307_MichaelandDracoat_LibraryMichael 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 provide behavior solutions so your dog can become a well mannered family member and so you can do more fun activities with your dog. He is a Professional Dog Trainer, Dog Behaviorist, Expert Witness on Dog Behavior, Service Dog Trainer (Diabetic Alert, PTSD, Mobility), Certified Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluator for the American Kennel Club (AKC), and former Police K9 Handler, Search and Rescue (SAR) K9 Training Director and SAR K9 Handler, obedience and rally competitor and social worker. 

For many years, he volunteered as a Dog Behaviorist for the Humane Society of Huron Valley, in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  He was a founding member and Certified Dog Behavior Consultant (CDBC) of the International Association of Animal Behavior Consultants (IAABC) and served as their Ethics Committee Chairman for many years. Michael specializes in working with dogs who show fearful and/or aggressive tendencies or are of high energy in southeastern Michigan (metro Detroit area):  Oakland County, Washtenaw County and Wayne County.

He works with all breeds, large and small. He is highly regarded by veterinarians, rescue organizations, and clients.  Many dog trainers refer their aggression cases to Michael and veterinarians choose him to train their personal dogs. Michael Burkey is also a former social worker.  This unique experience of consulting and training (people and dogs), sets Michael apart as the one to rely on to help you solve your dog training problems.  He will teach you how to :

  • Modify your dog’s behavior or
  • Train your dog the right way, the first time and
  • Have more fun with your dog.

Dog training is a complex science and art requiring knowledge of behavioral science and learning. You can rely on Michael’s experience, teaching methods, and integrity.

Michael’s Personal Dogs

Michael trains and loves all breed of dogs, small and large. His personal dogs have included: 6 Belgian Malinois (plus two litters of puppies), 3 German Shepherds, 1 Dutch Shepherd, 2 Standard Poodles, 1 Labrador Retriever, 1 German Shorthair Pointer, 1 Miniature Schnauzer, and 1 Beagle/Rat Terrier mix.

Current Dogs

German Shepherd, Michigan Dog Training, Plymouth, Michael Burkey, Starbuck


Michigan Dog Training, Kaboom, Belgian Malinois, Plymouth, Michigan


Michigan Dog Training, Belgian Malinois, Michael Burkey, dog rescue, dog adoption, Lenawee County Animal Shelter, Plymouth, Michigan


Belgian Malinois, Michigan Dog Training, Michael Burkey, Plymouth, Michigan




Michigan Dog Training, Michael Burkey dog, Plymouth, Michigan, German Short Hair Retriever, Search and Rescue Dog, Bed Bug Detection Dog










Starbuck is a German Shepherd and is MDT’s temperament test dog. He is an elderly dog who acts like a puppy and matches play styles well with various dogs from hard playing active dogs to timid puppies. He has turned several aggressive dogs around that they now play off leash together with no problems.

Kaboom du Loups du Soleil is a Belgian Malinois bred by Michael Ellis. Kaboom is being trained in IPO (German protection sport formerly called Schutzhund) and narcotics detection.

Sonic is a Belgian Malinois that was adopted from the Lenawee Humane Society. He was a stray that no one came looking for and due to lacking impulse control, he could not be adopted out to a family.  Thus, Michael adopted him and he is being trained in Nosework.

Simba is a Belgian Malinois who is being trained in IPO.

Hunter is a German Shorthair Pointer that was given to Michael due to his high drive. He is being trained as a Search and Resuce Dog and a Bed Bug Detection dog.  Hunter also helps reactive dogs learn to play with other dogs.


Previous Dogs

Police K9 Simone, CD, R1, CGC, Belgian Malinois; Narcotic Detection, Tracking, Area Search, Building Search, Evidence Search, Search and Rescue Dog (Cadaver Detection), Therapy Dog, Obedience and Rally competitor and Canine Good Citizen. Rainbow bridge 2011 at 16 years of age.

Police K9 Draco, Belgian Malinois; Narcotic Detection. Rainbow bridge 2011 at 14 years of age.

Security K9 Hawkeye, German Shepherd; Explosive Detection Dog, Handler Protection and Obedience.

Willow CD, CGC Belgian Malinois; Therapy Dog, Obedience Competitor, Canine Good Citizen. Rainbow bridge 2011 at 16 years of age.

Nitro, Labrador Retriever; rescued from a shelter, trained and adopted out to a forever home.

Zena, German Shepherd. Rainbow bridge 2011 at 10 years of age.

Princess, Beagle/Rat Terrier; first family dog who taught Michael how to talk. Rainbow bridge at an old age.


Police K9 Simone


Police K9 Draco


Security K9 Hawkeye