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  1. Tyler Vinton says:

    We just brought home a brand new baby and my two dogs Lola ( 1 yr) charlee (3 yr) charlee is a lab mix with sharpe and Lola is a lab mix we rescued no idea what with. They are suddenly fighting eachother viciously with only 2 isolated incidences of fighting before now and neither bad enough to create injury. In the past two days since I brought the baby home they have fought 4 times and created injury. I tested them last night and they were fine until one of them got on the couch with me and the other came near they then growled I tried to grab them and they just broke out in a huge fight right in my lap. After having the baby we can’t have that breaking out over him. We desperately do not want to get rid of either of them but we don’t know what to do. Please help.

    • Hi Tyler, please give us a call tomorrow morning at 734-634-4152 and we can schedule a free meet and greet. Until them I would keep them separate or muzzled while supervised.

  2. Christopher L. Hayes says:


    I want to keep her with my family if she can be trained to be the dog I know she is. I don’t know how much longer I will deployed but I want to see her when I come home. Please let me if my wife and son can bring her there for you to see if she can be boarded and trained so she know how to act and doesn’t bite anyone any more. Thank you

    Christopher L. Hayes

    • Hi Christopher,

      First off thank you for your service. Secondly, I’d be happy to meet with your wife and your dog for a free evaluation. She can call my Admin. Assistant Judy at 734-634-4152 to schedule the free up to 30 min appt at my facility, Michigan Dog Training, 1031 Cherry Street, Plymouth, MI 48170. Once I see your dog, I can make suggestions as to types of training and prices.


      Michael Burkey, Dog Behaviorist
      Michigan Dog Training

  3. I am having serious problem with my dog. His name is Nugget, he is a 2 year old Pitbull mix, that I rescued at a very young age (on a guess around 8-weeks). He has always been a lovable, if energetic and blockheaded dog, but he is starting to show serious aggression signs towards other dogs, and significant territorial/possessive behaviors. Listed below are the issues that are starting to concern me.

    He will nip, growl, and snap at my nephews if they get to close to my wife or to anything he considers “his.”
    He will destroy any stuffed toys that are left in his reach.
    He will pace and chase through the house whenever someone or something goes by.
    He loses his mind when another dog walks near the house, and just attacked another dog through our fence today.
    He will exhibit the same dog-aggressive behaviors if he is away from home as well.

    I need help. My wife and I live with my mother right now, and we don’t want to have to give up our dog (or worse).

  4. Hello Trainers
    I was so happy to see you on channel 4 news tonight. I have two Yorkies one (girl) was trained to use the wee wee pad, however the other one (boy) was learning they both is one year old. Their daddy, my fiance passed away November, 2016 and they no longer acknowledge the pad as a wee wee pad. When I return from work the pad is torn into shreds, they’ve also shredded two beds I purchased them. How can you assist me with training them to use the wee wee pads if possible. I love them and they do whatever they want and run over me because they know I’m a wuss.

    • Hi Waneta,

      Thanks for writing and glad you enjoyed the news segment. I’m so sorry to hear about your loss. I can’t even imagine what you went through.

      In answer to your question, if they’re chewing up the wee wee pads and not using them, there isn’t a way to get them to stop doing that and start using them again. They’ve evidently decided they are more fun to chew and play with than using it for potting. I would recommend placing them in a size appropriate crate (just big enough to stand up, turn around and lay down) individually when you are gone. You can get them use to the crate by tossing in a treat or toy and putting them in for short periods of time and gradually longer periods of time.

  5. Cynthia Ward says:

    I have a service mobility dog after bouts with leukemia, just recently having had a stem cell transplant. She is a mix of Australian Cattle dog and Australian Shepherd. She’s never been particularly fond of other dogs, but was attacked twice on our doorstep when she was on a lead and the other dog, a boxer, loose. There were no injuries to either dog, but she’s now fearful, which can reek of aggression. We just moved in to a mobile home park where everyone has a dog (or so it seems). The vet has her on Mother’s milk, and we’ve been working with her…but I’m terrified she’ll be impossible to control (she finally doesn’t respond to a bark if she can’t see the dog). This dog has truly saved me and I want to give her what she needs, but my medical expenses are crazy and I don’t have much in resources. She’s really a brilliant dog, knows all her commands (understands full sentences even). We’ll probably just walk her on iur lot until she adjusts, use positive reinforcement…but if you have any suggestions we certainly can use them. Thank you so much.

    • Try working with her at a good enough distance from the other dog that she is challenged but not overwhelmed. When she sees the other dog stuff her with a food treat. She can’t be barking if she’s eating. If she’s hungry but won’t take food treats then she’s too close to the other dog. Back up and retry. When she’s good with this, instead of stuffing her, reward her with a food treat for seeing the dog but being quiet. Later, she may even turn toward you upon seeing the other dog, if so reward her with a treat. You’re trying to change her perception of seeing another dog is a good thing instead of a scary thing. Take it slow at her speed and don’t decrease the distance too quickly.

      Good luck with it. You’re doing a wonderful thing to help her like she’s helped you. Michael

  6. Sarah Elliott says:


    We just adopted a rescue dog from the Oakland County Animal Shelter. He is estimated to be 18 months old, a retriever mix (possibly Lab and Golden), was picked up roaming in Milford, was neutered and vaccinated during his stay at the shelter. Casey is learning his name (they didn’t have a name for him at the shelter) and has tons of potential, but also has some habits that need correcting fast: a) pulls really hard when walking on leash — we did buy a harness, but the tugging is still constant; b) jumps up on us at times (when excited); c) mouths/nips a little bit. He does respond to Come, Sit, Down (for lying down on floor), Leave It, Off (when jumping, but not immediately), and isn’t trying to get on the furniture, so someone did a little training with him. He just came to our home today, so I understand a lot of training and loving will be needed, but I want him to be a pleasant pet soon. In 36 years of marriage we’ve had three previous dogs, two that we raised from 8 weeks old and one who was a 2 year old rescue when he came home and had been very well-trained by whomever owned him prior to adoption by us.

    Things are also a little complicated because we are living in our lake house near Port Austin after a quick sale on our Oakland Township home. Resources for dog training seem to be slim and none up here, and we are three hours from Plymouth, MI.

    Any suggestions?

    Thank you and best regards,

    Sarah Elliott

    • Hi Sarah,

      I’d be happy to help you. I’d suggest our board and train programs since you live aways away. Please give us a call at 734-634-4152 and talk with Judy my Assistant. She does all our scheduling and will be best to help you get started.


  7. Michael- I have a GSD, 11 months old. We got our pup from a breeder. I have been to 3 behaviorists (all different methods of training). I did socializing, puppy training, day care, etc. my pup does not like other dogs and now is doing the same with anyone coming in our house. I have been told he is exhibiting fear. and I am very concerned with him hurting someone. We would like to meet with you, if possible? My husband set up an appointment at 12/13 at 4:30. He is in law enforcement and past military. We do not want to give him away. He is a very lovable dog. The last behaviorist told us not to have anyone over and he will not change. Please help!!

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