Channel 7 News: Get Out Alive, What you need to do to survive a dog attack

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Reporter Aaron Baskerville

On May 11, 2016, Michael Burkey CEO and Dog Behaviorist at Michigan dog Training gave live on the air – dog bite prevention tips to Channel 7 News viewers at Maybury State Park inChannel 7 News, Dog Behaviorist, Aaron Baskerville, Michael Burkey, Michigan Dog Training, dog bite prevention tips, dog attack Northville, Michigan. Reporter Aaron Baskerville went all out for this educational story  by agreeing to take a bite from Burkey’s dog Kaboom, a Belgian Malinois.

Some of the topics included:  stress relieving behaviors dogs display before biting, how to properly introduce two dogs while out on a walk, the right way and wrong way to pet a dog, how to protect a baby being held in your arms, etc. Click the above title to view the videos.

Burkey gives dog bite prevention tips to Detroit UPS employees

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On September 2, 2015, Michael Burkey CEO and Dog Behaviorist at Michigan Dog Training gave dog bite prevention tips to Detroit, Michigan United Parcel Service (UPS) employees.







Burkey gives dog bite prevention tips to Livonia UPS employees

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Michael Burkey and Kaboom, Belgian Malinois


On July 8, 2015, Michael Burkey CEO and Dog Behaviorist at Michigan Dog Training gave dog bite prevention tips to Livonia, Michigan United Parcel Service (UPS) employees.



Channel 7 News: Defending yourself when dogs attack

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Channel 4 News: Our experts reveal how to fend off dog attacks

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On June 24, 2014 Click on Detroit – Channel 4 News Journalist Hank Winchester interviewed Michael Burkey regarding tips on how to avoid a dog bite.


“Accurate Body Language” interviews Burkey regarding dog body behavior

Michigan Dog Training, Accurate Body Language, Michael Burkey, Janette GhedotteIn 2014, Psychologist Janette Ghedotte of Accurate Body Language in Northville, Michigan interviewed Michael Burkey regarding dog body behavior. Learn “how to dance” or in other words how to train and live with your dog by reading and understanding your dog’s body behavior. Listen to the podcast now.





Professional Dog Trainer Michael Burkey offering unique dog day school for dog parents

Michigan dog behaviorist and trainer specializes in puppy and dog socialization and obedience training at a state-of-the-art facility that simulates a home environment

May 24, 2013, Michael Burkey, an expert dog trainer and behaviorist who owns Michigan Dog Training, has developed a new service for owners to drop their dogs off for the day for training Day Camp which will transform their behavior.

Serving the Detroit metropolitan area, his specialized headquarters is located close to Interstate 275 and Interstate 96 East for easy access. The optimum training location is just north of the scenic Kellogg Park downtown district in Plymouth. The 4,000-square-foot training facility features a large training room along with a living room and kitchen to stimulate home conditions, in addition to professional offices.

Burkey, a professional dog trainer, is a search and rescue K9 handler and a former K9 police officer and social worker. He also is a board member of the Association of Humane Dog Training, a non-profit organization which promotes the safe and effective training of companion and working dogs.

At Burkey’s newly instituted Day Camp, owners can drop their puppies or adult dogs off in the morning and pick them up in the late afternoon. They will receive the same training as the dogs in the K9 Campers program, which is a board and train program where the dog spends days and nights in his home from one to four weeks and be trained in a real-world settings.

During their stay, the dogs receive training that includes socialization with people, supervised play times with other dogs, obedience training and conditioning through jogs in the park or on a professional doggie treadmill. Dog day campers come three times per week for four weeks and then qualify to continue with maintenance training and play times while dog parents are at work.

Burkey also conducts private training sessions and behavioral consultations and trains therapy dogs and offers group dog training in the evenings and on Saturday mornings. His training classes include puppy socialization and basic manners, tracking and nose work. Michigan Dog Trainer also offers canine good citizen classes and even a circus class to teach fun dog tricks.

For more information on these training classes and many more adventuresome play and learn programs that Burkey offers for dogs at Michigan Dog Training LLC, also visit his website at

Michigan Dog Trainer ready to tame pooches from new Plymouth digs

Michael Burkey, a former K9 police officer, federal officer, social worker and canine expert, has opened a dog training center in downtown Plymouth.

Burkey, who also is an expert witness in court cases involving dogs, has hired five trainers and a customer service rep into a 7,000 square-foot space at 1031 Cherry St. to staff Michigan Dog Trainer.

Inside MDT’s building are two large training rooms and “Michigan’s only 20 1/2-inch long Nose Work wall,” says Burkey. He is also a competitive handler and volunteer behaviorist for the Humane Society of Huron Valley, the location of his first training center.

The Nose Work wall is fitted with 13 scent detection tubes for training police dogs and and such to sniff for narcotics, explosives and other illegal substances. Birch oil is also one of the scents and is used to train dogs in the sport of nose work, a sport that will soon be sanctioned by the American Kennel Club, Burkey says.

The space, a former photography studio, also has a professional white photo wall for dog pictures and videos and four offices. MDT opened July 20 and held a grand opening celebration with dogs and people on Aug. 1. It might be the only business able to claim a blind Dachshund, which performed a Nose Work demo, as part of the festivities.

Burkey says he’ll use Kellogg Park and nearby “dog friendly” stores as well as Maybury Park and Proud Lake Recreational Area as an extension of the training center. While the dogs are the focus, “many times,” he says, “it is also the people that need help in understanding the dog and its behavior. Families are often split on how best to train the dog and that’s where my social work background becomes very helpful.  I am very effective at helping families work together for the best interest of their dog, as well as adjusting my teaching style for the individual client for optimum learning.”

Michigan Dog Trainer will offer two or four-week K9 camps, training day camps, private and group classes that include Puppy Socialization, Basic Manners, Remote Manners, Circus Class, Canine Good Citizen and Feisty Fido.