Dogs earn Advanced CGC Titles, Sept. 2017

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On September 28, 2017 five dogs earned their American Kennel Club (AKC) Advanced Canine Good Citizen titles at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan.  Congratulations to the following dog teams:

  1. James Bowling with Bella, Labrador Retriever of Plymouth, Michigan
  2. Barbara Mays with DJ, Hound mix of Commerce Township, Michigan
  3. Andrew Rasky with Titan, German Shepherd Dog of Canton, Michigan
  4. Charles and Soraya Vaughn with Remi, German Shepherd Dog of Detroit, Michigan
  5. Bruce and Nancy Winkler with Dakota, Black English Labrador of Plymouth, Michigan
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What is the Urban Canine Good Citizen title?

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I was recently asked, What is the Urban Canine Good Citizen (CGCU) title? The answer is:  The American Kennel Club (AKC) has varying levels of a Title program for mix and purebred dogs that test their Michigan Dog Training, Plymouth, Michigan, CGCU, Canine Good Citizen Urbansocialization to people and other dogs, ensures the dog owner is providing responsible dog care and that the dog has been trained in obedience skills in varying environments. The CGC program has four levels:

  • Puppy S.T.A.R. (Socialization, Training, Activity, Responsible dog owner)
  • Canine Good Citizen
  • Canine Good Citizen Advanced
  • Canine Good Citizen Urban

The Urban CGC title is the toughest level in the CGC program. To test for it, the dog must be registered or listed with the AKC (AKC number, PAL, or AKC Canine Partners number) and already have a CGC title or award on record. It is open to purebred dogs as well as mixed breed dogs. To pass the CGCU, a dog team must be able to:

  1. Exit/enter doorways with no pulling in dog friendly buildings.
  2. Walk through a crowd on a busy urban sidewalk.
  3. Show appropriate reaction to city distractions. This includes movement, noises and walking on a variety of surfaces.
  4. Cross an urban street by stopping at a corner, waiting to cross with no pulling and be under control while crossing the street.
  5. Ignore food on sidewalk.
  6. Accept a person walking up to them and receive petting.
  7. Walk under control in dog friendly buildings and do a 3 minute down stay in a lobby or outdoor area, or wait while owner has a meal or snack.
  8. Walk under control up and down stairs or ride an elevator.
  9. Be house-trained.
  10. Be under control while being transported (car, subway or cab).

Michael Burkey, CEO of Michigan Dog Training is a Certified AKC Evaluator. Additionally, MDT offers group dog training classes to help prepare dogs for the Canine Good Citizen certificates and titles. For more information, call 734-634-4152 or visit our website at: www.MichiganDogTraining.com.

Trick Dog and AKC Titles

Do More With Your Dog, Kyra SundanceOn November 1, 2016 several dogs and their owners earned Puppy STAR Certificates, Novice Trick Dog (NTD) Titles via Do More With Your Dog and Canine Good Citizen (CGC) titles via the American Kennel Club (AKC) at Michigan Dog Training (MDT) in Plymouth, Michigan.  MDT prepares dogs for these titles via their group dog training classes.

The next round of puppy and adult dog classes start the week of November 8, 2016. Puppies who earned their Puppy STAR are ready to continue their education in the Intermediate Manners group class to prepare for the CGC and Intermediate Trick Dog title. Congratulations to everyone for their achievements!

Puppy STAR and NTD:

  1. Anne Loehnis with Verity’s Golden Nugget, Golden Retriever of Canton, Michigan
  2. Andrea and Alex Spangler with Max Spangler, Mini Golden Doodle of Canton, Michigan
  3. Shawn Athayde with Cleo, German Shepherd Dog of Wolverine Lake, Michigan
  4. Ashley Tilliard with Chewy, Labrador Doodle of New Hudson, Michigan
  5. Gretchen Stahl with Stella Star, Siberian Husky of Plymouth, Michigan
  6. Mike Parks with Coda Parks, German Shepherd Dog of Plymouth, Michigan

CGC and NTD:

  1. Kelsey Homer with Winnie, Standard Poodle of Ypsilanti, Michigan
  2. Adam Reames with Otto, German Shepherd Dog of Ypsilanti, Michigan

 

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New Puppy STARS on September 27, 2016

Michigan Dog Training, American Kennel Club, AKC, STAR Puppy, Star Puppy, S.T.A.R. PuppyOn September 27, 2016 five puppies and their handlers completed the Puppy 2 Manners group class and earned their American Kennel Club Puppy STAR (Sociability, Training, Activity, Responsibility) certificate at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan.

The Puppy STAR tests the dog on pre-Canine Good Citizen behaviors and ensures the handler raises the puppy in a responsible manner.

Congratulations to the following teams for getting their pup started on the right paw of life:

  • Elizabeth Miller and Maggie, a Border Collie of Canton, Michigan
  • Christina Planck and Maple, a German Shepherd Dog of Canton, Michigan
  • Julie Hook and Lyla Hook, a German Shepherd Dog of Canton, Michigan
  • Caroline Deacon and Zika Deacon, a Golden Retriever of Northville, Michigan
  • Adam Reames and Otto, a German Shepherd Dog of Ypsilanti, Michigan

The above pups are now eligible to enter the Intermediate Manners class and work toward the Canine Good Citizen title.

The next set of classes (Puppy 1 Manners, Puppy 2 Manners, Basic Manners, Intermediate Manners, Nosework, Sport Protection Dog and E-Collar Excellence) start the week of October 3, 2016. Hurry, don’t delay as classes fill up quickly. Start your dog’s education by calling 734-634-4152.

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February 2016 Dog Titles at MDT

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On February 23, 2016 several dog teams passed the American Kennel Club (AKC) Puppy S.T.A.R.  program or earned their Canine Good Citizen (CGC) title at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan. Congratulations to the all the dog teams!

A. Puppy S.T.A.R.

  1. Timothy Lease and his dog Larry, a Great Dane mix of Livonia, Michigan
  2. Jeremy and Liz Breitner and Lily Breitner, a Shetland Sheepdog of Westland, Michigan
  3. Logan Gaines and Jade, a Siberian Husky of Livonia, Michigan
  4. Heather Gilghrist and Charlie, a Golden Retriever of Novi, Michigan
  5. Gabrielle Kuziq and Lulu, a Rottweiler of Flatrock, Michigan
  6. John Weyer and Sterling, a Labrador Retriever of Canton, Michigan
  7. Iotis Even and Rook, an Old Time Scotch Collie of Canton, Michigan
  8. Kris Wolfe and Rosie Bella, a Golden Retriever of Livonia, Michigan

B. CGC

  1. Marcy Radwick and Philo, a Weimaraner of Plymouth, Michigan
  2. Diane Davis and Rocco Elvis Davis, a German Shepherd Dog of Livonia, Michigan
  3. Laurie Blondy and Bennington Hills Daisy II, a Golden Retriever of Northville, Michigan
  4. Michael Hurley and Dewey, a Dutch Shepherd of Plymouth, Michigan

The next round of puppy and adult dog obedience group classes start the second week of March 2016.  To register, click on the blue icon button that says, “Book Online” on the home page.

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January 2016 Puppy STARS and CGC Titles

DSC_0930On January 26, 2016 six dogs and their handlers earned American Kennel Club (AKC) dog titles at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan. Three puppies passed the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy evaluation and three dogs earned their Canine Good Citizen (CGC) titles.  Congrats to the following dog teams:

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy:

  1. Erin Harris and Korra Harris, a Labrador Retriever of Ann Arbor, Michigan
  2. Mary Stanisz and Riggins, a Border Collie of Brighton, Michigan
  3. William Valencia and Cross Creek Kiloshailstorm, a Dogo Argentino of Romulus, Michigan

Canine Good Citizen:

  1. Timothy Kowaleski and Willow, an Old English Bulldog of Ypsilanti, Michigan
  2. Jeremy Pinter and Sirius Pinter, a Labrador Retriever mix of Canton, Michigan
  3. Jeremy Pinter and Lily Pinter, a German Shepherd mix of Canton, Michigan

Classes to prepare puppies and adult dogs to pass the S.T.A.R. Puppy and CGC evaluations as well as learn good dog manners for life are held monthly at Michigan Dog Training located at 1031 Cherry Street, Plymouth, Michigan 48170.  The next set of classes commence the second week of March. To begin your dog’s transformation, visit Michigan Dog Training.

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Nov 2015 Puppy STARS at MDT

Michigan Dog Training, American Kennel Club, AKC, STAR Puppy, Star Puppy, S.T.A.R. PuppyOn November 24, 2015 five puppies and their owners earned their American Kennel Club Puppy STAR titles at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan.  The Puppy STAR requires a pup and owner to attend a puppy class that is at least six weeks in duration (MDT’s Puppy Ultimate Class is 8 weeks in duration), a pledge by the owner to take good care in raising their puppy and successful completion of a puppy obedience evaluation and temperament test.  Puppies are now eligible to participate in our Intermediate Manners group class and work toward their Canine Good Citizen title.  The next Intermediate Manners class starts on Tuesday December 1, 2015.

Congratulations to:

  • Gayle Doyle and her dog Winslow, a Great Dane, of Farmington Hills, Michigan
  • Jacqueline Rancour and her dog Violet, a Labrador Retriever of Dearborn, Michigan
  • Jeanne Layne and her dog Luna, a Golden Retriever of Riverview, Michigan
  • Laurie Blondy and her dog Bennington Hills Daisy II, a Golden Retriever of Northville, Michigan
  • Kevin Christensen and his dog Kira, a Chocolate Lab of Farmington Hills, Michigan

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October 2015 Dog Titles

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On October 28, 2015 several dogs and puppies earned American Kennel Club (AKC) titles at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan.  Puppies who graduated from Puppy 2 class earned their S.T.A.R. Puppy Certificate and dogs who graduated from the Intermediate Manners class earned their Canine Good Citizen (CGC) titles.  Congrats to all!

S.T.A.R. Puppies

  • Andrew Ciesielski and his pup Roxy, a German Shepherd Dog from Canton, Michigan
  • Loretta Waldeck and her pup Charlie, an Australian Labradoodle from Brighton, Michigan
  • Stephanie Pritula and her pup Ripley, an English Bulldog from Plymouth, Michigan
  • Terry Harvill and his pup Gracie Harvill, a Golden Retriever from Novi, Michigan
  • Andrea Milhizer and her pup Maize, a Golden Retriever from Milford, Michigan
  • Stacy Grzelak and her pup Baxter, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel from Plymouth, Michigan

Canine Good Citizens

  • Robert Wilcox and his dog James P. Sullivan, a Bullmastiff from Canton, Michigan
  • Caitlin and Colin McCarthy and her dog Luna McCarthy, an All American from Brighton, Michigan
  • Michael Rutkowski and his dog Gus, a Labradoodle from South Lyon, Michigan
  • Craig Robinson and his dog Rembrandt, a Korthal Wire-Haired Griffon from Plymouth, Michigan

 

The next set of Puppy classes and adult dog basic manners classes start the first week of November.  There are still a few spots remaining in the classes.  Your dog too can be a STAR Puppy or Canine Good Citizen!

Dogs who graduated from Puppy 2 Manners or Basic Manners are ready to join the Intermediate Manners  class. And, dogs who earned their Canine Good Citizen will love the Do More With Your Dog class.

 

New Puppy STARS 09/30/14

On September 30, 2014 at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan; six puppies passed the American Kennel Club (AKC) S.T.A.R. Puppy Program evaluation. The AKC “designed the program to get puppies and their owners off to a great start.” Puppy STAR requires owners to attend a basic training course with their puppies of at least 6 weeks in duration that focuses on Socialization, Training, Activity and Responsible ownership. MDT offers Puppy 1 and  Puppy 2 classes that can be purchased together for a cost savings and is called Ultimate Puppy.  By completing both classes, owners receive eight weeks of training and thus are qualified to take the STAR evaluation.

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Your pup can be a STAR too.

The AKC states, “their are obvious benefits to participating in the AKC STAR Puppy Program.  Puppies that attend classes are well-socialized, and they learn the skills that are the foundation for all other learning.  But AKC STAR Puppy is really about puppy owners.  Knowing that a large percentage of dogs who are relinquished to shelters are dogs that have never received formal training, we want to do our part to encourage owners to take their puppies to a puppy class.”

The evaluation has three components:  Owner Behaviors (responsible ownership), Puppy Behaviors (free of aggression), and Pre-Canine Good Citizen Test Behaviors (allows petting by someone other than the owner, owner can handle the pups ears and feet, walk on a leash, walk by other people, sit on command, down on command, comes to owner, reaction to distractions, and stay on leash with another person).

Congratulations to the following puppy teams!

1. Vanessa Guastella and Donny Smolenski, 24 weeks old Boston Terrier/Jack Russell mix of Plymouth, Michigan

2. Carrie Roosevelt and Oreo, 18 weeks old German Shepherd/Husky mix of Brownstown, Michigan

3. Diane Tochman and Java, 18 weeks old Chocolate Lab of Canton, Michigan

4. Stacy Downer and Makith 21 weeks old Rottweiler/German Shepherd mix of Ann Arbor, Michigan

5. Julie Basa and Lorn Stanley, 20 weeks old American Stratfordshire Terrier of Ypsilanti, Michigan

6. Courtney Ceci and Lucille, 7 month old Austrailian Cattle Dog of Canton, Michigan

If you have a ten week or older puppy, contact Michigan Dog Training now or call 734-634-4152 to enroll in the next Puppy 1 class which starts Tuesday October 7, 2014 at 7:00pm.

 

Icelandic Sheepdog earns Canine Good Citizen Advanced title

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Gabbi and Tri-Star Kelinn CGCA

 

On July 29, 2014 Gabrielle Vannie and her dog Tri-Star Kelinn, an Icelandic Sheepdog of Ferndale, Michigan earned their Canine Good Citizen Advanced (CGCA) title at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan.  The CGCA is a ten step evaluation that consists of good obedience and manners in community settings.  It includes such things as:  walking on a loose leash through a crowd, walking past distractions without pulling, sit-stay in a small group of three other people with dogs, being approached by a someone with a backpack or other item being carried and allow the person to pet them, “leave it” when encountering food on the ground, come when called despite distractions, waiting for owner until called who exits a doorway carrying something such as a cup of water or coffee and more.  Congrats to Gabbi and her dog!

To learn how your dog can earn their American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen Advanced title, contact Michigan Dog Training at 734-634-4152 or info@MichiganDogTraining.com.