Where are Nose Work training classes?

Beagle, Nose Work, Randy Hare,Michigan Dog Training

Nose Work is a fun scenting sport for pet dogs. It can be pursued as simply a fun activity for dogs and handlers or one can also earn Nose Work titles, if desired. So “Where are Nose Work training classes found”?  Well, you don’t have to look any further for the best than at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan.

Nose Work training mimics how police and military scent detection dogs are trained. And, as a former Police K9 Officer I bring my skills and experience to Michigan Dog Training (MDT) Nose Work classes to turn out top notch sniffers. We also have lots of fun while training.

Follow along and watch Jelly, a Beagle search for Q-Tips scented with Anise, Clove, and Birch oils and hidden in outdoor locations. The first hide is in plain sight but it’s a challenging problem for Jelly to navigate as it’s hidden under leaves.  Rather than searching first with her eyes and later by her nose for containers that may contain the scent, she has to trust her nose first in order to locate the hide that is her first buried location.

After that, Jelly finds a hide underneath a vacant bird nest laying on the ground. This was more of a test of the handler than the dog because many people would’ve pulled their dog off from sniffing the bird nest.  Many would assume Jelly was simply smelling bird scent and not Nose Work scent.  But not, Nicole, Jelly’s handler.  She did what we always said in Police K9 School, “Trust your dog’s nose because it knows”. And, Nicole did just that!

Puppies are Stars at MDT

otonColorsTMagAd9-06On June 23, 2015 five puppies who completed the Ultimate Puppy group class (Pup 1 followed by Pup 2 group classes) at Michigan Dog Training (MDT) in Plymouth, Michigan earned their American Kennel Club (AKC) STAR (Socialization, Training, Activity, Responsibility) Puppy certificate.  The STAR program measures the owner’s responsible behaviors in raising a puppy, the puppy’s temperament behaviors (free of aggression and fear) and the puppy’s Pre-Canine Good Citizen behaviors which includes:

  1. Allows petting by a person other than the owner
  2. Grooming – allows owner handling and brief exam by owner (ears, feet)
  3. Walks on a leash – follows owner for 15 feet or more in a straight line
  4. Walks by other people
  5. Sits on command
  6. Downs on command
  7. Comes to owner from five feet away
  8. Reaction to distractions without fear or aggression and
  9. Stays on leash with another person while owner walks ten feet away and returns

Congratulations to the owners and their STAR puppies!

  • Alexa Rickert and Reggie, Beagle of Canton, Michigan
  • Michael King and Olive, Labrador Retriever mix of Northville, Michigan
  • Satheesh Rajagopalan and Groot, Australian Shepherd mix of Canton, Michigan
  • Kathy Borden and Louie, Bolognese of Ann Arbor, Michigan and
  • Parul Luthra and Neo, Cockapoo of Westland, Michigan

MDT offers on-going Puppy 1 and Puppy 2 group socialization and training classes. Each class is four weeks in duration. Or, students can elect to sign up for the Ultimate Puppy program which includes Puppy 1 and Puppy 2 classes at a $60 discount. The next set of puppy classes begin July 7, 2015. For those who completed Puppy 2 or the Ultimate Puppy, they normally are ready to jump ahead to the Intermediate Manners class which also begins July 7, 2015.

Multiple Dogs Earn Titles at MDT


otonColorsTMagAd9-06On March 24, 2015, six puppies at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan passed the American Kennel Club (AKC) S.T.A.R. Puppy Program. They attended the Puppy 1 and Puppy 2 Manners classes which included eight weeks of puppy and owner education on responsible dog ownership, how to raise a puppy, how to provide proper socialization and puppy obedience lessons. They are now ready to participate in the Intermediate Manners class which will prepare them for the AKC Canine Good Citizen title.

Congratulations to the following students:

  • Kim Dusablon and Bronx, Vizsla of Northville, Michigan
  • Staci Schaeffer and Maizey, Golden Doodle of Plymouth, Michigan
  • Lisa Kerszulis and Oger, Chocolate Labrador Retriever of Westland, Michigan
  • Rachel Dean and Coby, Yorki of Canton, Michigan
  • Nancy Davis and Henry Alan Davis, Cattledog Shepherd mix of Plymouth, Michigan
  • Steven Sykora and Maizee, Golden Retriever of Canton, Michigan


On March 24, 2015, four dogs passed the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen evaluation after attending the Intermediate Manners class. The CGC consists of ten exercises in which the Canine Good Citizen Michigan Dog Trainingdog needs to show basic commands such as walking on a loose leash, meeting another dog team appropriately, remaining calm while separated from their owner for three minutes, stay and come when called, etc.

Congratulations to the following students:

  • Annette Stopa and Danny, Beagle/Collie mix of Allen Park, Michigan
  • Janet Thomson and Kracken, Rottweiler of Brighton, Michigan
  • Austin White and Copper, German Shepherd/Pitbull mix of South Lyon, Michigan
  • Julia Jagger and Morgan, Bernadoodle of Plymouth, Michigan


On March 25, 2015, two dogs passed the American Kennel Club (AKC) Advanced Canine Good Citizen evaluation at the end of their Advanced Manners dog class. This test evaluates the dog’s ability Michigan Dog Trainingto demonstrate good obedience in community settings. Exercises include passing another dog team in a hallway, having people approach carrying bags, being able to wait at a doorway without pulling while the handler steps through with a cup of favorite brew, etc.

Congratulations to the following students:

  • Julie Nelson and Bentley, German Shepherd of Plymouth, Michigan
  • Elizabeth Reihman and Tifari’s Racing the Rain, Rhodesian Ridgeback of Brighton, Michigan


April classes are filling up fast. Train and socialize your dog at Michigan Dog Training and earn titles along the way. You’ll be glad you did so your dog can go and enjoy more places with you this spring and summer.

Michael Webber joins Michigan Dog Training

Michael Webber, Dog Trainer, Michigan Dog Training

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Michael Webber joined the Michigan Dog Training staff in Plymouth, Michigan as a Dog Trainer in 2014. Previously, he was a dog trainer at another company where he significantly increased the business and helped solve problem dog behaviors through positive reinforcement training. He is a graduate of Michigan State and Wayne State Universities where he earned his respective Bachelors and Masters degrees in music.

During college, Michael discovered his love for dog training with his dog Miles, a rescue Beagle. Michael modified Miles’ behavior from being a scared rescue dog into a social butterfly. Miles also learned excellent obedience. Michael and his wife continue to nurture and increase the confidence levels in foster dogs as well as in their own pets.

Some of Michael’s favorite dog training activities include: focused heeling, agility, and trick dog titles. MDT is very fortunate to have Michael join our team.  He brings experience, an excellent work ethic, and he is proactive in getting things done. Welcome to the team Michael!

New CGC Stars – Pit and Beagle mixes

michigan dog trainingOn June 8, 2013, two super friendly dogs passed the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test at Michigan Dog Training (MDT) LLC in Plymouth, Michigan.  They prepared for the test by completing MDT’s CGC dog training class.  Wendy Bemis, a Michigan Dog Training Dog Trainer taught the class and Michael Burkey, MDT’s Dog Behaviorist and President evaluated the dogs. The dogs and parents are:

1. Debra Green and Prince, a Pitt mix of Westland, Michigan

2. Laura Pawlusiak and Piper, a Beagle mix of Livonia, Michigan

According to the AKC, “The CGC Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community.  The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs.  All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.” Additionally, the program is now a “Title” program and upon successful completion the initials “CGC” may be placed after the dogs’ names.

Prince CGC

Prince CGC

Piper CGC (on left)

Piper CGC (on left)