3 New Canine Good Citizens

Canine Good Citizen, CGC, CGC testing

On November 28, 2017 three dog teams earned their American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (CGC) title at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan. Learn more about what it takes to become a Canine Good Citizen.

Congratulations to the following dog teams:

  1. Kayla Kline and Paxton, a Chocolate Lab/Australian Shepherd mix of Belleville, Michigan
  2. Catherine White and Autumn, a Dachshund mix of Plymouth, Michigan
  3. Alyssa Alessandrini and Dove, a Pit/Lab mix of Westland, Michigan

Michigan Dog Training, CGC, Canine Good Citizen, Plymouth, Michigan


August 2015 dog title earners at MDT


On August 25, 2015 six students and their dogs earned American Kennel Club (AKC) titles at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan. The evaluations are given free of charge for students at the conclusion of their dog classes and is open to mixed and pure breed dogs.

The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy program evaluates the owner’s responsible puppy raising behaviors, the puppy’s temperament, and the puppy’s pre-Canine Good Citizen behaviors. The Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test evaluates the dog’s obedience and temperament: 1. Accepting a friendly stranger, 2. Sitting politely for petting, 3. Appearance and grooming, 4. Out for a walk – heeling, 5. Walking through a crowd, 6. Sit and down on command/Staying in place, 7. Coming when called, 8. Reaction to another dog, 9. Reaction to distractions, and 10. Supervised separation.

Congratulations to the following students and their dogs!

S.T.A.R. Puppy Program

  1. Kristin Kinasz and her dog Murphy, Saint Bernard of Westland, MichiganotonColorsTMagAd9-06
  2. Matthew Shaffer and his dog Hemi Gage Shaffer, German Shepherd of Roseville, Michigan
  3. Patricia Nowling and her dog Oscar, Chocolate Lab of Belleville, Michigan

CGC Titles

  1. Tom Laco and his dog Guinness, German Short-Haired Pointer of Livonia, Michigan
  2.  Holly Tebelman and her dog Cider, Yellow Lab of Dearborn, Michigan
  3. Jason Horne and his dog Lucy, Saint Bernard of Canton, Michigan

You and your dog can also earn titles by joining puppy and adult dog classes at Michigan Dog Training.  A new round of classes start the week of September 8, 2015.  Call now and get your puppy or dog started “on the right paw” to better manners. Classes offered include:

  • Puppy Manners (Puppy S.T.A.R. Certificate)
  • Basic Manners
  • Intermediate Manners (CGC Title)
  • Advanced Manners (Advanced CGC and Urban CGC)
  • Feisty Fido (dog to dog reactivity)
  • Do More With Your Dog (tricks and fun agility)
  • Protection Sport Dog

New CGC Stars at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan

On Wednesday September 25, 2013 all six students and their dogs in the Michigan Dog Training LLC “Canine Good Citizen (CGC)” group dog training class passed the American Kennel Club‘s CGC evaluation. It’s ten step program measures a dog’s skill in obedience training and good manners around other dogs and people.  The dogs’ handlers also pledged to be responsible dog owners. The evaluation was administered by MDT Certified Dog Trainer Wendy Bemis and witness by MDT’s President and Dog Behaviorist Michael Burkey.

The dogs were of various breeds and a couple of them were Feisty Fidos at one time, meaning that they didn’t particularly feel safe around other dogs and showed their insecurity by barking and lunging at other dogs. However, through private training lessons at MDT followed by the CGC class, their confidence grew enabling them to become good canine citizens.

MDT congratulates the following dog teams for passing the CGC evaluation:

1. Denise Fuller and Paisley, Standard Poodle of Canton, Michigan

2. George Shay and Murphy, German Sheperd of Belleville, Michigan

3. Carol Eisenstein and Molly, Newfoundland of Plymouth, Michigan

4. John Fishback Jr. and Dixie, Southern Blackmouth Cur of Garden City, Michigan

5. Julie Nelson and Bentley, German Shepherd of Plymouth, Michigan and

6. Lauren Zialkowski and Zelda, Miniature Schnauzer of Livonia, Michigan

The next set of group classes start the week of October 21, 2013. For more information, visit Michigan Dog Training or call 734-634-4152.  MDT also offers a wide variety of group classes and private training services.

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Testimonial for highly excitable Lakeland Terrier after Michigan Dog Training’s board and train program

Jax with his mom and dad

Jax with his mom and dad

Jax, a Lakeland Terrier of Belleville, Michigan recently completed our four-week K9 Camp (board and train) dog obedience and dog behavior program.  He is one highly excitable guy and we loved working for him.  He made such improvement such as being able to walk on a loose leash and working toward being off leash reliable, to bring back and give up balls instead of growling to keep them, to sit, down, stay and go to place with duration, distractions and distance.

Today we received a lovely update from Jax’s mom Linda. This is what she said:

    “I just wanted to tell you how wonderful it is to walk Jax now!! He really is enjoying his walks instead of being so hyper and distracted by anything that he couldn’t enjoy it. Yesterday was a real test for him. We live pretty rural on a dirt road and while walking he saw the horses in the pasture. In the past this put him in a complete frenzy. Yesterday he stood and watched with his tail wagging. He was simply taking the time to enjoy it instead of barking and going off the deep end. I don’t know how you worked your magic on our little guy, but I thank you, thank you, thank you!!!!! Talk to you soon.. Linda

It is such a joy to work with client’s dogs.  At Michigan Dog Training, we help high energy dogs become ideal companions.