8 Puppies earn AKC STAR Medals


On November 28, 2017 eight puppies earned their American Kennel Club Puppy S.T.A.R. Awards at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan.  Learn how your puppy can earn his or her Puppy S.T.A.R. Medal.

December Puppy 1 Training Classes start next week, Wednesday December 6, 2017 at 8:00pm. Sign up by visiting our website or by calling 734-634-4152. Hurry, don’t delay. The class is filling up quickly.


Congratulations to the following teams:

  1. Connie Giummo and Benelli a German Shorthair Pointer of Novi, Michigan
  2. Rebecca Runco and Zeke, an Australian Shepherd of Dearborn, Michigan
  3. Madelyn Green and Jiri Green-Heeren, a Siberian Husky of Berkley, Michigan
  4. Akshay Vasudevan and Buddy, a Chocolate Lab of Canton, Michigan
  5. Lisa Haselhuhn and Gracie, a Labrador Retriever
  6. Terri Mezigian and Maverick, a Yellow Lab of Livonia, Michigan
  7. Robert Bend and Maggie, a Staffordshire Terrier of Plymouth, Michigan
  8. Anna Blott and Colonel Brandon, a Border Collie of Northville, Michigan


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Novice Trick Dog Titles, Nov 2, 2016

Do More With Your Dog, Kyra SundanceOn November 2, 2016 all of the Basic Manners Group class students and their dogs earned a Novice Trick Dog (NTD) title via the Kyra Sundance Do More With Your Dog program at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan.  To qualify for the NTD, dogs demonstrated at least fifteen different tricks which they learned during the group class in addition to Basic Manners such as sit, come, down, stay, walk on a loose leash, and more. Some of the tricks included; doggy push-ups, hand signals of three behaviors, heeling at left side with an automatic sit, kennel up, peekaboo, spin circles, nose touch and more.

MDT believes in making group dog training classes fun.  That’s why dog tricks are inter-mixed with obedience commands in all of our obedience classes.  The dogs learn good manners and their owners have fun showing off their dog’s performance tricks. And, many MDT trained dogs later go on to become Therapy Dogs. Dogs who have tricks in their repertorie will delight hospital patients, senior citizens and others.

Congratulations to the following dog teams:

  1. Mary Garnett and Saoirse, Labrador Retriever of Northville, Michigan
  2. Eric Rinke and Duke, Sheepdog/Border Collie mix of Plymouth, Michigan
  3. Alex Dixon and Winnie, Golden Retriever of Plymouth, Michigan
  4. Paul DePalma and Nala, Pitbull mix of Plymouth, Michigan
  5. Katie Fisher and Marlene, Plott Hound mix of Plymouth, Michigan

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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Canine Good Citizens – August 18, 2016

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On August 18, 2016 four dog teams became Canine Good Citizens (CGC) by passing the American Kennel Club CGC evaluation with flying colors. The testing was done at  Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan by CGC Evaluator Michael Burkey. Congratulations to the following teams:

1. Wendy Klochko and her dog Miss. Pepperdine of Parkshore Lake, a Miniature Poodle of Northville, Michigan
2. Leslie McGowan and her dog Jax, a Weimaraner of Novi, Michigan
3. Doug Wischmeyer and his dog Zoe, a Border Collie/Aussie Shepherd mix of Farmington Hills, Michigan
4. Doug Wischmeyer and his dog Easton, a Border Collie/Aussie Shepherd mix of Farmington Hills, Michigan

Your dog too can become a Good Citizen. Contact MDT at 734-634-4152 to sign up for the next set of classes to commence after Labor Day.



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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New Canine Good Citizens at MDT

Canine Good Citizen Michigan Dog TrainingOn June 23, 2015 three Michigan Dog Training (MDT) students and their dogs in Plymouth, Michigan passed the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluation and thus earned their CGC Title.  Additionally, Matthew Lamarand, a MDT Certified Dog Trainer earned the Advanced Canine Good Citizen (CGCA) title with his puppy, Falkor.

The CGC evaluates the dog team for responsible dog ownership and good manners.  The manners includes such things as 1. Accepting a friendly stranger, 2. Sitting politely for petting, 3. Allowing the evaluator to inspect and groom the dog, 4. Walking on a loose leash, 5. Walking through a crowd of people without jumping on them, 6. Performing a sit and a down command as well as stay in place, 7. Coming when called, 8. Approaching and not reacting aggressively or excitably toward another dog team, 9. Reaction to distractions (not showing fear or aggression toward a runner, biker, items being dropped on the floor), and 10. Supervised separation from his/her owner. MDT offers the CGC testing as part of its dog obedience class entitled Intermediate Manners. It begins again on July 7, 2015.

The CGCA evaluates the dog team further by performing obedience exercises amongst distractions that would commonly be found in a public setting such as at a park.  These exercises include: 1. CGCALogoWaits calmly under control while the owner is distracted by a task such as eating food, conversing with a person, filling out papers, 2. Does not pull while walking on a loose leash with pace changes, 3. Walks on a loose leash through a crowd such as a crowded hallway, in a park or on a trail, 4. Walks past distractions and does not pull such as when passing other dogs on a trail or sidewalk, 5. Sit-stay in a small group (three other people with dogs), 6. Dog allows a person who is carrying a package or backpack to approach and pet it, 7. Leaves food on the ground alone as he/she passes by it, 8. Down or sit-stay while owners goes to retrieve an object and returns to their dog, 9. Recall with distractions, and 10. Dog sits or stands while owner passes through a door way with a cup of water and does not pull the owner through the doorway. MDT offers the CGCA testing as part of its dog training class entitled Advanced Manners.  It begins again on July 9, 2015.

Congratulations to the new title earners!

Canine Good Citizen (CGC)

1. Laura D. Coulter and Simon, Border Collie mix of Livonia, Michigan

2. Rebecca Chiodo and Zuri, Cane Corso of Dearborn, Michigan

3. Kitty Coryell and Emme, Bichon/Poodle mix of Ypsilanti, Michigan


Advanced Canine Good Citizen (CGCA)

1. Matthew Lamarand and Falkor, Dutch Shepherd of Westland, Michigan

New Trick Star Dogs – 2/15/2012

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On February 15, 2012 seven dogs and their owners qualified for their Novice Trick Dog Title through Kyra Sundance’s “Do More With Your Dog”‘s trick dog title program taught by Michael Burkey.  Teams had to successfully perform at least 15 tricks listed in the novice program.  Congrats to all!

  • Kalin Kuri of Canton Township with her dog Oakley, a Standard Poodle
  • Kelly Weir of Livonia with her dog Baloo, a Bernese Mountain Dog
  • Barbara Schilke of downriver with her dog Maggie, a Belgian Malinois
  • Jennifer King of Mildford with her dog Sakima, a Doberman
  • Kara Turle with her dog Roxy, a Boston Terrier
  • Shelly Houchins with her dog Maggie, a Border Collie mix
  • Ginnie Harder with her dog Toby, a Border Collie mix

Your dog too can become a tricks star dog. Contact the Michigan Dog Trainer for information as to the next class start date.

Gentle Giants Become Canine Good Citizens

On July 21, 2011 three gentle giants became Canine Good Citizens (CGC) by passing the CGC evaluation sponsored by the American Kennel Club (AKC).  They all successfully passed the ten step evaluation after having participated in Michael Burkey’s Advanced Manners group dog class at the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV), Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Pictured from left to right are:  Erik Cheng and his wife of Ann Arbor, Michigan with their Rottweiler, Tai Ping; Marjorie Laab of Farmington Hills, Michigan with her Great Pyrenees, Rocky; and Ginnie Haid of Ypsilanti, Michigan with Toby, a Rottweiler and Border Collie mix.  Congratulations to all!

Border Collie Passes Therapy Dog Test

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Maggie, a border collie mix and Shelly H. of Northville, Michigan recently completed in-home dog training and group classes.  They  not only earned their Canine Good Citizen (CGC) certificate but also recently passed their Therapy Dog Test.  Maggie and Shelly used clear, consistent and humane training techniques utilizing food and ball rewards, verbal and physical praise and remote collar training.  Nice job Shelly!  I’m so happy for you and proud of your work, love, and commitment to Maggie!  Below is an email I received from Shelly today.

“Maggie just passed her Therapy Dog test and her first observation.  2 more
observations and then I can register her as a therapy dog.

The tester said that she wanted to write “perfect” on the form.

Thanks so much for all of your help and advice.  You’ve really helped
us to make a great dog even better! …….Shelly H. of Northville, Michigan

New CGC Stars – 5/2/11, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Michelle Houchins and Maggie

Dr. Carol McKee and Ruby

On May 2, 2011 four students of Michael Burkey’s Canine Behavioral Training’s Advanced Manners dog training class successfully passed the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluation at the Humane Society of Huron Valley, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The CGC evaluation is a ten step process which evaluates the handler’s control of their dog in public settings and the dog’s ability to respond to obedience cues as well as cope with being approached and handled by a stranger.

Nancy Peterson and Niko

The four new CGC stars are:

  • Michelle Houchins and Maggie (Border Collie mix) of Plymouth, Michigan
  • Dr. Carol McKee and Ruby (Rottweiler mix) of Novi, Michigan
  • Nancy Peterson and Niko (Chesapeake Bay Retriever) of Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Aaron Radlinski and Sparta (Australian Cattle Dog and German Shepherd mix) of Ann Arbor, Michigan

Congratulations to all!  They have done a wonderful job learning and training their canine partners.  To teach your dog good manners and to become a canine good citizen, contact Michael Burkey at Michigan Dog Trainer.