Zorro the trickster earns Novice Trick Dog Title


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Zorro, NTD

On June 25, 2014, Zorro, a 7 month old Belgian Malinois handled by Kiley Spade, Dog Trainer at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan earned his Novice Trick Dog Title through Kyra Sundance’s “Do More With Your Dog” program.

The DMWYD program is taught by instructors at MDT.  To earn the Novice title, a dog has to demonstrate 15 tricks. To learn how your dog can also become a trick dog, contact Michigan Dog Training at 734-634-4152 or info.MichiganDogTraining.com.

Exciting Group Classes at Michigan Dog Training!


Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan has updated its group class descriptions to make them more clear as to content and pre-requisites. We’ve also added or made the following exciting changes:

* Added a Puppy 2 class for the pups who attended Puppy 1. This class is largely taught off leash, hence the reason why pups must attend a Puppy 1 class prior, to ensure they have the right temperament and socialization in place to be able to be off leash with older puppies. The Puppy Classes are patterned off from Veterinarian Behaviorist Ian Dunbar’s very successful puppy classes. Additionally, after completing Puppy 2, pups are ready to be evaluated for the American Kennel Club’s S.T.A.R. Puppy achievement. for which MDT staff are Puppy S.T.A.R. Evaluators.

* Added a Puppy Ultimate package which saves folks $27 if they sign up for the Puppy 1 and Puppy 2 at the same time as a package rather than independently.  We want to help you get your puppy started off on the “right paw” to learn things the right way, the first time.  Therefore, we want to reward you for your commitment to your puppy by offering an incentive.

* Took out the requirement of a basic manners obedience course for the Nosework class as we don’t mind high drive out of control dogs for learning Nosework. It’s actually helpful if the dog doesn’t know a lot of obedience when learning Nosework because the dog is more willing to work independent of the handler.

*Put the popular Remote Manners class back on the list along with two options for folks who already have an approved remote training collar and only need a group class and an option for folks to save $15.00 by buying the remote collar from us when signing up for the class.

* Put the amazing Circus Dog class (tricks and fun agility) back on the list.  It’s a fun outlet for dogs and owners alike and a great way for owners to “Do More With Your Dog” as MDT Staff are Certified Trick Dog Instructors via International Trick Dog Instructor, Celebrity Dog Trainer and multi-times Author Kyra Sundance.

*Added an Advanced Manners group class that prepares dog teams to be evaluated for the American Kennel Club’s new title Advanced Canine Good Citizen in the Community for which MDT staff are CGC and ACGC Evaluators.

MDT has also added an easier to use drop down menu for students to pay online for classes after they fill out the registration form. June class dates will be posted on May 9th, 2014.  So check here for class offerings and dates.  Exciting things are happening at Michigan Dog Training so join the fun! For more information, contact MDT at 734-634-4152.


Sugar, Golden Retriever eans Novice Trick Title

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Sugar NTD and Caitlin

On November 20, 2012, Sugar a Golden Retriever pictured with her owner and trainer Caitlin Pierman of Canton, Michigan earned  a Novice Trick Dog title via the Kyra Sundance’s Do More With Your Dog program. They were evaluated by Michael Burkey, head trainer and owner of Michigan Dog Trainer  who is an Associate Trick Dog Instructor for Sundance. Congratulations to Caitiln and Sugar!

Contact the Michigan Dog Trainer for information on how your dog can earn trick titles too.


German Shepherd earns Novice Trick Title

Starbuck NTD

On October 12, 2012, Starbuck, a German Shepherd trained and handled by Michael Burkey, head dog trainer and owner at the Michigan Dog Trainer, a professional dog training corporation; earned his Novice Trick Dog (NTD) title. The dog titling organization for trick dogs is through Kyra Sundance’s corporation, Do More With Your Dog.

You too can train your dog to be a titled trick dog by joining MDT’s dog training classes offered at the Humane Society of Huron Valley in Ann Arbor, Michigan or at MDT’s Livonia, Michigan dog training facility. For information on dog training classes such as Basic Dog Manners, Circus Class, Remote Manners, Therapy Dog, or Feisty Fido visit the Michigan Dog Trainer website.

Once your dog earns their Novice Trick Title, they become eligible to participate with the MDT All Star Dogs trick performance team or pursue their Therapy dog certification with the Michigan Dog Trainer (MDT).


Starbuck learned to step out on a narrow beam to stretch out his back.

St. Bernard mix earns Novice Trick Dog title

Novice Trick Dog - Circus Dog

Dignan NTD and Tierney

On October 15, 2012 Dignan, a St. Bernard / Aussie mix and his handler Tierney earned their Novice Trick Dog (NTD) title via private dog training sessions with professional dog trainer Michael Burkey of Michigan Dog Trainer in Livonia, Michigan.

Dignan and Tierney have been training with Burkey to increase Degnan’s obedience and his comfort level in playing with other dogs. In the below videos, Dignan is being taught to go to “place” (to go to a pre-determined spot and remain there until released) and has a fun romp with Burkey’s dog Starbuck, a German Shepherd.

In addition to running his own dog training business, Burkey is an Associate Trick Dog Instructor for Kyra Sundance of Do More With Your Dog. For the Novice Trick Dog title, Dignan became eligible to receive a NTD certificate, colorful charm, and placement on Sundance’s website noting his accomplishment. Tierney plans to join Burkey’s Circus Dog Class at the Humane Society of Huron Valley in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Therefore, contact Burkey, so you too can do more with your dog!

New CGC Stars, August 24, 2012


On August 24, 2012, six Michigan Dog Trainer students passed the American Kennel Club‘s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluation at the Humane Society of Huron Valley  (HSHV) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The CGC is a ten step evaluation showing the dog is able to be under the handler’s control and show basic good manners such as knowing basic obedience commands, walking on a loose leash, meeting other dog teams appropriately, etc. Michael Burkey is a professional dog trainer and an AKC CGC evaluator.

Currently, the CGC  is a certificate program.  Starting after January 1, 2013, CGC  graduates are eligible to contact the CGC department and ask their certificate to be upgraded to a title accompanied by the appropriate fee. Starting in January, the CGC will become an official AKC title and handlers may place the initials “CGC” after the dog’s name.

Congratulations to the recipients listed below:

1. Kalie Wisler and Rocco, lab mix of Ypsilanti, Michigan

2. Kathy Patten and Lilly, a Coton of Saline, Michigan

3. Jay Young and Harper, Lab of Ypsilanti, Michigan

4. Kevin Freeman and Elvis, Husky/Hound mix of Ann Arbor, Michigan

5. Katherine Seaman and Charlie, Long Haired Dachshund of Ann Arbor, Michigan

Additionally, several 0f the above students also earned their Novice Trick Dog (NTD) title through Kyra Sundance‘s Trick Dog tilting program, “Do More With Your Dog” for which Michael Burkey is an Associate Trick Dog Instructor for Sundance. To earn your dog’s CGC or NTD, view the Advanced Manners and Circus Dog classes held at HSHV.


Titan earns an advanced trick dog title


On May 23, 2012, Titan a German Shepherd trained by his human companions Kiley and Jared Spade earned his Advanced Trick Dog Title during an Advanced Circus Dog class.  He was evaluated by Michael Burkey, owner and trainer at the Michigan Dog Trainer who is an Associate Trick Dog Instructor for Kyra Sundance‘s program, Do More With Your Dog.

For the Advanced title, Titan has had to demonstrate a total of 32 tricks.  Way to go Titan!

If you want to teach your dog new tricks and earn trick titles, check out Michigan Dog Trainer’s Circus Dog Classes.