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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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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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 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

Loveable Pit Bull attacked repeatedly by another dog finds forever home

Pitt Bull, Michigan Dog Training, Plymouth Michigan



Roxie, a sweet and loveable Pit Bull found her forever home tonight with a Michigan Dog Trainer, Eric Allport of Canton, Michigan.

In July 2014, it became known that Roxie spent her days tied up behind a house with another dog who repeatedly broke his leash and attacked Roxie.  Being tied up, Roxie couldn’t escape from the vicious attacks. Some good Samaritans convinced the owner to relinquish Roxie to them and they promptly asked Dr. Cheryl Good, DVM owner of Dearborn Family Pet Care in Dearborn, Michigan for assistance. Dr. Good treated her for heartworm and her other injuries as well as adopted her until she could find a great home for Roxie.  Dr. Good was Roxie’s Guardian Angel.

In November 2014 when Roxie was fully recovered, Dr. Good asked Michael Burkey, CEO and Dog Behaviorist at Michigan Dog Training (MDT) in Plymouth, Michigan to provide training and rehabilitation for Roxie so she could be adopted out when the right home came along.  She excelled in obedience training and even learned to play with other dogs again. Michael’s dog Starbuck, a German Shepherd (utilized frequently to teach fearful dogs that playing with other dogs can be very fun) became a frequent play companion of Roxie’s. Later Eric’s father’s dog Bailey did as well.

Despite Roxie being a very sweet and loveable dog, obedience trained, and rehabilitated; it proved challenging to find a home that was willing and able to adopt Roxie. Until, last week that is. Eric Allport a dog trainer at MDT decided he wanted to adopt Roxie. He had taken a special interest in her during her stay at MDT and always went the extra mile to provide her with loving care and attention. So he asked his family to come meet her and they too fell in love with Roxie.

Then it all happened tonight.  Dr. Good came to meet Eric and his family at their home with Michael and of course Roxie and Bailey too. It was very touching to see Roxie follow Eric around the house and to his bedroom as if she already belonged there.  Upon entering Eric’s bedroom, Roxie headed for the dog bed Eric had prepared for her and made herself comfortable. She even began to fall asleep. It was a done deal in Roxie’s mind.  All that was needed was Dr. Good’s approval and that was given when she hugged Eric with joy and told him he was a blessing.

It’s so sad how some people can mistreat animals who only want to be loved and taken care of. Thankfully though, a community of dog lovers came together (the good Samaritans, Dr. Good and her staff, the MDT staff, Eric and his family and probably others I’m unaware of), and gave Roxie the second wonderful life that she so deserves.

After the above meeting, Eric accompanied by Roxie returned to work at MDT to complete the rest of his evening shift. I got choked up and shed a few joyful tears seeing Roxie go home again with Eric. Now she is only a visitor and no longer a resident at MDT. She is now a loved family dog!  : )

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Michigan Dog Training, Plymouth, Michigan, Pitt Bull finds new home

Testimonial – Dr. Cheryl Good, DVM

Dr. Cheryl Good, DVM

On February 9, 2011, Dr. Cheryl Good, DVM posted the below testimonial on the Michigan Dog Trainer facebook page.  Thanks Dr. Good, you rock!

“Number 1 Dog Trainer hands down!!!!!!”

Dr. Cheryl Good, DVM

Dearborn Family Pet Care, 24909 Michigan Ave, Dearborn, MI 48124, 313.561.5920

Honey, a Golden Retriever Becomes New CGC Star

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On November 17, 2011 at the Humane Society of Huron Valley in Ann Arbor, Michigan; Sharon Krill of Dearborn, Michigan with her dog “Honey” passed the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluation.  The test was conducted by Michael Burkey, owner and dog behaviorist at the Michigan Dog Trainer company.

The CGC evaluation is a ten item test measuring a dog’s level of good manners and dog obedience such as walking on a loose leash, coming when called, and not jumping on strangers among other requirements.  Congratulations Sharon and Honey!