October 2017 Dog Title Earners



Canine Good Citizen, CGC, CGC testingMichigan Dog Training (MDT) is always proud of its students and their dogs accomplishments. Our October 2017 title earners include:

On October 24, 2017 the following puppy teams passed the AKC STAR Puppy program evaluation:

  • Morgan Spencer and Breland, a Black Lab of Plymouth, Michigan
  • Nadine Medley and Kevin, a ShihTzu / Bichon mix of Plymouth, Michigan
  • Sarah Smith and Emmy, an Australian Shepherd mix of Detroit, Michigan
  • Alyssa Alessanorini and Dove, a Pit mix of Redford, Michigan


On October 24, 2017 the following dog teams earned the Canine Good Citizen title:

  • Maria Boraniec and Gunner, a Besenji of Farmington Hills, Michigan
  • Richard Miller and Tank, a German Shepherd Dog of Taylor, Michigan
  • Ronald & Theresa Merbler and Tango, a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon of Canton, Michigan
  • Angela Austin and Lexi Austin, an English Lab of South Lyon, Michigan
  • Lisa Brunette and Alyce, an English Lab of South Lyon, Michigan
  • Deborah Buzzy and Odin, a German Shepherd Dog of South Lyon, Michigan

Congratulations to all!

Join a dog training group class and teach your puppy or dog to be a Canine Good Citizen.

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Dogs earn Advanced CGC Titles, Sept. 2017

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On September 28, 2017 five dogs earned their American Kennel Club (AKC) Advanced Canine Good Citizen titles at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan.  Congratulations to the following dog teams:

  1. James Bowling with Bella, Labrador Retriever of Plymouth, Michigan
  2. Barbara Mays with DJ, Hound mix of Commerce Township, Michigan
  3. Andrew Rasky with Titan, German Shepherd Dog of Canton, Michigan
  4. Charles and Soraya Vaughn with Remi, German Shepherd Dog of Detroit, Michigan
  5. Bruce and Nancy Winkler with Dakota, Black English Labrador of Plymouth, Michigan
James Bowling, CGCA, Michigan Dog Training, Plymouth, Michigan


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Titan CGCA

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Bruce and Nancy Winkler, English Black Labrador, Michigan Dog Training, Plymouth, Michigan, CGCA

Dakoda CGCA

Canine Good Citizens – August 2016

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On August 2, 2016 three students and their dogs passed the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluation with flying colors at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan. They completed the Intermediate Manners dog class which prepared them for the evaluation.  Congratulations to:

  1. Starr Natale and her dog Luna a Pit mix of Grosse Ile, Michigan
  2. Tim Porter and his dog Ziggy Stardust, a Cane Corso of Westland, Michigan
  3. Ellen Currin and her dog Winifred, a Pit mix of Detroit, Michigan






Your dog too can learn new manners and even titles. A new set of group dog training classes start next week. Hurry, don’t delay as classes fill quickly.


Burkey gives dog bite prevention tips to Detroit UPS Drivers



Michael Burkey and Kaboom

On September 2, 2015 Michael Burkey CEO and Dog Behaviorist at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan gave Dog Bite Prevention Tips to 40 plus United Parcel Service (UPS) employees. The training was arranged by UPS employee Muhammad Ahmed and was held at their Detroit, Michigan hub location. Burkey gave a similar presentation at the Livonia UPS Hub last July.

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(L) Muhammad Ahmed

As Burkey arrived at the Detroit hub, he noticed Ahmed had laid out some clues that a dog might be present for his drivers to be aware of such as a dog bowl, dog bone, dog sign and even fake dog doo. Some of the tips Burkey provided included how to recognize a dog’s stress relieving behaviors before a bite occurs and a wagging tail doesn’t mean it’s friendly but instead its aroused.  And, an aroused state can be a good thing such as a friendly greeting but it can also be a bad thing if it is stress induced. Ahmed bravely put on a bite sleeve and received several bites from Burkey’s dog Kaboom, a Belgian Malinois. During the bite work demonstration, employees clearly saw that a wagging tail didn’t always mean friendliness as Kaboom wagged his tail while waiting to bite Ahmed on command.

Dog bite prevention talks

To arrange safety talks for your employees or to schedule dog training for your dog, contact Michigan Dog Training at 734-634-4152.

To learn more about the fallacy that a wagging tail means a dog is being friendly, see Burkey’s article, “What does a wagging tail mean?” written for the examiner.com.



Train your dog while multitasking

Dog trainers are often asked how owners can find time in their busy days to train their dog.  The second question that comes up is how often and how long to train their dog.  That was addressed in an earlier article, “Auto train your dog.” The purpose of this article will be to discuss the first question.

Multitasking on subway

But first, while riding the subway in Singapore recently, I was amazed by the number of people accessing their smart phones, iPads and other tablets to pass the commute time away.  All were engrossed by their portable devices, whether it was to read/respond to email, interact with Facebook, watch movies or play various games such as Solitaire. Many of them were switching back and forth on their devices amongst programs and carrying on conversations with companions. And, it’s a similar sight in other large cities, as I have noticed the same behavior on the New York subway as well as the “People Mover” mono-rail in Detroit, Michigan.

They are multitasking to not only accomplish tasks but also as a pleasurable way to pass the time during the routine commute. There are many business articles about the pros and cons of multitasking in today’s world as well as suggestions how to multitask more efficiently. Multitasking isn’t just for the business traveler.  It can also work in the dog world.

The original question presents the belief that there is a limited amount of time in a day to train the family pet. I say “belief” because we all make decisions about what gets our attention throughout the day. Despite this, there are real-time struggles of working at one or more jobs, raising a family, taking care of extended family members, and managing other commitments.  Thus, the time element is a real problem that needs to be better managed. One has the option of either eliminating one or more commitments to fit in some daily dog training or one can use multitasking to train the family dog.

Once the dog has learned basic commands such as sit, come, heel, place and sit/stay and or down/stay, multitask training can begin. Look for opportunities to train your dog while completing other responsibilities.  Some of these may include your dog:

  • maintaining a down stay while you brush your teeth
  • remaining on “place” while you attend to your human baby
  • walking beside you in a heel position while you retrieve mail from the mailbox
  • coming to you in the back yard for a quick game of fetch while you weed the garden
  • practicing a sit stay inside the family car while you load items into or out of the vehicle

With practice, you will soon be able to train your dog through multitasking as easily as the subway commuters are able to multitask with ease.  What other ways have you come up with to train your dog via multitasking?

If you need help teaching your dog basic dog obedience commands so you can begin multitasking and auto training your dog, contact the Michigan Dog Trainer.