Jasper becomes a Canine Good Citizen

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Jasper CGC

Jasper who recently completed a Day Training program at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan earned his Canine Good Citizen (CGC) title on January 17, 2017.

He is an All American Dog (mixed German Shepherd Dog, Labrador Retriever, American Bulldog and Dutch Shepherd) and his human partner is Bethany Brake of Ferndale, Michigan. Congrats Jasper and Bethany!

February 2016 Dog Titles at MDT

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On February 23, 2016 several dog teams passed the American Kennel Club (AKC) Puppy S.T.A.R.  program or earned their Canine Good Citizen (CGC) title at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan. Congratulations to the all the dog teams!

A. Puppy S.T.A.R.

  1. Timothy Lease and his dog Larry, a Great Dane mix of Livonia, Michigan
  2. Jeremy and Liz Breitner and Lily Breitner, a Shetland Sheepdog of Westland, Michigan
  3. Logan Gaines and Jade, a Siberian Husky of Livonia, Michigan
  4. Heather Gilghrist and Charlie, a Golden Retriever of Novi, Michigan
  5. Gabrielle Kuziq and Lulu, a Rottweiler of Flatrock, Michigan
  6. John Weyer and Sterling, a Labrador Retriever of Canton, Michigan
  7. Iotis Even and Rook, an Old Time Scotch Collie of Canton, Michigan
  8. Kris Wolfe and Rosie Bella, a Golden Retriever of Livonia, Michigan

B. CGC

  1. Marcy Radwick and Philo, a Weimaraner of Plymouth, Michigan
  2. Diane Davis and Rocco Elvis Davis, a German Shepherd Dog of Livonia, Michigan
  3. Laurie Blondy and Bennington Hills Daisy II, a Golden Retriever of Northville, Michigan
  4. Michael Hurley and Dewey, a Dutch Shepherd of Plymouth, Michigan

The next round of puppy and adult dog obedience group classes start the second week of March 2016.  To register, click on the blue icon button that says, “Book Online” on the home page.

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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

There were 2 puppies now there are 3

Viktor a Vizsla puppy at Michigan Dog Training

Viktor and Ashley

Vizsla new puppy at Michigan Dog Training

Viktor

 

It is puppy galore at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan. As previously reported in “Puppy Training Gets Personal at MDT”, trainers Matthew Lamarand of Westland, Michigan and Erica Hensley of Canton, Michigan welcomed two puppies into their homes; Falkor, a Dutch Shepherd and Drogo, a Belgian Malinois. Now a third MDT trainer has followed suit, Ashaleena Williams of Canton, Michigan and her pup Viktor, a Vizsla. She plans to train him for obedience and dock diving. He seems a natural for many things as on his first day at MDT he surprised all of us by going up the puppy A-Frame (agility obstacle) on his own. So Ashley decided to work on his decent from the obstacle as pictured below. Nice job Ashley.  You’re off to a great start with Viktor!

Be sure to check out our puppy training classes. It’ll be a fun time to not only get your puppy trained but also to train alongside our dog trainers and their puppies. And, check out more pictures of Viktor on the Michigan Dog Training Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

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Viktor transverses the A-Frame

Puppy training at MDT gets personal

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Erica Hensley with Drogo & Matthew Lamarand with Falkor

Puppy training at Michigan Dog Training (MDT) in Plymouth, Michigan just got personal. And, by that we mean three MDT trainers (Erica Hensley, Matthew Lamarand, and Ashley Williams) have been smitten with puppy love as they have become the proud parents of two puppies; Drogo, a Belgian Malinois and Falkor, a Dutch Shepherd.

Despite being two separate breeds and thus different litters, they are only a few days apart in age. So, the friendly competition between the trainers have already begun as to which puppy will earn it’s Puppy S.T.A.R. certificate, Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Title, Canine Good Citizen Advanced (CGCA) Title, Obedience and Rally titles and IPO Titles (formerly known as Schutzhund, a German Protection sport that involves Protection training, Obedience, and Tracking) first. In truth, the trainers are not only co-workers but also friends. They are very supportive of each other but a little friendly competition and riving is always fun. Plus, it helps motivate one to get out there and train their dog.

When trainers get new puppies they are reminded first hand of what our clients experience raising their own puppies. It makes it personal as they re-experience the trials and tribulations of potty training, crate training, properly socializing puppies to new environments and teaching puppies good manners the right way, the first time. If you have a puppy, contact us so your pup can have fun learning alongside Drogo and Falkor in our puppy classes. And because no one can never get tired of seeing puppy pictures please see the rest of the pics on the Michigan Dog Training Facebook page.

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Lamarand and Williams with Falkor

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Hensley with Drogo