Nov 2017, E-Collar Class Graduates earn CGC

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On November 29, 2017 at the conclusion of the E-Collar Excellence group class at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan; three dog teams earned their Canine Good Citizen title.  Congratulations to the following teams:

  1. Shannon Denton and Luna, a Labrador Retriever of Canton, Michigan.
  2. Shannon Denton and Marleigh, a Collie mix of Canton, Michigan
  3. Theresa Williams and Riley Williams, a Pit Bull Terrier of Ann Arbor, Michigan

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January 2016 Dog Training Classes

Michigan Dog Training, Jack Russell Terrier, Happy New YearWith the upcoming new year, don’t just make a resolution to train your dog, as Nike says, “Just Do It.”  Your dog will love you for it.

January classes are already filling up at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan. This month in addition to our normal classes we are offering an E-Collar Excellence class.  If you’ve been wanting to take your dog’s obedience to the next level and obtain off leash reliability, then this class is for you. Learn how to use an e-collar as a communication tool to obtain quick, reliable and humane results.

Here’s a summary of the classes being offered in January.

  1. Nosework, Mondays 6:30pm
  2. Protection Sport Dog, Mondays 7:30pm
  3. Puppy 1 Manners, Tuesdays 7:00pm
  4. Puppy 2 Manners, Tuesdays 6:00pm
  5. Intermediate Manners/CGC, Tuesdays 8:05pm
  6. Basic Manners, Wednesdays, 7:00pm
  7. Feisty Fido, Wednesdays, 8:05pm
  8. Do More With Your Dog, Wednesdays, 6:00pm
  9. Excitable Perfect Practice, Thursdays 6:00pm
  10. Perfect Practice, Thursdays 6:55pm
  11. E-Collar Excellence, Thursdays, 7:45pm

Advanced Manners / E-Collar class

Michigan Dog Training, e-collar, off leash dog trainingMichigan Dog Training (MDT) in Plymouth, Michigan has added a new dog training class to its class offerings; Advanced Manners / E-Collar. It will be a four week class and will start on Wednesday December 9, 2015 at 6:00-6:55pm. For many years, MDT has provided expert instruction in e-collar training via the board and train, day school and private training sessions both at the facility and in-home. Now it will be available in a group class setting for those who want to learn how to get the off leash reliability they desire for their dog.

This specialty class is for dogs who are friendly with other dogs and people (green light) and will be held only on a quarterly basis. If your dog has fear aggression issues then one of the above formats (other than this specialty class) would be a better fit for your dog. The class is taught in MDT’s climate controlled building. At the conclusion of the class, you can have your dog tested for the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen Advanced (CGCA) title. The E-Collar is used for training but not for testing and your dog must have a CGC title in order to test for the CGCA.

The class comes with:

  • 4 weeks instruction
  • Dogtra E-Collar
  • Training handouts
  • Canine Good Citizen Advanced (CGCA) testing at the conclusion of the class
  • MDT Family Hikes

Sign up now for the Advanced Manners / E-Collar class and get the obedience reliability you desire with your dog.

Remote Dog Collar Specialists

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Remote Collar Certifications

On June 3, 2015 a Michigan Dog Training Academy student and four Michigan Dog Trainers (MDT) trained by Michael Burkey passed with flying colors a comprehensive Remote Training Collar written exam at MDT in Plymouth, Michigan. The exam covered learning theory, collar mechanics and the practical application of the training tool. Remote training collars allow dogs to learn dog training skills quickly through low level tactile stimulation and with great reliability.  Additionally, the MDT Trainers successfully passed a mentoring training program enabling them to become remote collar specialists.

Congratulations to all (L to R):

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Dalmatian Learns to Relax and Play with Dogs

Marc and Striker and Keeper


I just wanted you to know, that you getting him (Keeper) in the collar (remote training collar), and showing me how to work with him and the collar, has allowed Keeper to do something healthy, and fun for him, not to mention how happy I am to have him back at the dog park.

He is starting to relax and get back to the way he was when he was younger (Keeper was attacked by another dog at a dog park when he was younger).  With only a rare nick at low levels, he is doing great.  Today, he was very interactive with all kinds of dogs, he even played a bit.

I know my working with him has a part in it, but you have yet again, improved the lives of a pet and his owner.  Thank you again.  I look forward to a possible advanced class for Striker, and or more private lessons soon.

Your student, and fan.

Marc Lisnov
Westland, Michigan

Product Review – “Just Right!” DVDs

Robin MacFarlane

Robin MacFarlane, an internationally renown remote collar specialist, owner and Training Director of That’s My Dog!, and good friend of mine has produced two amazing dog training DVDs.  The name of the DVDs are: “Just Right!, A Step-By-Step Guide to Remote Collar Dog Training” and “Just Right! Volume 2, Additional Skills for Training Your Pet Dog”.  The DVDs introduce dog owners to the foundation steps needed to properly train their pet dog using a remote collar set at the “just right setting”.

What is the just right setting?  It’s the level of stimulation that is just noticeable by the dog but not painful.  It acts as an excellent communication tool. Figuratively, it allows you to remotely reach out and tap your dog on the shoulder to remind him/her to pay attention to you.

She clearly explains how to set the “just right level” as well as how to teach your dog to follow you on a loose leash, to come, to sit, and go to a designated place such as a placeboard.  The placeboard is helpful when inviting guests into the home, asking the dog to go to their place during the family dinner, etc.  Having a “place” command allows the dog to remain with the family but be under control rather than jumping on guests or begging at the dinner table.

On the jacket covers, MacFarlane states in the “Just Right!” DVD, “The skills learned from this DVD will help you to teach your dog to:

  • Walking nicely on leash
  • Come when called
  • Stop jumping on people
  • Stay quietly on one spot
  • Stop nuisance barking”

For the “Just Right! Volume 2 DVD, MacFarlane states, “The skills demonstrated in this DVD build off the foundation work taught in the first “Just Right!” training video.  In this edition, you will learn to teach your dog to:

  • To listen and be reliable both on and off leash
  • Sit and stay
  • Lay down and stay
  • Place command (remain on a bed, rug or other mat)
  • Behave politely around other dogs
  • To remain focused and listening even around other distractions.”

The DVDs are very informative, professionally produced and fun to watch.  She breaks the training ideas down into easily understandable learning blocks.  MacFarlane is not only a superb dog trainer but also a wonderful people educator!  I also liked that she demonstrated her points:

  • with various dog breeds
  • in various learning stages and
  • in several different real world training locations.

I recently trained Linda C. of Lincoln Park, Michigan on how to use a remote training collar with her two dogs Lexie and Lucky.  Because she made fabulous progress with her dogs, her daughter in Florida also wanted to train her dog using the remote collar system.  However, her daughter was unable to hire a remote collar specialist in her area.  Therefore, I recommended that she buy MacFarlane’s DVDs and call me if she had questions.  This is an email I received from Linda regarding her daughter’s progress with Daisey after watching MacFarlane’s DVDs:

“Hi Michael,

I wanted to let you know that my daughter’s dog, Daisy, was able to go on her first walk ever! My daughter and granddaughters watched the (“Just Right!”) DVDs first, walked her around in the house with her remote collar, and then set out for a walk outside. She behaved beautifully! They are thrilled! In the past, someone would end up on the ground when Daisy started pulling on her leash. Now she’s calm and enjoys her walks.

Lexi and Lucky are doing well too.

Thank you for all your help.

Linda C.”

Quite simply, whether you’re working on your own or with a professional dog trainer who is a remote collar specialist, the “Just Right!” DVDs are a valuable training resource for pet dog owners.  I highly recommend them! They are the best teaching DVDs on the market!

Remote Collar Endorsement: No More Blood


Linda C. of Lincoln Park, Michigan shares her story of how her dog Lexie (before training with Michael Burkey, a Michigan Professional Dog Trainer) use to jump up to greet people and cause injuries.  Her sister had received bloody noses and she had her lip split by Lexie’s friendly but overly excited greetings.

Previously, Linda had tried to teach Lexie to sit instead of jumping up by using only food treats (positive reinforcement).  However, this was unsuccessful due to Lexie’s high level of excitement.  With the use of a remote training collar set at the “just right level” along with praise and food treats, Lexie learned to sit instead of jump up, to walk on a loose leash, to come when called, to go to “place” to greet visitors at the front door and to be overly a calmer dog.

Linda’s sister had stopped visiting her due to Lexie’s prior behavior but has now returned to visiting her with no repeated jumping incidents.  Additionally, Linda’s dog groomer has also noted how much calmer Lexie is now during grooming sessions.

In Linda’s own words, she says “No more blood (bloody noses and split lips)”, “People actually like her now” and “I highly recommend the (remote) collars.”  For more information about remote collars, please visit The Truth About Shock Collars and the facebook page, I Love my E-Collar and So Does My Dog.



Lucky, Linda and Lexie

On July 23, 2011, I received a wonderful email from Linda describing how her daughter in Florida was now able to walk her dog after watching Robin MacFarlane’s remote collar training DVD’s that I had recommended to her.

“Hi Michael,

I wanted to let you know that my daughter’s dog, Daisy, was able to go on her first walk ever! My daughter and granddaughters watched the (“Just Right!”) DVDs first, walked her around in the house with her remote collar, and then set out for a walk outside. She behaved beautifully! They are thrilled! In the past, someone would end up on the ground when Daisy started pulling on her leash. Now she’s calm and enjoys her walks.

Lexi and Lucky are doing well too.

Thank you for all your help.

Linda C.”


Rottweiler Becomes a Wonder Dog

Aja and Jack participated in In-Home Dog Training with Michael Burkey and submitted this testimonial to the Facebook page, “I Love My E-Collar and So Does My Dog.”  Thanks Aja and Jack, it’s been a pleasure working with you and Roxie!

Thanks to Michael Burkey’s knowledge of dog training and integrating the e-collar with training, it has made Roxie (Rottweiler) a wonder dog.  She understands what we’re asking.  She is a working dog and loves to please.  Now she understands what we want her to do.  There’s no misuse or abuse with it.  She loves training with us now as it’s become fun for her and us!!….Aja of  Wayne County, Michigan

I Love My E-Collar and So Does My Dog – New FB Page

Lynn and Wilbur, Happy Remote Collar Users

Robin MacFarlane, an international remote collar training expert of That’s My Dog, Dubuque, Iowa has created a new Facebook page entitled, I LOVE MY E-COLLAR AND SO DOES MY DOG!  Dog owners can post stories on the Facebook page explaining how a remote collar has helped their dog.

There is much misinformation being spread by those who are not trained on how to properly use a remote collar at a low setting that just gets the dog’s attention.  They try to scare people into thinking that remote collars hurt dogs, hence their preference to refer to them as “shock collars.”  However, this is an inaccurate representation of the current day remote collar system.  Every client I train with a remote collar describes the sensation as a tingling sensation and certainly not painful.  It’s an excellent communication tool used as part of a comprehensive professional dog training program, like tapping your dog on the shoulder to get their attention.

MacFarlane states, “I created this FB page as a way to provide support for those individuals that choose a remote collar as part of their dog’s training. My intent is not to promote this tool as the magic pill that solves all dog problems, but I do hope to stem the tide of misinformation that is being widely spread by a small group of individuals who lack the experience and first hand knowledge to provide a fair analysis of this type of training. People who use remote collars are being labeled as lacking in empathy and punishment based in their philosophy of how dog’s should be trained. The dogs are being characterized as scared, fearful and abused. These emotive statements are completely without merit and their intent is to sway the unknowing  into signing petitions to ban these tools.

The reality is that remote collars have been around for many years. Their effectiveness, when used properly, have helped millions of dogs have better quality lives through improving the communication and relationship with their owners. The time has come for these owners to tell their stories. If we are not heard, the noisy minority will persevere and take away this valuable training aid. It will be just like the uninformed breed bans plaguing so many communities today. I am urging dog owner’s and dog professionals alike to please speak up through their support of this page. “

Bob and Nancy with JoeJoe, Happy Remote Collar Users

Examples of the benefits of remote collar training include the dogs pictured here:  Wilbur and JoeJoe.  Wilbur was reactive toward other dogs and loud noises such as trucks and buses.  Now, he joins group dog hikes as a calm and peaceful walker.  Prior to coming to Michael Burkey’s Michigan Dog Trainer, an anti-remote collar trainer labeling herself as “purely positive”, recommended that JoeJoe be put down due to misinterpreted dog and people aggression.  However, JoeJoe wasn’t aggressive at all.  He was instead hyper and anxious. Via the use of a remote training collar, he learned how to self impose calmness.  He now enjoys nature hikes with his owners and eagerly welcomes visitors to their home.  Remote training collars can train dogs humanely, quickly and effectively.  To learn more about their benefits, please visit:

The Truth About Shock Collars

Michigan Dog Trainer’s blog posts about remote collars

I Love My E-Collar and So Does My Dog

Spencer – Excited Doberman to the Max!

SpencerSpencer, a high energy Doberman came to Michael Burkey’s Michigan Dog Trainer board and train dog training program because it was impossible for his owner to walk him in public and while a very sweet boy; he was extremely difficult to live with in a home.  He chased cars, lunged with over the top excitement toward strangers he met on walks, had no clue how to walk on a leash, and picked up every item on the ground (paper, cigarette butts, etc.) He even tried to pick up a piece of flat tape that was affixed to the ground.

He was a challenge and a joy to work with because of his excitement level.  Spencer learned to walk on a loose leash, not to chase cars/bikers/joggers, not to jump on strangers, come when called, to leave it, to give and to walk with other dogs during group socialization dog walks.