May 2017 Canine Good Citizens

 

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On May 9, 2017 two dog teams at Michigan Dog Training (MDT) in Plymouth, Michigan successfully passed the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluation after having taken the Intermediate Manners dog training group class. The CGC evaluation tests the dog’s temperament and obedience skills via ten exercises.  Congratulations to:

  1. Angela Wilt and her dog Mac Arthur Silver Strider, an American Eskimo of Westland, Michigan
  2. Andrew Rasky and his dog Titan, a German Shepherd of Canton, Michigan

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New Puppy All STARS on August 30, 2016

Michigan Dog Training, American Kennel Club, AKC, STAR Puppy, Star Puppy, S.T.A.R. PuppyOn August 30, 2016 six puppies became puppy All Stars at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan through the American Kennel Club (AKC) Puppy S.T.A.R. program. The STAR program focuses on the socialization of puppies, training good manners, engaging with your puppy through fun and healthy activities and the owners learning to be responsible dog owners. Puppy teams have to attend at least six dog training classes together prior to being evaluated. Thus owners who participate in Puppy 1 Manners (four week class) and Puppy 2 Manners classes (four week class) are well prepared for the evaluation.

Congratulations to the following puppy teams:

 

  1. Sheila Miller and Vesnta, German Shepherd Dog of Royal Oak, Michigan
  2. Amy Humphrey and Liberty, German Shepherd Dog of Plymouth, Michigan
  3. Amelia Sullivan and Shadow, Collie of Canton, Michigan
  4. Yvonne Nance and Zelia, White Shepherd/Black Lab mix of Westland, Michigan
  5. Kelsey Hamer and Winnie, Standard Poodle of Ypsilanti, Michigan
  6. Matthew Seigle and Rocky, Siberian Husky of Canton, Michigan

These puppies are now ready to enter the Intermediate Manners dog training class which starts next week and will help prepare them earn their Canine Good Citizen (CGC) title.

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S.T.A.R. Puppies and More

Michigan Dog Training, Plymouth, Michigan, Canine Good Citizen, CGC, Puppy STAR, Puppy S.T.A.R., puppy obedience, puppy training, dog trainingOn April 26, 2016 numerous puppies and dogs earned their American Kennel Club S.T.A.R. Puppy Certificates and Canine Good Citizen titles at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan. Congratulations to the following dog teams on their accomplishments:

Puppy S.T.A.R.

  1. Rochelle Kirzhner and Kir Kirzhner, a Sheltie/American Eskimo mix of Northville, Michigan
  2. Erin Moulton and Bowie, a Labradoodle of Ypsilanti, Michigan
  3. Sandra Enoch and Lucy, a Labradoodle of Livonia, Michigan
  4. Angela Olandese and Luna, a Standard Poodle of Okemos, Michigan

Canine Good Citizen (CGC)

  1. Sara Cosgrove and Merry Scripps a Pit Bull mix of Ann Arbor, Michigan
  2. Kris Wolfe and Rosie Bella, a Golden Retriever of Livonia, Michigan
  3. Kriss Layne and Luna, a Golden Retriever of Riverview, Michigan

 

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A new set of group dog training classes start next week.  Go to Michigan Dog Training and click on the blue icon entitled, “Book Online” to register.  Classes include:  Puppy Manners, Basic Manners, Intermediate Manners, Tricks and Fun Agility, NoseWork and Protection Sport Dog Class.

 

 

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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January 2016 Puppy STARS and CGC Titles

DSC_0930On January 26, 2016 six dogs and their handlers earned American Kennel Club (AKC) dog titles at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan. Three puppies passed the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy evaluation and three dogs earned their Canine Good Citizen (CGC) titles.  Congrats to the following dog teams:

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy:

  1. Erin Harris and Korra Harris, a Labrador Retriever of Ann Arbor, Michigan
  2. Mary Stanisz and Riggins, a Border Collie of Brighton, Michigan
  3. William Valencia and Cross Creek Kiloshailstorm, a Dogo Argentino of Romulus, Michigan

Canine Good Citizen:

  1. Timothy Kowaleski and Willow, an Old English Bulldog of Ypsilanti, Michigan
  2. Jeremy Pinter and Sirius Pinter, a Labrador Retriever mix of Canton, Michigan
  3. Jeremy Pinter and Lily Pinter, a German Shepherd mix of Canton, Michigan

Classes to prepare puppies and adult dogs to pass the S.T.A.R. Puppy and CGC evaluations as well as learn good dog manners for life are held monthly at Michigan Dog Training located at 1031 Cherry Street, Plymouth, Michigan 48170.  The next set of classes commence the second week of March. To begin your dog’s transformation, visit Michigan Dog Training.

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August 2015 dog title earners at MDT

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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!

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  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

A village saves two loveable German Shepherd Dogs

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Bear is available for adoption

 

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Kelly and Smokey

Dog Rescue

It takes a village many times to rescue dogs as in the case of Smokey and Bear. Both of them are eight year old German Shepherd Dogs who lived with an elderly man that passed away. When their rescuers found them, they were both tethered to a fence in the backyard. Concerned individuals threw food to them over the fence until rescuers led by Marla and Michelle were able to secure both of them. They were transported to a farm up north who watched after them for the next four days.

Michelle contacted Michigan Dog Training (MDT) in Plymouth, Michigan who in turn picked up the pair from the farm. Smokey was very friendly toward strangers but the care givers thought Bear wasn’t so much due to him charging workers at his kennel door. Michael Burkey, Dog Behaviorist at MDT pulled up a chair outside the kennel to get to know Bear. Very quickly Bear’s charging was paired with submissive pawing eliciting affection. His excitable behavior had been misread as aggression. Within five-ten minutes, Burkey was inside Bear’s kennel leashing him up for his trip to MDT.

Board and Train

Both dogs successfully completed a four week board and train program entitled K9 University at MDT with flying colors. Their training included field trips to parks and other public domains such as downtown Plymouth for real world training. Both dogs showed very friendly behavior toward all strangers. And, Alsager Animal Care Center in Canton, Michigan provided great medical care for the two of them ensuring they are healthy and ready for their forever homes.

A couple of weeks ago, Kelly came to meet the dogs and instantly fell in love with Smokey. She returned a couple of more times to work with Smokey and MDT trainers. This training support was put in place as she had never previously owned a dog. However, she was a quick study and she has a tremendous big heart. MDT includes life time group classes called Perfect Practice for dogs who complete the K9 University program. This ongoing support will ensure Kelly and Smokey are set up for life time success.

German Shepherd Dog available for adoption

Bear remains available for adoption. He continues to be trained at MDT while he waits for his forever home to find him. His continued training is made possible by a very generous donation from an anonymous provider. While both dogs are very affectionate, Burkey and MDT Certified Dog Trainer Eric Allport are especially fond of Bear. He is truly a big sweetheart.

If you are interested in adopting or fostering Bear as your loving companion, contact arejoycefulrescue@yahoo.com. Upon successful screening, an appointment can be set up for you to meet Bear at MDT.

As you can see many people were involved in the rescue of Smokey and Bear, more than I even know. In today’s times where nightly news are filled with horrific stories of violence, it’s reassuring to know and honor the good nature of people who came together to save these two affectionate dogs.

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Bear happily having his nails inspected

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Note, the correct email address is: arejoycefulrescue@yahoo.com

 

 

 

Multiple Dogs Earn Titles at MDT

PUPPY S.T.A.R. PROGRAM

otonColorsTMagAd9-06On March 24, 2015, six puppies at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan passed the American Kennel Club (AKC) S.T.A.R. Puppy Program. They attended the Puppy 1 and Puppy 2 Manners classes which included eight weeks of puppy and owner education on responsible dog ownership, how to raise a puppy, how to provide proper socialization and puppy obedience lessons. They are now ready to participate in the Intermediate Manners class which will prepare them for the AKC Canine Good Citizen title.

Congratulations to the following students:

  • Kim Dusablon and Bronx, Vizsla of Northville, Michigan
  • Staci Schaeffer and Maizey, Golden Doodle of Plymouth, Michigan
  • Lisa Kerszulis and Oger, Chocolate Labrador Retriever of Westland, Michigan
  • Rachel Dean and Coby, Yorki of Canton, Michigan
  • Nancy Davis and Henry Alan Davis, Cattledog Shepherd mix of Plymouth, Michigan
  • Steven Sykora and Maizee, Golden Retriever of Canton, Michigan

CANINE GOOD CITIZEN

On March 24, 2015, four dogs passed the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen evaluation after attending the Intermediate Manners class. The CGC consists of ten exercises in which the Canine Good Citizen Michigan Dog Trainingdog needs to show basic commands such as walking on a loose leash, meeting another dog team appropriately, remaining calm while separated from their owner for three minutes, stay and come when called, etc.

Congratulations to the following students:

  • Annette Stopa and Danny, Beagle/Collie mix of Allen Park, Michigan
  • Janet Thomson and Kracken, Rottweiler of Brighton, Michigan
  • Austin White and Copper, German Shepherd/Pitbull mix of South Lyon, Michigan
  • Julia Jagger and Morgan, Bernadoodle of Plymouth, Michigan

ADVANCED CANINE GOOD CITIZEN

On March 25, 2015, two dogs passed the American Kennel Club (AKC) Advanced Canine Good Citizen evaluation at the end of their Advanced Manners dog class. This test evaluates the dog’s ability Michigan Dog Trainingto demonstrate good obedience in community settings. Exercises include passing another dog team in a hallway, having people approach carrying bags, being able to wait at a doorway without pulling while the handler steps through with a cup of favorite brew, etc.

Congratulations to the following students:

  • Julie Nelson and Bentley, German Shepherd of Plymouth, Michigan
  • Elizabeth Reihman and Tifari’s Racing the Rain, Rhodesian Ridgeback of Brighton, Michigan

 

April classes are filling up fast. Train and socialize your dog at Michigan Dog Training and earn titles along the way. You’ll be glad you did so your dog can go and enjoy more places with you this spring and summer.

German Shepherd becomes Canine Good Citizen

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Savannah and Oliver meet another dog team

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Oliver, CGC

On March 25, 2015 Oliver, a German Shepherd trained and handled by Savannah Patel of Dearborn, Michigan earned the Canine Good Citizen title. Oliver is a very high energy dog who wants to play with other dogs but wasn’t sure how.  Through private dog  training sessions at Michigan Dog Training, Oliver learned to approach other dogs calmly so that they could play together. Otherwise, some dogs would misinterpret his exploding energy for dog aggression.  When in fact, all he wants to do is meet and greet other dogs. Oliver and Starbuck, a resident MDT German Shepherd enjoyed their time together. Congratulations to Oliver and Savannah!

Testimonial – Dog reactive to having play dates

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On January 11, 2015, Michigan Dog Training received a wonderful update on Michigan Dog Training’s Facebook page regarding Maria’s dog TJ, a very loveable and high energy German Shepherd.  TJ graduated from our Dog Day School program and has been a frequent visitor at MDT since. Here is what Maria had to say:
“You won’t believe who met a new friend at the park today! He played so well with Miss Mina that we setup a date for them next weekend. What a great start to the new year. 🙂 We couldn’t do it without you guys!”…..Maria E. Strong
Thanks Maria.  It is a true joy and honor to see the transformation that MDT dogs make when they go from being dog reactive to being able to and enjoy playing with other dogs.  And, his success is attributable to your commitment and love for him. Thanks for the update!
Then later after this post was published, Maria had this to add:
This weekend ended up with a 5 dog pack playing and getting along at the park! Watching the big goof run and chase was a jaw dropping great moment. We know it won’t always be this easy to get along with every dog, but it has very empowering for me and confidence building for TJ. I can never ever repay you for the joy of seeing him PLAY like that.”