3 New Canine Good Citizens

Canine Good Citizen, CGC, CGC testing

On November 28, 2017 three dog teams earned their American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (CGC) title at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan. Learn more about what it takes to become a Canine Good Citizen.

Congratulations to the following dog teams:

  1. Kayla Kline and Paxton, a Chocolate Lab/Australian Shepherd mix of Belleville, Michigan
  2. Catherine White and Autumn, a Dachshund mix of Plymouth, Michigan
  3. Alyssa Alessandrini and Dove, a Pit/Lab mix of Westland, Michigan

Michigan Dog Training, CGC, Canine Good Citizen, Plymouth, Michigan


Erica Hensley, Military service person joins Michigan Dog Training

Erica Hensley, Michigan Dog Training, dog trainer, German Shepherd

Erica Hensley

Erica Hensley re-joined the Michigan Dog Training(MDT) team in 2014.  She brought her first dog to Michael Burkey for training at the young age of 11. She trained several of her family’s dogs to the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) level and also learned how to manage dog to dog aggression in a multi-dog household. At ages 15-17, she worked for Michael teaching Puppy and Basic Manners group classes.  Despite her young age, she was an excellent trainer of dogs and people. Her personal dogs have included: Clowe, Lab Rottweiler mix, Roxy, Greyhound German Shepherd mix, Riley a Jack Russell Terrier and a German Shepherd. She earned a Terrier Racing title with Riley and has participated in other dog sports such as Rally, Agility, and Schutzhund.

In 2010, Erica joined the Air Force and performed a variety of jobs, her favorite being assigned to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. There, she aided in the training of K9 Military Police Dogs (puppy socialization and obedience, drive building, and decoying for beginner and intermediate dogs). In 2014, Erica was Honorably Discharged from the military and thus returned to MDT. She is putting her dog training skills to good use while pursuing a degree in Animal Aided Psychology. She spends her free time working and training her personal dogs as well as horses, focusing on Dressage and Show Jumping.

“Bear” becomes a Canine Good Citizen

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Heba and Bear CGC


On May 29, 2014 Heba Abuhussein and her Labrador Retriever “Bear” of Ypsilanti, Michigan; passed the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluation at Michigan Dog Training (MDT) in Plymouth, Michigan. The ten step evaluation measures the dog’s obedience skills, friendliness to strangers and reaction to other dogs.

Prior to taking the evaluation, Heba and Bear participated in private dog training lessons with Michael Burkey, Dog Behaviorist and President at MDT. In a very short time, Heba trained Bear to go from pulling on the leash to working (heeling, staying, and coming when called) off leash with reliability.  Congratulations Heba and Bear CGC!

Two loving dogs need new homes, can you help them?


Samson and Capone

Selene and Capone

Selene and Capone

A delightful and very caring young lady, Selene, is looking for a new home for her two dogs.  Her life circumstances have changed and she is no longer able to give them the care and attention that they need and she is use to giving them.

While Capone and Samson can get along with each other at times, it would be best for each of them to find separate homes. Selene says that both of them are awesome family dogs.  They love human interaction. If you are interested in providing a forever home for either one of them, please contact Selene (Shie) at 734-780-1000 or email her at shiebooker@gmail.com.

Capone “Poni”- is a three year old Pitt mix.  He loves attention and is good with people and children but not with other animals.  He is potty trained and knows how to sit, stay, roll over and shake with his left and right paws.

Samon is a three year old Laborador Retriever (Lab) mix who is good with children and other dogs but not with cats.  He is potty trained but does not like to go in a crate.  He knows how to sit, stay, roll over and loves to swim.






Testimonial – Chocolate lab graduates K9 Camp (board and train)

michigan dog trainingAfter Cocoa, a spunky Chocolate Labrador Retriever puppy completed Michigan Dog Training two-week K9 Camp program, her companion, Kathy Wright sent us this wonderful testimonial. Thank you Kathy!  Cocoa was a joy to train and we look forward to continuing to work with her and you as she ages.
“Thank you. Thank you for delivering on what you promised. You will see us again to fine tune the building blocks that are already in place. Truly unbelievable! I never thought I would see Cocoa in a still position EVER. She is a very playful and active baby girl at 5 1/2 months.” ….Kathy Wright of Ann Arbor, Michigan.
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Kathy tells Cocoa to go to and stay on place.

Testimonial – “Amazed after K9 Camp”

Kathryn and Bean

Kathryn and Bean

On December 31, 2012, Kathryn Ritchie of Ann Arbor, Michigan shared the below testimonial with us on her facebook page.  Her adorable dog Bean, a lab/poodle mix stayed with us for two weeks of training.  He did amazing in the Michigan Dog Trainer K9 Camp (board and train) and now he can go more places with her such as hiking off leash, running a 5K, canoeing, and skiing.  Great job Bean!

“Amazed after canine camp – thanks again Michael and Amy!” ….Kathryn Ritchie




Bean's first 5K

Bean’s first 5K



Charlie, lab learns new manners

Judy and Charlie

Charlie a yellow lab is a bundle of joy and often times that comes with some undesirable behaviors such as jumping on guests, not coming when called, mouthing owners’ hands and pulling on the leash during walks.  Via four in-home training sessions and instruction on how to properly use a remote training collar, Judy quickly taught Charlie not to mouth hands, not to jump on counters, to go to “place” to greet guests at the front house door, to walk on a loose leash, to come when called, to sit and stay at a distance and more.  He has a new freedom on life and is able to go and do more things with his mom.  Great job Charlie and Judy!

If you would like your dog to find new freedom in life, contact the Michigan Dog Trainer.

New CGC Stars – November 10, 2011

Canine Good Citizen, CGCOn November 10, 2011 Michael Burkey of Michigan Dog Trainer evaluated five dogs teams for the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test at the Humane Society of Huron Valley in Ann Arbor, Michigan.  The Canine Good Citizen test measures ten specific items of good manners for dogs, including loose-leash walking, approaching other dogs calmly, stay, come and other commands.  All five dog teams passed.  Congrats to all!

  1. Kelly Schwartz and Molly Schwartz-Johnson, Pitbull of Ann Arbor, Michigan
  2. Steven Elkowitz and Jake, Manchester Terrier of Caledonia, Michigan
  3. Mike Farah and Adicus VonDer King, German Shepherd of Ypsilanti, Michigan
  4. Kristan Rodwell and Celtic, Coton DelTulier of Canton, Michigan
  5. Alex Von Hagen-Jamaj and Sora, Lab mix of Ann Arbor, Michigan

Dempsey, Black Lab

Thanks again for all your help with Dempsey!
Craig Grissom

Susan and Honey Enjoying Walks Together

Recently, I had a very pleasant opportunity to drop in on a former Ann Arbor dog training client whom I had worked with approximately 8 months prior. I was driving to a new client’s house and happened to drive pass Susan and her dog Honey, a yellow Labrador Retriever.  They were enjoying a pleasant spring walk together and Honey was happily walking right beside Susan with no pulling on the leash.  So I turned around and pulled up alongside them to tell Susan what a “wonderfully trained dog she had.”   : )

Eight months ago, Honey use to be dog to dog reactive and pull very hard on a leash. Through in home dog training sessions together, Susan learned how to desensitize Honey to other dogs, to train Honey to pay attention to her and how to walk nicely on a leash. In fact, Honey improved so much that she was able to walk along side my dogs Draco and Simone.

Now approximately 8 months later, she reports her dog continues to do well and it showed.  Susan has been successful with Honey because of her commitment to working with her dog during and after training sessions.  And, seeing the two of them being able to enjoy a walk together put a big smile on my face. It was a good day – running into them again.