Rottweiler earns Urban Canine Good Citizen

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On May 3, 2017, Bernie White and his dog Cyrus, a Rottweiler of Lincoln Park, Michigan earned the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Canine Good Citizen Urban (CGCU) title. The testing was done by Michael Burkey, CGC Evaluator in down town Plymouth, Michigan amongst city traffic, pedestrians (adults and young children), the dog friendly Sun and Snow Sports store and on an open back metal stairway leading to a parking deck.

Congratulations to Bernie and Cyrus! They prepared themselves well by participating in Michigan Dog Training’s group dog training classes. Cyrus has an excellent temperament and was bred by Stephanie Lubbers and Brian K. Beard of Quarterwoods Rottweilers.

To learn the testing requirements for the CGCU, visit: What is the Urban Canine Good Citizen Title?

For more information, contact Michigan Dog Training or call us at 734-634-4152. We have a variety of group dog training classes and other training programs to help dog owners prepare for the CGCU.


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Transversing open back metal stairs like a pro.

What is the Urban Canine Good Citizen title?

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Bernie White & Cyrus CGCU


I was recently asked, What is the Urban Canine Good Citizen (CGCU) title? The answer is:  The American Kennel Club (AKC) has varying levels of a Title program for mix and purebred dogs that test their Michigan Dog Training, Plymouth, Michigan, CGCU, Canine Good Citizen Urbansocialization to people and other dogs, ensures the dog owner is providing responsible dog care and that the dog has been trained in obedience skills in varying environments. The CGC program has four levels:

  • Puppy S.T.A.R. (Socialization, Training, Activity, Responsible dog owner)
  • Canine Good Citizen
  • Canine Good Citizen Advanced
  • Canine Good Citizen Urban

The Urban CGC title is the toughest level in the CGC program. To test for it, the dog must be registered or listed with the AKC (AKC number, PAL, or AKC Canine Partners number) and already have a CGC title or award on record. It is open to purebred dogs as well as mixed breed dogs. To pass the CGCU, a dog team must be able to:

  1. Exit/enter doorways with no pulling in dog friendly buildings.
  2. Walk through a crowd on a busy urban sidewalk.
  3. Show appropriate reaction to city distractions. This includes movement, noises and walking on a variety of surfaces.
  4. Cross an urban street by stopping at a corner, waiting to cross with no pulling and be under control while crossing the street.
  5. Ignore food on sidewalk.
  6. Accept a person walking up to them and receive petting.
  7. Walk under control in dog friendly buildings and do a 3 minute down stay in a lobby or outdoor area, or wait while owner has a meal or snack.
  8. Walk under control up and down stairs or ride an elevator.
  9. Be house-trained.
  10. Be under control while being transported (car, subway or cab).

Michael Burkey, CEO of Michigan Dog Training is a Certified AKC Evaluator. Additionally, MDT offers group dog training classes to help prepare dogs for the Canine Good Citizen certificates and titles. For more information, call 734-634-4152 or visit our website at:

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On January 10, 2017 three dogs showed off their good manners by passing the American Kennel Club Puppy STAR and Canine Good Citizen evaluations after having taken puppy training and dog training classes at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan.

Congrats to the following dog teams:

  1. Sobi, Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Puppy STAR and her handler Ed Abramoski of Canton, Michigan
  2. Cyrus, Rottweiler, Canine Good Citizen and his handlers Bernie White and Jeanette Garcia of Lincoln Park, Michigan
  3. Luna, Doberman, Canine Good Citizen and his handler James Remenapp of Redford, Michigan


Contact Michigan Dog Training at 734-634-4152 to learn how your dog can also become a Puppy STAR or Canine Good Citizen with good manners.

4 New CGC Stars at Michigan Dog Training

150_cgcpatch.jpgOn February 5, 2013 four dog handlers and their dogs passed the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluation at Michigan Dog Training (MDT). The evaluation was conducted by MDT Lead Trainer Wendy Bemis and assisted by Dog Trainer Charles Duckworth.  The CGC is an AKC Title consisting of ten components to ensure the dogs behave well in public and the handlers have good obedience control over their dogs as well as are responsible dog owners.

Congratulations to:

  1. Sharon Shada and Daisey Mae Shada, Great Dane/St. Bernard of Novi, Michigan
  2. Suzanne Seibel and Skylar, English Shepherd of Plymouth, Michigan
  3. Jill Marquette and Opie, old English Sheepdog of South Lyon, Michigan
  4. Tracie Magusin and Sargeant Rucus Magusin of Lincoln Park, Michigan

If you’re interested in having your dog become a CGC Star, contact Amy at Michigan Dog Training or by calling her at 734-634-4152.  She will set you up with the right training program for your dog.