8 Puppies earn AKC STAR Medals

AKC STAR Puppy

On November 28, 2017 eight puppies earned their American Kennel Club Puppy S.T.A.R. Awards at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan.  Learn how your puppy can earn his or her Puppy S.T.A.R. Medal.

December Puppy 1 Training Classes start next week, Wednesday December 6, 2017 at 8:00pm. Sign up by visiting our website or by calling 734-634-4152. Hurry, don’t delay. The class is filling up quickly.

 

Congratulations to the following teams:

  1. Connie Giummo and Benelli a German Shorthair Pointer of Novi, Michigan
  2. Rebecca Runco and Zeke, an Australian Shepherd of Dearborn, Michigan
  3. Madelyn Green and Jiri Green-Heeren, a Siberian Husky of Berkley, Michigan
  4. Akshay Vasudevan and Buddy, a Chocolate Lab of Canton, Michigan
  5. Lisa Haselhuhn and Gracie, a Labrador Retriever
  6. Terri Mezigian and Maverick, a Yellow Lab of Livonia, Michigan
  7. Robert Bend and Maggie, a Staffordshire Terrier of Plymouth, Michigan
  8. Anna Blott and Colonel Brandon, a Border Collie of Northville, Michigan

 

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6 New Trick Dogs

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On February 6, 2017  six dog teams earned their Novice Trick Dog Title as part of Kyra Sundance’s “Do More With Your Dog!” program at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan. The teams had to demonstrate 15 points worth of tricks that they learned in the Basic Manners group class. MDT’s Basic Manners group class incorporates both obedience skills and tricks to make learning fun for dogs and their owners.  Congratulations to the following teams:

  1. Michaela Gearin and Tobias Gearin, a Coon/Rott mix of Livonia, Michigan
  2. Barbara Gearin and Owen, an All American Dog of Livonia, Michigan
  3. Sarah Huddas and Rebel, an English Setter of Canton, Michigan
  4. Jillian Miller and Dobby Miller, a Vizsla/Labrador mix of Plymouth, Michigan
  5. Srujana Bolger and Penny Bolger a Rhodesian Ridgeback of Northville, MI
  6. Marvin Asuncion and Leroy, a Shepherd mix of Canton, Michigan

 

Novice Trick Dog Titles, Nov 2, 2016

Do More With Your Dog, Kyra SundanceOn November 2, 2016 all of the Basic Manners Group class students and their dogs earned a Novice Trick Dog (NTD) title via the Kyra Sundance Do More With Your Dog program at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan.  To qualify for the NTD, dogs demonstrated at least fifteen different tricks which they learned during the group class in addition to Basic Manners such as sit, come, down, stay, walk on a loose leash, and more. Some of the tricks included; doggy push-ups, hand signals of three behaviors, heeling at left side with an automatic sit, kennel up, peekaboo, spin circles, nose touch and more.

MDT believes in making group dog training classes fun.  That’s why dog tricks are inter-mixed with obedience commands in all of our obedience classes.  The dogs learn good manners and their owners have fun showing off their dog’s performance tricks. And, many MDT trained dogs later go on to become Therapy Dogs. Dogs who have tricks in their repertorie will delight hospital patients, senior citizens and others.

Congratulations to the following dog teams:

  1. Mary Garnett and Saoirse, Labrador Retriever of Northville, Michigan
  2. Eric Rinke and Duke, Sheepdog/Border Collie mix of Plymouth, Michigan
  3. Alex Dixon and Winnie, Golden Retriever of Plymouth, Michigan
  4. Paul DePalma and Nala, Pitbull mix of Plymouth, Michigan
  5. Katie Fisher and Marlene, Plott Hound mix of Plymouth, Michigan

New Puppy STARS on September 27, 2016

Michigan Dog Training, American Kennel Club, AKC, STAR Puppy, Star Puppy, S.T.A.R. PuppyOn September 27, 2016 five puppies and their handlers completed the Puppy 2 Manners group class and earned their American Kennel Club Puppy STAR (Sociability, Training, Activity, Responsibility) certificate at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan.

The Puppy STAR tests the dog on pre-Canine Good Citizen behaviors and ensures the handler raises the puppy in a responsible manner.

Congratulations to the following teams for getting their pup started on the right paw of life:

  • Elizabeth Miller and Maggie, a Border Collie of Canton, Michigan
  • Christina Planck and Maple, a German Shepherd Dog of Canton, Michigan
  • Julie Hook and Lyla Hook, a German Shepherd Dog of Canton, Michigan
  • Caroline Deacon and Zika Deacon, a Golden Retriever of Northville, Michigan
  • Adam Reames and Otto, a German Shepherd Dog of Ypsilanti, Michigan

The above pups are now eligible to enter the Intermediate Manners class and work toward the Canine Good Citizen title.

The next set of classes (Puppy 1 Manners, Puppy 2 Manners, Basic Manners, Intermediate Manners, Nosework, Sport Protection Dog and E-Collar Excellence) start the week of October 3, 2016. Hurry, don’t delay as classes fill up quickly. Start your dog’s education by calling 734-634-4152.

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Canine Good Citizens – August 18, 2016

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On August 18, 2016 four dog teams became Canine Good Citizens (CGC) by passing the American Kennel Club CGC evaluation with flying colors. The testing was done at  Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan by CGC Evaluator Michael Burkey. Congratulations to the following teams:

1. Wendy Klochko and her dog Miss. Pepperdine of Parkshore Lake, a Miniature Poodle of Northville, Michigan
2. Leslie McGowan and her dog Jax, a Weimaraner of Novi, Michigan
3. Doug Wischmeyer and his dog Zoe, a Border Collie/Aussie Shepherd mix of Farmington Hills, Michigan
4. Doug Wischmeyer and his dog Easton, a Border Collie/Aussie Shepherd mix of Farmington Hills, Michigan

Your dog too can become a Good Citizen. Contact MDT at 734-634-4152 to sign up for the next set of classes to commence after Labor Day.

 

 

S.T.A.R. Puppies and More

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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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Nov 2015 Puppy STARS at MDT

Michigan Dog Training, American Kennel Club, AKC, STAR Puppy, Star Puppy, S.T.A.R. PuppyOn November 24, 2015 five puppies and their owners earned their American Kennel Club Puppy STAR titles at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan.  The Puppy STAR requires a pup and owner to attend a puppy class that is at least six weeks in duration (MDT’s Puppy Ultimate Class is 8 weeks in duration), a pledge by the owner to take good care in raising their puppy and successful completion of a puppy obedience evaluation and temperament test.  Puppies are now eligible to participate in our Intermediate Manners group class and work toward their Canine Good Citizen title.  The next Intermediate Manners class starts on Tuesday December 1, 2015.

Congratulations to:

  • Gayle Doyle and her dog Winslow, a Great Dane, of Farmington Hills, Michigan
  • Jacqueline Rancour and her dog Violet, a Labrador Retriever of Dearborn, Michigan
  • Jeanne Layne and her dog Luna, a Golden Retriever of Riverview, Michigan
  • Laurie Blondy and her dog Bennington Hills Daisy II, a Golden Retriever of Northville, Michigan
  • Kevin Christensen and his dog Kira, a Chocolate Lab of Farmington Hills, Michigan

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Puppies are Stars at MDT

otonColorsTMagAd9-06On June 23, 2015 five puppies who completed the Ultimate Puppy group class (Pup 1 followed by Pup 2 group classes) at Michigan Dog Training (MDT) in Plymouth, Michigan earned their American Kennel Club (AKC) STAR (Socialization, Training, Activity, Responsibility) Puppy certificate.  The STAR program measures the owner’s responsible behaviors in raising a puppy, the puppy’s temperament behaviors (free of aggression and fear) and the puppy’s Pre-Canine Good Citizen behaviors which includes:

  1. Allows petting by a person other than the owner
  2. Grooming – allows owner handling and brief exam by owner (ears, feet)
  3. Walks on a leash – follows owner for 15 feet or more in a straight line
  4. Walks by other people
  5. Sits on command
  6. Downs on command
  7. Comes to owner from five feet away
  8. Reaction to distractions without fear or aggression and
  9. Stays on leash with another person while owner walks ten feet away and returns

Congratulations to the owners and their STAR puppies!

  • Alexa Rickert and Reggie, Beagle of Canton, Michigan
  • Michael King and Olive, Labrador Retriever mix of Northville, Michigan
  • Satheesh Rajagopalan and Groot, Australian Shepherd mix of Canton, Michigan
  • Kathy Borden and Louie, Bolognese of Ann Arbor, Michigan and
  • Parul Luthra and Neo, Cockapoo of Westland, Michigan

MDT offers on-going Puppy 1 and Puppy 2 group socialization and training classes. Each class is four weeks in duration. Or, students can elect to sign up for the Ultimate Puppy program which includes Puppy 1 and Puppy 2 classes at a $60 discount. The next set of puppy classes begin July 7, 2015. For those who completed Puppy 2 or the Ultimate Puppy, they normally are ready to jump ahead to the Intermediate Manners class which also begins July 7, 2015.

Dog Training with Distractions – Airplanes

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Dog training with distractions

At Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan; we are asked thousands of questions about how to train a dog. One of the most popular question is,  “When should I add distractions to my dog’s training program.” And, its a great question because sometimes the question isn’t asked but should be asked. For example, one cannot expect their dog to come off leash when chasing a squirrel if he or she hasn’t yet accomplished an on leash recall with gradual increasingly tougher distractions.  However, you would be surprised as to how many people achieve a simple on leash recall and then say to themselves, “lets see if my dog can come when in hot pursuit of a squirrel” and then wonder why their dog wasn’t successful.

 

“When should I add distractions to my dog’s training program?”

The simple answer to when one should add distractions to their dog’s training program is, “as fast as possible and as slow as need be” as coined by Robin MacFarlane CEO of That’s My Dog in Dubuque, Iowa. It is similar to when teaching a child new skills; one should break the learning components into easy to understand parts and perform them in distraction free environments in the beginning.

The same is true when teaching puppies and dogs new manners. For example, when training the sit command, teach it first without the presence of distractions such as in your kitchen rather than in the back yard or at the park.  Lure the dog’s nose upward with a piece of food so that he raises his head up. When the head goes up usually the rear goes down and touches the floor.  And, walla you have a sit.  Later, fade out the food lure for simply the voice command of sit so that your dog doesn’t become reliant on only the visual stimulation of seeing the treat. Thus, one can use luring to teach the body mechanics of the sit but one would want to remove the need for luring as soon as possible. This can be done by saying the word sit prior to showing the food lure. Over time, the dog will learn the word sit and no longer need to see the food lure to know that if he sits, he will gain the treat. When the dog is correct in performing the sit 80% of the time, one can start to increase the area distractions where the sit is requested such as in the back yard or on the street corner.

 

Adding in distractions

When adding in distractions, think of all the distractions your dog may come across when being asked to perform a sit and put them on rungs of an imaginary ladder and climb your way up the ladder, as fast as possible but as slow as need be. However, be careful not to climb to fast or try to skip rungs and thus slide back down the ladder. Keep a consistent and manageable upward ascent to set your dog up for continued success.

Case in point, last April I recommenced Kaboom’s tracking sessions with the onset of spring weather. Kaboom is fairly new to tracking so I wanted the distractions to be minimal as possible in the beginning. As he gains confidence in the track, I’ll purposely add environmental distractions. After laying my morning track in Northville, Michigan, I returned to the vehicle to retrieve Kaboom. As I approached my vehicle, a joyful elderly man carrying a large remote controlled plane proceeded out to the area in which I had just laid my track.

Instantly, my heart sunk as Kaboom had never experienced such a high distraction tracking field. And, then my adopted motto, “as fast as possible, as slow as need be” came to mind.  And, so I thought to myself, yes the plane will be a big distraction but how nice of this man to bring a plane to help me with my distraction training.  : )    As it turned out, I was very pleased with Kaboom’s dedication to the track despite a plane flying through the air and despite the man standing two feet from where the track was laid. Kaboom simply passed the man and stayed on track. I couldn’t ask for anything better than that. And, what a joy it was to talk with this passionate man who was out for his first spring day of flying.

However, if Kaboom had been distracted by the plane or the man standing so close to the track, it wouldn’t have been a complete loss.  It simply would’ve showed me what I needed to work on and the plan would’ve been to seek out other similar distractions at a further distance from the track so that he could be successful. Then as he experienced little successes, decrease the distance between the distraction and the track. And, it is the same with obedience training.

 

Dog training 101
  1. Break the training goal into small easy to understand components
  2. Teach the components in a distraction free environment
  3. Thread the components into the desired goal
  4. Practice the new skill in various environments that offer gradual challenging distractions

And, how fast do we move from one step to another? I look for 80% comprehension before increasing the training expectation or distraction. In summary, “as fast as possible but as slow as need be.”