Where are Nose Work training classes?

Beagle, Nose Work, Randy Hare,Michigan Dog Training

Nose Work is a fun scenting sport for pet dogs. It can be pursued as simply a fun activity for dogs and handlers or one can also earn Nose Work titles, if desired. So “Where are Nose Work training classes found”?  Well, you don’t have to look any further for the best than at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan.

Nose Work training mimics how police and military scent detection dogs are trained. And, as a former Police K9 Officer I bring my skills and experience to Michigan Dog Training (MDT) Nose Work classes to turn out top notch sniffers. We also have lots of fun while training.

Follow along and watch Jelly, a Beagle search for Q-Tips scented with Anise, Clove, and Birch oils and hidden in outdoor locations. The first hide is in plain sight but it’s a challenging problem for Jelly to navigate as it’s hidden under leaves.  Rather than searching first with her eyes and later by her nose for containers that may contain the scent, she has to trust her nose first in order to locate the hide that is her first buried location.

After that, Jelly finds a hide underneath a vacant bird nest laying on the ground. This was more of a test of the handler than the dog because many people would’ve pulled their dog off from sniffing the bird nest.  Many would assume Jelly was simply smelling bird scent and not Nose Work scent.  But not, Nicole, Jelly’s handler.  She did what we always said in Police K9 School, “Trust your dog’s nose because it knows”. And, Nicole did just that!

Puppy Nosework

Puppy training, Nosework, Puppy Nosework, Michigan Dog TrainingNosework is a fun sport for dogs of all ages including puppies. Watch Jelly, a 12 week old Beagle in the video below show you just how fun it is. This was her very first lesson.Nosework, Beagle, Michigan Dog Training, puppy training

She is being trained through free shaping to indicate on a target odor. In this case, the odor is Birch Oil. The United Kennel Club offers Nosework competitions whereas dogs search containers, interior rooms, exterior areas, and vehicles for five different scents. You and your puppy can do it just for fun or to eventually compete at Nosework trials.

By free shaping, Jelly discovers that if she goes near and later sniffs a target odor it will result in hearing a click from a clicker that she was correct and she can come get her reward, a tasty treat. We started off with just one pod that she had to search which was later increased to two pods and finally three pods. This caused her to differentiate between the correct pod and the other two that didn’t contain a scent.

In the end, she actually did a search of all three pods to find the target odor.  Now that’s an awesome puppy! To join a Nosework dog training class, contact Michigan Dog Training at 734-634-4152.



Nosework Dog Training Classes

Nosework is a fun dog sport that is open to all breeds of dogs. Dog owners train their dogs to use their natural scenting abilities, olfactory skills, to find target odors just like police dogs. The United Kennel Club has a Nosework program in which the dog and handler are judged on their ability to find and indicate five different scents in various environments such as boxes, interior rooms, exterior areas and on vehicles.

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Kaboom found the odor

A dog learns that finding the target odor will result in a reward such as a game of tug or treats. It’s highly rewarding to the dog, makes them proactively think and hunt for the odor and becomes addicting for the owner as well watching their dog have a blast exercising their natural talents. Nosework can be done just for fun or competition.

UKC offers Nosework competitions nation wide. Several of our students started Nosework classes just for the pure fun of the sport as a way to give their dog an activity to pursue. However, they soon got the competition bug and competed earning first and second place finishes. Another plus of Nosework is that you can practice at home as it doesn’t require a lot of training equipment such as other sports like Dog Agility.

The video below show cases two dogs (one brand new to the sport and one a seasoned pro) having a blast searching for and being rewarded for finding the target odor. The first dog, Hunter, has only had four training sessions and is already true to the target odor, disregards distraction scents in the other boxes and works the boxes methodically to find the odor. Kaboom is a seasoned pro and shows what your dog can do after participating in Nosework dog training classes at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan.  To have fun with your dog, call us at 734-634-4152.  Your dog can also become a K9 Nosework dog.

Dog Obedience Classes in Plymouth

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Basic Group Class

2015 Puppy and Adult dog obedience classes will start again next week at Michigan Dog Training (MDT) in Plymouth, Michigan. MDT offers a wide range of classes for all breeds large and small, from puppy to adult dog, and from basic to advanced obedience along with some specialized courses not found elsewhere. Some of the specialized courses include Train your Own Service Dog, Nosework, Protection Sport Dog and Feisty Fido.

Train Your Own Service Dog, Mondays, 6:30-7:25pm (1/5, 12, 19, 26)

Nosework, Mondays, 6:30-7:25pm (1/5, 12, 19, 26)

Protection Sport Dog, Mondays, 7:30-8:25pm (1/5, 12, 19, 26)

Puppy 2 Manners, Tuesdays 6:00-6:55pm (1/6, 13, 20, 27)

Puppy 1 Manners, Tuesdays 7:00-7:55pm (1/6, 13, 20, 27)

Intermediate Manners/CGC, Tuesdays 8:05-9:00pm (1/6, 13, 20, 27)

Circus Trick Dog, Wednesdays 6:00-6:55pm (1/7, 14, 21, 28)

Basic Manners, Wednesdays 7:00-7:55pm (1/7, 14, 21, 28)

Feisty Fido, Wednesdays 8:05-9:00pm (1/8, 15, 22, 29)

Perfect Practice, Thursdays 6:30-7:25pm (1/8, 15, 22, 29)

Advanced Obedience / Focused Heeling, Thursdays 7:30pm-8:25pm (1/8, 15, 22, 29)

Don’t wait, sign up now before classes are full.

January 2015 Dog Training Classes

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Basic Group Class

Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan has posted its January and February 2015 dog training classes.  They include the popular: Puppy 1 and Puppy 2 Manners (socialization, raising a puppy and obedience), Basic Manners, Intermediate Manners/Canine Good Citizen, Advanced Obedience/Focused Heeling, Nosework, Training Your Own Service Dog, Circus Trick Dog and Feisty Fido (for dogs who don’t get along with other dogs). We’ve also added a new exciting class called Protection Sport Dog. Sign up now, don’t delay as classes fill up quickly.

How to decide if you need dog training

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Michael Burkey teaching three Malinois to sit and stay

Do you need dog training from a professional for you and your dog? Michael Burkey, President and Dog Behaviorist of Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan provides these helpful tips to help you decide if you are in need of dog training.



a) Are you limited on the number and/or age of visitors (young or old) that can visit your home because of the dog?

b) Are you having trouble taking your dog for walks without him/her pulling you down the street or toward another dog or person?

c) Are you concerned about the liability your dog may pose if he/she got loose and was to approach other dogs or people?

d) Is your dog causing damage to your house or yard?

e) Is your life stressful because of your dog?





 a)  Your life being less stressful,

 b) Entertaining more people at your home without having to put the dog away,

 c) Taking beautiful day walks with your dog who has become an ideal companion, 

d) Taking your dog to more family outings, and more?


Michigan Dog Training (MDT) specializes in reducing family stress by training dogs and their families so that peace can be restored.  To discuss MDT’s services (Puppy training classes, private dog training lessons, in-home dog training, board and train, dog day school, doggie daycare, and other group classes such as Basic Obedience, Intermediate Obedience/CGCAdvanced Obedience/Focused Heeling, Nosework, Circus Dog, Service Dog, etc), please call 734-634-4152 or check out the Michigan Dog Training website for more information.

BNI Members learn dog bite prevention tips

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Kaboom heeling with attention on Burkey

On June 27, 2014, Michael Burkey, President of Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan gave a dog training demonstration and safety talk at the Referral Business Alliance, a BNI Chapter in Ann Arbor, Michigan. Assisting Burkey was his dog Kaboom, a two year old Belgian Malinois.  Kaboom is being trained in the sport of IPO/Schutzhund, Dog Obedience, Nosework and to be a Diabetic Alert Dog. Kaboom demonstrated some of his dog obedience skills such as heeling (walking next to Burkey while looking up at him), relinquishing a ball when told to do so, when to tug and when not to tug on the ball, to sit, to lay down, to stay when told and to come when called.

Burkey shared dog safety tips such as the correct way to approach and pet a dog, what to do if running or riding a bike and being chased by a dog, as well as how to recognize a dog that is exhibiting signs of stress or fear. These tips were also recently shared with Click on Detroit/Channel 4 News Reporter Hank Winchester in a video news report called, “Experts reveal how to help fend off dog attacks.”

The purpose of the BNI presentation was to provide its members with dog safety tips and to share with them the services Michigan Dog Training provides the community such as K9 Camp (board and train), Day Camp, In home private dog training lessons, on site private dog training lessons and group dog obedience classes. MDT works with all breeds large and small, puppies and adult dogs. They help high energy dogs become ideal companions. For more information on MDT services or to request Burkey to talk about dog bite prevention to your organization, contact MDT at 734-634-4152 or email info@michigandogtraining.com.


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Kaboom comes fast when called by Burkey

“Kaboom” explodes onto the Nosework Scene

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Kaboom’s New Nosework Titles


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Kaboom sits to indicate his find at source


On October 14, 2013, “Kaboom” du Loups du Soleil trained by Michael Burkey, President of Michigan Dog Training (MDT) LLC in Plymouth, Michigan earned his United Nosework Pre Trial 1, 2, 3, & 5 titles. The Pre Trials are set up to determine if a dog can recognize certain odors and show a focused response to the location of those odors.

Each odor (birch, anise, clove, myrrh and vetiver) is placed in one box of twelve identical boxes, one row at a time. The handler must then call the alert to signify to the judge that the odor has been found within a three minute time limit.  Upon earning the Pre-Trial title for a specific odor, a dog team can participate in trials were the odor will be hidden in a room, an outdoor area, and on a vehicle.

Kaboom was bred by Michael Ellis of Loups du Soleil, Working Belgian Malinois in Fairfield, California.

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Michael Burkey, K9 Draco and K9 Simone

Nosework is a relatively new dog sport.  The United Kennel Club (UKC) will soon take over the Nosework trials and grandfather in the titles already earned through the United Nosework organization. To learn more, Michigan Dog Training teaches Nosework group dog training classes in Plymouth, Michigan.  Dogs are taught to recognize odor very quickly as the way to obtain their reward such as a ball, toy, or food treats. Burkey teaches the classes who is an expert in scent detection having trained and handled police service detection dogs and search and rescue dogs.

Another Nosework dog class will start January 6, 2014.  To learn more, contact Amy, Program Coordinator and Client Support Specialist at 734-634-4152.

NoseWork – New dog sport for companion dogs

Sonic indicates on target odor in the box by sitting and staring until a ball pops out.

Sonic indicates on target odor in the box by sitting and staring until a ball pops out.

Nosework is a great new sport for companion dogs.  It teaches them to use their nose to find hidden scents much like police detection dogs but they’re finding legal scents:  birch oil, anise oil and clove oil.  Michigan Dog Training LLC will be an ultimate training site for this new sport with behavior shaping devices, the only known scent wall in

MDT Scent Wall

MDT Scent Wall

Michigan, and Nosework Instructor Michael Burkey’s experience as a K9 Police Detection Dog Handler.  Additionally, MDT will host a nationally known NoseWork trainer, Andrew Ramsey. He will present a two-day NoseWork Seminar October 12-13, 2013 at MDT’s building in Plymouth, Michigan. There will be 12 working spots and unlimited auditing spots. For more information, contact Michigan Dog Training LLC at info@MichiganDogTrainer.com or call 734-634-4152.

Here is a video showing what Fasa, a Belgian Malinois has learned in only three NoseWork sessions at Michigan Dog Training LLC.


Here is a video showing what is expected for a dog to compete in Novice Level NoseWork indicating on the target odor of Birch oil. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CR_lemDlOh8

For more information about Nosework classes or to attend Andrew Ramsey’s seminar contact us at Michigan Dog Training  by email at info@michigandogtrainer.com or by calling 734-634-4152.