8 Puppies earn AKC STAR Medals

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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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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.

 

 

Dobermans become Canine Good Citizens

On April 22, 2016 two more Doberman Pinschers became Canine Good Citizens (CGC).  They passed the CGC evaluation with flying colors administered by Michael Burkey owner of Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan Dog Training, Doberman Pinscher, Doberman, Canine Good Citizen, CGC, dog training, Plymouth, MichiganMichigan.

They too along with Holly Cotham had participated in an Intermediate Manners group dog training class at MDT.  Gotham and her dog Charlie were unable to make tonight’s testing and thus took and passed the evaluation yesterday.  The three of them are members of the “Doberman Gang of Detroit”, of a social network of Doberman owners who train and socialize together. The dogs celebrated by having a fun romp together and tiring themselves out proving a tired dog is a good dog.

Congratulations to tonight’s dog teams:

  1. Nicole Flatley and her dog “Nicole’s Cry Me a River No More (River)”, a Doberman Pinscher of Novi, Michigan
  2. Gene Mininni and his dog “Nico”, a Doberman Pinscher of Livonia, Michigan

Your dog too can become a Good Citizen.  Classes start again the first week of May 2016.  If interested, visit Michigan Dog Training and click on the blue icon button, “Book Online.”  There you can register for the following classes:  Puppy obedience, Basic Obedience, Intermediate Obedience, Tricks and Fun Agility, Nosework and Sport Protection Dog.

 

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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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November 2015 CGC Titles earned at Michigan Dog Training

On November 24, 2015 five students and their dogs earned their American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) titles at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan.  The CGC is a ten step evaluation to show Michigan Dog Training, American Kennel Club, AKC, Canine Good Citizen, CGCthe dog has a stable temperament and good manners. Join MDT’s Intermediate Manners dog training group class to prepare your dog to take the Canine Good Citizen test.  The next class starts December 8, 2015.

Congratulations to:

  1. Susan Haydon and her dog Classea’s Champagne on Ice, a Portugese Water Dog of Plymouth, Michigan
  2. Terry Harvill and his dog Gracie Harvill, a Golden Retriever of Novi, Michigan
  3. Kelly Sexton and her dog Nero Sexton, a German Shepherd Dog of Novi, Michigan
  4. Christina Samuels and her dog Phoenix, a Doberman of Southfield, Michigan
  5. Sheryl Thelen and her dog Asti Una’s Valdemar Lisosi, an Icelandic Sheepdog of Ferndale, Michigan

 

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October 2015 Dog Titles

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On October 28, 2015 several dogs and puppies earned American Kennel Club (AKC) titles at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan.  Puppies who graduated from Puppy 2 class earned their S.T.A.R. Puppy Certificate and dogs who graduated from the Intermediate Manners class earned their Canine Good Citizen (CGC) titles.  Congrats to all!

S.T.A.R. Puppies

  • Andrew Ciesielski and his pup Roxy, a German Shepherd Dog from Canton, Michigan
  • Loretta Waldeck and her pup Charlie, an Australian Labradoodle from Brighton, Michigan
  • Stephanie Pritula and her pup Ripley, an English Bulldog from Plymouth, Michigan
  • Terry Harvill and his pup Gracie Harvill, a Golden Retriever from Novi, Michigan
  • Andrea Milhizer and her pup Maize, a Golden Retriever from Milford, Michigan
  • Stacy Grzelak and her pup Baxter, a Cavalier King Charles Spaniel from Plymouth, Michigan

Canine Good Citizens

  • Robert Wilcox and his dog James P. Sullivan, a Bullmastiff from Canton, Michigan
  • Caitlin and Colin McCarthy and her dog Luna McCarthy, an All American from Brighton, Michigan
  • Michael Rutkowski and his dog Gus, a Labradoodle from South Lyon, Michigan
  • Craig Robinson and his dog Rembrandt, a Korthal Wire-Haired Griffon from Plymouth, Michigan

 

The next set of Puppy classes and adult dog basic manners classes start the first week of November.  There are still a few spots remaining in the classes.  Your dog too can be a STAR Puppy or Canine Good Citizen!

Dogs who graduated from Puppy 2 Manners or Basic Manners are ready to join the Intermediate Manners  class. And, dogs who earned their Canine Good Citizen will love the Do More With Your Dog class.

 

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.

Dog hiking in southeastern Michigan

 

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Awesome Dog Adventures at Garden City Park

Spring is here and so the opportunities to take beautiful hikes with your dog abound. If they did not get out for walks during the winter, then it is important to build their endurance gradually as is recommended for people when beginning a walking program.  One can start with short distances at flat land parks and gradually increase the duration and distance of the walks.  Later as the team progresses, the speed and hill difficulty can be increased as well. Spring is also a great time for your dog to receive a wellness check and be heart worm tested. Your veterinarian can clear your dog for exercise or make suggestions to restrictions and/or diet recommendations.

Assuming you and your dog are healthy to exercise some consideration should be given as to how to start and maintain a walking program:
1. What length of time and what time of day do you prefer to walk,

2. Proper foot attire and walking surface

3. Water for your dog and poop bags

4. Where to walk, and

5. Do you prefer to walk alone or with others.

The duration of the walk is going to be dependent upon your fitness level. To start with you could simply head out your front door with your dog and walk for ten or fifteen minutes and return home thus accomplishing a 20-30 minute walk.  For more variety, you could travel to a park that offers a circular walking pattern and complete one or more laps dependent upon your and your dog’s endurance.

It’s important to wear proper walking or running shoes and consider the running surface not only for your self but also for your dog.  If you’re just starting a walking program then a flat level path is an excellent choice.  However, if you’re a runner, you might want to run on a softer path such as grass or a dirt trail to lessen your feet impact.

Proper hydration is also important for you and your dog.  Thus, it’s important to carry along water and a collapsible bowl for your dog to drink from along with poop bags to pick up any dog waste during the trip.

To keep things interesting, it’s a good idea to vary the location of your walks.  Some recommended dog friendly parks in south east Michigan include:
Ann Arbor
A. Nichols Arboretum – beautiful large park that offers challenging hills, flat pastures and river scenes.  Great place to take photos of your dog.
B. Gallup Park – large walking path around the river plus nature areas to explore.  A very beautiful park with lots of dog walkers. Watch out for the bikers that sneak up behind you.

Canton
A. Heritage Park – serene medium length walk around a beautiful pond frequent by waterfowl.  It is especially beautiful at sunset.
B. Lower Rouge Recreational Area – beautiful stone path wooded trails, wear mosquito repellant during active mosquito season due to the trail being in the woods and winding next to a stream.

Garden CityGarden City Park, 1.2 path that circles the park containing lots of distractions (walkers, bikers, joggers, squirrels, child play area, baseball fields).  If you have a reactive dog, be careful or skip the back portion of the walk behind the baseball fields as the walking path is adjacent (within a few feet) to residences that have barking dogs on the other side of the privacy fences.

LivoniaRotary Park, lots of paved walking area in the front and back park of the park in addition to wooded trials.  Dogs are suppose to be kept on a leash as in all parks but be careful on the wooded trials as many people allow their dog to roam off leash.

NoviMaybury State Park, beautiful paved flat trials along with challenging hilly wooded trials.

PlymouthDowntown district / Kellogg Park, beautiful urban park to walk your dog and hang out in the park with your dog.  Suggestion, have someone order take out at Panera bread (next to the park) or bring a snack and have a picnic in the grass near the fountain.

Walled Lake
Kenningston Metro Park, beautiful paved 8 mile trail around the lake.  There are also additional wooded nature trails but dogs are not allowed on the nature trails.
Proud Lake Recreational Area, the most beautiful wooded park in south eastern Michigan that will remind you of being up north.  The wooded trials will take you throw wetlands (wooded plank walkways), around a lake, past a small dam and into beautiful evergreen groves.  This is a must see.

A final decision is to decide if you prefer to walk alone with your dog or with others.  It can be more fun and helpful to stick to a walking program when you walk with others.  If this interests you, the Michigan Dog Trainer has a walking meet up group called Awesome Adventures.  It meets approximately twice per month at the above local parks.

Planning how to start and maintain a walking program with your dog can lead to your success but the most important thing is just to get out and do it. Start small and build as your endurance and interest grows. Have fun walking! And, if you need help to train your dog to walk nicely on a leash contact the Michigan Dog Trainer for professional dog training.

New CGC Stars – October 11, 2011, Garden City, Michigan

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On October 11, 2011, Michigan Dog Trainer, a professional pet home dog training company evaluated two dogs for the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program in Garden City, Michigan. Both dogs passed the ten item evaluation with flying colors.  Congratulations to:

1. Dimaraki Eleni and Cosmo (Labradoodle) of Ann Arbor, Michigan and

2. Steve Zajdel and Harley (Golden Retriever) of Novi, Michigan.

New CGC Stars – 5/2/11, Ann Arbor, Michigan

Michelle Houchins and Maggie

Dr. Carol McKee and Ruby

On May 2, 2011 four students of Michael Burkey’s Canine Behavioral Training’s Advanced Manners dog training class successfully passed the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluation at the Humane Society of Huron Valley, Ann Arbor, Michigan.

The CGC evaluation is a ten step process which evaluates the handler’s control of their dog in public settings and the dog’s ability to respond to obedience cues as well as cope with being approached and handled by a stranger.

Nancy Peterson and Niko

The four new CGC stars are:

  • Michelle Houchins and Maggie (Border Collie mix) of Plymouth, Michigan
  • Dr. Carol McKee and Ruby (Rottweiler mix) of Novi, Michigan
  • Nancy Peterson and Niko (Chesapeake Bay Retriever) of Ann Arbor, Michigan
  • Aaron Radlinski and Sparta (Australian Cattle Dog and German Shepherd mix) of Ann Arbor, Michigan

Congratulations to all!  They have done a wonderful job learning and training their canine partners.  To teach your dog good manners and to become a canine good citizen, contact Michael Burkey at Michigan Dog Trainer.