Nov 2017, E-Collar Class Graduates earn CGC

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On November 29, 2017 at the conclusion of the E-Collar Excellence group class at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan; three dog teams earned their Canine Good Citizen title.  Congratulations to the following teams:

  1. Shannon Denton and Luna, a Labrador Retriever of Canton, Michigan.
  2. Shannon Denton and Marleigh, a Collie mix of Canton, Michigan
  3. Theresa Williams and Riley Williams, a Pit Bull Terrier of Ann Arbor, Michigan

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Canine Good Citizens – August 2016

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On August 2, 2016 three students and their dogs passed the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluation with flying colors at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan. They completed the Intermediate Manners dog class which prepared them for the evaluation.  Congratulations to:

  1. Starr Natale and her dog Luna a Pit mix of Grosse Ile, Michigan
  2. Tim Porter and his dog Ziggy Stardust, a Cane Corso of Westland, Michigan
  3. Ellen Currin and her dog Winifred, a Pit mix of Detroit, Michigan






Your dog too can learn new manners and even titles. A new set of group dog training classes start next week. Hurry, don’t delay as classes fill quickly.


S.T.A.R. Puppies and More

Michigan Dog Training, Plymouth, Michigan, Canine Good Citizen, CGC, Puppy STAR, Puppy S.T.A.R., puppy obedience, puppy training, dog trainingOn April 26, 2016 numerous puppies and dogs earned their American Kennel Club S.T.A.R. Puppy Certificates and Canine Good Citizen titles at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan. Congratulations to the following dog teams on their accomplishments:

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














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.



Former Neglected Pit Bull earns Canine Good Citizen title

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Eric Allport and Roxie CGC

On March 3, 2015, Roxie, a former homeless Pit Bull earned her Canine Good Citizen (CGC) title with MDT Dog Trainer and owner Eric Allport at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan. The CGC promotes responsible dog ownership and evaluates the dog team in ten different well mannered behaviors: 1. Accepting a friendly stranger, 2. Sitting politely for petting, 3. Appearance and grooming, 4. Loose leash walking, 5. Walking through a crowd, 6. Sit and down on command/Staying in place, 7. Coming when called, 8. Non-reaction to another dog team, 9. Non-reaction to distractions, and 10. Supervised separation from the owner.

As noted in an earlier blog post, “Loveable Pit Bull Attacked Repeatedly by Another Dog Finds Forever Home” , Roxie in a former life was tied up in a back yard with another dog who repeatedly attacked her. Community dog lovers rescued her and Dr. Cheryl Good of Dearborn Family Pet Care temporarily adopted Roxie to give her a safe and loving reprise while she treated her for the injuries and mistreatment she had suffered. Dr. Good nursed her back to health and then elicited help from Michigan Dog Training to teach Roxie excellent obedience through it’s K9 University board and train program. Now that she was healthy, the plan was to train her so that she would become easily adoptable for her forever home.

While Roxie had a large following of supporters, no one was available to adopt Roxie as a permanent family member despite her being a very sweet and loveable dog, obedience trained, and rehabilitated. That’s when MDT Dog Trainer Eric Allport decided he wanted to open his home and heart to her. The two have been inseparable ever since. She has become a running partner with Eric, she goes on family outings with him, she comes to work with him and she even sleeps on a comfortable bed right beside Eric. And, as demonstrated by attainment of the CGC title, Eric has continued Roxie’s training. Congratulations to both of them!  MDT is very proud of Eric’s commitment and love for dogs and Roxie’s achievements.


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Loveable Pit Bull attacked repeatedly by another dog finds forever home

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Roxie, a sweet and loveable Pit Bull found her forever home tonight with a Michigan Dog Trainer, Eric Allport of Canton, Michigan.

In July 2014, it became known that Roxie spent her days tied up behind a house with another dog who repeatedly broke his leash and attacked Roxie.  Being tied up, Roxie couldn’t escape from the vicious attacks. Some good Samaritans convinced the owner to relinquish Roxie to them and they promptly asked Dr. Cheryl Good, DVM owner of Dearborn Family Pet Care in Dearborn, Michigan for assistance. Dr. Good treated her for heartworm and her other injuries as well as adopted her until she could find a great home for Roxie.  Dr. Good was Roxie’s Guardian Angel.

In November 2014 when Roxie was fully recovered, Dr. Good asked Michael Burkey, CEO and Dog Behaviorist at Michigan Dog Training (MDT) in Plymouth, Michigan to provide training and rehabilitation for Roxie so she could be adopted out when the right home came along.  She excelled in obedience training and even learned to play with other dogs again. Michael’s dog Starbuck, a German Shepherd (utilized frequently to teach fearful dogs that playing with other dogs can be very fun) became a frequent play companion of Roxie’s. Later Eric’s father’s dog Bailey did as well.

Despite Roxie being a very sweet and loveable dog, obedience trained, and rehabilitated; it proved challenging to find a home that was willing and able to adopt Roxie. Until, last week that is. Eric Allport a dog trainer at MDT decided he wanted to adopt Roxie. He had taken a special interest in her during her stay at MDT and always went the extra mile to provide her with loving care and attention. So he asked his family to come meet her and they too fell in love with Roxie.

Then it all happened tonight.  Dr. Good came to meet Eric and his family at their home with Michael and of course Roxie and Bailey too. It was very touching to see Roxie follow Eric around the house and to his bedroom as if she already belonged there.  Upon entering Eric’s bedroom, Roxie headed for the dog bed Eric had prepared for her and made herself comfortable. She even began to fall asleep. It was a done deal in Roxie’s mind.  All that was needed was Dr. Good’s approval and that was given when she hugged Eric with joy and told him he was a blessing.

It’s so sad how some people can mistreat animals who only want to be loved and taken care of. Thankfully though, a community of dog lovers came together (the good Samaritans, Dr. Good and her staff, the MDT staff, Eric and his family and probably others I’m unaware of), and gave Roxie the second wonderful life that she so deserves.

After the above meeting, Eric accompanied by Roxie returned to work at MDT to complete the rest of his evening shift. I got choked up and shed a few joyful tears seeing Roxie go home again with Eric. Now she is only a visitor and no longer a resident at MDT. She is now a loved family dog!  : )

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