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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3 New Canine Good Citizens

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On November 28, 2017 three dog teams earned their American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (CGC) title at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan. Learn more about what it takes to become a Canine Good Citizen.

Congratulations to the following dog teams:

  1. Kayla Kline and Paxton, a Chocolate Lab/Australian Shepherd mix of Belleville, Michigan
  2. Catherine White and Autumn, a Dachshund mix of Plymouth, Michigan
  3. Alyssa Alessandrini and Dove, a Pit/Lab mix of Westland, Michigan

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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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Sully a Rottweiler earns CGCA Title

 

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On November 25, 2017, Sully a five month old Rottweiler puppy earned the American Kennel Club Advanced Canine Good Citizen title at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan.

Sully’s handler is Spencer Schiftar of Plymouth, Michigan. They prepared for this accomplishment by completing 8 private dog training lessons with Michael Burkey.

This is a huge accomplishment especially for a five month old puppy!  Congratulations Spencer and Sully.

Should I tell my dog to stay?

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I am often asked the question, “Should I tell my dog to stay?” As noted in an earlier blog article, “3D’s for teaching your dog to Stay,” “I don’t use the word “stay” because I’m very consistent with my dog. Sit means sit and down means down.”

If I tell my dog to “sit,” then I expect him to remain sitting until I release him from that position. If I tell him to go to “place” (such as on a place board) then it’s a location not a position. Again, I don’t need to also say stay as staying on “place” is implied through the training. However, if you’re more comfortable in saying stay, that’s fine. Just realize it’s more for your benefit than your dog’s.

Your dog will learn faster, the more you are consistent and precise in your cues, commands and expectations. Years ago, a college roommate of mine was taking an Abnormal Psychology course. As part of his homework, he asked me to take a 500 multiple question test. I didn’t know the purpose of the test at the time but later found out it was to test a person’s consistency rate. Many of the questions resulted in the same answer but were asked in a  different way.

Michigan Dog Training, brain waves, PsychologyWhen announcing the score, he told me I was abnormal. I replied, “Abnormal!! What do you mean, I’m probably the most normal person you could find!” That’s probably a sign of an abnormal person right there LOL.

He told me that I scored 100% on the test and it was a test on consistency. He further explained that he called me abnormal as hardly anyone scores 100%. A dog training secret is that a high consistency rate is one of the main things that separate dog owners and dog trainers. And, that’s a good thing because consistency can be taught as well as dog training skills.

Dogs learn well when we chuck learning goals into smaller components and are consistent in their delivery. Once learned, we can add them together for the desired end result command. Thus if you’re consistent that a sit means a sit and a down means a down, you don’t need to give another command which is more ambiguous such as “stay.” It’s an added command that really doesn’t have as much meaning for the dog as William Shakespeare, Michigan Dog Training, To be or not to bethe desired command. For example, a dog can’t jump on you if he’s been taught to reliably respond to a sit command. Thus, the stay command is not needed.

As William Shakespeare coined, “To be or not to be,” you can decide to tell your dog “to stay or not to stay.” It’s your choice.

For more information on having your dog trained or learning how to train your own dog, contact Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan or call 734-634-4152.

3D’s for teaching your dog to Stay

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One of every dog’s necessary skills  is to be able to stay either in a position such as sit-stay or down-stay or on Place such as on a place board, dog bed or towel. Whether you call it stay or not, really doesn’t matter. Personally, I don’t use the word “stay” because I’m very consistent with my dog. Sit means sit and down means down.

There are 3 D’s involved when teaching your dog to stay either in a position or on a location. They are: Duration, Distractions and Distance. Despite everyone’s ultimate goal to get to the Distance component as soon as possible, I teach that component last.

I want the dog to be very solid with being able to stay in the position or on place for longer periods of time (duration) and amongst distractions before teaching it with distance. The reason being is because with Duration and Distractions I am near the dog with him on leash. If he breaks position or the location, I can help guide him back into position whereas if I start working on distance too soon, I can’t offer him that help.

However, I know everyone is tempted to start on Distance too soon because that is their end goal. So to feed that temptation without causing training problems, only go a few steps away. With a dog on a 6 foot leash, you’re able to go four or five feet away and quickly return to praise your dog for staying. Don’t go further than the length of the leash until your dog is solid with Duration and amongst Distractions.

Those are the 3D’s of teaching a dog to Stay. I’ll go into more detail of each in another blog post. Until then, check out our dog training services at Michigan Dog Training.

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October 2017 Dog Title Earners

AKC STAR Puppy

 

Canine Good Citizen, CGC, CGC testingMichigan Dog Training (MDT) is always proud of its students and their dogs accomplishments. Our October 2017 title earners include:

On October 24, 2017 the following puppy teams passed the AKC STAR Puppy program evaluation:

  • Morgan Spencer and Breland, a Black Lab of Plymouth, Michigan
  • Nadine Medley and Kevin, a ShihTzu / Bichon mix of Plymouth, Michigan
  • Sarah Smith and Emmy, an Australian Shepherd mix of Detroit, Michigan
  • Alyssa Alessanorini and Dove, a Pit mix of Redford, Michigan

 

On October 24, 2017 the following dog teams earned the Canine Good Citizen title:

  • Maria Boraniec and Gunner, a Besenji of Farmington Hills, Michigan
  • Richard Miller and Tank, a German Shepherd Dog of Taylor, Michigan
  • Ronald & Theresa Merbler and Tango, a Wirehaired Pointing Griffon of Canton, Michigan
  • Angela Austin and Lexi Austin, an English Lab of South Lyon, Michigan
  • Lisa Brunette and Alyce, an English Lab of South Lyon, Michigan
  • Deborah Buzzy and Odin, a German Shepherd Dog of South Lyon, Michigan

Congratulations to all!

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Is training your dog a habit?

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In business circles, a common topic of discussion is whether or not leaders are born to lead. And so too, I ask are people born with dog training skills or do they develop them?

It may seem obvious, that people develop the skills because most people see the value in getting their dog professionally trained. However, there are those who have a passion and love for dog training as a profession, sport or hobby, have an easier time relating to dogs than others, are easily able to recognize stress, fear and aggressive behavior signs in dogs, and are more coordinated. So which is it, born with greater skills or trained?

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Aristotle said it best, “We are what we repeatedly do. Excellence, then, is not an act, but a habit.” So too is dog training. Even the most uncoordinated and first time dog owner can learn to bond, relate and train their dog with help from an experienced dog trainer as long as they consider the training of their dog to be a habit and not an one time act.

If you don’t have the time and patience to train your dog then its’ best to have a professional train your dog via a board and train or day training program. However, if you do have the time and patience as well as the motivation and commitment; then group classes or private training lessons are a good choice.

As you progress through the weekly lessons be sure to put practice time on your schedule. Just like going to the gym, it’s more likely to happen if you reserve time on your calendar and commit to it. Otherwise, life gets in the way and your attendance at the gym will suffer. Thus, you need to reserve time on the calendar for you and your dog. Otherwise, life will interrupt the best intentions of training your dog.

The good news is, you don’t have to reserve big blocks of time to train your dog at one time, such as a hour or even a half hour. Frequency of practice sessions utilizing Deep Practice or Deliberate Practice (defined by Daniel Coyle in his book, The Little Book of Talent, 52 Tips for Improving Skills as “The form of learning marked by 1) the willingness to operate on the edge of your ability, aiming for targets that are just out of reach, and 2) the embrace of attentive repetition.”) are more important than the length of the sessions. Therefore, for a pet dog to be transformed into a well mannered family member, I recommend the following minimum training sessions:

  •  Pups 10-19 weeks of age:  10-15 minute sessions, 3-4 sessions per day, 5 days per week
  •  Dogs 20 weeks and older:  20 minute sessions, 3 sessions per day, 5 days per week

Once your happy with your dog’s new obedience skills, you can switch from having scheduled training sessions with your dog to practicing good manners throughout your everyday life. As you remain consistent with the new standards you hold for your dog and for yourself, the training will cease to be an act and grow to be a habit with amazing potential and results.

Where are Nose Work training classes?

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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!

Dogs earn Advanced CGC Titles, Sept. 2017

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On September 28, 2017 five dogs earned their American Kennel Club (AKC) Advanced Canine Good Citizen titles at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan.  Congratulations to the following dog teams:

  1. James Bowling with Bella, Labrador Retriever of Plymouth, Michigan
  2. Barbara Mays with DJ, Hound mix of Commerce Township, Michigan
  3. Andrew Rasky with Titan, German Shepherd Dog of Canton, Michigan
  4. Charles and Soraya Vaughn with Remi, German Shepherd Dog of Detroit, Michigan
  5. Bruce and Nancy Winkler with Dakota, Black English Labrador of Plymouth, Michigan
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BELLA CGCA

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DJ CGCA

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Titan CGCA

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Remi CGCA

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Dakoda CGCA