New Puppy All STARS on August 30, 2016

Michigan Dog Training, American Kennel Club, AKC, STAR Puppy, Star Puppy, S.T.A.R. PuppyOn August 30, 2016 six puppies became puppy All Stars at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan through the American Kennel Club (AKC) Puppy S.T.A.R. program. The STAR program focuses on the socialization of puppies, training good manners, engaging with your puppy through fun and healthy activities and the owners learning to be responsible dog owners. Puppy teams have to attend at least six dog training classes together prior to being evaluated. Thus owners who participate in Puppy 1 Manners (four week class) and Puppy 2 Manners classes (four week class) are well prepared for the evaluation.

Congratulations to the following puppy teams:


  1. Sheila Miller and Vesnta, German Shepherd Dog of Royal Oak, Michigan
  2. Amy Humphrey and Liberty, German Shepherd Dog of Plymouth, Michigan
  3. Amelia Sullivan and Shadow, Collie of Canton, Michigan
  4. Yvonne Nance and Zelia, White Shepherd/Black Lab mix of Westland, Michigan
  5. Kelsey Hamer and Winnie, Standard Poodle of Ypsilanti, Michigan
  6. Matthew Seigle and Rocky, Siberian Husky of Canton, Michigan

These puppies are now ready to enter the Intermediate Manners dog training class which starts next week and will help prepare them earn their Canine Good Citizen (CGC) title.

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How to teach your puppy to come

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In the below video, Michael Burkey demonstrates one way to teach your puppy to come when called. You can use your puppy’s daily food ration instead of treats which will make him more motivated to come when called when he has to work for his food instead of getting it for free in a bowl. Hand feeding through training also increases your puppy’s bond with you as he or she learns to depend on you for what they want; food, balls, toys, verbal and physical praise, etc.

As outlined in the below video, begin by tossing a piece of food away from you and label it with the word “go” to teach your dog to go away from you. Just before he returns to get another piece of food from you, say “come” and as he comes back reward with a another piece of food. This is an easy and very effective way to teach your puppy to come when called. You can practice this routine during the three minute commercials during your favorite television program. Now how much easier could that be?.

As your pup returns to you, show them a piece of food in your hand and lure them in close between your feet. This will teach your puppy to come in close proximity to you, so later when done from a standing position; your puppy will already use to coming in close to you. This makes it easier to snap their leash onto their collar.

At first, there is no need to have your puppy sit once they get to you. I like them coming in fast before you throw in a second command such as sit. The only exception to this is if you have a very fast recall already or your puppy is tempted to jump on you once they reach you. If so, add the “sit” cue to the equation. Otherwise, work on one thing at a time such as the “come” cue and later add the “sit” to the equation.

For help with puppy training, check us out at Michigan Dog Training or call us direct at 734-634-4152. We have a wide variety of services to help you train your puppy the right way, the first time. Maize featured in this post is in our Puppy VIP Day Care training program and Puppy Manners group class. Doing that combination of training provides the owner with the knowledge they need to train their puppy and have it reinforced by professional dog trainers during the week-days. It’s great socialization, obedience training and potty training as well.

So in review:

  1. Sit down in a chair with a bowl of your puppy’s food
  2. Throw a piece of dog food away from you and say “go”
  3. As your puppy finishes eating the thrown kibble but before he returns, use the word “come”
  4. Lure your puppy between your feet and reward him/her with another piece of yummy kibble
  5. As your puppy is solid on the come command eliminate the lure and verbally cue your puppy to “sit” just before he or she reaches you

How to teach your puppy not to jump

Dogs love to jump! They’re excited to see you and want to explode upward toward your face. In doing so, they can get closer to be able to lick your face. So its a natural thing for a dog to do. Instead of correcting the Michigan Dog Training, Golden Retriever, dog jumping on ownerdog for “wanting to be close to you,” which is your dog’s intent; teach your puppy or dog not to jump by reinforcing the behavior you do want. You can teach your puppy to be calm and self composed by keeping four paws on the ground and later to offer a sit in order to get attention from you.

In the video below, Michael Burkey CEO and Dog Behaviorist and Eric Allport, Program Coordinator at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan demonstrate how to teach your puppy or dog not to jump. Here are the key ingredients:

  1. Tether your puppy to something they can’t move so you can stand just out of their reach preventing their ability to jump on you.
  2. Walk up to your dog. If your dog tries to jump on you step back out of reach.
  3. When your puppy is calmer, walk back to them and offer a tasty treat or petting. If they try to jump, step back again. Soon your pup will learn that jumping on you makes you move away and keeping four paws on the floor makes you come back to them.
  4. If your puppy starts to bark due to frustration, wait them out and when they are quiet mark it with the sound of a clicker or a verbal marker such as “yes” and return to them.
  5. If your puppy won’t stop barking, try walking up half way to them but stop before going rest of the way until they stop barking for a second.
  6. Once your dog is good at keeping four paws on the floor, raise the bar by giving a “sit” command (assuming they already know the sit command) prior to you walking up to them. If they break the sit, step away as before.
  7. In no time, your puppy will replace jumping on you with sitting for the attention they desire. For more puppy and dog training assistance, contact Michigan Dog Training at 734-634-4152.

August 2015 dog title earners at MDT


On August 25, 2015 six students and their dogs earned American Kennel Club (AKC) titles at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan. The evaluations are given free of charge for students at the conclusion of their dog classes and is open to mixed and pure breed dogs.

The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy program evaluates the owner’s responsible puppy raising behaviors, the puppy’s temperament, and the puppy’s pre-Canine Good Citizen behaviors. The Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test evaluates the dog’s obedience and temperament: 1. Accepting a friendly stranger, 2. Sitting politely for petting, 3. Appearance and grooming, 4. Out for a walk – heeling, 5. Walking through a crowd, 6. Sit and down on command/Staying in place, 7. Coming when called, 8. Reaction to another dog, 9. Reaction to distractions, and 10. Supervised separation.

Congratulations to the following students and their dogs!

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  1. Kristin Kinasz and her dog Murphy, Saint Bernard of Westland, MichiganotonColorsTMagAd9-06
  2. Matthew Shaffer and his dog Hemi Gage Shaffer, German Shepherd of Roseville, Michigan
  3. Patricia Nowling and her dog Oscar, Chocolate Lab of Belleville, Michigan

CGC Titles

  1. Tom Laco and his dog Guinness, German Short-Haired Pointer of Livonia, Michigan
  2.  Holly Tebelman and her dog Cider, Yellow Lab of Dearborn, Michigan
  3. Jason Horne and his dog Lucy, Saint Bernard of Canton, Michigan

You and your dog can also earn titles by joining puppy and adult dog classes at Michigan Dog Training.  A new round of classes start the week of September 8, 2015.  Call now and get your puppy or dog started “on the right paw” to better manners. Classes offered include:

  • Puppy Manners (Puppy S.T.A.R. Certificate)
  • Basic Manners
  • Intermediate Manners (CGC Title)
  • Advanced Manners (Advanced CGC and Urban CGC)
  • Feisty Fido (dog to dog reactivity)
  • Do More With Your Dog (tricks and fun agility)
  • Protection Sport Dog

Puppies behave at Michigan Dog Training

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On October 28, 2014 several puppies earned their American Kennel Club Puppy S.T.A.R. Certificates at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan. To successfully pass the evaluation, puppies have to show good temperament and personality as well as beginning puppy obedience. And, the dog owners demonstrated what it takes to be a responsible dog owner.

A new round of Puppy 1 and Puppy 2 classes start on Tuesday November 11, 2014. Don’t miss the fun, sign up now. You could have a well behaved puppy before the holidays.  Wouldn’t that make your holidays more relaxing?!

Congratulations to the following puppies and their owners:

  1. Susan Kuhn and Bryleigh, Airedale of Farmington, Michigan
  2. Susan Kuhn and Suri, Airedale of Farmington, Michigan
  3. Susan Kuhn and Journey, Airedale of Farmington, Michigan
  4. Samatha Beard and Finn, All American mix of Allen Park, Michigan
  5. Brandon Gonzales and Diesel, Pit Mix of Livonia, Michigan

Exciting Group Classes at Michigan Dog Training!


Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan has updated its group class descriptions to make them more clear as to content and pre-requisites. We’ve also added or made the following exciting changes:

* Added a Puppy 2 class for the pups who attended Puppy 1. This class is largely taught off leash, hence the reason why pups must attend a Puppy 1 class prior, to ensure they have the right temperament and socialization in place to be able to be off leash with older puppies. The Puppy Classes are patterned off from Veterinarian Behaviorist Ian Dunbar’s very successful puppy classes. Additionally, after completing Puppy 2, pups are ready to be evaluated for the American Kennel Club’s S.T.A.R. Puppy achievement. for which MDT staff are Puppy S.T.A.R. Evaluators.

* Added a Puppy Ultimate package which saves folks $27 if they sign up for the Puppy 1 and Puppy 2 at the same time as a package rather than independently.  We want to help you get your puppy started off on the “right paw” to learn things the right way, the first time.  Therefore, we want to reward you for your commitment to your puppy by offering an incentive.

* Took out the requirement of a basic manners obedience course for the Nosework class as we don’t mind high drive out of control dogs for learning Nosework. It’s actually helpful if the dog doesn’t know a lot of obedience when learning Nosework because the dog is more willing to work independent of the handler.

*Put the popular Remote Manners class back on the list along with two options for folks who already have an approved remote training collar and only need a group class and an option for folks to save $15.00 by buying the remote collar from us when signing up for the class.

* Put the amazing Circus Dog class (tricks and fun agility) back on the list.  It’s a fun outlet for dogs and owners alike and a great way for owners to “Do More With Your Dog” as MDT Staff are Certified Trick Dog Instructors via International Trick Dog Instructor, Celebrity Dog Trainer and multi-times Author Kyra Sundance.

*Added an Advanced Manners group class that prepares dog teams to be evaluated for the American Kennel Club’s new title Advanced Canine Good Citizen in the Community for which MDT staff are CGC and ACGC Evaluators.

MDT has also added an easier to use drop down menu for students to pay online for classes after they fill out the registration form. June class dates will be posted on May 9th, 2014.  So check here for class offerings and dates.  Exciting things are happening at Michigan Dog Training so join the fun! For more information, contact MDT at 734-634-4152.


Testimonial – “Thank you for everything”

On March 12, 2012, the Michigan Dog Trainer received this lovely email from Laurel updating us on her dog Rosie.  We worked with them in the winter of 2010 via in-home training sessions.  At that time, Rosie was a bouncing and jumping 7 month old puppy who also pulled hard on the leash during walks.  She learned how to follow her owners on a loose leash, come when called when off-leash, to sit instead of jump on people and to go to a pre-determined place on cue.

We love hearing updates of dog’s we have worked with in the past.  It is so satisfying to know of the dogs’ progress and that they continue to be a cherished family member. In part her email, it reads:


“Thank you for everything. We have a nicely trained 65 pound dog (Goldendoodle) that everyone enjoys because she’s so well behaved.” ….Laurel of W. Bloomfield, Michigan

New Dog Classes in Walled Lake, 6/12/11

The next series of dog classes, taught by Professional Dog Trainer Michael Burkey at Lil Nells Pet Salon in Walled Lake, Michigan will commence on June 12, 2011.  The four week class series is only $100.00 and is held on Sunday afternoons at the following times:

  • Remote Adventures, 2:00-3:00pm
  • Basic Manners, 3:00-4:00pm
To register, fill out the registration form on the Michigan Dog Trainer website or call Michael Burkey at 734-634-4152.

17 Week Old Puppy Begins Life on the Right Paw


“Michael is great. We highly recommend him. Rocky has come so far since the 2 week board and train along with the ongoing home training sessions.”….Kevin Rambsy, Detroit, MI