First Puppy S.T.A.R. of 2017

puppy classes, puppy obedience, Michigan Dog Training, Plymouth, Michigan, Canton, Labradoodle, American Kennel Club, Puppy S.T.A.R.On January 3, 2017 Floyd a sixteen week old Australian Labradoodle became the first Puppy S.T.A.R. of 2017 at Michigan Dog Training (MDT) in Plymouth, Michigan. Floyd is trained and handled by Lindsay Shoemaker of Canton, Michigan.

She and Floyd participated in puppy classes (Puppy 1 and Puppy 2) at MDT and then successfully completed the American Kennel Club Puppy S.T.A.R. evaluation.

Congratulations to Lindsay and Floyd! He is growing up to be a well mannered puppy.

Puppy Nosework

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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.

 

 

New Puppy STARS on September 27, 2016

Michigan Dog Training, American Kennel Club, AKC, STAR Puppy, Star Puppy, S.T.A.R. PuppyOn September 27, 2016 five puppies and their handlers completed the Puppy 2 Manners group class and earned their American Kennel Club Puppy STAR (Sociability, Training, Activity, Responsibility) certificate at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan.

The Puppy STAR tests the dog on pre-Canine Good Citizen behaviors and ensures the handler raises the puppy in a responsible manner.

Congratulations to the following teams for getting their pup started on the right paw of life:

  • Elizabeth Miller and Maggie, a Border Collie of Canton, Michigan
  • Christina Planck and Maple, a German Shepherd Dog of Canton, Michigan
  • Julie Hook and Lyla Hook, a German Shepherd Dog of Canton, Michigan
  • Caroline Deacon and Zika Deacon, a Golden Retriever of Northville, Michigan
  • Adam Reames and Otto, a German Shepherd Dog of Ypsilanti, Michigan

The above pups are now eligible to enter the Intermediate Manners class and work toward the Canine Good Citizen title.

The next set of classes (Puppy 1 Manners, Puppy 2 Manners, Basic Manners, Intermediate Manners, Nosework, Sport Protection Dog and E-Collar Excellence) start the week of October 3, 2016. Hurry, don’t delay as classes fill up quickly. Start your dog’s education by calling 734-634-4152.

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Train your dog and earn an AKC Title

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Michael Burkey, CGC Evaluator

Michigan Dog Training (MDT) in Plymouth, Michigan has developed a new banner promoting the American Kennel Club’s Puppy S.T.A.R., Canine Good Citizen (CGC), Community Canine Good Citizen (CGCA), and the Urban Canine Good Citizen (UCGC) titles. These titles are open to mix and purebred dogs and are a great way to motivate dog owners to train their dogs to the next level of obedience training and to instill responsible dog ownership.

MDT has structured its dog training group classes around the testing requirements for each of the below described titles.  Upon successfully completing the requirements for each, owners can showcase their dog’s accomplishment by having their photo taken in front of the banner which will be published on MDT’s Facebook page and submit their paperwork and accompanying nominal fee to the AKC for an impressive looking title.  Additionally, owners can then use the appropriate abbreviations behind their dog’s name to reflect the title they have earned. The AKC requirements for each title are listed below.

Puppy Manners Group Class / Puppy S.T.A.R.

After your pup has participated in six weeks of training (thus MDT evaluates dogs at the completion of the Puppy 2 class) he or she is eligible to test for the AKC S.T.A.R. (Socialization, Training, Activity, Responsibility) Puppy program.

 

The owner must:

1. maintain the puppy’s health and provide documentation

2. receive the CGC Responsible Dog Owner’s Pledge

3. describe their dog’s adequate daily play and exercise plan

4. attend at least six puppy classes (by an approved CGC Evaluator-which we have at MDT)

5. bring bags to classes for cleaning up after their puppy

6. obtained some form of ID for the puppy such as a collar tag, microchip or tattoo.

The puppy’s behaviors must be:

7. Free of aggression toward people during the puppy classes

8. Free of aggression toward other puppies in the class

9. Tolerate collar or body harness of owner’s choice (no electronic collars)

10. Willing to have their owner hug or hold them (depending on size)

11. Allow their owner to take away a treat or toy.

Additionally, the puppy must show pre-Caine Good Citizen behaviors such as:

12. Allow petting by a person other than their owner

13. Allow owner to handle and exam their ears and feet

14. Walk on a leash in a straight line for 15 steps

15. Walk by other people who are approximately 5 feet away

16. Sit on command (owner may use a food lure)

17. Down on command (owner may use a food lure)

18. Come to owner from five feet away when their name is called

19. Show a good response to distractions that are presented fifteen feet away from the puppy

20. Stay on leash with another person while the other walks ten steps away and returns.

Intermediate Manners / Canine Good Citizen (CGC)

The Intermediate Manners dog class prepares you and your dog for the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluation at the conclusion of the class. The evaluation is open to mix and purebred dogs. To earn a title, your dog must be registered with the American Kennel Club so that your dog’s titles can be recorded in the AKC official records. If you purchased your dog from an AKC listed breeder, you should’ve been given paperwork to register your dog with the AKC. If you don’t know your dog’s pedigree, you can request a Purebred Alternative Listing. And, if your dog is a mix breed, you can register him/her as an AKC Canine Partner.

The evaluation has ten components:

1. Accept a friendly stranger who approaches and shakes hands with the handle but does not touch the dog

2. Sitting politely for petting

3. Appearance and acceptance to grooming such as brushing and having his/her ears and front feet touched

4. Out for a walk which includes right, left and about turns along with a stop

5. Walking through a crowd close to several people (the dog may show casual interest but may not jump up on people)

6. Sit and down on command and handler chooses to leave their dog in either a sitting position or laying down position and goes to the end of a 20 foot line and returns to their dog immediately

7. Coming when called out of the position from number six for a distance of ten feet

8. Reaction to another dog; two handlers and dogs approach each other, the handlers shake hands, exchange pleasantries and move on. The dogs can show casual interest but not leave their handler to greet the other dog

9. Reactions to distractions such as a loud closing door or a runner running past the team in which the dog may not panic or show aggression

10. Supervised separation whereas handler goes out of sight for three minutes. The dog is held on a six foot leash by an evaluator.

Advanced Manners / Canine Good Citizen Advanced (CGCA)

The Advanced manners dog class prepares a dog for the Canine Good Citizen Advanced (CGCA).

To pass the CGCA:

1. The dog must stand, sit or lie down and wait under control while the owner sits at the registration table and fills out paperwork or wait while the owner sits and has a snack or visits with another person

2. Dog walks on a loose leash in a natural situation and does not pull while making a left turn, right turn, stop, and walk at a fast and slow pace

3. Dog walks on a loose leash through a crowd

4. Dog walks past distractions and does not pull such as other dogs who are 2 feet apart or past other dogs in a hallway

5. Sit stay in small circle group (three other people with dogs) with dogs on leash on their handler’s left side and three feet apart from other dogs

6. Dog allows person who is carrying something such as a backpack or computer bag to approach and pet it

7. “Leave it” whereas the dog walks by food and follow handlers instruction to leave it

8. Down or sit-stay at a distance whereby the handler leaves the dog, walks out 20 feet, picks up an item and returns to their dog

9. Recall with distractions present

10. Dog will sit or stay stay (handler’s choice) while handler enters/exits a doorway or narrow passageway.  Handler calls dog through door when ready.  Handler may choose to send the dog through first and have the dog wait for the handler, or, the handler may choose to have the dog go through the doorway at the handler’s side.  Whichever method is used, the dog must not pull the owner and must be under good control. Think of the handler having the leash in one hand and a cup of coffee in the other.

Advanced Manners/ Urban Canine Good Citizen (CGCU)

A student may retake the Advanced Manners class to prepare their dog for the Urban CGC (CGCU) evaluation.

It also has ten components:

1. Exit/enter doorways with no pulling in dog friendly buildings,

2. Walk through a crowd on a busy urban sidewalk where people are walking fast and coming toward the dog (1 foot away) and be able to tolerate distractions such as people wearing hats, coats, men, women, etc.

3. Appropriate reaction to city distractions including movement, noises and walking on a variety of surfaces such as horns, sirens, construction noise, person yelling, skateboards, bikes, carts, person running, on various surfaces (concrete, grate, grass, plastic tarp, wet sidewalk, etc.

4. Crossing street; stopping at corner, stand or sit to wait and cross with no pulling, and crosses street under control

5. Ignores food on sidewalk

6. Person walks up and pets dog while carrying something (item is not set down such as in the CGCA)

7. Public Building, dog walks under control on slick surfaces or carpeted floor, does a down stay in lobby or outdoor area or waits while handler has a meal or snack

8. Goes up and down stairs, steps or elevator under control

9. House trained for apartment, condo, city living

10. Transportation savvy such as being able to enter/exit and ride in a car, subway or dog friendly cab under control.

The evaluations are held on the last night of each class.  There is no fee for students to take the evaluation.  Non-students may also take the fee for a nominal charge of $20.00. Don’t delay, sign up now for a puppy or dog group training class.

 

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.

 

How to teach your puppy to pay attention to you

The foundation of all puppy and dog obedience is “Eye Attention” or in other words teaching your puppy to pay attention to you. That is the most important skill to teach your puppy.

Right now, you are your puppy’s everything so it’s simple to teach the eye game. However, later in his/her life, which is only a few weeks away as your pup’s confidence increases; it will become increasingly hard to gain and keep your pup’s attention when he/she learns there is a world outside of you. So teach the eye attention game now upon first getting your puppy or adult dog.  And, I mean right now….stop reading and go do it.  Oh my bad, it might help to have a guideline as to how its taught. So here you go, 7 steps to teaching your puppy or dog to pay attention to you.

Eye Attention

PURPOSE: To teach your dog to pay more attention to you. A dog that pays attention to you is less likely to miss obedience cues and is less likely to be distracted or afraid of it’s environment.

  1. Stand straight up smiling at your dog with a tasty dog treat held in front of your face. When your dog looks up at your face, mark the desired behavior by saying “yes”, “good”, or push the button of a clicker. Then reward your dog with the tasty treat.
  2. Do not put this exercise on cue by saying, “look at me”, “focus”, “watch”, etc. as you want your dog to eventually initiate this attention behavior. You shouldn’t have to remind your dog to pay attention to you. Instead, your dog should learn that offering this behavior results in positive things, whether that be treats, a ball, or praise.
  3. After you have practiced the above step for one or two days, hold the treat slightly out to your side and wait for your dog to look back at you. He or she will look at the treat but eventually he/she will look back at you. When your dog looks back at your face, mark the behavior and reward him/her with the tasty treat.
  4. If 60 seconds or more has gone by, say “nope” (saying nope instead of “no” makes it difficult for you to put negative intonation to the word as the dog is just confused and not being disobedient) and walk away from your dog. Your dog is likely to look at you and follow you due to your movement. When he/she does, mark the attentive behavior and reward.
  5. At first, a simple quick glance at your face results in a verbal mark and reward. As your dog becomes more experienced at eye attention, expect a longer stare at your face before marking and rewarding the behavior.
  6. As your dog becomes more proficient with longer stares trying changing the hand position of the distracting treat: A) held in the opposite hand out to the side, B) treats held in both hands that are held alongside your body in neutral positions so now your dog has to look past the hands instead of just away from your hands, C) treat is placed on a counter top so the food is off your person, etc.
  7. As a last challenge, position yourself in front of a mirror or looking out a window at night time so you can see your dog’s reflection. Mark and reward your dog’s attentive behavior even though you are not looking directly at your dog.

Teach eye attention to your puppy before joining our puppy classes and you’ll be way ahead of the mark. The first video showed you how to start it with a puppy. Below is a video of Michael and his dog Simone demonstrating what it looks like once it is taught. For more information check out our website at Michigan Dog Training located in Plymouth, Michigan or call us at 734-634-4152.

Its an old video as Michigan Dog Training used to be called Michael Burkey’s Canine Behavioral Training (but that was too long of a name). So it’s an older video and a great teaching video as well as good memories of my dog Simone, a Belgian Malinois who crossed over five years ago at the wise old age of 16.

Michigan Dog Training Reviews – “Thanks MDT for being loyal to your customers”

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Day Care & Day School Students

I wanted to take a moment to share three recent reviews Michigan Dog Training received from clients on our Facebook page. Each of them rated us 5 out of 5 stars which is what we strive for, ultimate training and customer experience.  That is why we have five stars as part of our logo. Its our commitment to provide the ultimate experience for each and every client and dog we work with.

On September 12, 2015, Steve Harris wrote:  “Currently have our puppy Maize enrolled in VIP day care & ultimate puppy classes. This is the best deal around and the day care goes above and beyond with additional training to reinforce what he learns in class. Super friendly staff!”

Our VIP Day Care is called that because it is VIP (Very Important Pet) care. At our program, your dog not only plays with other friendly dogs but also practices obedience commands, go on walks in the neighborhood or work out on the doggie treadmill and receives lots of loving attention from our staff. And, with puppies we  provide puppy obedience training such as eye attention, walking on a loose leash, sit and come commands as part of their daily activities.  Its a great way to socialize and train your puppy the right way the first time.

On August 4, 2015 Gary Schulz gave us a five star rating.

On June 18, 2015 Nikki Hesano Antone also gave us a five star rating.  “Michael goes above and beyond to answer any questions and concerns you have – even after a full year has passed since training! Thanks MDT for being loyal to your customers!”

Thank you Steve, Gary and Nikki and others who keep us motivated to do our best for you and your dogs. We love treating you and your dog like family. To let us know how we are doing, please go to our Facebook site or email us to to leave a review. We always love to hear your dog’s great results and updates. And, if we missed the five star goal please give us a call at 734-634-4152 and ask to speak with me personally. I’d love to hear what we could do to make your experience an awesome 5 star experience!

 

Thanks, Michael Burkey

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Lucca and Michael

 

August 2015 dog title earners at MDT

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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!

S.T.A.R. Puppy Program

  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

Puppy training at MDT gets personal

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Erica Hensley with Drogo & Matthew Lamarand with Falkor

Puppy training at Michigan Dog Training (MDT) in Plymouth, Michigan just got personal. And, by that we mean three MDT trainers (Erica Hensley, Matthew Lamarand, and Ashley Williams) have been smitten with puppy love as they have become the proud parents of two puppies; Drogo, a Belgian Malinois and Falkor, a Dutch Shepherd.

Despite being two separate breeds and thus different litters, they are only a few days apart in age. So, the friendly competition between the trainers have already begun as to which puppy will earn it’s Puppy S.T.A.R. certificate, Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Title, Canine Good Citizen Advanced (CGCA) Title, Obedience and Rally titles and IPO Titles (formerly known as Schutzhund, a German Protection sport that involves Protection training, Obedience, and Tracking) first. In truth, the trainers are not only co-workers but also friends. They are very supportive of each other but a little friendly competition and riving is always fun. Plus, it helps motivate one to get out there and train their dog.

When trainers get new puppies they are reminded first hand of what our clients experience raising their own puppies. It makes it personal as they re-experience the trials and tribulations of potty training, crate training, properly socializing puppies to new environments and teaching puppies good manners the right way, the first time. If you have a puppy, contact us so your pup can have fun learning alongside Drogo and Falkor in our puppy classes. And because no one can never get tired of seeing puppy pictures please see the rest of the pics on the Michigan Dog Training Facebook page.

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Lamarand and Williams with Falkor

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Hensley with Drogo

 

Puppies behave at Michigan Dog Training

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Puppy STARS

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