New Puppy S.T.A.R.S. – July 26, 2016

 

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On July 26, 2016 two new puppies became AKC Puppy S.T.A.R.S. at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan.  The Puppy S.T.A.R. program ensures the puppy is free of aggression, the owner is raising their puppy responsibly, they have attended a puppy training class, and measures the pup’s pre-Canine Good Citizen obedience skills. Both pups passed with flying colors.  Congratulations to both:

  1. Angela Kalkofen and her pup Max, a Golden Retriever of Canton, Michigan
  2. Starr Natale and her pup Luna, a Pit mix of Grosse Ile, Michigan.

 

 

 

 

Teach your puppy good manners for a lifetime. Join our next puppy training class, Pup 1 Manners, by clicking the blue icon, “Book Online” .  The class is only $95.00 and includes four weeks of instruction. The S.T.A.R. evaluation is given at the conclusion of the Pup 2 Manners class.

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

 

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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.

 

 

Future Service Dog becomes a S.T.A.R. Puppy

Saoirse, Michigan Dog Training, Michael Burkey, Diabetic Alert Dog, Service Dog, Puppy S.T.A.R., puppy obedience, puppy training, plymouth, MIOn February 28, 2016, Fleetwood Farms Thee “Saoirse” JedIrish, an Irish Setter puppy and a future Service Dog for Diabetic Alert Detection passed her American Kennel Club (AKC) Puppy S.T.A.R. Evaluation with flying colors. Saoirse is trained and handled by Johanna Anderson of Ann Arbor, Michigan.  Saoirse and Johanna are participating in private dog training lessons to become a Diabetic Alert Dog (DAD) team at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan with its CEO and Dog Behaviorist Michael Burkey. Saoirse will be ready to test for her Canine Good Citizen title at her next training session and Johanna has set her sights on also obtaining the Advanced Canine Good Citizen and Urban Canine Good Citizen titles.

While only 8 months old, Saoirse has already alerted Johanna to her sugar levels dropping too low on many occasions. A DAD is an important part of a Diabetic’s medical management program. When a Diabetic’s blood sugar falls they often times don’t feel the oncoming symptoms until its too late thus requiring hospitalization.  A dog trained to detect the change in blood sugar is an early warning system, reminding their human partner to test their sugar level and take appropriate medical intervention.

The below video clip shows part of Saoirse’s training exercises to alert on a blood sugar scent sample that was collected previously when Johanna’s blood sugar level was below 70. Contact Michigan Dog Training if you are a Diabetic 1 and want to train your dog to be a Service Dog / Diabetic Alert Dog.

 

 

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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January 2016 Puppy STARS and CGC Titles

DSC_0930On January 26, 2016 six dogs and their handlers earned American Kennel Club (AKC) dog titles at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan. Three puppies passed the AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy evaluation and three dogs earned their Canine Good Citizen (CGC) titles.  Congrats to the following dog teams:

AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy:

  1. Erin Harris and Korra Harris, a Labrador Retriever of Ann Arbor, Michigan
  2. Mary Stanisz and Riggins, a Border Collie of Brighton, Michigan
  3. William Valencia and Cross Creek Kiloshailstorm, a Dogo Argentino of Romulus, Michigan

Canine Good Citizen:

  1. Timothy Kowaleski and Willow, an Old English Bulldog of Ypsilanti, Michigan
  2. Jeremy Pinter and Sirius Pinter, a Labrador Retriever mix of Canton, Michigan
  3. Jeremy Pinter and Lily Pinter, a German Shepherd mix of Canton, Michigan

Classes to prepare puppies and adult dogs to pass the S.T.A.R. Puppy and CGC evaluations as well as learn good dog manners for life are held monthly at Michigan Dog Training located at 1031 Cherry Street, Plymouth, Michigan 48170.  The next set of classes commence the second week of March. To begin your dog’s transformation, visit Michigan Dog Training.

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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.

 

Puppy S.T.A.R. and Canine Good Citizens – July 2015 at MDT

otonColorsTMagAd9-06On July 27 and 28, 2015 several puppies earned their Puppy S.T.A.R. certificates and several dogs earned their Canine Good Citizen titles through the American Kennel Club (AKC) at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan.

Congratulations to the following:

Puppy S.T.A.R.
  1. Jason Horne and Lucy, St. Bernard of Canton, Michigan
  2. Kelsey Lamb and Ruby Lamb, Miniature Goldendoodle of Plymouth, Michigan
  3. Adam Buchanan and Scarlett, English Bulldog/Rottweiller mix of Belleville, Michigan
  4. Kara Giummo and Skip, Goldendoodle of Plymouth, Michigan
Canine Good Citizen (CGC)
  1. Michelle Moustakas and Montana Moose on Main Street, Golden Retriever of Canton, Michigan
  2. Celia Chesno and Murphy, English Springer Spaniel of Romulus, Michigan
  3. Jonathan Pauli and Ford, Chocolate Lab of Plymouth, Michigan
  4. Juanita Bodbout and Bronson, English Mastiff of Sterling Heights, Michigan

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How can your pup earn it’s Puppy S.T.A.R. or CGC title?

Join Michigan Dog Training classes which start again the first week of August, 2015.  For more information, check out the class start dates.

Multiple Dogs Earn Titles at MDT

PUPPY S.T.A.R. PROGRAM

otonColorsTMagAd9-06On March 24, 2015, six puppies at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan passed the American Kennel Club (AKC) S.T.A.R. Puppy Program. They attended the Puppy 1 and Puppy 2 Manners classes which included eight weeks of puppy and owner education on responsible dog ownership, how to raise a puppy, how to provide proper socialization and puppy obedience lessons. They are now ready to participate in the Intermediate Manners class which will prepare them for the AKC Canine Good Citizen title.

Congratulations to the following students:

  • Kim Dusablon and Bronx, Vizsla of Northville, Michigan
  • Staci Schaeffer and Maizey, Golden Doodle of Plymouth, Michigan
  • Lisa Kerszulis and Oger, Chocolate Labrador Retriever of Westland, Michigan
  • Rachel Dean and Coby, Yorki of Canton, Michigan
  • Nancy Davis and Henry Alan Davis, Cattledog Shepherd mix of Plymouth, Michigan
  • Steven Sykora and Maizee, Golden Retriever of Canton, Michigan

CANINE GOOD CITIZEN

On March 24, 2015, four dogs passed the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen evaluation after attending the Intermediate Manners class. The CGC consists of ten exercises in which the Canine Good Citizen Michigan Dog Trainingdog needs to show basic commands such as walking on a loose leash, meeting another dog team appropriately, remaining calm while separated from their owner for three minutes, stay and come when called, etc.

Congratulations to the following students:

  • Annette Stopa and Danny, Beagle/Collie mix of Allen Park, Michigan
  • Janet Thomson and Kracken, Rottweiler of Brighton, Michigan
  • Austin White and Copper, German Shepherd/Pitbull mix of South Lyon, Michigan
  • Julia Jagger and Morgan, Bernadoodle of Plymouth, Michigan

ADVANCED CANINE GOOD CITIZEN

On March 25, 2015, two dogs passed the American Kennel Club (AKC) Advanced Canine Good Citizen evaluation at the end of their Advanced Manners dog class. This test evaluates the dog’s ability Michigan Dog Trainingto demonstrate good obedience in community settings. Exercises include passing another dog team in a hallway, having people approach carrying bags, being able to wait at a doorway without pulling while the handler steps through with a cup of favorite brew, etc.

Congratulations to the following students:

  • Julie Nelson and Bentley, German Shepherd of Plymouth, Michigan
  • Elizabeth Reihman and Tifari’s Racing the Rain, Rhodesian Ridgeback of Brighton, Michigan

 

April classes are filling up fast. Train and socialize your dog at Michigan Dog Training and earn titles along the way. You’ll be glad you did so your dog can go and enjoy more places with you this spring and summer.