Puppies are Stars at MDT

otonColorsTMagAd9-06On June 23, 2015 five puppies who completed the Ultimate Puppy group class (Pup 1 followed by Pup 2 group classes) at Michigan Dog Training (MDT) in Plymouth, Michigan earned their American Kennel Club (AKC) STAR (Socialization, Training, Activity, Responsibility) Puppy certificate.  The STAR program measures the owner’s responsible behaviors in raising a puppy, the puppy’s temperament behaviors (free of aggression and fear) and the puppy’s Pre-Canine Good Citizen behaviors which includes:

  1. Allows petting by a person other than the owner
  2. Grooming – allows owner handling and brief exam by owner (ears, feet)
  3. Walks on a leash – follows owner for 15 feet or more in a straight line
  4. Walks by other people
  5. Sits on command
  6. Downs on command
  7. Comes to owner from five feet away
  8. Reaction to distractions without fear or aggression and
  9. Stays on leash with another person while owner walks ten feet away and returns

Congratulations to the owners and their STAR puppies!

  • Alexa Rickert and Reggie, Beagle of Canton, Michigan
  • Michael King and Olive, Labrador Retriever mix of Northville, Michigan
  • Satheesh Rajagopalan and Groot, Australian Shepherd mix of Canton, Michigan
  • Kathy Borden and Louie, Bolognese of Ann Arbor, Michigan and
  • Parul Luthra and Neo, Cockapoo of Westland, Michigan

MDT offers on-going Puppy 1 and Puppy 2 group socialization and training classes. Each class is four weeks in duration. Or, students can elect to sign up for the Ultimate Puppy program which includes Puppy 1 and Puppy 2 classes at a $60 discount. The next set of puppy classes begin July 7, 2015. For those who completed Puppy 2 or the Ultimate Puppy, they normally are ready to jump ahead to the Intermediate Manners class which also begins July 7, 2015.

Graduate of Michigan Dog Trainer Academy – Charles (Chan) Duckworth

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Chan and Demo

On February 1, 2014, Charles (Chan) Duckworth successfully earned a certificate as a Dog Trainer by completing an intensive “train the trainer ” dog training course with Michael Burkey, President and Dog Behaviorist at Michigan Dog Trainer Academy, a division of Michigan Dog Training Inc. (MDT) in Plymouth, Michigan.

Duckworth participated in private training and mentoring with Burkey and he observed group classes with his lead trainer, Wendy Bemis. Additionally, Duckworth participated  as a student with his German Shepherd puppy “Demo” in MDT’s puppy socialization and training course. Duckworth was schooled in:  Learning theory, behavioral consultations, dog aggression cases, pet and sport dog obedience, remote collar training, protection dog decoying, among others. Duckworth said his learning experience was very beneficial for him in becoming a dog trainer.

And, his training doesn’t stop there. He is going to continue his education at MDT during the next six months to earn a MDT “certification” as a dog trainer. Burkey commented, “Chan came to the program with some natural training skills and he is a very quick learner. He will be a great dog trainer due to his skills, passion, integrity, love for dogs and natural ability to connect well with others. I look forward to the second half of our mentoring and training program together.”

Bernese Mountain Dog and Malese/Yorkie mix puppies become AKC Star Puppies

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AKC Star Puppies Rudy and Lucy!

On June 8, 2013 two cuddly and adorable puppies successfully completed the American Michigan Dog TrainingKennel Club (AKC) STAR Puppy evaluation and program at Michigan Dog Training LLC (MDT) in Plymouth, Michigan.  Wendy Bemis, Michigan Dog Training’s Dog Trainer, taught the Puppy Socialization class and Michael Burkey, Dog Behaviorist and President of MDT conducted the evaluation.

The STAR Puppies and parents are:

1. Beth Stefani and Rudy, Maltese/Yorkie mix from Saline, Michigan

2. Mark Chadwick and Lucy, Bernese Mountain Dog from Gregory, Michigan

The AKC describes the program as such: “The AKC STAR Puppy (socialization, training, activity, and responsibility) is an exciting program designed to get dog owners and their puppies off to a good start.  The AKC STAR Puppy Program is an incentive program for loving dog owners who have taken the time to take their puppies through a basic training class.”

MDT offers puppy socialization and training classes to help puppies and owners get off on the right paw and a new class will start on Saturday June 15, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.  To take part, bring your hungry 10-16 week old puppy to MDT at 1031 Cherry Street, Plymouth, Michigan 48170 along with verification of vaccinations and negative fecal check for parasites. The class is only $57.00. Email MDT at info@MichiganDogTrainer.com for more information.

Lucy checking out the wobbleboard for strength and balance

Lucy checking out the wobbleboard for strength and balance

Lucy learning to use her core muscles on the peanut to develop strength and balance.

Lucy learning to use her core muscles on the peanut to develop strength and balance.

Rudy checking out a moving surface, the doggie treadmill for socialization purposes.

Rudy checking out a moving surface, the doggie treadmill for socialization purposes.

Rudy learning to change positions from a sit to a down on the peanut to develop core muscle strength and balance.

Rudy learning to change positions from a sit to a down on the peanut to develop core muscle strength and balance.

Rudy come!

Rudy come!

Rudy learning to go through a tunnel.

Rudy learning to go through a tunnel.

Rudy learning to go to "place" on a dog scale.

Rudy learning to go to “place” on a dog scale.

Rudy learning to walk with his mom on a loose leash.

Rudy learning to walk with his mom on a loose leash.

Rudy learning to balance on a wobbleboard.

Rudy learning to balance on a wobbleboard.

Lucy learning to stretch her core muscles on the peanut

Lucy learning to stretch her core muscles on the peanut

Rudy and Lucy having fun chasing each other through a tunnel.

Rudy and Lucy having fun chasing each other through a tunnel.

Lucy come!

Lucy come!