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!

Join a dog training group class and teach your puppy or dog to be a Canine Good Citizen.

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On January 10, 2017 three dogs showed off their good manners by passing the American Kennel Club Puppy STAR and Canine Good Citizen evaluations after having taken puppy training and dog training classes at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan.

Congrats to the following dog teams:

  1. Sobi, Polish Lowland Sheepdog, Puppy STAR and her handler Ed Abramoski of Canton, Michigan
  2. Cyrus, Rottweiler, Canine Good Citizen and his handlers Bernie White and Jeanette Garcia of Lincoln Park, Michigan
  3. Luna, Doberman, Canine Good Citizen and his handler James Remenapp of Redford, Michigan

 

Contact Michigan Dog Training at 734-634-4152 to learn how your dog can also become a Puppy STAR or Canine Good Citizen with good manners.

Trick Dog and AKC Titles

Do More With Your Dog, Kyra SundanceOn November 1, 2016 several dogs and their owners earned Puppy STAR Certificates, Novice Trick Dog (NTD) Titles via Do More With Your Dog and Canine Good Citizen (CGC) titles via the American Kennel Club (AKC) at Michigan Dog Training (MDT) in Plymouth, Michigan.  MDT prepares dogs for these titles via their group dog training classes.

The next round of puppy and adult dog classes start the week of November 8, 2016. Puppies who earned their Puppy STAR are ready to continue their education in the Intermediate Manners group class to prepare for the CGC and Intermediate Trick Dog title. Congratulations to everyone for their achievements!

Puppy STAR and NTD:

  1. Anne Loehnis with Verity’s Golden Nugget, Golden Retriever of Canton, Michigan
  2. Andrea and Alex Spangler with Max Spangler, Mini Golden Doodle of Canton, Michigan
  3. Shawn Athayde with Cleo, German Shepherd Dog of Wolverine Lake, Michigan
  4. Ashley Tilliard with Chewy, Labrador Doodle of New Hudson, Michigan
  5. Gretchen Stahl with Stella Star, Siberian Husky of Plymouth, Michigan
  6. Mike Parks with Coda Parks, German Shepherd Dog of Plymouth, Michigan

CGC and NTD:

  1. Kelsey Homer with Winnie, Standard Poodle of Ypsilanti, Michigan
  2. Adam Reames with Otto, German Shepherd Dog of Ypsilanti, Michigan

 

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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.

 

 

Train your dog and earn an AKC Title

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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.

 

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.

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.

Puppies become STARS

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On September 2, 2014 several dogs and puppies were evaluated for the American Kennel Club (AKC) S.T.A.R. Puppy Program and Canine Good Citizen (CGC) title at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan.  The following handlers and their puppies or dogs passed the evaluations with flying colors:

Puppy S.T.A.R

1. Scott Nelson and Riely, mix lab of Livonia, Michigan

2. Carol Deschenes and Aryko Von Schraderhaus, German Shepherd of Westland, Michigan

3. Lisa Phayakalas and Zoey, Newfoundland of Canton, Michigan

4. Kathi Moyer and Brylee’s Miggy, Havenese of Belleville, Michigan

 

CGC

1. Kate and Becky Christlieb and Bander, Australian Cattle Dog of Plymouth, Michigan

2. Barbara Kay and Smoke, mixed breed of Ann Arbor, Michigan

Congratulations to all.  The next set of group classes start September 8, 2014. MDT offers a wide variety of classes.  The ones being offered for September include: Train Your Own Service Dog, Nosework, Puppy 1 Manners, Puppy 2 Manners, Basic Manners, Feisty Fido and Perfect Practice. Additionally, in October, MDT will offer two new specialty group classes:  Focused Heeling and Protection Sport Dog.  Join in the fun and sign up for a class now or call 734-634-4152.

 

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New Puppy STARS in Plymouth, Michigan

On May 17, 2014 three dogs passed the American Kennel Club’s S.T.A.R. (Socialization, Training, Activity and Responsibility) Puppy evaluation after having completed an Puppy Manners class at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan. The S.T.A.R. program evaluates the Owner’s Behaviors as to responsible dog ownership, the Puppy’s Behaviors and Pre-Canine Good Citizen Behaviors.

The Puppy Behaviors include: free of aggression toward people during the puppy classes, free of aggression toward other puppies in the class, tolerates collar or body harness of owner’s choice, owner can hug or hold the puppy, and puppy allows owner to take away a treat or toy.

The Pre-Canine Good Citizen Behaviors include: Allows petting by a person other than the owner, allows owner handling and brief exam by owner of ears and feet during a grooming session, walks on a leash for fifteen steps in a straight line, walks by other people, sits on command, downs on command, comes to owner from five feet away when puppy’s name is called, copes well with distractions presented fifteen feet away and stays on leash with another person while the owner walks ten steps away.

The next step for these pups will be the Canine Good Citizen test. That ten step evaluation tests a dog team’s performance in obedience and good behaviors such as:  sit, down, come when called, stay, walk on a loose leash, meet another dog team and not jump on them or go nose to nose, remain sitting when a person approaches them, greet friendly strangers appropriately, remain clam with a friendly stranger while their handler goes out of sight for three minutes and allow a friendly stranger to examine their ears, mouth and feet.

Congratulations to the below listed new Puppy STARS:

1. Sheri Nye and her dog Bismarck a German Shepherd of Ottawa Lake, Michigan

2. Kathryn Bushor and her dog Ralphie, an All American breed of Plymouth, Michigan

3. Jerry Smith and Ammo, a German Shepherd of Pinckney, Michigan

 

Michigan Dog Training offers classes to help owners train their puppy and adult dog the right way, the first time and to pass the American Kennel Club’s Puppy S.T.A.R., Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and Advanced Canine Good Citizen (ACGC) tests. For more information, contact MDT at 734-634-4152.

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