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

Puppy training, Nosework, Puppy Nosework, Michigan Dog TrainingNosework is a fun sport for dogs of all ages including puppies. Watch Jelly, a 12 week old Beagle in the video below show you just how fun it is. This was her very first lesson.Nosework, Beagle, Michigan Dog Training, puppy training

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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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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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:

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  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.

 

 

Doberman becomes a Canine Good Citizen

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Holly & Charlie CGC

On April 21, 2016, Charlie a two and a half year old Doberman Pinscher passed the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluation administered by Michael Burkey, owner of Michigan Dog Training (MDT) in Plymouth, Michigan. Charlie was trained by his owners Holly and David Cotham of Plymouth, Michigan. They are part of the Doberman Gang of Detroit, a social network of Doberman owners who took an Intermediate Manners class together at MDT. Congratulations Holly!

Your dog can become a Canine Good Citizen as well.  Enroll your dog in the upcoming May 2016 group classes by going to the Michigan Dog Training website and click on the blue icon, titled “Book Online.”  Then select one of several classes that are offered:  Pup 1 Manners, Pup 2 Manners, Basic Manners, Intermediate Manners, Tricks and Fun Agility, Nosework, and Sport Protection Dog.

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.

 

 

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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Nov 2015 Puppy STARS at MDT

Michigan Dog Training, American Kennel Club, AKC, STAR Puppy, Star Puppy, S.T.A.R. PuppyOn November 24, 2015 five puppies and their owners earned their American Kennel Club Puppy STAR titles at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan.  The Puppy STAR requires a pup and owner to attend a puppy class that is at least six weeks in duration (MDT’s Puppy Ultimate Class is 8 weeks in duration), a pledge by the owner to take good care in raising their puppy and successful completion of a puppy obedience evaluation and temperament test.  Puppies are now eligible to participate in our Intermediate Manners group class and work toward their Canine Good Citizen title.  The next Intermediate Manners class starts on Tuesday December 1, 2015.

Congratulations to:

  • Gayle Doyle and her dog Winslow, a Great Dane, of Farmington Hills, Michigan
  • Jacqueline Rancour and her dog Violet, a Labrador Retriever of Dearborn, Michigan
  • Jeanne Layne and her dog Luna, a Golden Retriever of Riverview, Michigan
  • Laurie Blondy and her dog Bennington Hills Daisy II, a Golden Retriever of Northville, Michigan
  • Kevin Christensen and his dog Kira, a Chocolate Lab of Farmington Hills, Michigan

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