Sully a Rottweiler earns CGCA Title

 

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Sully, CGCA

On November 25, 2017, Sully a five month old Rottweiler puppy earned the American Kennel Club Advanced Canine Good Citizen title at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan.

Sully’s handler is Spencer Schiftar of Plymouth, Michigan. They prepared for this accomplishment by completing 8 private dog training lessons with Michael Burkey.

This is a huge accomplishment especially for a five month old puppy!  Congratulations Spencer and Sully.

Rottweiler earns Urban Canine Good Citizen

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Bernie White & Cyrus CGCU

 

On May 3, 2017, Bernie White and his dog Cyrus, a Rottweiler of Lincoln Park, Michigan earned the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Canine Good Citizen Urban (CGCU) title. The testing was done by Michael Burkey, CGC Evaluator in down town Plymouth, Michigan amongst city traffic, pedestrians (adults and young children), the dog friendly Sun and Snow Sports store and on an open back metal stairway leading to a parking deck.

Congratulations to Bernie and Cyrus! They prepared themselves well by participating in Michigan Dog Training’s group dog training classes. Cyrus has an excellent temperament and was bred by Stephanie Lubbers and Brian K. Beard of Quarterwoods Rottweilers.

To learn the testing requirements for the CGCU, visit: What is the Urban Canine Good Citizen Title?

For more information, contact Michigan Dog Training or call us at 734-634-4152. We have a variety of group dog training classes and other training programs to help dog owners prepare for the CGCU.

 

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Cyrus heels easily past children and adults

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Transversing open back metal stairs like a pro.

What is the Urban Canine Good Citizen title?

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Bernie White & Cyrus CGCU

 

I was recently asked, What is the Urban Canine Good Citizen (CGCU) title? The answer is:  The American Kennel Club (AKC) has varying levels of a Title program for mix and purebred dogs that test their Michigan Dog Training, Plymouth, Michigan, CGCU, Canine Good Citizen Urbansocialization to people and other dogs, ensures the dog owner is providing responsible dog care and that the dog has been trained in obedience skills in varying environments. The CGC program has four levels:

  • Puppy S.T.A.R. (Socialization, Training, Activity, Responsible dog owner)
  • Canine Good Citizen
  • Canine Good Citizen Advanced
  • Canine Good Citizen Urban

The Urban CGC title is the toughest level in the CGC program. To test for it, the dog must be registered or listed with the AKC (AKC number, PAL, or AKC Canine Partners number) and already have a CGC title or award on record. It is open to purebred dogs as well as mixed breed dogs. To pass the CGCU, a dog team must be able to:

  1. Exit/enter doorways with no pulling in dog friendly buildings.
  2. Walk through a crowd on a busy urban sidewalk.
  3. Show appropriate reaction to city distractions. This includes movement, noises and walking on a variety of surfaces.
  4. Cross an urban street by stopping at a corner, waiting to cross with no pulling and be under control while crossing the street.
  5. Ignore food on sidewalk.
  6. Accept a person walking up to them and receive petting.
  7. Walk under control in dog friendly buildings and do a 3 minute down stay in a lobby or outdoor area, or wait while owner has a meal or snack.
  8. Walk under control up and down stairs or ride an elevator.
  9. Be house-trained.
  10. Be under control while being transported (car, subway or cab).

Michael Burkey, CEO of Michigan Dog Training is a Certified AKC Evaluator. Additionally, MDT offers group dog training classes to help prepare dogs for the Canine Good Citizen certificates and titles. For more information, call 734-634-4152 or visit our website at: www.MichiganDogTraining.com.

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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.

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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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.

Erica Hensley, Military service person joins Michigan Dog Training

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Erica Hensley

Erica Hensley re-joined the Michigan Dog Training(MDT) team in 2014.  She brought her first dog to Michael Burkey for training at the young age of 11. She trained several of her family’s dogs to the Canine Good Citizen (CGC) level and also learned how to manage dog to dog aggression in a multi-dog household. At ages 15-17, she worked for Michael teaching Puppy and Basic Manners group classes.  Despite her young age, she was an excellent trainer of dogs and people. Her personal dogs have included: Clowe, Lab Rottweiler mix, Roxy, Greyhound German Shepherd mix, Riley a Jack Russell Terrier and a German Shepherd. She earned a Terrier Racing title with Riley and has participated in other dog sports such as Rally, Agility, and Schutzhund.

In 2010, Erica joined the Air Force and performed a variety of jobs, her favorite being assigned to Lackland Air Force Base in Texas. There, she aided in the training of K9 Military Police Dogs (puppy socialization and obedience, drive building, and decoying for beginner and intermediate dogs). In 2014, Erica was Honorably Discharged from the military and thus returned to MDT. She is putting her dog training skills to good use while pursuing a degree in Animal Aided Psychology. She spends her free time working and training her personal dogs as well as horses, focusing on Dressage and Show Jumping.

New Puppy STARS 09/30/14

On September 30, 2014 at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan; six puppies passed the American Kennel Club (AKC) S.T.A.R. Puppy Program evaluation. The AKC “designed the program to get puppies and their owners off to a great start.” Puppy STAR requires owners to attend a basic training course with their puppies of at least 6 weeks in duration that focuses on Socialization, Training, Activity and Responsible ownership. MDT offers Puppy 1 and  Puppy 2 classes that can be purchased together for a cost savings and is called Ultimate Puppy.  By completing both classes, owners receive eight weeks of training and thus are qualified to take the STAR evaluation.

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Your pup can be a STAR too.

The AKC states, “their are obvious benefits to participating in the AKC STAR Puppy Program.  Puppies that attend classes are well-socialized, and they learn the skills that are the foundation for all other learning.  But AKC STAR Puppy is really about puppy owners.  Knowing that a large percentage of dogs who are relinquished to shelters are dogs that have never received formal training, we want to do our part to encourage owners to take their puppies to a puppy class.”

The evaluation has three components:  Owner Behaviors (responsible ownership), Puppy Behaviors (free of aggression), and Pre-Canine Good Citizen Test Behaviors (allows petting by someone other than the owner, owner can handle the pups ears and feet, walk on a leash, walk by other people, sit on command, down on command, comes to owner, reaction to distractions, and stay on leash with another person).

Congratulations to the following puppy teams!

1. Vanessa Guastella and Donny Smolenski, 24 weeks old Boston Terrier/Jack Russell mix of Plymouth, Michigan

2. Carrie Roosevelt and Oreo, 18 weeks old German Shepherd/Husky mix of Brownstown, Michigan

3. Diane Tochman and Java, 18 weeks old Chocolate Lab of Canton, Michigan

4. Stacy Downer and Makith 21 weeks old Rottweiler/German Shepherd mix of Ann Arbor, Michigan

5. Julie Basa and Lorn Stanley, 20 weeks old American Stratfordshire Terrier of Ypsilanti, Michigan

6. Courtney Ceci and Lucille, 7 month old Austrailian Cattle Dog of Canton, Michigan

If you have a ten week or older puppy, contact Michigan Dog Training now or call 734-634-4152 to enroll in the next Puppy 1 class which starts Tuesday October 7, 2014 at 7:00pm.

 

Testimonial from Amy Widenbaum Mendel

Michigan Dog TrainerOn October 13, 2011, Amy Widenbaum Mendel (Rottweiler parent) of Farmington Hills, Michigan submitted the following testimonial:  “From much experience, I can say with confidence that Mike Burkey from Michigan Dog Trainer is truly a Dog Whisperer. Amazing!”

Gentle Giants Become Canine Good Citizens

On July 21, 2011 three gentle giants became Canine Good Citizens (CGC) by passing the CGC evaluation sponsored by the American Kennel Club (AKC).  They all successfully passed the ten step evaluation after having participated in Michael Burkey’s Advanced Manners group dog class at the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV), Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Pictured from left to right are:  Erik Cheng and his wife of Ann Arbor, Michigan with their Rottweiler, Tai Ping; Marjorie Laab of Farmington Hills, Michigan with her Great Pyrenees, Rocky; and Ginnie Haid of Ypsilanti, Michigan with Toby, a Rottweiler and Border Collie mix.  Congratulations to all!