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.

Testimonial – Dog gets another chance to remain with family with specialized dog training at Michigan Dog Training LLC

Sweet but Excitable Daisy

Sweet but Excitable Daisy

Daisy, a hound mix attended our puppy socialization and basic manners group classes.  She received the socialization and training that she needed as she was on the shy side but her family realized they needed more specialized help. Therefore, they enrolled her in Michigan Dog Training’s Day Camp program. Day Camp is like board and train but without the boarding.  Dogs attended training three days per week for four weeks and receive training and supervised socialization play times throughout the day from several instructors. There is certainly time for play but the emphasis is on the training and socialization.

On September 11, 2013, Daisy successfully completed the Day Camp program with five stars and her mom reports her behavior at home has improved dramatically. We were very honored to receive this testimonial and puppy pictures of her during the past four weeks.

    “Thank you for helping us to train Daisy. Daisy first came to the puppy socialization class with Wendy. My puppy was afraid of the other puppies, and I can remember her hiding in one of the dog tunnels. She now looks forward to playing with other puppies and dogs, and does well in interacting with them.

    She then went on to the Basic Obedience Class with Wendy. She learned basic manners of sit, down, stay, wait, etc. while on a leash. She was able to do well with this class. However, at home when not on a leash and during her play time, it was a whole different story. It was like “No, Off, and Down” was in a foreign language. We needed some extra help and her teeth were razor-sharp. We were able to enroll her in their day camp with Michael, Wendy and staff.

    During a holiday weekend, there was a point that we thought we would have to

Daisy goes from shy to playful

Daisy goes from shy to playful

re-home her. They were right there to help us, and we were able to keep her. I am especially amazed with the remote collar training. This way, she can be in the yard, and we can reinforce what she has learned with consistency. Michigan Dog Training (MDT) is an amazing team – so dedicated. ….Daisy’s mom S.S.”

We are also excited that Daisy will continue her learning and socializing with us in the ongoing Dog Day Care program.

Michigan Dog Training LLC specializes in helping high energy dogs become ideal companions via their K9 Camp (board and train), Day Camp, Dog Day care, in-home lessons, private lessons, and group classes.

Dog hikes and socialization

Michigan Dog Training

Awesome Dog Adventure Hike, Canton, Michigan

The “Awesome Dog Adventures” Face Book group is a free meet up group for dogs and their companions who have completed training with Michigan Dog Training LLC. They hike together at local parks and downtown areas, swim at a local beach and attend off leash play at the Michigan Dog Training facility in Plymouth, Michigan.  It’s purpose is to provide on-going dog socialization and fun for both dogs and their companions.

Membership is permission based and restricted to students of Michigan Dog Training LLC. Events are held in southeastern Michigan, primarily in Western Wayne County, Southern Oakland County and Eastern Washtenaw County. It’s a perfect opportunity to stay active with your dog and continue your dog’s socialization for a lifetime. Click her to join the Awesome Dog Adventures group.

 If your dog isn’t yet ready to join the Awesome Adventures group (either due to lack of obedience or social skills), don’t worry, sign up for personal training or a group class.

Prepare your dog now for Awesome Adventures at Michigan Dog Training LLC.


What Not to Feed Your Dog

What Not to Feed Your Dog!

Along with dog training, socialization, exercise and mental stimulation; a pet’s nutrition is important for optimum health.  And, it can be very confusing as to what one should and should not feed their dog.  One has to educate themselves about pet food ingredients, read dog food labels, and weed through the marketing and celebrity endorsements.

One example of a marketing ploy used by many pet food brands is to advertise a different version of their food just for puppies.  Puppies need increased calories for their growing bodies, not some magic puppy ingredient.  The same is true for senior dogs who require a lower calorie serving.  Life Abundance pet food does not engage in this marketing ploy of developing a food promoted as a puppy or senior food.  Instead, their dog food is made for all stages of a dog’s life.  For puppies, one should feed 25% more in it’s serving compared to an active adult food serving.

I have fed my dogs Life Abundance dog food formulated by Dr. Bicks, DVM for many years.  And, I attribute their long healthy lives (Simone and Willow are 15.5 years old and Draco will be 14 next month, all Belgian Malinois with an average life span of 10-12 years according to the American Kennel Club) in part to the quality and freshness of this food.  I’ll write more about the benefits of Life Abundance in a future post entitled, “What to Feed Your Dog.” However, if you wish to learn more and/or order Life Abundance for your dog, go to my website and click on Dog Store.

Since this post is about “What Not to Feed Your Dog”, Life Abundance gives some insight on their website:

  • “Your dog eats the same food every day. The brand you feed is your dog’s main source of nutrition and vital to a long and healthy life. As a caring pet parent, it is important to see through clever marketing ploys when choosing a food worthy of your best friend.
  • Although you may think all pet food manufacturers have your pet’s best interests in mind, this is not always the case. Some manufacturers use ingredients that you would never knowingly feed your dog. In fact, you may be shocked to learn what some brands of dog food really contain.
  • Life’s Abundance Premium Health Food is veterinarian-formulated with safe and wholesome ingredients, including a blend of vitamins and minerals, high-quality proteins, whole grains, an antioxidant system, nutritious vegetables and fruits, omega fatty acids, calcium and phosophorus for healthy teeth and strong bones and dietary fiber to help maintain a healthy digestive tract. Life’s Abundance contains no artificial flavors or colors. And there’s no corn, corn gluten, wheat or wheat gluten.”

Dr. Karen Becker DVM, is a proactive and integrative wellness veterinarian. She and Dr. Mercola, maintain a very informative and educational website called MercolaHealthyPets.com.  They are interested in identifying and removing health obstacles even before disease occurs.  In the below video, Dr. Becker articulates what one should not feed their dog.  She makes the confusing pet food industry labels easy to understand.

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