May 2017 Canine Good Citizens

 

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On May 9, 2017 two dog teams at Michigan Dog Training (MDT) in Plymouth, Michigan successfully passed the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluation after having taken the Intermediate Manners dog training group class. The CGC evaluation tests the dog’s temperament and obedience skills via ten exercises.  Congratulations to:

  1. Angela Wilt and her dog Mac Arthur Silver Strider, an American Eskimo of Westland, Michigan
  2. Andrew Rasky and his dog Titan, a German Shepherd of Canton, Michigan

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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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Canine Good Citizens – August 2016

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On August 2, 2016 three students and their dogs passed the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluation with flying colors at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan. They completed the Intermediate Manners dog class which prepared them for the evaluation.  Congratulations to:

  1. Starr Natale and her dog Luna a Pit mix of Grosse Ile, Michigan
  2. Tim Porter and his dog Ziggy Stardust, a Cane Corso of Westland, Michigan
  3. Ellen Currin and her dog Winifred, a Pit mix of Detroit, Michigan

 

 

 

 

 

Your dog too can learn new manners and even titles. A new set of group dog training classes start next week. Hurry, don’t delay as classes fill quickly.

 

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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August 2015 dog title earners at MDT

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On August 25, 2015 six students and their dogs earned American Kennel Club (AKC) titles at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan. The evaluations are given free of charge for students at the conclusion of their dog classes and is open to mixed and pure breed dogs.

The AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy program evaluates the owner’s responsible puppy raising behaviors, the puppy’s temperament, and the puppy’s pre-Canine Good Citizen behaviors. The Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test evaluates the dog’s obedience and temperament: 1. Accepting a friendly stranger, 2. Sitting politely for petting, 3. Appearance and grooming, 4. Out for a walk – heeling, 5. Walking through a crowd, 6. Sit and down on command/Staying in place, 7. Coming when called, 8. Reaction to another dog, 9. Reaction to distractions, and 10. Supervised separation.

Congratulations to the following students and their dogs!

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  1. Kristin Kinasz and her dog Murphy, Saint Bernard of Westland, MichiganotonColorsTMagAd9-06
  2. Matthew Shaffer and his dog Hemi Gage Shaffer, German Shepherd of Roseville, Michigan
  3. Patricia Nowling and her dog Oscar, Chocolate Lab of Belleville, Michigan

CGC Titles

  1. Tom Laco and his dog Guinness, German Short-Haired Pointer of Livonia, Michigan
  2.  Holly Tebelman and her dog Cider, Yellow Lab of Dearborn, Michigan
  3. Jason Horne and his dog Lucy, Saint Bernard of Canton, Michigan

You and your dog can also earn titles by joining puppy and adult dog classes at Michigan Dog Training.  A new round of classes start the week of September 8, 2015.  Call now and get your puppy or dog started “on the right paw” to better manners. Classes offered include:

  • Puppy Manners (Puppy S.T.A.R. Certificate)
  • Basic Manners
  • Intermediate Manners (CGC Title)
  • Advanced Manners (Advanced CGC and Urban CGC)
  • Feisty Fido (dog to dog reactivity)
  • Do More With Your Dog (tricks and fun agility)
  • Protection Sport Dog

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.

New Canine Good Citizens at MDT

Canine Good Citizen Michigan Dog TrainingOn June 23, 2015 three Michigan Dog Training (MDT) students and their dogs in Plymouth, Michigan passed the American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluation and thus earned their CGC Title.  Additionally, Matthew Lamarand, a MDT Certified Dog Trainer earned the Advanced Canine Good Citizen (CGCA) title with his puppy, Falkor.

The CGC evaluates the dog team for responsible dog ownership and good manners.  The manners includes such things as 1. Accepting a friendly stranger, 2. Sitting politely for petting, 3. Allowing the evaluator to inspect and groom the dog, 4. Walking on a loose leash, 5. Walking through a crowd of people without jumping on them, 6. Performing a sit and a down command as well as stay in place, 7. Coming when called, 8. Approaching and not reacting aggressively or excitably toward another dog team, 9. Reaction to distractions (not showing fear or aggression toward a runner, biker, items being dropped on the floor), and 10. Supervised separation from his/her owner. MDT offers the CGC testing as part of its dog obedience class entitled Intermediate Manners. It begins again on July 7, 2015.

The CGCA evaluates the dog team further by performing obedience exercises amongst distractions that would commonly be found in a public setting such as at a park.  These exercises include: 1. CGCALogoWaits calmly under control while the owner is distracted by a task such as eating food, conversing with a person, filling out papers, 2. Does not pull while walking on a loose leash with pace changes, 3. Walks on a loose leash through a crowd such as a crowded hallway, in a park or on a trail, 4. Walks past distractions and does not pull such as when passing other dogs on a trail or sidewalk, 5. Sit-stay in a small group (three other people with dogs), 6. Dog allows a person who is carrying a package or backpack to approach and pet it, 7. Leaves food on the ground alone as he/she passes by it, 8. Down or sit-stay while owners goes to retrieve an object and returns to their dog, 9. Recall with distractions, and 10. Dog sits or stands while owner passes through a door way with a cup of water and does not pull the owner through the doorway. MDT offers the CGCA testing as part of its dog training class entitled Advanced Manners.  It begins again on July 9, 2015.

Congratulations to the new title earners!

Canine Good Citizen (CGC)

1. Laura D. Coulter and Simon, Border Collie mix of Livonia, Michigan

2. Rebecca Chiodo and Zuri, Cane Corso of Dearborn, Michigan

3. Kitty Coryell and Emme, Bichon/Poodle mix of Ypsilanti, Michigan

 

Advanced Canine Good Citizen (CGCA)

1. Matthew Lamarand and Falkor, Dutch Shepherd of Westland, Michigan

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.

Matthew Lamarand Promoted at MDT

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On March 14, 2015, Matthew Lamarand of Westland, Michigan a Dog Trainer at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan was promoted to the position of Certified Dog Trainer. He joined the MDT team on December 4, 2014 after serving 7 years in the United States Air Force as a Military Police Officer. His tour of duty included being a military dog handler in Iraq.

To become certified, Matthew was trained and mentored by Michael Burkey, CEO at Michigan Dog Training.  Matthew also did a lot of personal study about learning theory and how dogs learn best in relation to pet dog training. He successfully completed written and practical exams as well as a formal interview. The skills he had to demonstrate are outlined in the post, “What it Takes to be a MDT Certified Dog Trainer.”

Congratulations Matthew! MDT looks forward to you excelling in your new expanded role of assisting with the planning and execution of dog training programs, training other dog trainers, and training clients via private instruction and/or group classes.

There were 2 puppies now there are 3

Viktor a Vizsla puppy at Michigan Dog Training

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Vizsla new puppy at Michigan Dog Training

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It is puppy galore at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan. As previously reported in “Puppy Training Gets Personal at MDT”, trainers Matthew Lamarand of Westland, Michigan and Erica Hensley of Canton, Michigan welcomed two puppies into their homes; Falkor, a Dutch Shepherd and Drogo, a Belgian Malinois. Now a third MDT trainer has followed suit, Ashaleena Williams of Canton, Michigan and her pup Viktor, a Vizsla. She plans to train him for obedience and dock diving. He seems a natural for many things as on his first day at MDT he surprised all of us by going up the puppy A-Frame (agility obstacle) on his own. So Ashley decided to work on his decent from the obstacle as pictured below. Nice job Ashley.  You’re off to a great start with Viktor!

Be sure to check out our puppy training classes. It’ll be a fun time to not only get your puppy trained but also to train alongside our dog trainers and their puppies. And, check out more pictures of Viktor on the Michigan Dog Training Facebook page.

 

 

 

 

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Viktor transverses the A-Frame