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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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














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.



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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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

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.


“Bear” becomes a Canine Good Citizen

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On May 29, 2014 Heba Abuhussein and her Labrador Retriever “Bear” of Ypsilanti, Michigan; passed the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluation at Michigan Dog Training (MDT) in Plymouth, Michigan. The ten step evaluation measures the dog’s obedience skills, friendliness to strangers and reaction to other dogs.

Prior to taking the evaluation, Heba and Bear participated in private dog training lessons with Michael Burkey, Dog Behaviorist and President at MDT. In a very short time, Heba trained Bear to go from pulling on the leash to working (heeling, staying, and coming when called) off leash with reliability.  Congratulations Heba and Bear CGC!

Testimonial – Very professional & successful techniques

On June 12, 2013, Michigan Dog Training LLC received a nice testimonial from one of our students, Kelly Bennett of Ypsilanti, Michigan.  She participated in a group class with her dog Lexi, a St. Bernard and Spaniel mix dog. She commented that what she liked best about our services or training was that it was “very professional and obvious successful techniques.”  She went on to say:

“While my dog did not “love” her classmates (Lexi was a little reactive toward other dogs), the training “we” received is invaluable and will prove to be useful everyday. Thank you!” ….Kelly Bennett.

New CGC Stars, August 24, 2012


On August 24, 2012, six Michigan Dog Trainer students passed the American Kennel Club‘s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluation at the Humane Society of Huron Valley  (HSHV) in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The CGC is a ten step evaluation showing the dog is able to be under the handler’s control and show basic good manners such as knowing basic obedience commands, walking on a loose leash, meeting other dog teams appropriately, etc. Michael Burkey is a professional dog trainer and an AKC CGC evaluator.

Currently, the CGC  is a certificate program.  Starting after January 1, 2013, CGC  graduates are eligible to contact the CGC department and ask their certificate to be upgraded to a title accompanied by the appropriate fee. Starting in January, the CGC will become an official AKC title and handlers may place the initials “CGC” after the dog’s name.

Congratulations to the recipients listed below:

1. Kalie Wisler and Rocco, lab mix of Ypsilanti, Michigan

2. Kathy Patten and Lilly, a Coton of Saline, Michigan

3. Jay Young and Harper, Lab of Ypsilanti, Michigan

4. Kevin Freeman and Elvis, Husky/Hound mix of Ann Arbor, Michigan

5. Katherine Seaman and Charlie, Long Haired Dachshund of Ann Arbor, Michigan

Additionally, several 0f the above students also earned their Novice Trick Dog (NTD) title through Kyra Sundance‘s Trick Dog tilting program, “Do More With Your Dog” for which Michael Burkey is an Associate Trick Dog Instructor for Sundance. To earn your dog’s CGC or NTD, view the Advanced Manners and Circus Dog classes held at HSHV.


Testimonial – ….”beyond thrilled with the results”


Lucy and her parents

Lucy, a Belgian Malinois went home today and successfully completing a two week K9 Camp at the Michigan Dog Trainer. She acquired new good manners such as walking on a loose lead, performing automatic sits when her handler comes to a stop, comes when called, and sits/downs/stays as well as build confidence in playing with other dogs and when bikers and walkers pass her on walks.  She was a delight and wonderful companion during her training program. We look forward to working with her again during her family’s future vacations. Later in the day, we received a wonderful comment from Lucy’s mom on our facebook page:

      “Thank you so much for all of your and the MDT family’s hard work. We absolutely are overjoyed that our Lucy is back home and beyond thrilled with the results and the love that she got while she was away from her mom and dad. I can guarantee that you’ll see her again!….Jessica Louisignau of Ypsilanti, Michigan.”