On October 28, 2013 Starbuck Von Burkey earned his American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) title. It is a ten step evaluation of dog and handler which includes items such as walking on a loose leash; doing basic commands such as sit, down, and stay; coming when called; walking politely up to another dog team, remaining calm despite the owner walking out of sight from the dog, etc.
Starbuck was adopted by Michael Burkey, President of Michigan Dog Training (MDT) LLC prior to him being taken to the pound by his former owner because they were moving, unable to take him with them and cited some house manner problems.Â Starbuck has been a blessing to Burkey who is training him to be a Diabetic Alert Service Dog.Â Starbuck has a wonderful friendly temperament so he also serves as MDT’s welcoming ambassador to all dogs trained in MDT’s K9 Camp program. He loves to play with other dogs so he is very helpful when accessing the temperament of dogs being trained at MDT.
MDT in Plymouth and Ann Arbor, Michigan offers Intermediate Manners group classes which includes the CGC testing at the end of the class series.Â To learn how your dog can earn his/her CGC title, contact Amy, Program Coordinator and Client Support Specialist at 734-634-4152.