October 2023 was a bustling month at Michigan Dog Training (MDT) as 15 adorable and well-behaved puppies strutted their stuff, passing the coveted Puppy S.T.A.R. evaluations conducted by none other than Michael Burkey, the esteemed owner of MDT and an AKC Puppy S.T.A.R. Evaluator.
The Puppy S.T.A.R. Triumph:
These energetic canines conquered the Puppy S.T.A.R. evaluations, where ‘S.T.A.R.’ stands for Socialization, Training, Activity, and (owner) Responsibility. These little prodigies, under the guidance of MDT, demonstrated their prowess by excelling in a variety of essential commands and social behaviors.
To earn their Puppy S.T.A.R. certificates, these pups showcased impeccable behavior, proving their mettle in vital skills such as remaining free of aggression towards people and fellow puppies, accepting collars or harnesses without a fuss, and even tolerating the sometimes tricky act of having treats or toys taken away.
Michael Burkey, with his experienced eye, also ensured that these pups were comfortable being hugged, held, and petted by their owners and other individuals. Walking on a leash, responding to commands like sitting, lying down, and coming when called were also part of the evaluation, and our furry friends aced these tests effortlessly.
Meet the Stars:
Let’s give a round of applause to the star-studded graduates of the Puppy S.T.A.R. evaluations:
1. CHEESE, mixed breed with Stephanie Pease and Jason Mullins of Plymouth, Michigan
2. ADELINE, Bernadoodle with Melissa Gulvas of Livonia, Michigan
3. KODA, German Shepherd Dog with Shawna Cox of Westland, Michigan
4. ZOEY, mixed breed with Lauren and Adam Kulaszewski of Wyandotte, Michigan
5. HANK, Golden Retriever with Tyler Fosdick of Livonia, Michigan
6. JASPER, English Cream Golden with Diane Witkowski of South Rockwood, Michigan
7. PICKLES, Golden Doodle with Christy Courtney of Ann Arbor, Michigan
8. OATCHI, Beagle with Tiana and Kyle Treganowill of Ypsilanti, Michigan
9. LADY, Chocolate Lab with Amanda Jurysta of Lincoln Park, Michigan
10. OLIVE, Bernese Mountain Dog with Jessica Hayes of Canton, Michigan
11. MERLOT, Rottweiler with Janie Khalifeh of Livonia, Michigan
12. TITO, Rottweiler with Janie Khalifeh of Livonia, Michigan
13. APOLLO, Golden Retriever with Rich and Christie Morgan of Dearborn, Michigan
14. BODEN, Norwegian Elkhound with Samantha Bourque of Plymouth, Michigan
15. NICO, Bernese Mountain Dog with CharRae Salisbury of New Boston, Michigan
These stellar graduates are now poised to take on MDT’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Class in Plymouth, Michigan. If you’re curious about unlocking your pup’s inner rockstar potential, be sure to visit their website at www.MichiganDogTraining.com.
Michigan Dog Training continues to be the beacon of canine excellence, shaping well-mannered pups into true rockstars. As these graduates embark on their next adventure, we can’t help but celebrate the success of these furry dynamos and anticipate the future accomplishments that lie ahead. Cheers to Michigan Dog Training and their commitment to transforming every pup into a four-legged virtuoso!