Canine Circle of Health

holistic dog health, calm dog, dog health, family dogMany times I am asked what is the secret for having a calm and happy family dog?  There are no “dog training secrets” as some people would advertise.  Instead, effective and humane dog training is based on scientific learning principles and what I call the Canine Circle of Health.

A dog’s potential is increased if you provide the following:  Prevent undesired behavior from being rehearsed, Manage your dog’s environment such as using a baby gate to separate your dog from your crawling baby; Teach your dog “how to behave” via private dog training or group dog training classes; Socialize your dog properly via puppy socialization & good manners classes, dog daycare, pet sitter interactions; Veterinarian wellness checks; Proper nutrition by feeding a holistic dog food such as Life’s Abundance that is constantly made fresh; Exercise; and Mental stimulation via obedience exercises, tricks and games.  If you do these things, you will be well on your way to having a calm and happy family dog.

About Michael Burkey

Michael Burkey is a professional dog trainer, behaviorist and owner of, a highly successful dog training company whose aim is to promote peaceful relationships between pets and families. Additionally, he is an expert trial witness, certified Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluator for the American Kennel Club (AKC), former Police K9 Handler, Search and Rescue (SAR) K9 Training Director and SAR K9 Handler, obedience and rally competitor and social worker. Dog training is a complex science and art requiring knowledge of behavioral science and learning. You can rely on Michael's experience, teaching methods, and integrity. He can be contacted at or 734-634-4152.
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