New Canine Good Citizens

On November 25, 2009, the the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluation was conducted at the Humane Society of Huron Valley of Ann Arbor, Michigan. Toni O’Farrell and her dog “Bear”, a Havense and Philip Ewing and his dog “Lola”, a Cattle Dog. The CGC evaluation is a ten step evaluation which tests a dog team’s ability to show control and obedience in real world situations without the use of food treats or other motivators. In order to be considered a “Canine Good Citizen” a dog team must pass all ten stations which include: Accepting the approach of a friendly stranger, Sitting politely for petting, Willingness to be handled and groomed, Walking on a loose lead, Walking through a crowd, Sitting, Laying Down, Staying in Place, Coming when called, Behaving politely around other dogs, Remaining calm amongst common noise and visual distractions, and Remaining calm while separated from their owner.

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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