Client Gains Control of her Bernese Mountain Dog

I had never heard of a remote training collar (“shock collar”) prior to Michael Burkey, a professional dog trainer and dog behaviorist mentioning it to me.  As I use a wheelchair to get around and also have limited use of my hands, Mike thought it made sense for me to obtain Rocco’s (Bernese Mountain dog) attention, if needed.  

At first, I was reluctant to use it, because I feared it would inflict pain.  Turns out, it doesn’t.  My caregiver uses it when Rocco is outside playing with his small group of friends (a practice he enjoys a few times a week). This has been a wonderful addition to not only the caregiver, but especially to Rocco, as well.  It offers freedom and flexibility, which enhances the experience for all.  The best part is, there is no pain to the dog.  If anything, it appears to be the equivalent of a tap on one’s shoulder — — a gentle reminder that it’s time to pay attention.

It also gives me security in knowing that Rocco is safe.  Overall, Rocco has become much happier and more obedient since Mike has entered his life. 

Rocco and Mike first met several months ago when Rocco did a board and train program with Mike.  Rocco continues to go for extended walks when Mike has the time.  He sends pictures and an occasional short movie of the fun they are both having!  This makes me smile, and Rocco is so happy and worn-out when he gets home!

I would recommend Michael Burkey to anyone who has a dog in need of dog training.”  Lisa Lagone, Ann Arbor, Michigan

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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