Susan and Honey Enjoying Walks Together

Recently, I had a very pleasant opportunity to drop in on a former Ann Arbor dog training client whom I had worked with approximately 8 months prior. I was driving to a new client’s house and happened to drive pass Susan and her dog Honey, a yellow Labrador Retriever.  They were enjoying a pleasant spring walk together and Honey was happily walking right beside Susan with no pulling on the leash.  So I turned around and pulled up alongside them to tell Susan what a “wonderfully trained dog she had.”   : )

Eight months ago, Honey use to be dog to dog reactive and pull very hard on a leash. Through in home dog training sessions together, Susan learned how to desensitize Honey to other dogs, to train Honey to pay attention to her and how to walk nicely on a leash. In fact, Honey improved so much that she was able to walk along side my dogs Draco and Simone.

Now approximately 8 months later, she reports her dog continues to do well and it showed.  Susan has been successful with Honey because of her commitment to working with her dog during and after training sessions.  And, seeing the two of them being able to enjoy a walk together put a big smile on my face. It was a good day – running into them again.

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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