German Shepherd Joins Group Dog Hikes

Bernice and Murphy participate in an Outdoor Adventure Meet Up Group Dog Outing

Bernice and Murphy a four year old German Shepherd dog, participated in in-home dog training with Michael Burkey, a Michigan professional dog trainer and dog behaviorist.  Before training, it was very difficult for Bernice to walk Murphy in public settings.

Murphy not only learned to heel on a loose leash but to also enjoy taking a group dog hike in a local forest followed by relaxing with other well behaved dogs at the Cold Stone Creamery, while their owners enjoyed ice cream on a hot day.  Afterward, Bernice wrote the following message:

Bernice and Murphy

“Hi Mike,

Thanks for your help and support with Murphy.   I was very pleased with him yesterday.  We have made a lot of progress quickly with your help.

I will sign up for the meetup group.  I look forward to the next outing!

Thanks again for all of your help.   I really appreciate it.

Bernice B. of Dearborn, Michigan

Nice job Bernice!  Murphy is very lucky to have such a loving and commited parent such as yourself…..Michael

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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