Gentle Giants Become Canine Good Citizens

On July 21, 2011 three gentle giants became Canine Good Citizens (CGC) by passing the CGC evaluation sponsored by the American Kennel Club (AKC).  They all successfully passed the ten step evaluation after having participated in Michael Burkey’s Advanced Manners group dog class at the Humane Society of Huron Valley (HSHV), Ann Arbor, Michigan.

Pictured from left to right are:  Erik Cheng and his wife of Ann Arbor, Michigan with their Rottweiler, Tai Ping; Marjorie Laab of Farmington Hills, Michigan with her Great Pyrenees, Rocky; and Ginnie Haid of Ypsilanti, Michigan with Toby, a Rottweiler and Border Collie mix.  Congratulations to all!

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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2 Responses to Gentle Giants Become Canine Good Citizens

  1. Melinda Delano says:

    I have a Great Pyrenees that I rescue in June of last Summer. She turned 3 last July. Gentle and great in the house, she has changed on her constant barking. However, being that she lived on a Petting Farm in Indiana her first 3 years, she loves the outdoors and constantly grumbles & barks to go out. On the leash she doesn’t pull, but at the sight of other dog walkers or fenced in pets, she gets WAY OUT OF HAND. Yesterday she whirled around me so fast that I landed on my back! Do you have one on one instruction? If so, what is the cost. I’m retired on a fixed income and as a female, need to get her under control. The pop can with coins in it somewhat helps on our daily 1-2 mile walk. Let me know fees of group instruction although I really can’t picture her with other dogs because of the aggression and guarding instinct. With people she is super and NEVER, EVER a problem. Only other animals. TIA in advance, ~Mindy (PS I live in Dearborn)

    • Hi Mindy, thanks for reading the blog and inquiring about training. Please give my Exec. Assistant a call, Amy at 734-634-4152. She can give you all the details and get you set up for an in home appointment. I look forward to helping you with your dog. Thanks, Michael : )

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