Monthly Archives: December 2011

Pay your dog with food

A tracking student of Michigan Dog Trainer asked how to increase their dog’s drive to stay to the real track and not become distracted by the environment. One of the simplest ways is to “track often and only feed on … Continue reading

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Train your dog while multitasking

Dog trainers are often asked how owners can find time in their busy days to train their dog.  The second question that comes up is how often and how long to train their dog.  That was addressed in an earlier … Continue reading

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Pros and cons of electronic confinement systems for dogs

Dog trainers are often asked if they recommend electronic confinement systems for dogs. You’re likely to receive one of two responses either pro or con depending upon the trainer’s background.  The trainers who align themselves with what they call “pure … Continue reading

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Auto train your dog

Dog owners typically ask professional dog trainers this question, “how long and how often should I train my dog?” Whether the intent of the question is to make sure they put in enough training time to be successful as they tend to … Continue reading

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Dogs of Thailand; a different kind of socialization

As a professional dog trainer, I am very interested in the proper socialization of dogs so that they grow up to be friendly and confident dogs.  Puppies in America that lack good puppy socialization and training may grow up to … Continue reading

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Flexible leashes not recommended for control or walking your dog

The online news station at Consumers Reports recently wrote an article about a flexible leash severing the finger tip of a lady who tried to hang onto the flexible leash as her dog pulled her across a parking lot. A … Continue reading

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“Coco is a New Dog!”

Coco a Terrier mix, came to the Michigan Dog Training one week board and train program to learn to walk on a loose leash, to sit when told and not to jump on guests.  Not only did he learn this … Continue reading

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Freddy, Beagle Mix Learns to Recall Off Leash

Freddy, a Beagle mix came to the Michigan Dog Trainer’s board and train program to learn to come when called off leash, to heel nicely, not to barge out the front door, not to jump on guests and to learn … Continue reading

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An Easy Walk Harness Makes Walking Your Dog a Breeze!

I was recently asked by a follower of Michigan Dog Trainer from East Greenville, Pennsylvania how to train their dog to walk on a loose leash.  They were not in my service area and referring them to a trainer in their … Continue reading

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Suzanne Zimmerly Recommends Michael to Anyone with Dog Issues!

Back in 2008, we had our dog in Michael Burkey’s Feisty Fido class (at Michigan Dog Trainer)…he was 6 years old, 105 lbs of GSD (German Shepherd Dog), and, unknown to us, had never been socialized with people or other … Continue reading

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