Monthly Archives: February 2012

German Shepherd pulls hard and circles

Briscoe, a very loveable and overly anxious German Shepherd came to the K9 Camp at the Michigan Dog Trainer for a two-week stay.  The main goal for Briscoe was to be able to walk on a loose leash.  His owner, … Continue reading

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What does a wagging tail mean?

When dogs become nervous or unsure of other dogs, people or other triggers; they will show various stress relieving behaviors. Some of these behaviors may include: turning their head or whole body away from the trigger, licking their lips or … Continue reading

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New Trick Star Dogs – 2/15/2012

On February 15, 2012 seven dogs and their owners qualified for their Novice Trick Dog Title through Kyra Sundance’s “Do More With Your Dog”‘s trick dog title program taught by Michael Burkey.  Teams had to successfully perform at least 15 … Continue reading

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New Puppy S.T.A.R.s – Gus, Molly and Oscar

On February 8 and 15, 2012, three puppies and their owners successfully completed the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) S.T.A.R. Puppy Program. The evaluation was conducted by Michael Burkey of the Michigan Dog Trainer in Plymouth, Michigan.  Congratulations to all! Amanda … Continue reading

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New CGC Stars – Oakley, Baloo and Sakima

On February 15, 2012 three dogs and their handlers successfully passed the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluation.  It was held in Plymouth, Michigan and was conducted by Michael Burkey of Michigan Dog Trainer. Congratulations to all! … Continue reading

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Will you be my valentine? Answer: You had me at….

It’s Valentine’s day and the internet is filled with examples of very thoughtful and loving gestures of love for spouses and significant others in our lives.  Some of them are so simple to do and very romantic, that it puts … Continue reading

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Tips for cleaning pet stains by “Doc & Ssons II”

A student recently asked me how best to clean carpets of pet stains.  So I posed the question to the stain expert; another dog student of mine and a friend, Matt of “Doc & Ssons II”.  They are a carpet … Continue reading

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Dog no longer charges house guests

Kelly L. called the Michigan Dog Trainer because her dog Gambit, a German Shepherd use to charge house guests at the front door. He was fearful of strangers and was trying to make them go away in the only way … Continue reading

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Testimonial – “Great Help with our Aggressive German Shepherd”

On February 7, 2012, Tammy Cmt  (Charcot Marie Tooth) wrote a recommendation for Michigan Dog Trainer on her facebook page and sent notice to us of her dog’s (Zarr’s) progress.  She and her husband Doug, previously spent an hour with … Continue reading

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Dog training: train with the end in mind

In regards to dog training, train with the end in mind. Consider how you want your dog to behave in your home, how should your dog interact with friends and family members as well as what goals do you have … Continue reading

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