New S.T.A.R. Puppy – Gus, German Shepherd

GUS, an AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy

Congratulations to Gus, a very cute and active German Shepherd puppy and his owners Bruce and Amanda Herrick for passing the American Kennel Club’s (AKC) S.T.A.R. (socialization, training, activity and a responsible owner) Puppy Program.  Gus was evaluated by Michael Burkey of Michigan Dog Trainer, a certified AKC STAR Puppy evaluator on February 8, 2012 in Plymouth, Michigan.

The goals of the AKC STAR Puppy Program include:

  • Providing socialization and training to puppies enrolled in AKC STAR Puppy classes
  • Teaching owners about the appropriate amount of exercise (or activity) for their puppies
  • Teaching owners how to be responsible dog owners.

It’s a non-competitive program open to mixed breed and pure breed puppies under one year of age.  Puppies and owners are evaluated during the course as well as a final evaluation as to the owners’ knowledge of raising a puppy, the puppy exhibiting non aggression, and the team demonstrating puppy canine good citizen behaviors (puppy obedience).

Having completed the STAR Puppy Program, Gus and his parents become eligible to receive:

  • a gorgeous AKC STAR Puppy Medal
  • an attractive frame-able certificate
  • a new puppy handbook
  • a monthly online newsletter that includes training tips
  • a discount to enroll in the Companion Animal Recovery, a 24 hour service if your puppy gets lost and
  • listing in the AKC STAR Puppy records

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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