German Shepherd earns Novice Trick Title

Starbuck NTD

On October 12, 2012, Starbuck, a German Shepherd trained and handled by Michael Burkey, head dog trainer and owner at the Michigan Dog Trainer, a professional dog training corporation; earned his Novice Trick Dog (NTD) title. The dog titling organization for trick dogs is through Kyra Sundance’s corporation, Do More With Your Dog.

You too can train your dog to be a titled trick dog by joining MDT’s dog training classes offered at the Humane Society of Huron Valley in Ann Arbor, Michigan or at MDT’s Livonia, Michigan dog training facility. For information on dog training classes such as Basic Dog Manners, Circus Class, Remote Manners, Therapy Dog, or Feisty Fido visit the Michigan Dog Trainer website.

Once your dog earns their Novice Trick Title, they become eligible to participate with the MDT All Star Dogs trick performance team or pursue their Therapy dog certification with the Michigan Dog Trainer (MDT).


Starbuck learned to step out on a narrow beam to stretch out his back.

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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