Belgian Malinois has a new home with Michigan Dog Trainer

Belgian Malinois rescue

Burkey and Sonic

Well I wasn’t looking for another dog as I got my puppy just a few months ago.  However, thanks to Malinois Rescue, I heard about a Belgian Malinois in need at the Lenawee County Humane Society a couple of weeks ago.

So I went to visit Boudewijn (call name now Sonic) to temperament test him as he had shown some threat behavior toward the staff.  I determined that due to his threat behavior when having his collar held and explosive energy, that he was not proper to adopt out to the public.  However, he was very affectionate and deserved a second chance with behavior modification and obedience training.

Therefore, in talking with the humane staff (who are awesome by the way), it was decided I would adopt him and he would come home with me.  I’m a big believer that trainers should adopt problematic dogs (that would benefit a second chance if they received the proper training) as a way to give back to the community, shelter agencies and the dogs themselves.  And, I figured it was my time again to adopt another dog that might be rehabilitated with the proper training and management. So welcome home Boudewijn’s “Sonic”.

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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1 Response to Belgian Malinois has a new home with Michigan Dog Trainer

  1. Deb tofil says:

    Michigan’s own dog whisper.

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