New title earners: Novice Trick and Canine Good Citizen



On February 7, 2013, several Michigan Dog Trainer students and their dogs earned the Novice Trick Dog title (NTD) and Canine Good Citizen (CGC) title at the Humane Society of Huron Valley in Ann Arbor, Michigan. The dogs were evaluated by Michael Burkey, who is a professional dog trainer at Michigan Dog Training LLC. The trick titles are done through Kyra Sundance’s “Do More With Your Dog” program and the CGC is through the American Kennel Club (AKC).

To earn their  Novice trick titles, dogs had to do fifteen tricks at the Novice and/or Intermediate levels such as hoop jump, crawl, spin, etc. To earn the CGC, dog teams had to do complete ten components such as come, sit, down, stay, walk nicely on a loose leash, greet friendly strangers and other dog teams appropriately, etc. Your dog too can become a trick dog or Canine Good Citizen.  For information about attending a circus class in Livonia or Ann Arbor, Michigan, contact the Michigan Dog Trainer or to sign up for dog training classes at HSHV.


KAYLEIGH, NTD, CGC, All American mix




BRINKS, NTD, CGC, English Mastiff


CLAUDE, NTD, All American mix

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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