Author Archives: Michael Burkey

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.

To lead, one must know oneself

To improve one’s leadership and management skills, it is helpful to know what ones’ strengths and weaknesses are. There are various self assessment tests available on the internet. Once such assessment is the United States Department of Agriculture, Natural Resources … Continue reading

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Community Canines earn their titles 10/28/13 at Michigan Dog Training

On October 28, 2013 four dogs became Community Canines by earning their American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen Advanced (CGCA) titles at Michigan Dog Training LLC in Plymouth, Michigan. They are: Jennifer King and her dog Rock Candy Ranger, a German … Continue reading

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AKC creates new title; Canine Good Citizen Advanced (CGCA)

For years, the American Kennel Club (AKC) has conducted a Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluation to promote responsible dog ownership.  The 10 step evaluation entailed responsible care and training of one’s dog.  Recently, the AKC has enhanced that program and … Continue reading

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New CGC Star – White Shepherd “Cloud”

On Monday October 7, 2013, “Cloud”, a White German Shepherd trained and handled by Venita Bentley of Canton, Michigan passed her Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluation at Michigan Dog Training LLC in Plymouth, Michigan.  The evaluation was administered by professional … Continue reading

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New CGC Stars at Michigan Dog Training in Plymouth, Michigan

On Wednesday September 25, 2013 all six students and their dogs in the Michigan Dog Training LLC “Canine Good Citizen (CGC)” group dog training class passed the American Kennel Club‘s CGC evaluation. It’s ten step program measures a dog’s skill … Continue reading

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Testimonial – Dog gets another chance to remain with family with specialized dog training at Michigan Dog Training LLC

Daisy, a hound mix attended our puppy socialization and basic manners group classes.  She received the socialization and training that she needed as she was on the shy side but her family realized they needed more specialized help. Therefore, they … Continue reading

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Testimonial for highly excitable Lakeland Terrier after Michigan Dog Training’s board and train program

Jax, a Lakeland Terrier of Belleville, Michigan recently completed our four-week K9 Camp (board and train) dog obedience and dog behavior program.  He is one highly excitable guy and we loved working for him.  He made such improvement such as … Continue reading

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