New CGC Star – Zeus, Miniature Poodle

Zeus, CGC

Zeus, CGC

On August 27, 2013 Melinda Peterson and her dog Zeus, a Miniature Poodle of Ann Arbor, Michigan successfully passed the requirements for the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) program. The evaluation was conducted at the Humane Society of Huron Valley in Ann Arbor, Michigan by Wendy Bemis, Certified Dog Trainer for Michigan Dog Training LLC.

The CGC is a new AKC title event and it evaluates a dog’s obedience in public forums as well as the owner’s care and relationship with their dog. Congratulations Melinda and Zeus. For more information about dog training and/or the CGC program, contact Michael Burkey, President of Michigan Dog Training, LLC or call 734-634-4152.

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New CGC Stars at MDT Grand Opening

michigan dog trainingOn July 20, 2013, Michigan Dog Training (MDT) LLC celebrated the grand opening of its Plymouth, Michigan site. Amongst the many distractions (large crowd of people, visiting dogs, flash photography, and people food), four canine teams entered and successfully passed the American Kennel Club’s Canine Good Citizen (CGC) evaluation. The certified evaluators were Michael Burkey and Wendy Bemis, dog training instructors at MDT.

 

MDT congratulates the following canine teams:

1. Cathy Drapeau and Kinnon, Rough Coat Collie of Allen Park, Michigan

2. Sheryl Pokorski and Cayos Von Alanya, German Shepherd of Oak Park, Michigan

3. Elaine Chan-Whitlow and Bean, Bichon-Maltese of Walled Lake, Michigan

4. Elaine Chan-Whitlow and Casper, Bichon-Maltese of Walled Lake, Michigan

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Wendy Bemis earns promotion at Michigan Dog Training LLC

Wendy Bemis CDT and Flettwood CGC, R3

Wendy Bemis CDT and Flettwood CGC, R3

On July 1, 2013, Wendy Bemis a dog trainer at Michigan Dog Training LLC achieved a promotion to “Certified Dog Trainer.” She earned this distinction based upon her knowledge, skills and abilities in training dogs and their human companions and after having completed an intensive three-month training course with Michael Burkey, a professional dog trainer and President of Michigan Dog Training LLC in Plymouth, Michigan. Additionally, Bemis recently became an American Kennel Club Canine Good Citizen (CGC) Evaluator.

Bemis has been a dog trainer since 2008. Prior to that, she served as a dog coordinator in a local rescue, served as a foster parent and volunteered in various shelters training dogs and preparing them for adoption. She enjoys spending her spare time traveling with her dogs, hiking, swimming and boating as well as attending dog training seminars.

Her passion is to help families and their dogs meet the level of training needed so that they can enjoy their lives together.  A well-adjusted and trained dog is able to go on family adventures and live a high quality life. Wendy knows this personally. She successfully modified her own dog’s (Fleetwood, Beauceron) reactivity to other dogs enabling him to go more places with her such as group dog hikes, kayaking as well as earning a Championship Trick title and Rally title with first place finishes. She has a special interest in teaching puppy classes, advanced tricks, and providing solutions to behavior problems.

Her personal dogs include:  two certified therapy dogs, three Canine Good Citizen dogs as well as one titled in Rally Obedience and Championship Trick Dog. Her current dogs are:  1. Fleetwood Mes Yeux Vigilant, a Beauceron, CGC, TDI, NR, TDCH and trained shed antler dog; 2. Gina, a Dachshund, CGC, TDI; and 3. Adrian, an adorable deaf Toy Australian Shepherd. Her dogs who have passed over the rainbow bridge include: Archie, an All American mix, CGC, adopted at ten years of age; Scooter, a hound mix, adopted at 13 years of age; and Taz, a doberman mix adopted at eight years of age. Here is a link showing Wendy earning her Trick Dog Championship Title with her dog Fleetwood.

Michigan Dog Training (MDT) LLC is proud to congratulate Bemis on her accomplishment.

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NoseWork – New dog sport for companion dogs

Sonic indicates on target odor in the box by sitting and staring until a ball pops out.

Sonic indicates on target odor in the box by sitting and staring until a ball pops out.

Nosework is a great new sport for companion dogs.  It teaches them to use their nose to find hidden scents much like police detection dogs but they’re finding legal scents:  birch oil, anise oil and clove oil.  Michigan Dog Training LLC will be an ultimate training site for this new sport with behavior shaping devices, the only known scent wall in

MDT Scent Wall

MDT Scent Wall

Michigan, and Nosework Instructor Michael Burkey’s experience as a K9 Police Detection Dog Handler.  Additionally, MDT will host a nationally known NoseWork trainer, Andrew Ramsey. He will present a two-day NoseWork Seminar October 12-13, 2013 at MDT’s building in Plymouth, Michigan. There will be 12 working spots and unlimited auditing spots. For more information, contact Michigan Dog Training LLC at info@MichiganDogTrainer.com or call 734-634-4152.

Here is a video showing what Fasa, a Belgian Malinois has learned in only three NoseWork sessions at Michigan Dog Training LLC.

Here is a video showing what is expected for a dog to compete in Novice Level NoseWork indicating on the target odor of Birch oil. https://www.youtube.com/watch?feature=player_embedded&v=CR_lemDlOh8

For more information about Nosework classes or to attend Andrew Ramsey’s seminar contact us at Michigan Dog Training  by email at info@michigandogtrainer.com or by calling 734-634-4152.

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Testimonial – Darby doing well

Darby, K9 Camp Graduate

Darby, K9 Camp Graduate

A frequently asked question is whether or not the board and train dog training program is successful once the dog transitions from our K9 Camp to their home environment. And, the answer is positively “yes!” This is because the dog has had a change in routine whereby new behaviors are learned and reinforced. Michigan Dog Training LLC also ensures that the owners not only have a take home session to learn how to continue the dog’s new established behaviors but are also able to come back for refresher private sessions and group classes  at no charge.

As a testimonial to this, we received a wonderful update from Darby’s parents that he (an Airdale) continues to do well in their home environment after completing our four-week K9 Camp program.  Prior to his K9 Camp, Darby was a wild child. He is still an energetic and happy boy but one with manners and he is able to self impose a state of calmness. They sent us a picture of Darby calmly remaining on a down stay in their home and here is what they had to say.

“(Darby is) Doing a good stay.  Thanks so much.

Jean & Mike McCowan of Howell, Michigan.

Click here to learn more about our K9 Camp or Day Camp at our Plymouth, Michigan facility or call us at 734-634-4152.

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New CGC Stars – Pit and Beagle mixes

michigan dog trainingOn June 8, 2013, two super friendly dogs passed the American Kennel Club (AKC) Canine Good Citizen (CGC) test at Michigan Dog Training (MDT) LLC in Plymouth, Michigan.  They prepared for the test by completing MDT’s CGC dog training class.  Wendy Bemis, a Michigan Dog Training Dog Trainer taught the class and Michael Burkey, MDT’s Dog Behaviorist and President evaluated the dogs. The dogs and parents are:

1. Debra Green and Prince, a Pitt mix of Westland, Michigan

2. Laura Pawlusiak and Piper, a Beagle mix of Livonia, Michigan

According to the AKC, “The CGC Program is designed to reward dogs who have good manners at home and in the community.  The Canine Good Citizen Program is a two-part program that stresses responsible pet ownership for owners and basic good manners for dogs.  All dogs who pass the 10-step CGC test may receive a certificate from the American Kennel Club.” Additionally, the program is now a “Title” program and upon successful completion the initials “CGC” may be placed after the dogs’ names.

Prince CGC

Prince CGC

Piper CGC (on left)

Piper CGC (on left)

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Bernese Mountain Dog and Malese/Yorkie mix puppies become AKC Star Puppies

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AKC Star Puppies Rudy and Lucy!

On June 8, 2013 two cuddly and adorable puppies successfully completed the American Michigan Dog TrainingKennel Club (AKC) STAR Puppy evaluation and program at Michigan Dog Training LLC (MDT) in Plymouth, Michigan.  Wendy Bemis, Michigan Dog Training’s Dog Trainer, taught the Puppy Socialization class and Michael Burkey, Dog Behaviorist and President of MDT conducted the evaluation.

The STAR Puppies and parents are:

1. Beth Stefani and Rudy, Maltese/Yorkie mix from Saline, Michigan

2. Mark Chadwick and Lucy, Bernese Mountain Dog from Gregory, Michigan

The AKC describes the program as such: “The AKC STAR Puppy (socialization, training, activity, and responsibility) is an exciting program designed to get dog owners and their puppies off to a good start.  The AKC STAR Puppy Program is an incentive program for loving dog owners who have taken the time to take their puppies through a basic training class.”

MDT offers puppy socialization and training classes to help puppies and owners get off on the right paw and a new class will start on Saturday June 15, 2013 at 9:00 a.m.  To take part, bring your hungry 10-16 week old puppy to MDT at 1031 Cherry Street, Plymouth, Michigan 48170 along with verification of vaccinations and negative fecal check for parasites. The class is only $57.00. Email MDT at info@MichiganDogTrainer.com for more information.

Lucy checking out the wobbleboard for strength and balance

Lucy checking out the wobbleboard for strength and balance

Lucy learning to use her core muscles on the peanut to develop strength and balance.

Lucy learning to use her core muscles on the peanut to develop strength and balance.

Rudy checking out a moving surface, the doggie treadmill for socialization purposes.

Rudy checking out a moving surface, the doggie treadmill for socialization purposes.

Rudy learning to change positions from a sit to a down on the peanut to develop core muscle strength and balance.

Rudy learning to change positions from a sit to a down on the peanut to develop core muscle strength and balance.

Rudy come!

Rudy come!

Rudy learning to go through a tunnel.

Rudy learning to go through a tunnel.

Rudy learning to go to "place" on a dog scale.

Rudy learning to go to “place” on a dog scale.

Rudy learning to walk with his mom on a loose leash.

Rudy learning to walk with his mom on a loose leash.

Rudy learning to balance on a wobbleboard.

Rudy learning to balance on a wobbleboard.

Lucy learning to stretch her core muscles on the peanut

Lucy learning to stretch her core muscles on the peanut

Rudy and Lucy having fun chasing each other through a tunnel.

Rudy and Lucy having fun chasing each other through a tunnel.

Lucy come!

Lucy come!

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