Michael Burkey is the Owner and President of Michigan Dog Training LLC, a highly successful dog training corporation whose aim is to promote peaceful relationships between pets and their families. MDT specializes in helping high energy dogs become ideal companions. Michael is a professional dog trainer and dog behaviorist;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.Read more info here
Amy and Lilly
Amy, Program Coord. and Customer Care Specialist. Amy answers questions regarding our services to ensure your needs are met quickly and efficiently. She also ensures our operation runs smoothly. She joined the MDT team in 2011. Amy's personal dog is a very friendly pitt mix named Lilly.
Wendy Bemis and Fleetwood
Wendy Bemis, Certified Dog Trainer Wendy is a Michigan Dog Training LLC Certified Dog Trainer. She 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 achieve 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.
Wendy joined our training team in 2013. She specializes in training our K9 Campers and Day Campers as well as teaching group classes and private lessons.
Annie teaching Mila Eye Attention
Zhao Yang (Annie), Assistant Dog Trainer Annie assists our other trainers in training the K9 Campers and Day Campers as well providing them with much love and exercise. She joined our training team in 2012.
Katelyn Babcock, Assistant Dog Trainer Katelyn assists our other trainers in training the K9 Campers and Day Campers as well providing them with much love and exercise. She joined our training team in 2013.
Maverick CGC, TDE & Stacy
Stacy Grzywacz, Assistant Dog Trainer Stacy assists our other trainers in training the K9 Campers and Day Campers as well providing them with much love and exercise.
She has a Bachelors degree in Excerise and Sports Medicine from Wayne State University and has been a student at Michigan Dog Training for some time titling her dog, Maverick: Canine Good Citizen (CGC) and Expert Trick Dog. She joined our training team in 2013.
Sheryl and V Cayos von Alanya SchH3, Kkl1, CGC
Sheryl Pokorski, Dog Trainer:
Sheryl began dog training at the age of 8 when she joined a 4-H club for youths and their dogs. After her first competition with her Labrador Retriever “Max”, and a blue ribbon, she was hooked on competitive dog training for good. At the age of 12, Sheryl already titled her second dog, a Sheltie named “Star”, in AKC Novice Obedience (CD) and then went onto earn the AKC Open Obedience (CDX) title.
Fast forward thirty years, absorbed in training and competing as a hobby, Sheryl has acquired a wide base of knowledge and experience to draw from. Owning and training several different breeds, with varied personalities, she has a deep understanding of how dogs learn and what motivates each individual to respond and obey.
Sheryl has also competed in AKC conformation dog shows, Schutzhund (protection-dog trials), and IPO (international working dog trials) earning several more titles while winning top placements in many events. In 2013 Sheryl joined MDT when she decided to turn her passion for teaching dogs into her vocation as well. She specializes in training our K9 Campers and Day Campers.