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2017 - Wow! 36 Years of Results & 21 Years of Pawformance Dog Sports in Livingston County!

Previous long running #1 and first page puppy class search hits on Google and Yahoo!

Pictured is my former north Howell center, currently we reside in the Hartland area.

Classes available through Brighton Comm Ed at Hilton Elementary
and Howell Parks & Rec - Bennett Center at 925 W. Grand River.
Register soon! Brighton Puppy filled, Howell Parks & Rec is open!

New AKC Canine Good Citizens! Congrats to Connor (Anna) & "Piper" and Colleen & "Bella". The girls are ten month old Labrador Retriever sisters and recent Obedience & Manners Level Two graduates. (Breeder Barbara R. "Inselheim Labradors"). They passed at the Obedience Training Club of Greater Lansing test on Thursday, December 29. Read more on the "Trainer's Bark" page, click on 'News Referrals' link above!

Getting sass? Shy pet? No Problem! Sign up for a Results class and relax!

You will find the most complete class information and schedule here on my web page. Basics for registering are listed in the Brighton Community Ed and Howell Recreation Center brochures. While most participants find us through referrals, an occasional ad will be ran in the Marketeer shopper guide. Watch for local advertising featuring a puppy picture of Golden Retriever "Spirit".

From the litter to your best friend... Results and Pawformance Dog Sports! classes are based on a hands-on, unique praise reward training and handling for companion dogs that are pets - not lawn or show ring ornaments! Based on hands-on obedience training and building relationships - not clickers & treats, toys, electronics or remotes!

Much Experience! In Livingston County since 1981, Results Puppy and Dog Training & Pawformance Dog Sports!

(PDS since 1996) have been offering trainers (pet owners) a cognitive style of interacting with their puppies and dogs. While many enhancements to our program have taken place since the early years, our base has stayed the same - because it works! A common sense, gentle hands on, practical approach from the dog's perspective along with praise is the foundation of my program. Praise is the best 'positive' training, as you always have it with you and there is no need to keep your pet 'hungry' so it will (hopefully) perform for a treat!

From the litter to your best friend, the Results simple and efficient approach works when mutual respect, responsible care and fulfilling exercise needs are provided. Proper handling in between structured leash training sessions is just as important as teaching responses to commands. Thus, the first class is for trainers - the pets stay home!

If you are new to Results - Pawformance classes, be sure to read the Program & Class Information page regarding the use of clickers, treats and toys as obedience command rewards. Hopefully, this may claify that a hands-on praise reward program taught here in entry level is not one that endorses the use of food for their sits, downs, comes and stays! Please note when reading my handouts, praise reward! Even after following a very nice orientation with demonstations it is surprising to me that some trainers come in choosing to train at their pets instead of bonding with them ... Keeping the focus on the trainer is most important, not teaching the pets to watch the hand or mouth hoping for a snack or toy!

Treats are used for leash training puppies (in Puppy Class). They are also used for housetraining (potty outdoors), crate training, bed time and just because!!! After basics are learned, treats may be used in O&M Two and Three for an occasional exercise. The only class I will use treats on a regular basis is for Conformation showing. If I return to teaching Agility training, treats may be used as needed for drops and early tunnel training...but not for long!


Dear Mary,
We really enjoyed watching "Annie" (Chelsea's Gala Parade CD, CGC) at the Lansing Dog Show. At the show it really became clear to us what a special relationship you have with your animals. There were many people there that had very well trained dogs yet didn't really seem to understand their animals. As the Monks of New Skete said in their book "How to be Your Dog's Best Friend", "While the dog performed well one wonders what the total dog-human relationship was like." Unfortunately, the judges don't score on this and I'm sure breeders that form "true bonds" are rare. You have a very special skill and you are lucky to have a job you truly love. ... Your friends, Barbara & Ole - "Skyla" - Chelsea' s Skyrocket - Golden Retriever


If you enjoy being with dogs as much as I do, consider a hobby with your dog! Results Puppy and Obedience and Manners Classes provide a wonderful base for dog sports. Following, Pawformance Dog Sports! classes take training to another level! it is espcially fun through the winter months when every one has 'cabin fever'. So get off of the couch and get ready for some fun exercise - with your pet! Whether recreational or titling, consider joining a class. Especially fun to do with like-minded people!

Rally-Obedience (Rally-O titles - RN, RA, RE)
Beginner Novice (BN) Show Obedience
Companion Dog (CD) Show Obedience
Agility Jumpers With Weaves is returning in 2017! Various jumps, weave poles and the tire (hoop) jump.
Tracking will be offered spring 2017 with interest, too!


Training director, Mary T. Ratelle has been called a dog whisperer for decades because she knows dogs. Note that she does not follow the current media trends of 'dog whisperer' labels that may be a hyped business lure or fabricated drama. It is her opinion that true dog whisperers do not need to rely on dysfunctional methods or harsh handling, nor do they need to yell or shout! She can bring the best out of any dog.

The Livingston County Press - Argus Hometown Newspaper featured training director, Mary T. in their April 13, 2005 'Neighbor' story titled 'Dog Whisperer' Tames Wild-at-Heart Canines.


Regarding handling pets, due to the restrictions I am under from an auto accident in the fall 2013, I cannot physically handle the very strong and larger dogs. Thanks for your understanding if I am handling your dog and find that I have to return the leash to you.


Caution: Fraud alert! The Results Dog Training name, handouts and advertising material and even a previous address (!) has been used by others doing in home consultations, personal training and other group classes. Note Mary T. Ratelle does all instruction, staff is not employed.
If my name is used by another, do not write a check! Do get pertinent information, copy driver license if possible and get license plate information. If possible, take a picture! Please advise if you receive material with our name. Thank you!

Warning - Pet edibles from China!! This is very old news, but many well known stores have chosen to still sell treats on their shelves coming from China. There have been documented cases of thousands of pets that have died or became seriously ill from digesting food with toxins found in them in our country alone. Be sure to check labels and discard anything with "China" on it!! I find it sad what greed can do to people in the trade that we assume care about our pets... Too much info to share here on this subject - Google and learn.


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To help prevent issues, please read this article:

Raising a Dog in a House with Children
By Mary T. Ratelle-Hepp, published in the March 2006 issue of the Livingston Parent Journal


Wild Walk Gardens LLC Mary T., our training director, is an MSU Advanced Master Gardener. She enjoys designing gardens with an emphasis on Michigan native plants and flowers.

Visit: Wild Walk Gardens LLC


Instructor Background Link

Training personal dogs since 1967.
Showing purebred dogs since 1971.

Results Dog Training L.L.C. &
Pawformance Dog Sports!
Celebrating 36 & 21 years of training
in Livingston County!

1981 - 2017

Agility field at our previous location. Pawformance Dog Sports! (PDS) agility started with the USDAA in 1992, even before AKC!

Warning - training here can be habit forming - people and their 's have fun!!

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