Michelle Rivera

Michelle came to Von Der King in 2012 after working with other training facilities around the Mid-Michigan area and leaving with mixed feelings and poor results.  Michelle began working with VDK towards goals of competing in French Ring and other venues. Michelle quickly learned the VDK balanced approach to training, applying proper rewards with a marker system and corrections when necessary.  Michelle’s ability to pick up on complex systems and exercises, along with the ability to read her dog appropriately and other dogs was truly a gift. In early 2013 Michelle became part of the Von Der King team. While Michelle’s time in the dog training and competition work has been relatively short, her ability to learn, teach, and apply proper techniques for each individual dog is nothing short of amazing.


Dogs Owned, Handled, Trained and Title by Michelle

G’ VDK Moxzilla Del Fuego InternoBelgian Malinois ” Moxie”

  • French Ring Brevet 2015
  • French Ring 1, 3rd Place (1st Leg) – Spring 2017
  • French Ring 1, 2nd Place (2nd Leg) – Summer 2017
  • French Ring 1, 3rd Place – Eastern Regional – Fall 2017
  • French Ring 1, 4 Place – CIC Brive France – Fall 2017
  • French Ring 2, 2nd Place (1st Leg) – Summer 2018

Von Der Kings Black Magic – Dutch Shepherd “Abra”

  • UKC Conformation Champion
  • Explosives Detection Dog
  • French Ring Brevet 2018
  • French Ring 1, 3rd Place (1st Leg) – Summer 2018

Felon Den Dirty Deeds – Belgian Malinois “Loki”

  • French Ring Brevet 2012
  • French Ring 1 (1st Leg) Spring 2012
  • French Ring 1 (2nd Leg) Fall 2012
  • French Ring 2 (Actively Competing)
  • Michigan K9 Challenge Beginner 1st Place 2012
  • Michigan K9 Challenge Intermediate 1st Place 2012.

Loup Garou Von Der King  – Dutch Shepherd “Bane”

  • IPO (Schutzhund) BH Summer 2016
  • Dual Purpose Police K9 (VDK Demonstration Dog)
  • Certified Narcotics Detection Dog
  • UKC Conformation Champion
  • URO1