K9 Academy International


10:00 AM – 12 NOON & 6:00 PM – 8:00 PM

We are here all throughout the day but to ensure we give the most attention and care to your family pets our pickup and drop off times are 10-12 and 6-8 pm. If another time is needed please text or call Taylor at 616-216-1115

The Very Best In Professional Dog Training in Greater Grand Rapids MI

K9 Academy International is a licensed accredited training school. Owner and Training Director Nino Islamcevic is the most qualified professional dog trainer for all breeds available in Michigan. We offer a wide range of training classes that cater to you and your dog’s needs. We offer in home training, personalized training classes, and boarding training. All of K9 Academy International’s training courses are based on centered on operant conditioning with a strong focus on Positive Reinforcement training. Positive Reinforcement training is based around rewards and encouragement thus creating a more confident and stable dog.

We use operant conditioning training methods, with a strong emphasis on positive reinforcement. Using a reward-based approach is the first step in dog training, and the fairest way to teach a dog a new task or behavior. K9 Academy’s techniques are unique and the most advanced, and we offer ‘The Best Training for the Best Price!


  • We had been training Oskar with other trainers since he was a puppy, but still found ourselves frustrated (at 1½ years old) with his unacceptable behaviors. Although we were quite hesitant about leaving our dog for 6 weeks of training, we now realize the importance of that intensive, uninterrupted approach to training and behavior modification. One of the neatest things for us to witness after the training was the bond that Nino created with our dog. Oskar respected him not only as a trainer, but also a friend. Now we have an obedient dog that is a joy to be around. Thank you Nino – you are truly AMAZING!

    Oscar Family
    Oskar and Zeena
  • We didn’t know much about dogs when we got our new pup and we made some common mistakes in beginning. We had trouble with house breaking, potty training, digging, not coming when called, walking on leash, chewing and manners. After our training with K9 Academy International we came to understand ‘dog language’ 100% better and our communication and training went really good. Our dog now is well behaved, has great manners and is a great joy to us.


    Pat & Rob

    Pat & Rob
  • Simply put, our dog was a mess!

    His behavior and submissive urination were so bad we were at the point that we were going to have to get rid of him. We worked with him, took him to classes with different prominent trainer,etc. Nothing was working. We called Nino, took Blu to him, and the dog we picked up 4 weeks later brought tears to my eyes. There he was sitting proud, walking calmly on leash, using door manners, it was incredible! With the help of Nino and K9 Academy International, Blu now plays great with our other dog, he listens and he is a great dog! We can now enjoy our dog Blu as a part of our family!

    Stacy Sagle

    Stacy Sagle

Doggy Day Care / Boarding
in Grand Rapids MI also available!

Our dog boarding kennel is serving Grand Rapids MI area. Each dog boarding kennel has a private 25-square-foot area, which is connected to a covered, outdoor area with 55 square feet. That’s much more space than the average dog boarding facility. There’s music for a home-like environment, and 10 acres of land for nature walks. The front dog kennel area is heated or air-conditioned according to the seasons, and the back dog kennel area is closed in during the winter and the floors are heated at our dog boarding kennel Playtimes are in our secure, fenced-in yards, or in our indoor play room if required by weather. Nino and his family live on-site, and are available for emergencies 24/7.

Highly Trained, Pure Bloodline Dogs
for Sale for Our Customers!

We have excellent quality dogs for sale available! All up to date on vaccines, health checked and temperament tested. Dogs for sale are available with or without training. Imported, domestic or hand raised by Nino Islamcevic and Vom Harisburg Kennels. We have obedience-trained dogs for sale, we have puppies for sale, puppies started in training for sale, trained family protection dogs for sale, trained companion dogs, etc. K9 Academy offers customers well-bred and highly trained dogs to enhance your security and companionship. Our family protection dogs are safe and have excellent temperaments! Most of our dogs are imported from Europe, as well as our breeding bloodlines.

Protection Dogs Available as

  • Family Protection Dogs
  • Personal Protection Dogs
  • Business Protection Dogs
  • Guard Dogs
  • Security Dog
K-9 Protection Program in Michigan

German Shepherd Dogs Available!

Police Dog

Police K-9 and security dogs available! Training available in tracking, obedience, narcotics, article search, and building search, with Handler’s Course. Maintenance for police K-9’s and problem solving, with excellent service!

  • Single Purpose K-9’s Available
  • Dual Purpose K-9’s Available
  • Green Young Dogs Available

We have some of the best K-9’s imported from Europe!
Breeding program is also imported European bloodlines!

Our Services

Obedience for All Breeds

Obedience for All Breeds

Breeding Progam

Breeding Program

Boarding for Dogs

Boarding for Dogs

Protection K-9

Protection K-9

Police K-9 Training

Police K-9 Training

Academy for Trainers

Academy for Trainers


Call 800-474-7044 #57716 to purchase NuJoint Plus or order now!


We have excellent quality dogs for sale available! All up to date on vaccines, health checked and temperament tested.


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Doggy Day Care in Grand Rapids MI also available!

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Vom Harisburg Kennels

Vom Harisburg Kennels is very proud of their top-quality German Shepherd puppies. Their bloodlines are the best of any German Shepherd breeder you’ll find in the area. Nino Islamcevic has been a conscientious and professional German Shepherd breeder for almost 20 years, and chooses only stable and healthy dogs for his breeding program, providing German Shepherd puppies with sound temperaments and good health. Harisburg kennels has German Shepherd puppies for sale, as well as green or trained adult German Shepherds for sale. Our kennels are located in west Michigan, and we offer worldwide shipping and delivery services.


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K9 Academy International,LLC Google Reviews

K9 Academy International,LLC
Reviewed from Google

4.9 out of 5 stars

diana steffke
diana steffke

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 week ago

We were at our wits end with our highly aggressive/protective, extremely active, 1-year-old female GSD, Skyler. No one could come to our home and we could not take her anywhere for fear that she would bite someone. She followed commands only when she wanted to and we were finding it harder and harder to control her in any situation. We were contemplating finding her a new home.

We watched videos, we read books. Nothing we tried seemed to make any difference.

After significant research on dog trainers, we decided to bring her to K9 Academy. Nino was very up front with us on what it would take to bring her around. He explained to us why she acted this way.

Skyler has been home now for about a month. She is a new dog. We go for rides in the car, we go to the pet store without incident. We have taken her for walks in the park without any issues whatsoever. To be honest, I did not think she could be fixed and I am truly amazed with the results that Nino and his team were able to achieve with our girl.

As I am typing this she is laying peacefully on her cot. Thanks to Nino, Taylor and the rest of the team for all they have done for us. I would recommend that anyone who is having trouble with their pet check out K9 Academy.

Ted and Diana Steffke

Amanda Cochran
Amanda Cochran

5 out of 5 stars

posted 5 months ago

Nino and Taylor are amazing! We have had two dogs trained with them now and we will never go anywhere else. They are so kind and show so much care for our fur babies. They have customers for life!

William Pray
William Pray

5 out of 5 stars

posted 6 months ago

Nino and his training staff did such an excellent job working with our 2.5 year old GSD Ajax. Ajax was leash reactive, unreliable with commands, treat dependent, and aggressive towards our cat. With a baby on the way we wanted to ensure Ajax would listen and obey when it counted. After 8 weeks at K9 Academy he is a changed dog but with all the same personality that we love. He is no longer leash reactive, obeys commands each and every time and without the need for treats even with extremely distracting situations. We are able to take him to crowded beaches with multiple dogs and he is calm and responsive to commands. He is showing to be very gentle and attentive to our newborn baby. Can't thank you enough!

Walt Stevens
Walt Stevens

5 out of 5 stars

posted 2 weeks ago

Nino really knows dogs. He's willing to work with dogs that have had behavioral issues in the past, and offers daycare training, boarding training, and individualized training sessions.


5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 month ago

Amazing trainers, I went from super frustrated about my dogs' behavior to super proud!