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

Jacob Anderson
Jacob Anderson

5 out of 5 stars

posted 3 weeks ago

Cannot recommend enough. Had my Bullmastiff trained with Taylor and the results are outstanding. He is well behaved and follows commands on and off leash. The staff seems to love working with the dogs and form good relationships. Also an outstanding staff at the kennel and my dog gets excited to go for daycare. A great place for your best friend.

James Smith
James Smith

5 out of 5 stars

posted 1 month ago

We have used K9 Academy for training of a GSD and a Doberman. Both dogs came back well trained and in very good shape. My Dobe is currently there for boarding and day care. She is always excited to go back.

Thomas McBride
Thomas McBride

5 out of 5 stars

posted 4 months ago

Our family absolutely loves K9 International! Nino has been very easy to work with and did a great job of explaining the training process and what they do there. We did on leash and off leash training for our 7 month old pup (Australian shepherd/pomeranian mix) at the time. The trainer that we worked with was Taylor and she is the best! She cares for our dog as if it were her own and has taught us how to work with our pup daily to be more in control. We noticed a change in our dog after every week and our friends and family noticed a huge difference at the end of the training. I would highly recommend Taylor and the rest of her team.

We also have our little (13lbs) dog in doggy daycare/boarding as well and we have been very happy with the care she gets every day. They do have a lot of big dogs that go there but they have done a great job of socializing her with those dogs during training and daycare. We love when we can drop off our fur baby and they love her as much as we do.

We can't thank them enough for everything they do!

Birdie Kimmel
Birdie Kimmel

5 out of 5 stars

posted 5 months ago

Nino, and staff have been wonderful to work with. They are patient with both myself and my dog! K9 Academy has the perfect mix, of being EXCELLENT in the training process of my dog Joie and aproachable, and understanding with all of my questions. They have helped me figure out the right training path, for myself and Joie. If I could rate 10 stars I would.

Mural by Design
Mural by Design

5 out of 5 stars

posted 9 months ago

They really love what they do. These murals are done freehand by Mural by Design at their business, and they are a proof of love and energy they invest in their business.