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Quality Dog Training

With Jim Blau

Mid-Michigan K9 Academy is a dog training academy dedicated to providing your furry friend with the best training possible. In just one week, we guarantee a well-trained pooch to enjoy casual public outings with.
My name is Jim Blau, and I’m here to help teach your dog good behavior. My training method involves a combination of balanced and positive reinforcement-based learning techniques. This makes training exciting and fun for your dog and makes them want to do better.

Let’s start helping your best friend maintain good behavior and adapt to your current lifestyle.

Meet The MMK9A Team

MMK9A Trainers

Emilio Duran Gutierrez owns an Australian and German Shepherd mix trained to the nines. Fetch, catching frisbees, scent work, protection work, advanced heeling, and tons of obedience commands are all part of Makaveli’s repertoire, every bit trained by Emilio himself. Now Emilio brings his skills to MMK9A, in addition to working our board and train dogs, to give personal one-on-one lessons on how you can have a well-mannered dog just like Makaveli. Let Emilio show you insider tricks on how to get the best out of your dog.

Adam Collier became interested after a visit to Mid-Michigan K9 Academy and applied soon after. Since then, Adam has become a valued employee and a well-versed trainer. He is inspired by the transformations we create in so many dogs each week. He has learned the balanced training techniques we use as well as many other training programs to get your dog to be the best they can.

Allison Heath is a hard worker and an industrious student. She earned her bachelor’s in political science from Saginaw Valley State University and joined the workforce in the medical field. But something pulled at Allison, and she felt the need to earn her certificate as a dog training instructor from Penn Foster College. She then left the medical field and joined Mid-Michigan K9 Academy to pursue her passion and training dogs. She has been a wonderful and valuable asset to MMK9A, and every day she gives 100% to our board and train clients’ dogs, teaching them the best way to be pets. Don’t miss out on getting your dog trained by this amazing instructor.


7-Day Doggy Bootcamp

For seven days and nights, your dog will undergo an immersive program designed to change the way he thinks. From following his own impulses to jump up, pull on the leash, ignore your come commands, and generally be obnoxious, he will learn to engage with you and seek your approval. I use balanced training methods with an emphasis on positive reinforcement and engagement. $1000 All Breeds and Sizes.

14-Day Doggy Bootcamp

For those wanting to polish their dog’ behavior a little more, they can extend their pup’s training for another seven days. The first seven days are great for eliminating some unwanted behaviors, such as leash pulling, and putting the dog on the path to engagement. The second week can really lock in the newly learned positive behaviors and reinforce hard-to-master commands such as recall. $1750 All Breeds and Sizes.

10-Day Aggression Program

Is your dog aggressive to other dogs or people? This program is an intensive deconstruction of the dog’s unwanted aggressive behavior, using remote collars and advanced heeling and recall work. 

All programs include video progress reports, tools—like leashes, training collars, gentle leaders, treats, food—and an end of session coaching session where I show you how to keep these good behaviors flowing and the unwanted behaviors in the past. $1500 All Breeds and Sizes.

One On One Personal Training

One-on-one personal instruction for you and your dog from a skilled trainer.  Lessons designed to meet your specific needs, and cover topics such as recall, manners, impulse control, reactivity, and basic obedience. Five weekly one hour sessions for $500.

Home Visits

In the Saginaw area we will come to you for at home training sessions. These at home lessons cover your household specific needs as well as gives you the owner the opportunity to see first-hand the results in the comfort of your own space. $200 for first session, $150 every lesson after

Training Roscoe

When Roscoe first came to me, he would run around and nip and bite out of fear or frustration. But after our one-week training session, he became more confident, learned how to channel his energy, and impressed his owners with lots of new tricks.


Training Weylen

Weylen was one of my favorite rescue dogs and was a delight to work with. When we first started training, he was highly willful, constantly pulled at his leash, and was distracted by just about everything! But by the end of our training, he learned to respect boundaries and heel-ed like a champ. He was eventually adopted by a great family who loves to spoil him.

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what They’re Saying

Client Testimonials

“Jim did a board/train for our puppy Jack while we were on vacation. He was a good puppy before we left but we came back to a different animal; in a wonderful way! The positive improvement in Jack’s behavior and consistency was amazing!

While we were on our vacation, we got regular written written and video updates which were comforting to us and fun to show the kids that Jack was also having a great time.

Jim clearly loves dogs and has a calm, collected presence that commands their respect enabling him to make quick and substantial improvements in obedience.

We highly recommend Jim and MidMichigan K9 Academy!”

John Kruse

“We took our 80lb pitbull to Jim for the 7 day stay and we got a completely different dog back. Before we took her to Jim she ran the show, she walked us and was out of control. We would put her leash on and she would go wild so we had to stop walking her during the day because if she seen another dog she went ballistic. Jim had her for 7 days and she walks like a charm and she does not pay any attention to other dogs. I recommend this place very highly. Please feel free to reach out for reference!!”
Kim Welsh

“Jim was amazingly skilled in helping us with a rescue dog with extreme fear issues. After just 1 week at Mid-Michigan K-9 Academy, our boy was much more engaged, less fearful and more obedient. In addition to the dog’s training, Jim spent time with us showing us some techniques to use in sketchy situations. We were beyond impressed with the communication…we got daily reports and done videos keeping us up to date on daily progress. Very professional. I would most highly recommend Mud-Michigan K9 Academy.”
Gayle Newton

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