My name is Jim, and I use a combination of balanced and positive-reinforcement based learning techniques to make training interesting and fun for your best friend and to make him/her want to change. I show them how to fit into your lifestyle and you how to maintain that great behavior.
PRIVATE LESSONS: Six one-on-one classes designed to address your lifestyle needs with your dog. Includes between-session phone and video exchanges to keep the momentum going throughout the week, and a final report with insights and training tools to help keep the progress moving forward after our sessions are over.
BOARD AND TRAIN: One week doggy boot camp designed to address your dog's specific issues and get their behavior to fit your lifestyle needs. For seven days and nights, your pet will undergo an immersive program designed to change their way of approaching your whole relationship. Guaranteed major changes in one week. Includes, video progress reports, all the tools--leashes, training collars, gentle leaders, food, treats, etc.--and a full end-of-session report detailing your dog's experience and how to continue the progress made when s/he returns home.
I've been training dogs full-time for over eight years. I started out with retired Greyhounds rescued from horrible conditions at the track. They'd come to me with severe issues, no socialization, and often in poor physical shape. Under my care, many Greys, like Mazzie shown below, have been adopted and been great pets for loving families. Later, I worked with RPSM in ten week training programs for rescue dogs, where I helped lost cases like Weylen learn the ropes on being an awesome pet. Now, I want to use these skills help you and your dog have a better life together. What's one week compared to the rest of the time you and your best friend have together?
During our one week training session, Roscoe went from fearful nipping and running, to a confident companion with lots of new tricks to show his owners and use to channel his energy.
Willful, pulled on the leash, distracted by EVERYTHING! Now he heels like a champ, knows his boundaries, and has been adopted by a great family that spoils him silly!
My wife and I were looking for a trainer for our Golden retriever, Simba. Simba was a well intentioned dog who was often in his own headspace and didn't have time to listen to us and often became a nuisance when playing around our little one. We found Jim's website and decided to send him a message. He was very personable and wanted to know all about Simba and what our goals and expectations were for him. We decided to hand Simba over to Jim for a week of intensive obedience training. Leaving him was difficult, but Jim's kindness and obvious understanding of dogs made things easier. Simba also made fast friends with Jim's pit bull puppy, Magnus. Jim was available whenever we needed him, and he was extremely thorough with his daily updates and insights on Simba.
He definitely knew what he was doing. It wasn't long before he had our boy figured out and honed in on what needed to be done with him. At the end of the 7 days, it was obvious that the ground work had been laid, and Simba had been instilled with the training he needed. Jim also provided us with a hard copy(as well as digital) of Simba's seven day assessment and a list of commands that he knows now, which was very helpful.
There is an obvious change in how Simba handles himself, and how he listens. Now it's our job to nurture that newfound obedience. We will definitely be recommending Jim's mid michigan k9 academy to others, and will keep him in mind for any of our future training needs. Thank you Mid Michigan K9 Academy!"
— The Fillmore Family
Just got back from Saginaw where I met Weese at Mid-Michigan K9 Academy as she was picking up Rosco from his week of training with James Blau.
Wow! We are so impressed and grateful for the progress Rosco made in his week with Jim. While we understand that Rosco has some old issues that will need time, patience and structure to heal and we must continue to reinforce with the tools Jim gave us, he is much more engaged and has some new behaviors to help him stay on track.
If you have a dog that needs done additional training, or know someone who could use some help, I highly recommend Jim Blau at Mid-Michigan K9 Obedience.. Why?
1) I agree with his reward based style of training and love his philosophy of dog training. He worked with Rosco in home, off leash & on leash and took him on some field trips to reinforce behaviors as well as expose him to possible triggers to gauge his progress. I also like that he is willing to work with you on scheduling, etc.
2) I love his quiet, gentle demeanor while working with dogs. Rosco has fear issues but he did learn to trust Jim fairly quickly because of this.
3). Communication. It was hard to leave Rosco for a week but daily reports and/or videos keeping us in the loop was wonderful. Today, Weese got a detailed report that outlined his day by day progress along with suggestions to keep it going.
4) Before we left, Jim spent time with Weese watching her work with Rosco & giving her tips and suggestions on distraction techniques etc.
5) Personally, I just liked the guy. He’s friendly & easy going. We found Jim to be open and honest with his assessments and was cautiously optimistic in his outlook for the future if we use the “ tools in Rosco’s toolbox” going forward.
All in all, this was a great experience and a much needed one for Sweet Roscoe. 😁
-- Gayle Newton
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