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About The Redemption Crew

I have been training dogs full-time for a dozen years. I began my career rehabilitating retired racing greyhounds who were rescued from horrible conditions at the tracks. When these severely abused racers first came to me, they’d be riddled with severe issues, have zero to no socialization skills, and would often be in poor physical shape. Under my care, the greys got better, became happier, and were eventually adopted by loving families. 

  I eventually started working with Refurbished Pets of Southern Michigan (RPSM) and was involved in their ten-week training programs for rescue dogs. That’s where I met and helped lost cases—like many of the dogs whose photos you see on this site—learn how to be the best possible pets. 

I used these skills to create intensive one-, two- and three-week doggy boot camps designed to help your furry friend fit into your particular lifestyle.  As we have grown, I’ve hand-picked and personally trained a staff of caring and skilled trainers who get emotionally invested in every dog that passes through here.  We cheer for their continued growth at home and strive to help their owners succeed.  We have been wildly effective and have helped over 700 dogs!  We have received ONLY 5 STAR REVIEWS!  Like me, these dogs get to overcome personal challenges and enjoy a new life.  They, with their families, find redemption.  Join our Redemption Crew and bring your dog in for a transformative and lasting experience.

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All Board & Train Programs Include

  • Daily video progress reports (like mini-movies–these are so cool!)
  • MMK9A Starter Training kit
  • A coaching session where we show you how to keep these good behaviors flowing and prevent the unwanted behaviors from returning, with an option for a $99 Graduation Package of two more Private Lessons (a $200 value)
  • Nightly peanut butter Kongs
  • Minimum of 12 training sessions daily.
  • Twice daily health checks
  • Customized feeding and med schedules
  • Safe, comfortable kennel in a temperature-controlled environment.

All prices are set no matter the size or breed of your dog.


For one week, your dog will undergo an immersive program designed to change the way it thinks. From following its own impulses to jump up, pull on the leash, ignore your come commands, and generally be obnoxious, during this transformative week it will learn to engage with you and seek your approval through good manners.  We use balanced training methods with an emphasis on positive reinforcement and engagement.  $1250 All breeds and sizes


For those wanting to polish their dog’s 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. $2250 All breeds and sizes

VIP Board and Train

Give your best friend the full home experience while he attends a week of doggy school.  Instead in being kenneled at night, he or she spends the night with Jim, enjoying the full family experience while undergoing intensive training.  At the end of the week, your private session will be with Jim, the Creator of this highly effective training system. $2000

14 Day Aggression program

Is your dog reactive or aggressive to other dogs or people? Is it a liability, putting safety and finances at risk? This program is an intensive deconstruction of the dog’s unwanted aggressive behavior, using the most effective, humane, and modern methods.  Then we replace the bad behaviors with good manners, enabling you to take your dog out in public again.   $2500 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 lessons 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 Done Right the First Time.

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Lasting Results.

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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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