About Kim's K-9
With more than 20 years of business in West Michigan, Kim's K-9 is a fun and friendly center for dog boarding, training and doggie daycare. Founders Kim, expert trainer, and husband Brian Steffes opened the current Center in Kentwood, Michigan in March 1996. Lifelong residents of the Grand Rapids area and avid dog lovers, Kim and Brian have created lasting relationships with clients and their wonderful pets.
Kim’s K-9 staff members are fully trained to take the best possible care of your dog. They adore interacting with the dogs as they run, jump, and play with friends. Dogs are sure to have a great time and return home tired from all the activity.
Clients love the quality services provided at a reasonable price. There are no hidden costs, such as a "play fee" or "TLC package." The staff will play with and love your dogs all day long! Owners can also supply their own dog food or simple medications at no charge.
Kim Steffes-Owner Certified Professional Dog Trainer
Kim is blessed to be able to follow her heart's passion: dogs. The kid who always brought strays home, Kim's love for animals has only grown. Certified as a professional dog trainer in 1987 from National K-9, she is also a professional member of the International Association of Canine Professionals (IACP). She has attended ongoing education with some of the highest ranking trainers in the world. Her hope is that you will allow her education, experience and dedication to take your relationship with your dog to the max! Kim has been happily married for over 30 years, has two grown children and an amazing granddaughter. She has shared her life with many truly awesome dogs. Currently, she has two adopted dogs: Gary, an elderly cattle dog mix that chases imaginary rabbits down imaginary holes, and a tiny beagle dog named Squirt.
Martha - lead Trainer
With a deep affection for animals, Martha has been aiming for a dog training career all of her life. She graduated GVSU in the spring of 2015 with a degree in psychology and a minor in biology, focusing on animal behavior sciences. Martha has worked in the interactive daycare field since 2012 and has been training under Kim since April of 2014. She is the proud owner of King Solomon the Wise, a spunky English Springer Spaniel, and Jonesy, his plott hound sidekick. Martha is excited about her future and each and every one of the pooches involved in it, and is ready and willing to help you truly enjoy your dog!
Our newest staff member is Martha's little baby Anthony! He comes and hangs out with the pooches and mom a few hours a day... we like to start the love young!
Sarah- general Manager
With a love for animals, especially dogs, Sarah has longed to work in a pet focused field. From dog sledding as a kid, volunteering at vet clinics and shelters, to greeting every dog she sees, Sarah loves to work and play along side our furry friends. After graduating from Cornerstone in 2013, she began working at Kim's K-9 Training Center. She adopted her loyal and talkative basset mix, Levi, a month later. He is her doggie office assistant, announcing every one's arrival. Sarah loves meeting all her new dog friends and getting to know their human moms and dads.
Sarah's is typically the voice you will hear when calling and talking to Kim's K-9. If she can't answer your questions, you can connect you to someone who can!
Kennel worker extraordinaire number one, Associate trainer
Alyssa has always adored dogs, and is an associate dog trainer and handler . She spends much of her taime taking care of the dogs at Kim's and working with the dogs manners. She's learning all she can about dog body language, interaction, and client relations as she works toward becoming an associate dog trainer at Kim's. A graduate of Animal Behavior college, she is working hard to gain as much hands on experience as she can! She is the proud owner of Peanut, a Jack Russel mix, and has recently adopted Gypsy, a shepherd mix.
Alyssa is the hiker that will take your dog on excellent adventures in the summers with the add-on service adventure excursions.
Yvonne- Kennel worker extraordinaire number two
Detail oriented to the extreme, Yvonne brings loads of experience to Kim's K-9. A puppy she rescued while skipping school as a child ignited a life long desire to care for animals, which she has done in many professional venues over the years. Her love is not only for domestic pets, as she also fostered and rehabilitated injured and abandoned wildlife. She has a Sharpei mix Shadow, three cats, two frogs, fish and Speedy the rescued lizard. She truly enjoys her position of caring for your best friend.