30 Years of Experience!

30 Years of Experience!

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.

The facility offers a safe and clean environment with multiple indoor and outdoor play areas, as well as flexible hours and a convenient location, just off of Broadmoor Ave. SE, near 28th St.

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 one adopted dog a tiny beagle named Squirt.


Kelli Wiseman- General Manager

Kelli has worked in management for over 20 years. Has been with Kim’s K-9 for just a year now and loves working with the customers and dogs. Gives every dog that walks through the door a fun nickname and uses those nicknames when she gives them extra snuggles. She has a passion for photography and a love for all animals. Fur mom to Gracie and two teenage daughters Georgia and Laci.


Martha- Head Dog 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 a newly wed from this past fall, marrying the love of her life Justin on Saturday, October 20th and is an amazing mom to 1 year old, Anthony.


Jax- Trainer in training…

Jax has been with the kennel for almost three years. Has a spunky Corgi- Mix named Laika and is our resident reptile lover. Jax plans to work on a career in dog training and will start training in fall of 2019.


Jackie- Kennel Assistant

Jackie has been with Kim’s K-9 for just over a year. She loves all the dogs but her favorite are the little fluffy ones.



Alyssa- Kennel Assistant

Alyssa has been with Kim’s K-9 for almost a year. She works part-time, is enrolled and GRCC and is a cheer coach in her spare time.



Alanna- Kennel Assistant/ Office Helper

Alanna is a part-time student and full time Kim’s K-9 helper. She spends time in the kennel with the dogs, works in the office helping check everyone in and out is an amazing organizer.


Piper- Kennel Assistant

Piper recently moved from the East Coast to Michigan and will be attending GVSU this fall. She is the proud mom to Marley the chocolate lab. Piper is small but mighty and does wonderful with all our playrooms.