Doggie Daycare, Training, Grooming & Sleepover Center
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Nana-n-Paws offers a variety of training classes to suit every need. We have everything from basic obedience to advanced competition level training. We also offer classes in agility, schutzhund, personal protection and conformation as well as Good Citizenship Certification, Therapy Dog International Certification and service dog training. Classes are held in our 5000 square foot, heated / air conditioned training facility, and all classes are taught by highly qualified instructors who love, honor and respect the bond between people and their pets.  Please bring proof of vaccinations to the first class.  All dogs must be current on distemper/parvo, rabies and bordetella at least 7 days prior to arrival.


In addition to the owner, Patty Lance, who has over 35 years of training experience, we are pleased to have the following expert trainers on staff here at Nana-n-Paws.

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Tami Howard


Tami Howard of T-Ho’s Shepherds has been a nationally recognized breeder, trainer and competitor specializing in large breeds, particularly German Shepherds, for over 35 years. Tami is qualified as a service dog trainer for the physically and mentally disabled and has bred, raised, trained and titled many champion dogs throughout her career. Whether you just want basic obedience or are preparing for high level competitions to title your dog, Tami can help you reach your goals. She has devoted her life to dogs, and there has never been anyone who better exemplifies the bond of love and loyalty between a human and their furry children.

Nicholas King


Nicholas King of Von Der King Kennels has been breeding, training and competing with dogs since 2005. He has titled multiple dogs of various breeds in a multitude of venues, including AKC Canine Good Citizen, AKC Therapy Dog International, Dock Diving, Conformation, Service Dogs of America, Schutzhund, French Ring, and various personal protection trials throughout the United States.  Nick is also a Certified Schutzhund Helper, Certified Service Dogs of America Decoy, Certified United Kennel Club Decoy and a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator.

Von Der King Kennels strives to produce top quality working, German Shepherds, Dutch Shepherds, and Belgian Malinois. Offspring from out litters are outgoing, social, easy to live with and can work in just about any venue!

Nick is also the founder of Michigan’s Premier working dog club Spartan Dog Sports.  Spartan Dog Sports is a diverse club that competes in a multitude of venues including Rally O, Weight pull, Conformation, Dock Diving, Personal Protection, Service Dog of America, Schutzhund, Mondio Ring and French Ring.

Nick specializes in all breed training, from basic obedience for the family pet, to more advanced skills taught to Dual purpose Police K9’s, Personal Protection Dogs, and Sport K9’s.  He believes the dog and the OWNER need to be taught how to properly communicate with each other in order to ensure a successful and rewarding relationship for life.  He will tailor different training methods to each dog / handler team in order to provide a positive and completely satisfying experience.

 Nick is also a graduate from Central Michigan University and is currently working on becoming a Veterinarian.

Courses Nick Teaches

  • Your New Puppy
  • Puppy Obedience
  • Basic Obedience
  • Intermediate Obedience
  • Advanced Obedience
  • Canine Good Citizen
  • Intro to Agility
  • Canine Circus Class
  • Personal Protection
  • Advanced Protection
  • Dog Bite Prevention
  • K9 Sport

Hector Hernandez


Hector Hernandez of First Class Dog Training is an author, former law enforcement officer, speaker, police K-9 instructor and professional dog trainer. He has been training dogs for over twenty years and has been recognized as the foremost authority in the United States for the protection phase of police dogs, K9 training. In protection training, he uses the dog’s instinct to protect its owner/handler, while at the same time encouraging the dog to maintain its positive and trusting relationship with humans; a major contribution to protection dog training.

Hector’s training demonstrations for various groups of professionals and business people teach them how to prepare for dog encounters. In these sessions, he teaches a wide range of people from parents to fire fighters to animal shelter personnel how to protect themselves in dangerous situations with dogs. He demonstrates how “reading the dog’s body language” can tell you the difference between a harmless encounter and a potentially dangerous one, and what to do about each situation. His speaking technique will make you laugh, while also making you think seriously about dog behavior and how to stay safe in all kinds of dog encounters. His training programs have been accredited by the Michigan Commission on Law Enforcement Standards, and he is an evaluator for the American Kennel Club’s ‘Canine Good Citizen’ program. He served in the United States Marine Corps, receiving an Honorable Discharge in 1994.

Beth Wilds


Beth is a Certified Dog Trainer who has over 35 years of experience instructing puppy, beginner and advanced classes (through open and utility obedience) as well as agility, CGC (Canine Good Citizenship) and Therapy Dog Certification preparation for both personal and facility therapy dogs.  She is also a Certified Service Dog Trainer and has worked with service and hearing assistance dogs for the physically challenged since 1994.  In addition, she has taught the Reading to Dogs program to be utilized in shelter and rescue settings and has attended over fifty seminars, which featured speakers from around the world, covering all aspects of training, health, diet and husbandry.

Beth was a veterinary assistant for six years and worked as a zookeeper at the Detroit Zoological Institute for three years.

Since 1978 she has competed in American, NADAC, United and Canadian Kennel Club obedience, tracking and agility trials and has earned over 70 titles on 11 breeds of dogs.

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