30 Years of Experience!

About Kim's K-9

1987 to 2021

Kim’s K-9 was originally started in 1987 out of the home of Kim Steffes. After celebrating an incredible 25 years at our Broadmoor location, Kim sold the business to her devoted head trainer, Martha Wiltse. Martha has proudly and confidently stepped into the role of ownership and continues the legacy. In her education, Martha worked at zoos, doggy daycares, group training classes, and finally landed at Kim’s K-9 in 2014. She started working and mentoring under Kim Steffes at that time, fell in love with her training and her company, and has only improved from there! After a year of mentoring/shadowing, she began taking on her own clients under Kim’s K-9 and quickly become Kim’s right-hand-lady managing the training side of the business. Martha was head trainer and manager at Kim’s for six years. In 2021, Martha purchased the business from Kim herself from whence Kim moved on to mostly-retirement, and Martha stepped up to become full time owner and trainer.

It is her pleasure and honor to own and run Kim’s K-9, alongside her amazing staff, leadership and training team. It is even more of a pleasure to continue on Kim’s reputation for being a family-owned business with her own husband, Justin, three sons, Anthony, Benny and the newest addition Patrick, and two dogs, Solomon and Jonesy. Kim’s K-9 is home to Martha and her family, and she is happy to provide and share that home with you and your furry family members as well!

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.

LOOKING FOR A GREAT PLACE TO WORK? Kim’s K-9 is always hiring good people who LOVE dogs, LOVE learning and growing, and LOVE helping others, please apply here: Job Application Online

Martha Wiltse - Owner and Certified Professional Dog Trainer

Training and working with dogs has been the trajectory of Martha’s life since she was 16 years old! Martha loves working with dogs AND their people, and is always fascinated and awed by these incredible companion animals. Dog training is an ever-growing career and there is always more to learn and to improve as a professional. Martha holds a BA in Psychology from Grand Valley State University, where she also studied the psychology/biology of domestic animals, and Spanish. Martha is certified as a Professional Dog Trainer by the IACP, and certified as an evaluator for the AKC Canine Good Citizen testing.

Martha is the owner of Kim’s K-9 along with her husband, Justin, three sons and two beloved dogs, an English springer spaniel and a Plott hound.


Kim Steffes- (Mostly Retired) 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, two furry grand-dogs, and two amazing grandkids. She has shared her life with many truly awesome dogs. Currently, she has one adopted dog - a tiny beagle named Squirt.

Alanna- Senior Kennel Lead

Alanna is one of our full-time superstars! She leads staff, clients and dogs with kindness and an enormous smile every day. She is going on five years with Kim’s K-9 and we don’t know what we’d do without her!

Alanna’s favorite activities are doing one-on-one activities with the dogs like personal playtimes and hikes, as well as bringing out her creativity to organize our social media! She’s an amazing example of integrity and authentically cares about every dog that steps through our doors.

In her free time, she enjoys sharing the snuggles of her mom’s fur-babies, Nina the husky, and Rasta the husky-mix.

Sam- Head Dog Trainer

Sam is an amazing example of talent-in-the-rough. He graduated in 2021 from National K-9 Academy under Kim’s K-9 and is recognized by NK-9 as a Professional Dog Trainer and is certified through the IACP. He is passionate about animals and has an amazing gift for seeing each dog’s uniqueness and working with every client’s personal needs and goals. Sam works tirelessly towards helping dogs and their owners find joy and fun in their relationship through solid training and education. He has a small yorky-mix dog at home named Mac.

Rebecca “Beck” - Associate Dog Trainer

Beck is an amazing newer addition to our training team! She comes from an extensive dog background, mentored under Martha here at Kim’s K-9, and is currently completing her BA in Psychology while serving our dogs and clients through reliable obedience work.She is a certified Associate Dog Trainer under the IACP.

In her spare time, Beck is incredibly creative and can not keep herself busy enough with any new hobby she can think of! Her creativity has added so much value to the company already and we can’t wait to see what great ideas she comes up with next! At home, she helps keep entertained her three little family dogs - Mabel, Chewy and Pip.

Spencer -

Kennel Lead

Spencer has an enormous love and passion for animals and joined our team from his amazing work experience at John Ball Zoo. He has taken this education, knowledge and passion for animals at large and decided to funnel it in for you and your beloved pets. That being said, at home his life is still a zoo! He keeps bunnies, cats, lizards, among many other types of animals. This guy just can’t get enough!

Jolene -

Kennel Tech

Jolene has a beautiful heart and has discovered a huge inner strength in leading the dogs through her calmness and joy. She has big aspirations to go into the Veterinary field and is so excited about learning everything she can about dogs in the meantime. She is a calmness in the storm, and a stable rock when chaos begins!

At home, she takes pride in her beautiful son, Chester, who is four-years-old and full of spunk!