Perfection is achieved not when there is nothing more to add, but when there is nothing left to take away. We progressively increase your dog's attentiveness, thus building their character, therefore making them a better dog.

At 40 Cal Dog Training Academy & Kennel, training consists of Puppy Training, Basic Obedience and Behavioral Modification. We specialize in large breeds, but can train any breed. 40 Cal prides itself on helping strengthen the bond between owners and their dogs. 40 Cal Kennels is a family owned business, run out of our home. We have no outdoor kennels, just a simple dog friendly home environment for your fur babies to reach their full potential and enjoy. Give us a call today! We proudly serve Jackson, Battle Creek, MI and surrounding areas.


  • Dog Walking
  • Boarding
  • Doggie Day Care
  • Puppy Consulting
  • Puppy Training
  • Crate Training
  • General Obedience
  • Aggressive Behavior Modification

As well as our 2 Week Board And Train program, recommended for issues dealing with leash pulling or aggression of any kind.
Rely on us for obedience training, behavior modification, boarding services and breeding.

Why choose a
home environment
instead of a fancy facility?

  • Lower prices, overhead is minimal.
  • At a big name facility your dog will spend much more time caged or crated, Most likely only brought out for brief training sessions, your pet is a part of the pack! Treated with the same care as we would treat our own.
  • More personalized than a facility.
  • Your pet won't be returning home to a facility.
  • Desired behaviors will translate easier when returning to a similar environment that it was trained.

We also offer transportation services

So owners don't have to take as much time out of their busy schedule to drop off or pick up their dogs.

We offer weekly updates via text, pictures, and videos. We pride ourselves on building your dogs character, therefore making them a better dog!... We offer psychology based training methods, instead of relying on bribery methods such as treats. Sometimes it's only a matter of the language barrier between the two species. Our job is to break that language barrier and help both dog and human become better equipped at communication. For our boarding guests, we want to offer a comfortable alternative to a commercial boarding facility.

So if you would like to...

  • Bring your dog on trips and not constantly stress out about what might go wrong
  • Take your dog for a walk without being pulled down the sidewalk
  • Invite people over and not worry that your dog will knock them over or stick it's nose somewhere it shouldn't
  • Feel confident that you have control of your dog no matter what the situation
  • Genuinely enjoy your dog for the amazing companion it can be

then the 2 Week Board and Train Program is meant for you! Give us a call to learn more. We proudly serve Jackson, Battle Creek and surrounding areas.

Tony is a phenomenal dog trainer akin to a whisperer! I owe him a great deal of gratitude for helping me with my new puppies (ages 9 weeks and 11 weeks). My female bernedoodle was literally stomping the daylights out of the younger pup. To the point that I could no longer deal with the behavior.
In two weeks he turn the pups around into well mannered dogs (for their ages). They get along super well. The aggressive behavior has disappeared. They're crate trained. And nearly potty trained. Once they reach 6 months he's getting them again for obedience training. I was literally gonna get rid of them..now they're adorable gems. My family loves you Tony!!!


My dog spent two weeks with 40 Cal Kennels. He has made remarkable progress and is much more disciplined. I appreciated the follow up advice provided to prevent regression.


Awesome level of experience!!! Tony had my dog behaving better in a one hour visit!! He taught me how to train my own dog! Can't wait till he's back to address a few more issues!!


Great trainer! My dog really responded to him. I also have learned a lot from him on how to correct my dog. His response time is fast and the value of the training far exceeds the reasonable price he has. I highly recommend him.


Awesome dog trainer. Always in control of every situation. Would recommend to anyone.


I learned a lot in such a short amount of time. The price was good, he was very friendly, professional and very knowledgeable. It was a great experience


He takes time to understand you and the issues the pup is having he takes time to work on the specific reasons on us having them there! He sends you home with knowledge that I had no clue about. I can't wait to take my four legged babies back to him