Nicholas J King

Founder Nicholas J. King has been training and competing dogs since 2006. Specializing in German Shepherds, Dutch Shepherds, and Belgian Malinois, Nick really brings a unique aspect to dog training. He has titled multiple dogs of various breeds in a multitude of venues, including AKC Canine Good Citizen, AKC Therapy Dog International, Conformation, Service Dogs of America, Schutzhund, French Ring, and various personal protection trials throughout the midwest. Nick is also a Certified Schutzhund Helper, and a Certified Service Dogs of America Decoy.

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. Nick 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. Nick will tailor different training methods to each dog / handler team in order to provide a positive and completely satisfying experience.

Mr. King is a top breeder of working German Shepherds, Dutch Shepherds, and Belgian Malinois, with the goal of each litter being one that produces excellent working ability (drives, work ethic, attitude, etc), physical soundness, stability, and proper conformation.  Nick’s success in his breeding program is attributed to carefully selecting K9s that possess the proper drives and motivations to work all day, yet remain social and outgoing when not working.  All breeding dogs must X-ray clear and possess OFA certification at the appropriate age.  All of our breeding stock comes from Import Lines, with the majority of them being DIRECT, 1st Generation, Imports.  Our Breeding German Shepherd stock is strictly Import, with Polo coming from Germany, Esta from the Netherlands, and Lauren coming from Germany.

Nick is also the founder of Michigan’s Premier working dog club Von Der King Sport.  Von Der King Sport 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 and French Ring.

Nicholas is a graduate of Central Michigan University with a Bachelor degree in Construction Management and Business Administration.

Nick is a firm believer in continuous education, and his Bio is ever changing as he continually develops and refines his skillsets.

Published Articles

United Nosework CO Judge N0031

AKC Canine Good Citizen Evaluator


Dogs Owned, Handled, Trained and Titled by Nick

Von Der King’s Rusty Knife – Belgian Malinois “Cuervo”

  • French Ring: Brevet, FR1, FR2, FR3 (actively competing)
  • 2015 NARA Eastern Regional FR2 Vice Champion – Click for Video
  • Narcotics Detection Dog
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen CGC
  • URO1, URO2, URO3

Quill – Labrador Retriever

  • Explosives Detection Dog

Warum von der Fasanerie GSD “Polo” 

  • French Ring 1
  • Service Dogs of America: FO, PA, P1, P2, P3, Police Dog 1, Police Dog 2, T1
  • Narcotics Detection Dog
  • Schutzhund BH
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen CGC
  • Therapy Dogs International TDI
  • UKC Conformation Champion

Darbydales Sudn Impact – Dutch Shepherd “Blitz”

  • French Ring 1
  • Service Dogs of America: FO, P1
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen CGC
  • UKC Conformation Champion

Ayla von der Pfeffergasse – GSD “Lauren”

  • French Ring Brevet
  • Schutzhund BH
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen CGC
  • UKC Champion

Juno GSD –

  • Service Dogs of America: FO, PA, P1, P2, Police Dog 1
  • Narcotics Detection Dog
  • AKC Canine Good Citizen

Avan Smithaus Vonderkings Diva – Dutch Shepherd “Diva”

  • UKC Champion
  • URO1


Quick Bio:

2014 Tripwire University Basic Explosives Course

2014 Police & Military K9 ConferenceIMG_8849-001

• 2014 Regional Training Seminar – Mike Diehl

• United Nosework CO Judge N0031

• Published Writer

•  2013 Police & Military K9 Conference

• Founder/Training Director Spartan Dog Sports, Est. 2011

• Darbydale Kennels School for Dog Breeders

• Member 2006 – 2011 Capitol City Dog Sports Association

• Mark Scarberry Schutzhund Helper Seminar 2010 – Received Schutzhund Helper Classification

• Mid Michigan Rottweiler Club Schutzhund Seminar 2009

• Bernard Flinks Schutzhund Seminar 2009. (Guest Instructional Decoy)

• Police K9 Handler Instruction and Training Seminar 2008

• Certified Service Dogs of America Decoy

• Certified Schutzhund Helper

• Member in Good Standing with North American Ring Association

• Member in Good Standing with United Schutzhund Clubs of America

• Fourth Person to Obtain ALL Protection and Police Titles through Service Dogs of America

• Current Breeder of Working Import Blood Line Dutch Shepherds and Belgian Malinois

• Citizen of The Year Award, City of East Lansing