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5 years in business
2 hires on Thumbtack
By far, the best thing I have ever done with and for my dog! I would (and do) recommend this form of training and this trainer to everyone! My german shepherd has changed from a nervous, out of control, slightly fear agressive dog who listened only when it suited her to a well behaved, obedient, and reliable joy! I'm no longer nervous about how she will respond (aggression) when people enter my house, and friends tell me they can't believe she's the same dog! We are more active outdoors than ever before and I'm no longer worried that she will run away from me or intimidate other people without cause. She is also so much more laid back and happy around the house. The lessons are easy to book and Bryan is so much fun to work with! I love coming to lessons and practicing with her throughout the week. It is the BEST money I've ever spent! If you are even slightly thinking that your dog could benefit from this training, do it! You will never regret it!Feb 25, 2014
OLK9 stands up to their promises. Our dog could have gone off leash after the first lesson. Six weeks later she is obedient, but more importantly, confident. Her digestive issues have improved, which was totally unexpected. We have backed off her meds as a result. We see her quality of life improve every day. Thanks Bryan and Cassie!Feb 25, 2014
I was so blown away by OLK9 and what it did for my 3 year old GSD/Akita mix who did a 2 week board and train. They totally transformed my dog and helped bring out the awesome dog I always knew was there! I felt totally at ease leaving him with them and they gave me frequent updates throughout the 2 weeks. I was so impressed and would definitely recommend the investment! My dog and I are both a million times happier and I know if I ever have any further problems that they will be there to troubleshoot and help. Taking my dog to OLK9 was without a doubt one of the best decisions I've ever made.Feb 25, 2014
Bryan was observant of my dog and he was also observant of how I was applying what I have learned from him. I walked away from each session feeling very confident that I could implement everything at home :) Worth every penny!!!Feb 25, 2014
Worth every penny!Feb 25, 2014
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- What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?You can see all of our packages and prices here:
- How did you get started doing this type of work?Bryan Swihart is the head trainer for the Off Leash K9 Training program in the Charlottesville area. As an Army veterans with multiple deployments; he was impressed with military working dog impeccable obedience and high level of confidence enabling them to be the most well trained canines in the world. With degrees in business and finance giving this training team a solid small business foundation, with the precision and passion needed to transform your dog from unruly to obedient, frightened to confident, timid to content. Bryan has a lifelong love of dogs starting with his first dog ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂSqueak,ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ who used to sleep under his crib every night. He has owned and trained a wide assortment of dogs ranging from Chihuahuas to Pitbulls; including his current comrades, a Labradoodle and an American Staffordshire Terrier. Bryan has a special love for ÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂBully BreedsÃÂ¢ÃÂÃÂ and wants to empower people to showcase what wonderfully loyal and loving dogs they really are. After serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, his desk job is not where his passion is. He is bringing his passion for K9 training and love of dogs to Off Leash K9 Training. Cassie has been involved with dogs since she was a little girl on her family's farm in Minnesota. In 2010, she started using her skills to foster and rehabilitate abandoned dogs for her local SPCA and Southeast German Shepherd Rescue (SGSR). She now sits on the board of SGSR and has personally fostered over 70 dogs all with different rehabilitation needs and personalities. Her pack, German Shepherds Jemma, Jager and Titan, German Shepherd/malinois mix Andy, and senior Labrador Toby, inspires her to help other dogs live off leash every day. Bryan and Cassie are thrilled to bring Off Leash K9 Training to the Charlottesville area, specializing in the same dog training techniques used by the military and law enforcement. This style of training encompasses their core beliefs and philosophy of consistency, fairness, and crystal clear communication that will turn your dog into a well behaved member of society in any situation.
- What advice would you give a customer looking to hire a provider in your area of work?Make sure you can easily talk to your trainer. If initial communication is a problem then its doubtful that communication through your course will improve.