Off Leash K9 Training, Charlottesville

Ruckersville, VA

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How does your service stand out?

We offer a few things that none of the other trainers in the Charlottesville area can: 1. A Guarantee. We guarantee that you'll see a difference in your dog at the end of the first lesson AND we guarantee your dog will be flawlessly obedient if you follow our guidance for 30 minutes of practice between lessons. If you don't see a difference at the end of the first lesson, we'll refund your money for the remaining lessons. 2. An off leash future for your dog. Our goal is for every dog to know what it's like to live off leash - free! And for every owner to experience the pride, confidence, and joy of having a dog off leash that is reliably and consistently obedient, under any level of distraction. 3. Hope for dogs of ANY BREED, ANY AGE, and ANY SIZE. We don't discriminate - Pitbulls and German Shepherds are our favorite breeds! Dogs are never too old, too fat or too slow to learn using our methods. We can also help blind and deaf dogs, and dogs with other disabilities overcome them and be confident, obedient pups! Aggression or confidence issues? Call us - those are our specialty!

What do you enjoy about the work you do?

What we love most about our jobs is making relationships between families and dogs, stronger and more fulfilling. Training sets the stage for a deeper bond with your four legged family member.That is the best feeling in the world.
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Ruckersville, VA 22968

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5 Reviews
  • Amelia H. Feb 24, 2014
    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!
  • Nancy D. Feb 24, 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!
  • Abigail R. Feb 24, 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.
  • Robin F. Feb 24, 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!!!
  • Brant W. Feb 24, 2014
    Worth every penny!


What should the customer know about your pricing (e.g., discounts, fees)?
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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 “Squeak,†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 “Bully Breeds†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.