Off Leash K9 Training, Duluth
Bryan & JoAnne Swihart are the owners and head trainers for the Off Leash K9 Training program in Peachtree City, Smyrna, Duluth, Athens, Columbus, Macon, and Augusta. We moved to the Atlanta area to settle near family after opening successful locations in Charlottesville, Virginia and Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania.
Bryan is an Army veteran with multiple deployments; while deployed he was impressed with military working dog’s impeccable obedience training and high level of confidence enabling them to be the most well trained canines in the world. 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 Rejected Labradoodle, American Staffordshire Terrier Mix, and the newest addition a German Shepherd Hound Mix. 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, he can now focus where his passion is. With a degree in business and finance giving him 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.
JoAnne’s passion is transforming fearful and anxious pups into stable confident members of the family! This passion began 4 years ago while fostering an extremely fearful young pup, who soon became a beloved member of the family. Obedience training helped transform the dog from a dog who was terrified of people to a super snuggle bug and constant companion for their 2 year old son. JoAnne has background in business and biological research and left her corporate career to join her husband in running Off Leash K9 Training, Georgia full time 2 years ago.
Bryan and JoAnne are thrilled to bring Off Leash K9 Training to Georgia, specializing in the same obedience training techniques used by the military and law enforcement. This style of training encompasses his 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.
Professional Member of the Association of Professional Dog Trainers (APDT)
Rob Summe is an Atlanta native and United States Marine Corps Veteran. He spent 20 years in Law Enforcement and maintains his GA P.O.S.T. certification. Rob worked the uniform patrol division, criminal investigation division and was a member of the SWAT team. Rob was also a canine handler for 8 years and a police canine trainer for 4 years. He is a certified trainer in the areas of obedience, aggression control, tracking/trailing, article searches, area/building searches and narcotic detection. Rob is also the owner of a security consulting business called Konflikt K9 LLC. Rob has dedicated his life to training and working with all types of dogs. He thoroughly enjoys helping build the relationship between dog and owner.
Kirsten Moore has lived her entire life working with animals. From a kid setting up DIY agility courses in her backyard to pursuing her dream to become a dog trainer, Kirsten has always been involved with dogs. She is pictured here with her two personal dogs; Shotzee the English Cocker Spaniel and Enzo the Golden Retriever. Her professional career began at a kennel where she learned a lot about various behaviors, especially in their unique doggie daycare environment. In finding her patience for working with fearful, reactive, or other commonly unwanted behaviors she opened her home to foster through a rescue in Athens and shelter system in Atlanta. She chose to take in the ones with challenging behaviors as she knew that offering her training skills would increase their chances of finding a forever home, which proved true time and time again! She is a proud foster/volunteer through Lifeline Animal Project and AthensPets and takes any chance she can to work with the shelter dogs that need more advanced behavior modifications and teach other volunteers training techniques. Kirsten quickly realized her passion for training and set out to make it her career by reaching out to local trainers for shadowing opportunities- one being her good friend, our very own Sam Mirtsopoulos! Kirsten saw the impact Off Leash K9 Training made for so many dogs and their owners and knew this was where she belonged!
Mary Webb has always loved and worked with animals. She grew up working on a horse farm got her first one at age 12! She worked with all the barn animals and picked up training as her passion. Mary went to pre-vet school at Berry College for a year and then decided to go change majors and transfer to Kennesaw State University. She graduated from KSU with a Bachelors in Criminal Justice and was a police officer for two years which aspirations to become a K9 handler. Then she decided she wanted to further her career with training dogs. Three years ago she got her first working dog, her GSD Caesar who she competes with in WDA, Lure Course, Dock Diving and more. After making friends with fellow Offleash K9 friends in the sport world, Mary was recommended to apply! She fits in nicely pursuing her dreams of being a trainer.
Mike Trimble is a lifelong dog owner and animal lover, Mike has always had a special affinity for rescues. He discovered his passion for training when he adopted a challenging Lab/Rhodesian mix, Obi. After completing the Advanced Obedience program through Off Leash K9 Training, Georgia, Mike found himself naturally helping others and soon became known as the ‘dog whisperer’ of his local dog park. His latest rescue, a Schnauzer mix named Roxy, flourished under the same training regimen. She went from being shy and knowing no commands at the shelter, to being much more confident and obedience trained in just a couple of weeks. The message was clear – keep going! His primary motivation is to improve quality of life for people and their dogs through a structured bond that fair and balanced training builds. Mike is currently working to advance his Tracking and Protection/Decoy skills!