About Us

Georgia K9 National Training Center, the South’s premier K9 training company.

Georgia K9 NTCGeorgia K9 is a partnership of professional K9 trainers from across the United States with a wide range of dog training experience. We are nationally certified and work with dogs and handlers throughout the United States. We are specialists in a wide variety of K9 disciplines from dog obedience training, dog tracking and trailing, to canine narcotics detection. Whatever your needs might be, Georgia K9 has a solution for you!

At Georgia K9 we pride ourselves on our knowledge and experience with dogs.  We offer information on every breed of dog and every behavior problem. We have a staff of Certified Professional Trainers that will help teach the dogs proper behavior as well as educate you, the owner, on how to fairly and effectively communicate with your dog.  We offer a variety of services, each tailored to fit the individual personality of your dog.

Whatever your needs may be, Georgia K9′s trainers will work with you to achieve the relationship you’ve always wanted with your dog. Our specialties are dog obedience training, police K9 training, and service dogs for people with disabilities.

Kelli Collins

Kelli Collins

Kelli Collins is Co-Founder and General Manager of Georgia K9 NTC.  Kelli has spent the last 18 years working with canines in the areas of Puppy Development, Breed Identification, Dog Behavior, Basic and Advanced Obedience, Retrieval Training, Utility Training, Trailing, Scent Discrimination, Police Service Dog Training, and Narcotics Detection.

Kelli started the Georgia K9 Service dog program for children with disabilities with a special emphasis on providing dogs for kids with Autism.  Kelli’s ground breaking efforts have set the K9 stage for an entirely new approach to service dogs.  She was an instructor for Auburn University’s Canine Detection Training Center and a Police Officer in the State of Georgia.

Kelli is currently working her Narcotics Detection/Trailing K9 “Havoc” and an Explosives Detection K9 “Ben”.

 

Jeff Schettler

Jeff SchettlerJeff Schettler is a Police K9 Trainer and a retired police K9 handler. He has worked for the Alameda Police Department, Amador County Sheriff’s Department, and was attached to the FBI’s Hostage Rescue Team’s K-9 Assistance Program designed to apprehend high risk fugitives. Jeff is considered an expert witness in the areas of scent evidence and trailing.

Jeff is the author of “Red Dog Rising”, a chronological account of his police K9 work with Ronin, a modern police bloodhound.  Red Dog Rising won the 2009 Dog Writers Association of America’s Best Service Dog Book Award.   Jeff’s second book, a trailing training manual The “Straightest Path K9 Trailing”  will be published in October of this year. He is a frequent contributor to various dog magazines and is the K9 Trailing writer for K9 Cop Magazine.

Jeff established the first California Peace Officer Standards and Training K9 Trailing course in 1998.  He also produced California’s first POST certified Tactical Tracking Course and is considered and expert in tactical/ SWAT applications of trailing dogs. He is an analyst and advisor for various K9 programs throughout the United States.  Jeff coordinates approximately 10 K9 training courses per year in various parts of the US and abroad.

 

Gabby – K9 Trainer – K9 Behavior, Obedience, Trailing

Gabby was born and raised in New York but moved down south when she was 16. While in high school she worked at the local veterinary hospital as a vet tech for over 2 years.  After high school she attended Mississippi State University majoring in Pre-Vet.  During college she started a family and became a very proud mom with 2 boys and 1 adorable little girl.  One of her true passions in life has been dogs.  “I love working with dogs and learning new things that come with this career each and every day.”

 

 

Joseph Cita – K9 Apprentice specializing in obedience, agility, scent detection and trailing


Jospeh is one of Georgia K9 NTC’s Kennel Techs responsible for overall kennel and ground maintenance and has worked as a Georgia K9 NTC Kennel tech since 2009.  He is currently serving as a K9 Apprentice specializing in the areas of scent discrimination, trailing, general K9 Scent Detection, and agility/ confidence course work.  Joseph has a strong interest in Search& Rescue as well as police K9 work.

 

 

Chase Hagerman

Chase HagermanChase Hagerman was born and raised in Marietta Georgia, graduated from George Walton High School in 1985. Joined the Army in 1986 with a military occupational specialty of Artillery, Small Arms Repair, and was Air Assault qualified. Soon after the Army Chase attended Truett McConnell College in North Georgia before getting Married and moving to Washington DC where he worked as a Chief Engineer  with Marriott for 10 yrs before moving back to Georgia. ” I just love dogs, I have been around dogs all my life. I’m very excited to be here with GAK9.” Chase is working on his K9 Training Apprenticeship program for K9 Behavior, Obedience, and Scent Specific Trailing.

 

 

Adrienne Symanowski

Adrienne SymanowskiAdrienne has been a Georgia P.O.S.T. certified Law Enforcement Officer and Mounted Patrol Officer since 1999. She earned her General Instructor Certification in 2002, later acquiring Specialized Instructor Certifications in Driver Training and Tactical Vehicle Intervention. Animals, predominantly dogs and horses, have been an integral part of Adrienne’s life since childhood. She began riding horses at the age of six and has certified several horses in Mounted Patrol Techniques. While a majority of her formal training has been with horses, she has found that many of the training concepts that apply to horses also apply to dogs.  She has worked side by side with Police K9′s on deployments while on patrol and is currently in training for her Police K9 Trainer credentials.

 

 

Amy Wright

Amy Wright Georgia K9 NTCAmy was born and raised in Colorado. She has a Bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice and graduated from National K-9 School for Dog Trainers as a Certified Professional Trainer. Dogs have been her passion since she was a small child, and her favorite field is detection work. She also competes in Dockdogs. She has a German Shepherd, 3 Belgian Malinois, and a Papillon mix.

Certifications Include: Puppy Development, Breed Identification, Dog Behavior, Basic and Advanced Obedience, Retrieval Training, Utility Training, Trailing, Scent Discrimination, Police Service Dog Training, and Narcotics Detection.
 

 

Shayne Schettler

Shayne SchettlerShayne Schettler was born in Germany and raised in the California bay area. He grew up with dogs, and helped in the training of bloodhounds and police K9s as man-hunters throughout his teen-age years with his father, Jeff Schettler. Shayne completed his Bachelor’s in History at Westminster College in Utah, and his Master’s in Teaching History at the University of San Diego. After teaching in the public and private sector Shayne has returned to his roots of training dogs by joining his father at Georgia K9. Shayne will represent Georgia K9 in Virginia, specifically Arlington and the greater DC region as an obedience trainer. Keep an eye out for the opening of a Georgia K9 NTC: Virginia!

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