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The Eureka Police K9 Unit just finished a week of Jeff's Tactical Trailing in Northern California. Without reservation it was THE BEST investment our agency has made on a training seminar. Jeff's knowledge and experience are un-matched, but it's his teaching style and commitment to individualized instruction that really set him apart from other trainers. Each of our teams ended the week feeling energized and positive about the progress made under Jeff's guidance. A special thanks also, to his dedicated and extremely professional support staff! We look forward to having him out next year for the full tactical program.
They are the best!
I just finished the basic Obedience Training with my Westie and I cannot say enough about the people at GAK9. Specifically Amy and Gabby were so helpful and are just great to work with. My stubborn little westie is well behaved and a joy to be around. I am now taking my 12 wwek old GSD for puppy school and intend to do take her as far as we can in her training. Thanks you to GAK9, they are wonderful and I would reccomend them to anyone.
Will Not Be Disappointed!
I recently had the pleasure of spending a week on Edisto Island with Jeff and Kelli. What an awesome location with every possible training site at our hands. The accommodations were perfect and the hospitality far and above.
I have had the opportunity to attend GAK9 SAR trailing seminars five times in the past few years. I was fortunate to have Jeff as an instructor several times and learned a tremendous amount from him and the other instructors. Jeff has a realistic “no fluff” approach to trailing and instructing. He is honest about what he is seeing and has great integrity in his training methods. His years of working dogs, and training numerous teams, shows in his well delivered style of teaching. Jeff is able to quickly adapt to each handler and dog, feeling and seeing what each team needs to make progress. He instructs with a play by play narrative while you are working. This allows you to try and catch the behaviors of your dog or handling skills as they are happening. You will be sure to learn a great deal, not only from your personal instruction but the critiques he gives other students as well.
Anyone who has the opportunity to attend a seminar with Jeff will not be disappointed. Just remember to open your eyes to realistic trailing. With this thought process you will be able to make leaps and bounds in you and your dog’s abilities.
Thanks for a wonderful week!
Simply the BEST
Jeff invited us to spend 2 weeks of training at his place in Edisto Island, SC. Loving the sea and working dogs we couldn't refuse. Not only did we have the best training one can imagine but Jeff & Kelli made sure we enjoyed other things in life. Good food, good beer and wonderful places are what awaits you there.
In my eyes Jeff is one of the best trainer a dog handler can wish for. Contrary to many trainers Jeff doesn't want you to like him and would highlight the mistakes you make. He is fair, calm and sees everything. He can read dogs like no one and most important he can teach. He is not stingy with his knowledge and is not afraid to share it. He is very honest and would never say something just to make you happy.
During these 2 weeks we stayed at the cabin. A wonderful cosy place with a chimney for fire in the evening. For us it was perfect.
I can only recommend anyone to attend this K-9 Handler's course. Beginners or experienced handler I'm sure you won't be disappointed.
Thanks Jeff & Kelli for this amazing time. We will never forget it. It was our first time in the US but definitely not the last.
Greetings from Switzerland
Alis, Marco & K-9 Cannelle
notre séjour à Edisto
We spent 15 days wonderful at Edisto in your company. you are welcoming people and warm, we shared with you your joy and your knowledge. Jeff you have shown patience and professionalism, you always acts with respect to persons as dogs, you knew transmit us your knowledge with passion, but always with humility. We had a very good teacher but also friends.
K9 Trailing Course held at South San Francisco Police Department
The South San Francisco Police Department K9 Unit held a 4-day trailing course. Jeff Schettler and Kevin Baughn were the instructors for the course. I was highly impressed with the knowledge and experience from both instructors, as they were both police dog handlers. Our K9 Unit had 6 dogs attend the course, and by the end of the 4 days all of them were trailing on hard surfaces. It was truly impressive of what the instructors taught the dogs to do in such a short amount of time. If you are looking for a top notch trailing course, I HIGHLY recommend Jeff Schettler from Georgia K9.
Police Sergeant & K9 Unit Supervisor
We had the privilege of having Kelli choose a GSD puppy for us. We explained that we wanted a family dog that would also be great protection, if needed. Her knowledge and instinct about dogs is incredible and it shows in the fact that the 6 month old male that she picked for us is absolutely perfect! We love him!
Before Kahn came to live with us, he spent time at the GAK9 facility in Edisto Beach for his obedience and intermediate obedience training. It was wonderful being able to bring a well-trained GSD into our home. The transition and adjustment was smooth and we had relatively few issues due to the fact that Kelli and Jeff and their staff did such a great job. We are currently in the follow-up training with them and when we meet with Kelli, it is so helpful to have her correct us as we correct Kahn!
Kelli and Jeff are so very knowledgable not only about training, but also about dogs. The wealth of information that they have is invaluable and it is great that they are willing to pass that knowledge to their clients. They really know their stuff!
Thank you, Kelli and Jeff, for bringing Kahn into our lives! You guys rock!
I went to train for a week with Jeff not knowing what to expect. At the end of the week my dog Getty had progressed beyond what I could ever have imagined. Getty came there being only somewhat interested in detecting human remains and left at the end of the week totally obsessed with finding them.
Thank you Jeff and Kelli for your insightful and thoughtful way of training and for your love of the process. You brought out the best in Getty.
How to describe training at GA-K9? WOW!! I recently had the opportunity to learn trailing from the best, Jeff Schettler. I won’t kid you; it was lots of work, but I found it rewarding and even though hard work it felt like a vacation. I am a new handler with a new pup and I owe our success to Jeff. GA-K9 training in Edisto Island SC was a great experience and I found the training techniques used exceptional. Both Jeff and Kelli’s compassion for the work they do created an excellent learning environment for both dogs and handler to excel. I was amazed at how quickly Ace (my pup) learned and I am sure it was Jeff’s guidance that helped in his learning. Not only did he take time with ACE, but, during spare time when we were not practicing trailing, Jeff helped with some issue I had with my other dogs. And Kelli is amazing at the work she showed me with scent detection dogs. Her compassion for the dogs she was working with, I believe, made them excel to extraordinary lengths. On another note, outside dog training, Jeff and Kelli’s hospitality made my week stay at Edisto Island a real pleasure. My experience at GA-K9 is above excellent, including their Canton GA location where I have been working with Amy to solve some dog aggression issues with one of my GSD. Amy has been terrific. She is patient and has sound training practices that seem to be helping my dog aggressiveness with other dogs when other trainers and their training techniques have failed. I would highly recommend GA-K9 no matter what you training objective is, whether for basic/advance obedience or for working trailing and scent detection dogs. GA-K9 is fantastic!!!
Dearborn County Sheriff's Department
I was honored with the chance to be a bloodhound handler for the Dearborn County Sheriff's Department in Indiana. I was also asked to researh facilities and trained trailing bloodhounds. I reviewed gak9.com and was impressed with a very well organized and informative web site. I contacted Jeff Schettler and he quickly sent a proposal and other information. This information was usefull when pesenting options to the Sheriff and command staff. After extensive research, Jeff Schettler, his staff and company excelled beyond any other compaired facility.
I had an opportunity to visit the Canton Georgia facility prior to training. The Georgia facility was very clean and well staffed.
My Handlers course was at the Edisto Island SC location. Jeff Schettler has created a perfect learning environment at Edisto Island. The Edisto Island atmosphere and excellent traning from Jeff Schettler is a pefect combination--this does not suck.
Please review the you tube video's and photo's on their web site. K9 Raiko is an excellent additon to out Sheriff's Department. In just a few days she has already made a great impression with the community at a fair, in general contact, training demonstrations, and conversation with the public. Raiko is itching for her first call. Thanks Jeff
A Wonderful Job
Ok, I've turned into that weird dog lady. LOL. I took your advice and Tank and I went off to Petsmart, Target and Lowe's. He did extremely well. It took him a few minutes in Petsmart (the 1st place we went) but then he settled right in. We then walked down past a whole bunch of stores and strange objects to Target where we sat out in front of the doors and tons of people went past. The whole time he was on either sit or down. Then we made our way down to Lowe's where we did it all over again. 3 employees came out to pet him and then they all were like "you can bring him in the store where it's cooler" so off we went. What a Good Boy he was!!!! He was so patient and well mannered when kids and adults were petting him and saying how pretty he was. You guys did such a wonderful job with him. It's such a pleasure going places now. Anyways, I just wanted to let you know of Tank's new adventures. Oh yeah, there were lots of loud noises and tons of distractions and he listened to me so well. I seriously can't thank you enough. Hope all is well with everyone there (especially those little pups). We've also been to different walking trails where he loves to explore the whole time while completely listening to me. I haven't dared to let him off his leash at those places. I couldn't bare it if he took off on me for some weird reason but he does so much better in front of the house and in the back off leash. One more thing, he held "place" for 3 hours!!! Yep, what a good boy!!!!
Very Beneficial/Informative Presentation
Jennifer, with GA-K9, could not have been more attentive and informative at her recent presentation to Kennesaw Elementary students. With the help of her beautiful German Shepherd, Caleb, Jennifer easily held the kids' attention with her enthusiasm and stories. The students at Kennesaw Elem were excited to learn that Assistance Dogs can do more than just lead the blind! Thanks, GA-K9!!
I can\'t speak highly enough of Jeff and his staff. If you want SAR training, GAK9 without a doubt is the place to go to. Jeff is refreshingly honest in his teachings that are based on years and years of experience. Equally important, he is right on in his approach. IMO, if there is such thing as a SAR dog whisperer, he is it. My only regret is that I live too far away to train with Jeff and his staff on a regular basis.
Just spent a week in Georgia with Jeff and his trainers and it was one of the est weeks of my life. Jeff is one of the rare but true 'dog-people' out there. The real deal. He knows dogs, knows training, and is a superior instructor. It was well worth the journey from Utah!
Best Trailing K9 Book So Far
I own a business that amongst other things, involves tracking with and without a dog. I also evaluate products and services for potential clients. I have reviewed every book of this type I can find and I was amazed at this book. It was the first time I have read a K9 trailing book and not been confused and sometimes upset by what I was reading. Jeff has taken the science of trailing, combined it with common sense and weeded out the questionable techniques of those that have come before him. Too many people in the tracking field seem to blindly follow what has been etched in stone by past authorities and authors. He is humble enough to validate the wisdom of past research, but is brave enough to challenge accepted methods that simply do not work. I usually read a book over two or three times to form an opinion. In this case it took me about 10 minutes of speed reading. The book is well illustrated and relaxing to read.There are many fine books and experts out there I can highly recommend, but so far this is the best book yet and I am looking forward to his future book or books. I strongly suggest you order a copy of this book. Also, while you wait for it to arrive read some other books about K9 trailing so as to appreciate how good this book is in comparison.
The BEST Advanced Obedience Training!
If you are looking for a professional, caring team to train your dog, I urge you to call GA K9 today! After losing our white shepherd this past June, we welcomed an 8 week old white shepherd puppy into our lives in August. We knew immediately we had our hands full with this one. He was a stubborn, dominant alpha male and just as we were beginning to doubt he was the one for us we found GA K9. They scheduled a consultation with us right away and recommended we enter him into Advanced Obedience as soon as he turned 4 months old. The results are REMARKABLE! We now have an obedient and loving puppy; at times we cannot believe he is the same dog. He needed direction and purpose which he now has. He is wonderful with children and people and is great with other dogs. GA K9 teaches both the dog and the owner, and it is amazing how the right balance works. The only way your dog will not continue to excel is if you do not build on the foundation GA K9 provides! DO NOT THINK TWICE about working with GA K9, you will not find another organization that takes such a personal as well as professional interest in the well being and success of both you and your dog. We are forever thankful to everyone at GA K9!
I have been working a police k-9 for about 5 years and have caught a lot of people with my shepherd. I, along with others from my departments k-9 unit have recently had the opportunity to spend a week with Jeff in a trailing school. I learned so much about "reading the dog" as he finds himself in and out of odor. I believe my find ratio will double because of this training. This is an excellent class for all levels. Thanks again
Excellent training. Very hands on. Learned a ton of new information.
We have a loveable pit bull that had a bad habit of jumping and mouthing. We feared her normal puppy-like behavior would be misinterpreted by others, so we decided to have her trained. One of our policeman friends suggested Georgia K9 and this was money well spent! Sami no longer jumps or mouths plus she is the best behaved dog in the family (and neighborhood)! She is a joy to take on a walk and we feel much more confident about her behavior around new people and especially kids.The “place” command is wonderful! No more lurking at the table while we eat; she just stays on the mat. We opted for the live-in training. It was not cheap, but when you consider that we have 18 years ahead of us with a well-trained dog, it was well worth it. [Read this review on Google]
Oscar, was very anxious, insecure and dominant. He also would snap at people that he was introduced to, especially women. We took him to GA K9 on the advice of our veterinarian. We enrolled Oscar for the three week training – through advanced obedience. He is now a new dog. He is not nearly as anxious and we know how to control him in situations where he feels insecure. He is a joy to walk and play off-leash with. We often meet people and dogs on our walks, and he sits and stays until we move on – something he would not do before his training. We board Oscar at GA K9 when we travel. He loves the activity that he gets there, and his social skills get reinforced. We recommend GA K9 without qualification. [Read this review on Google]
GA K9 is AWESOME! Sarge’s time at GA K9 truly changed our relationship. He’s attentive to me, watches for my reaction, and guidance. The come, sit, place, and off leash handling commands are a dream come true. If things do not go completely to my plan these days, it is because I have not spent enough time reinforcing what he learned. It was money well spent. It was not cheap, but worth EVERY penny. I recommend to ever dog owner I know. It is obvious everyone that works there loves dogs, and their jobs. It was weird leaving him there for three weeks, but man, what a complete joy to be with now. DO IT, go there, and GET ER DONE! Scott Stovall, and Sarge. [Read this review on Google]
Post Training by Amy and Tank Dorontich
Ok, I’ve turned into that weird dog lady. LOL. I took your advice and Tank and I went off to Petsmart, Target and Lowe’s. He did extremely well. It took him a few minutes in Petsmart (the 1st place we went) but then he settled right in. We then walked down past a whole bunch of stores and strange objects to Target where we sat out in front of the doors and tons of people went past. The whole time he was on either sit or down. Then we made our way down to Lowe’s where we did it all over again. 3 employees came out to pet him and then they all were like “you can bring him in the store where it’s cooler” so off we went. What a Good Boy he was!!!! He was so patient and well mannered when kids and adults were petting him and saying how pretty he was. You guys did such a wonderful job with him. It’s such a pleasure going places now. Anyways, I just wanted to let you know of Tank’s new adventures. Oh yeah, there were lots of loud noises and tons of distractions and he listened to me so well. I seriously can’t thank you enough. Hope all is well with everyone there (especially those little pups). We’ve also been to different walking trails where he loves to explore the whole time while completely listening to me. I haven’t dared to let him off his leash at those places. I couldn’t bare it if he took off on me for some weird reason but he does so much better in front of the house and in the back off leash. One more thing, he held “place” for 3 hours!!! Yep, what a good boy!!!!
Amy and Tank Dorontich
Central Fl Manhunter – Nov 26, 2011
Just tell them what you want and they deliver . I am on my second K9 with four years of handling. Jeff tailored my training and gave me exactly what my K9 partner and I needed to be better Man Hunters. Hint: Jeff’s small evaluation may not be for the faint of heart but he will tell you exactly what you need and teach you how to obtain that level. GAK9′s staff and Kelli were awesome. Kelli was more than happy to assist me on her private time with canine explosive detection even though my agency was paying for tracking/trailing training. The staff was more than helpful reference canine care and training. Second hint: forget your per diem and stay at the K9 B&B. The accommodations are great; Jeff, Kelli and the GAK9 staff [Read Full Review..]
Atlanta – Jun 18, 2011
STOP YOUR SEARCH AND CALL THEM TODAY! After loosing a our German Shepherd to age and a spinal issue,my wife and I decided to look for another Shepherd because we love the breed and have owned them for 15+ years. We adopted a male about 8 months old and wanted to have him trained however didn’t know what kind of training to go with ( agility, trailing, tracking, drug detection, Search and Rescue ). I called several dog training companies in Atlanta and all but one which was almost 2 hours away had the typical over the phone sales pitch which didn’t settle very well with us. After a bit more searching I ran across Georgia K9 and called regarding their training programs and was told the earliest consultation was 1 week off. This was a far different answer than I got from the other 4 companies I called. I learned shortly thereafter that Kelli the owner was a police officer and had extensive training specifically with the German Shepherds in numerous area of which we still didn’t know what we wanted to train our pup for [Read Full Review..]
George - Feb 21, 2011
Beyond Approach!!! If you are looking for a professional K9 SAR Trailing School, then look NO FURTHER! I have now taken 4, week long classes with Jeff and Kelli and am scheduled for my 5Th class in May of 2011, and though their classes are not for the weak minded or out of shape handlers or dogs. I promise you, you will get the best K9 SAR Trailing class on the market today. They will challenge you and your K9 in every facet of K9 SAR Trailing and when you think they have nothing else to challenge you with they will once again blow your mind. If you are looking for experienced K9 handlers to train you without pumping sunshine up your _ _ _ _ , and giving you an up front and honest assessment of you as a handler and your K9 then this is with out a doubt the school for you. Their staff, facilities, training techniques and abilities to work with you to solve just about any problem in training you could come across, is of the highest standards as well as the most state of the art training you could get [Read Full Review...]
Les – Feb 20, 2011
Awesome training! The SAR trailing program is unique and more than met my expectations during a recent one week stay. The entire staff is capable and helped us with some diverse and challenging training opportunities. Not only are Jeff and Kelli both very experienced handlers in their own right but they are also excellent teachers, as well. Most importantly, they have helped me become a more observant handler and hence a more capable member of our SAR team here on the Oregon Coast. The insight and critique provided have been invaluable and greatly improved our ability to help others. The GAK9 NTC facility is also first class; extremely well managed and equiped with the latest technology. Can’t say enough about the B&B training program! Les and K9 Queich (Qwik), Tillamook County Sheriff Search & Rescue Team [Read Full Review..]
Janine – Jan 4, 2011
Frustrating to FANTASTIC! Our 6 month old German Shepherd pup “Patience” attended another training course with us prior to giving it our all with Georgia K9 National Training Center. The entire staff is reliable and sensitive to both our dog’s and our needs now and throughout the entire program. The online photos were a HUGE bonus for us as we are 6 hours from their training center. The Advanced Obedience program is well worth the price, and provides the piece of mind that Patience will be safe due to her discipline and focus learned from this solid training program. The facility is CLEAN, well managed; highly recommended! [Read Full Review..]
James – Oct 28, 2010
Great Trainers – Great People I have been working with Jeff and Kelli for the past few months with my German Shepherd, Colt. The progress we have made is unbelievable! I still can’t believe that my dog is as obedient as he is. In the past he would jump on guests, urinate when new people came into the house, and pretty much make up his own rules. Since working with GAK9 Colt is now well into his advanced off lead obedience and is improving every week. He does much better around other dogs, and he has much more confidence in new environments. Most importantly, they have taught ME how to handle the dog and correct problem behaviors the right way. I couldn’t imagine how hard it would be if I had not gone to see them. Their facility and team is top notch! Highly recommended! [Read Full Review..]
Jun 19, 2010
Riley’s awesome trainers. Kelli and Jeff are in the process of training Riley as a Service Dog for my son, Is, and they have done a tremendous job with this endeavor. One of the best decisions I have ever made was setting up a meeting with them and believing in their vision. Taking into account the different service dog programs with various ideas of when/how to introduce the “dog and his person”, I have no doubt that their style of training is the best way to go and I would venture to say that anyone who has witnessed the bond between Is and Riley would feel the same way. In Is’ words…Kelli and Jeff ROCK [Read Full Review..]
Jun 18, 2010
jeff - May 7, 2010
K9 Experts When it comes to professionalism and innovation within the K9 Training field, there truly is no better team. I started the Trailing Course with my German Shepherd, Minka, at 9 weeks old. Now almost a year later she is a phenomenal working dog and it could not have been done without GA K9. Jeff is truly a one on one instructor and not only gets in tune with the dog, but the handler as well. GA K9 provides incredible hands on learning for any handler, Law Enforcement, SAR, of just house hold pet. [Read Full Review..]
Mary – Mar 2, 2010
First Rate Training-a truly formidable team! I can’t say enough about the excellence of GA K9 NTC’s training! I recently attended their facility [which was excellent all around!] for a week of SAR training with my young Bloodhound. Their attention to detail & foundation work is first rate. Even more important, they made sure I understood the principles so that I was able to leave feeling that I now had tools to be able to formulate my own lesson plans, enabling me to make progress once I returned home…not like I was suddenly set adrift. I plan to further our education by continued, regular work with Jeff, Kelli and their instructors. I feel confident they will provide the education & challenges we need to help us become the best trailing team we can be. I also count on them to firmly haul me ‘back to basics’ when we discover holes in my foundation work! When the time comes to look for another K9 partner I certainly plan to avail myself of their stellar puppy evaluation services. I had the privilege of sitting in on an [Read Full Review..]
Kelly – Mar 1, 2010
Top Training Academy! The quality of the Georgia K9 trainers, and their reliance on effective, research-based training techniques make them integral to K9 Search and Rescue training programs among SAR teams throughout the Pacific Northwest. As a marquee draw to the top SAR training conferences and mentors to some of the most frequently called SAR teams in the region, they have had a profound impact on the quality and reliability of search dogs in areas where search missions are both numerous and challenging. Kelly Slocum, President/K9 Handler Columbia Search and Rescue Alliance SW WA State [Read Full Review..]
Mar 1, 2010
Excellent training facility I have personally stayed at this facility to train my bloodhound Moonshine. The accommodations are top notch as well as the living conditions. This was very important to me since I flew from California to train at the facility. I used the facility to train my bloodhound for trailing work. Jeff and Kelly are very versed in SAR trailing work. Between the two of them they have a wealth of knowledge and are eager to pass this along.. I look forward to future trailing/training opportunities with them. If you are LE or SAR dont pass this opportunity of top notch training. [Read Full Review..]