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Tactical Tracking

Feb 09, 2015 by Rachel Rose

I recently went down to GAK9 Edisto Island to do some tactical tracking and it was a real blast! The days were jam packed with great training, great people, great dogs, great food...the list goes on and on. The training was hard and exhausting but the days flew bye in one continuous blur of excitement that no one wanted to end! The accommodations were beautiful and spacious with a quaint southern charm unique to the Botany Bay Plantation area. All and all I could not of asked for more.

Our Hugo-Monster

Nov 20, 2014 by Brooke Fanning

Hugo, our boxer, has always been a handful. Boxers in general are typically hyper. Hugo is our third boxer and he was a little too much to handle, especially with 3 and 5-year-old boys in the house. We brought him to GA K9 and after three weeks he was a completely different dog. The trainers, especially Chase, were all wonderful. Even though Canton is an hour from our home, I still bring Hugo there for a few days every once in a while to "hang out" with Chase and his dog friends. Love this place and would recommend it and Chase to anyone!


Oct 21, 2014 by Denise Workman

I was at my wits end with my two boys. They were large and independent and unruly. I can't list all of the trouble they got into. Fortunately I found GaK9NTC and had the pleasure of working with Chase to train my dogs. Now they are still large with independent personalities but they are well trained with good manners and follow direction. The joy and quality of time that I can now spend with them is priceless. Chase listened to my problems, trained Mic and Tyson, Trained Me too. I can not tell you how much I appreciate his professionalism and caring. He did not stop with just the training. About a month or two later Chase followed up to see how the dogs were doing. Everyone at the facility were friendly and helpful and I was secure in knowing they were in good hands. Any dog I have in the future will be attending GaK9ntc from puppy on. Thanks again to Chase and the rest of the GaK9ntc staff.

You have a gift putting the right dog with the right owners

Oct 09, 2014 by Mike Russell & Sarge


Here is a Sarge (GSD) update. The pics are from the park. The kids at the park love him and he loves to go down every slide he sees. He met over 500 people, cats, dogs, deer, squirrels and everything else in between. He is smartest dog in his puppy obedience class. The other dogs in my class did NOT do social training and it shows how important social training really is. I had my doubts then I met dogs that have serious issues and was thankful you and Gabby pounded that social training is the most important thing a puppy can do. He can sit, lay, stay (30 seconds or less LOL), fetch, drop it (most of the time) and the new trick today is \"place\". That\'s where he goes to his bed in the kitchen and waits for a treat. The vet said he is an outstanding GSD and is very healthy. He won best dog of the day and got free heartworm meds from the vet. Potty training never happened because he NEVER had an accident. Please read that one again. I never even heard of this ever before but I listen to Sarge and gives me signals and his schedule helps. That in itself explains how special Sarge really is. Potty training was my biggest fear but it was never an issue.

There is more he does but I can\'t remember everything because I think he smarter then me sometimes. He always is with me and watches everything I do except when he plays with my other dogs then only a nuclear bomb will distract him. I\'m dropping him off for basic training with Gabby and Chase the beginning of November. They are the best dog trainers I ever met and I\'m doing private lessons once a week with Chase and Gabby until I drop him off. They think he will master obedience with no issues and he will be a great dog for me. Sarge is my best friend and I\'m very thankful for what you did for me. I needed Sarge more than words can describe. You found me the perfect dog and I love him very much. I\'m so lucky you did not take him to South Carolina because I can\'t see me with another GSD except Sarge.

That\'s it for now but I wanted to say Thank You for what you do. You have a gift putting the right dog with the right owners. It was worth every penny and worth waiting. Everyone always asks about him and I tell them call GA K9 before you even think about getting a dog.


Mike Russell and Sarge (GSD)

Unbelievable Wild Dog Training

Jan 27, 2014 by Rex Lee

I write this review with total admiration for the unbelievable results that were achieved with a 1 year old Sheba Inu we have named Jabi. The Jabi Team(As they called themselves) were led by Gabriel Blake and what an awesome job she did in getting a basically wild thinking animal to trust her to the extent of learning what her place was in her families life. GAK9 did a 6 week program with Jabi and kept us up to date weekly with progress photos and emails to let us know how our girl was doing. This experience although we did miss Jabi was necessary and our family including Jabi have reaped the rewards of the very diligent and hard work of this GAK9 Jabi Team. I would truly recommend sending any dog to this group and know that you will be happy with the results of the training your family member will receive. As for Jabi, she has remembered everything she has been taught and loves the time we spend training and making sure she stays on top of her game.

Saved my dog's life!

Dec 22, 2013 by Mary Ivester

When I got my dog, Django, as a puppy, I immediately noticed that he was a little more to handle than I had bargained 9 weeks he completely destroyed the bathroom cabinets in my rental house, at 10 weeks he dug under my fence and dug up my neighbor's garden, at 12 weeks he escaped again and got into a fight with my neighbor's full grown GSD and had to have emergency surgery, and his track record doesn't stop there. I had the options to get him trained or to put him down, which is when I found GAK9. Hands down, taking Django there was the best decision of both of our lives. When I first got there, Amy helped me decide the best program for him, and she assured me that my baby would be well taken care of (which he was). They didn't make me feel bad about my phone calls that came at least twice a day to make sure my baby was ok, and I loved seeing the pictures of his training and playing in the yard. When I went to pick him up, I watched from the upstairs window while he did a demo with Gabby of his new training, and he was so good I started to cry. A year later, he is still the most behaved dog I've ever seen, and now I'm able to bring him everywhere and brag about him without worrying what he would tear up next. He's more socialized, so no more fights with the neighbor dogs, he actually comes back when I call him, and best of all, he doesn't tear things up anymore! Thank you so, so much GAK9 for giving me the dog of my dreams!!!


Dec 21, 2013 by Matthew Turner

I have worked bloodhounds for 8 years, my new partner purchased from Georgia K9 NTC is possibly the best hound I have ever worked. Her results speak for themselves. I have deployed her twice on criminal tracks with 3 suspects caught (two on one trail). The training, more specific the Proximity Alert Jeff and the instructors teach will no doubt one day save you life. I have been to several training venues over my K9 career, and I cannot think of one that even comes close to the training I received with the instructors Kent Stuart, Kelli Collins, and Jeff. It is hard to put into words just how happy I am with Georgia K9. Superior instructors, Superior training, and phenomenal dogs

Great trainers, great facility!

Sep 12, 2013 by Diana New

Gracie completed intermediate training with GAK9 earlier this year, and we have been thrilled with the results. Gracie goes with us everywhere, and we have gotten so many compliments on her behavior and control. She makes friends wherever she goes, and we could not be more thankful for GAK9, including Chase, Gabby and the rest of the staff. Thank you for all of your hard work with her, and with us. We learned just as much as Gracie did!

Exceeded Expectations

Sep 09, 2013 by Sandra Powell

Our 6 month old labradoodle puppy, Dexter, spent 3 weeks at GAK9 NTC for intermediate obedience & environmental training! We are beyond impressed with his training and how supportive the entire team has been during & after his training! The trainers, Gabby, Amy, Chase, & Diana, kept us updated on his progress and any recommendations during his board and train program! Dexter gets so excited when we go back for our follow up meetings! Not only did he enjoy his time but he learned skills that allow us to have him out in the community! Thanks GAK9- You guys are the BEST!

I cannot recommend them highly enough

Aug 20, 2013 by Christine M.

Posted on Yelp

Our rescued Great Dane was very territorial, nipped visitors, and attacked other dogs. Other training had helped, but had not addressed the root of our dog's problems. We were in the car on the way to the vet to euthanize him when we heard about Georgia K9 from another trainer. We boarded Hank with GA K9 for four weeks; he took the basic course and the "environmental" course, which helped him deal with being out in public.
We saw photos of Hank's training nearly every day and got regular emails detailing his progress. He returned to us a much happier and more confident dog.

The entire staff there is calm, positive, and very, very competent. They not only trained Hank, they trained us to help Hank behave well, which he really wanted to do. We had three follow-up visits with them, one of which was in our home so they could assess how Hank was doing in his daily environment and (as needed) correct our behavior with Hank.
One thing I really liked about GA K9 was their honesty: After working with Hank, they told us that he would probably not be a "dog park dog" who loved meeting everyone and playing with other dogs; and that we needed to adjust our expectations accordingly. It helped so much to be reminded that every dog is different and has different needs.
This group really, really knows what they are doing. I cannot recommend them highly enough.

I would give them 10 stars!

Aug 13, 2013 by Camilla P.

Posted on Yelp

Two of my dogs have just completed obedience and environmental training at GA K-9, and I could not be more pleased. One of my dogs, an extremely fearful rescue, gained tremendous confidence thanks to Amy\'s innovative, tailor made plan for him and the commitment of Gabby, Chase, Laura, Renee, and all the staff. They went above and beyond for this boy with special needs. My other dog flourished in the hands of these wonderful trainers and now loves his workouts at home. He has gone from a lovable, happy, rowdy, exuberant dog to a lovable, happy, very well-mannered, and much calmer dog.

I have had rescues for 30 years, and have gone through many different training programs with my dogs. GA K-9 is the best. The facility is impressively clean and the program extremely well-run. The staff at GA K-9 under the remarkable Kennel Master Amy Wright, are of the highest integrity and are the most professional trainers I\'ve ever encountered. I would give them 10 stars!

Trainer Training

Aug 08, 2013 by Diana Hempel

I'm back from my eight week trainer course with Georgia K9 NTC. I went through a trainer training program for K9 Obedience and K9 Behavior. Kennel Master Amy Wright, Gabby Straub and Chase Hagerman taught me to train dogs and their owners. It was a pleasure to work with these trainers. I never learned so much about dogs as in this time. I was impressed by the trainer s enormous knowledge and their efficiency to work with dogs.

GAK9 trainers are able to find solutions in a really short time and they work on behavioral problems very successfully. I learned a lot about dog behavior, behavior problems, timing and motivation.

Thank you very much to all team members for sharing the knowledge with me. And thank you very much to Kelli Collins and Jeff Schettler for this great chance. It was the best way for me to learn about working with dogs.

Diana Hempel, Germany

Great Experience!!

Mar 08, 2013 by Kay Howden

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!

Feb 18, 2013 by Kim Burnsworth

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!

Feb 11, 2013 by Linda Binkley

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

Feb 02, 2013 by Alis Dobler, Marco Bisang & Cannelle

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

Jan 30, 2013 by jean-Marc et Fabienne MATTERN

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

Dec 16, 2012 by Sgt. Marty Mahon

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.

Respectfully Submitted,

Marty Mahon
Police Sergeant & K9 Unit Supervisor


Nov 19, 2012 by Kathryn and Al Fazio

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!


Nov 10, 2012 by Jeri Schantz

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.



Nov 08, 2012 by Sandra Fornes

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

Jul 31, 2012 by Ben McBroom

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 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

Jul 31, 2012 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!!!!

Very Beneficial/Informative Presentation

Mar 11, 2012 by Anne Dorman

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!!

The Best!

Mar 06, 2012 by Barbara Zimmer

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.


Mar 05, 2012 by Sue Sternberg

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

Nov 13, 2011 by Kevin McCormick

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!

Nov 04, 2011 by Michele McMahon

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!

GAK9 Training

Sep 23, 2011 by Cory

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


Aug 30, 2011 by Steve Arnold

Excellent training. Very hands on. Learned a ton of new information.

5.0 5.0 30 30 I recently went down to GAK9 Edisto Island to do some tactical tracking and it was a real blast! The days were jam packed with great training, great people, great dogs, great food Georgia K9 Reviews

Reviews posted on Google

Marlena Washington

There really are no words to describe Georgia K9. They are simply amazing. They were able to take my 10 month old beagle, Dwezel, in for advanced obedience training and produced nothing short of a miracle. The before and after behavior with him is truly impressive. Imagine a dog with terrible leash walking skills (even PetSmart couldn’t get him to heel!), jumping, distraction prone, and stubborn tendencies. That dog doesn’t exist anymore thanks to Georgia K9. They laid a solid foundation for him and it’s up to me to continue, which goes with their motto “Use it or Lose it!” They said this was a lifestyle change and they are correct. He’s like a completely new dog! So much so that my neighbors have complimented his behavior in not going after other dogs causing a scene while on walks and his obedience when asked to do commands. He’s so much calmer than before to the point I wondered if they had switched my dog with an alien pod-animal! The trainers there are the real stars though because they were so professional, had amazing patience with Dwez and myself, kept me informed through emails and phone calls, and took amazing care of my dog during the boarding. They knew his little quirks and how to go about getting him to succeed despite his nose and stubborn behavior. If I ever get another dog, they will be trained with Georgia K9 and I make it a point to tell everyone about them when asked. Thanks, Georgia K9! [Read this review on Google]

Stephen Butterworth

We adopted a young nervous GSD mix from a shelter last summer and wanted her to experience obedience and environmental training. Having used GA K9 for both training sessions, she’s much better although still very distracted, playful and at times, nervous. Clearly there are some traits from her past we can’t fix but as another reviewer pointed out, she’s destined to be a great pet and companion, nothing more. Since then, we have used and will continue to use GA K9 for boarding when we are away. The dog loves being there and has a great time, especially when playing with the others. Just a pity we can’t board her favourite Russian Blue cat with her :) I highly recommend GA K9 for their excellence in training and boarding. [Read this review on Google]

Cat Bav

Georgia K9 is incredible! The staff is, without exception, extremely knowledgeable, and wonderful to all the dogs.They answered every question I had and replied to every email I sent while our dog, Jake, was there for three weeks for advanced training. Jake started out very insecure and had a lot of bad habits, such as running out of our yard, pulling hard on the leash when being walked, and basically not listening to anything we told him to do. The difference in Jake after three short weeks was nothing short of a miracle! He was a new dog – confident and as obedient as anyone could hope for. Walking him now is a joy, and I can’t tell you how many of our neighbors have commented on what a wonderful dog is has become. I am referring everyone I know to NGK9. They are awsome! [Read this review on Google]

Laura Speer

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]

Mike Daugherty

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]

Scott Stovall

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!!!!
Take care,
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..]

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 Janine‎Jan 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..]


Service Dog Training

Georgia K9 Service Dog Training

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

 Wouldn’t go anywhere else! I can not thank both Kelli and Jeff enough for the work they have done with my 5 year old german shepherd and probably most importantly, with me. I was on the verge of having to find a new home for my dog, Bo, because his behavior was getting out of control. I had been to MANY different vets and trainers and so forth, but nobody seemed to be able to offer any helpful feedback, until I met Jeff and Kelli. They trained me on how to handle my 90 pound baby and how to take charge and show him that I am in control and that he is not. They changed our lives and I am now able to take him with me everywhere. I was also able to rescue another dog and with the skills that I learned from Kelli and Jeff, I was able to train her as well as Bo!! My shepherd is still a pretty high maintance dog and I when I need to go out of town, Jeff and Kelli are the only ones that I can leave Bo with and know he is getting the care he needs. [Read Full Review..]

jeff‎ May 7, 2010

Georgia K9 State and Federal Trade Marks The Georgia K9 trade mark is a federal and state registered trade mark owned exclusively by Kelli Collins; General Partner, Georgia K9 NTC. To verify ownership of this trademark, simply go to the United States Trademark and Patent Web site and submit a query or use this link: The Georgia State Trademark is also owned exclusively by Kelli Collins since March 2005. To verify, please go to: The domain name: has been exclusively owned since it’s inception in March 2005 by Kelli Collins and no other owner. To verify this information, simply query a Whois domain name search. The review below is spam and it appears that the writer’s grammar may support this hypothesis. [Read Full Review..]


Mar 6, 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..]

Mar 4, 2010
Stellar Training I recently completed a week of training at the GA K9 NTC and left there with a very clear understanding of what we needed to work on and how to plan our training at home to improve our effectiveness as a trailing team. The attention to detail was both refreshing and appreciated, and will go a long way in making me a better handler. Jeff and Kelli have a good eye for K9 trailing behavior, and were very helpful at pointing out what I was missing and showing me how to work with my partner to achieve our training goals. The training is tailored to the individual teams ability and needs, and progresses at the teams pace, allowing time for the necessary foundation work. The entire week was full of learning opportunities, both on and off the field! Nina Spiegle and K9 Maya, Canine Handler, ISRCH, Northern Illinois – Southern Wisconsin [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..]


Kelly‎Mar 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..]

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