VETERAN OWNED & OPERATED
Darrell Swanson has been training dogs for most of his life. He Graduated Jo-Thor's Dog Trainers' Academy and achieved his Advanced Master Dog Educator Certification . He served over 20 years in the United States Air Force and after retiring chose to serve his community by rehabilitating dogs and educating their humans. He is the Pack L
Darrell Swanson has been training dogs for most of his life. He Graduated Jo-Thor's Dog Trainers' Academy and achieved his Advanced Master Dog Educator Certification . He served over 20 years in the United States Air Force and after retiring chose to serve his community by rehabilitating dogs and educating their humans. He is the Pack Leader of "Ghost the Corso, "Kassius Peabody Clay" AKA Kash the Dobie and Zoi and Yuki, AKA "Yorksters"
Where we rehabilitate dogs and educate their humans.
Kim Swanson is Retired USAF and is the definition of "dog lover", she is the heartbeat of OTCK9. Kim is from Sherman Texas and has been a dog Mom for most of her life. She is the proud Mom of "Yuki", "Zoi", "Ghost", and "Kassius" AKA the "Swanson bunch".
Emily is from Marietta, GA and a US Army veteran. She's a huge dog lover and the proud owner of Rufus and Piper the schnauzers and Rat and Jasper the chihuahuas.
Jasper is from Kennesaw, Georgia and a graduate of Jo-Thor's Dog Trainers' Academy and achieved her Professional Dog Educator Certification. She has a passion for training dogs and educating owners. She is the proud Mom of "Luka" the Doberman.
Olya (aka "CJ") is from Woodstock, Georgia and graduated from the University of North Georgia. She was commissioned as a second lieutenant in the Georgia Army National Guard in 2020. She has a passion for helping animals and has experience in training, fostering and rehoming animals that have abusive histories. She is the proud owner of Atlas the Malinois mix, Balto the Husky, and Jack the cat.
Olivia is from Canton, Georgia and is an absolute animal lover! Some of her favorite animals include sugar gliders, cats, farm animals, reptiles and of course, dogs! She has been around dogs her whole life and loves caring for the ones at OTCK9.
Trenton was born in Lawrencville, Ga. The Braves and Hawks are his favorite teams. He enjoys reading, working with dogs and working out in his free time.
We try our best to make your furry friends feel right at home.
Board and Train Family Reunion
Board & Trains Daily Walk
For over 6 years, we have been serving the pets and families of Kennesaw, Acworth and surrounding areas. We love caring and connecting with animals and creating everlasting relationships. We provide care for your fur babies as if they were our own, and ensure that they receive the highest quality care and training while in our care. Schedule your dog training, boarding, grooming or dog daycare appointment today.
Darrell and Kim Swanson welcome you to Off The Chain K9 Academy LLC where dogs are trained and people are educated. Both Darrell and Kim have served over 20 years in the military. They take pride in their commitment to their customers knowing that dogs aren't just pets but part of the family.
Darrell's love for dogs and Kim’s love for dogs brought them to Jo-Thor's Dog Trainers Academy with the Post 9-11 GI Bill. They studied for four years and achieved Professional, Advanced and Advanced Master Dog Educator/Trainer Certifications.
During those six years, they partnered in a dog training, boarding, and dog daycare business located in Kennesaw, Georgia and named it Off The Chain K9 Academy. Since opening, Darrell and Kim have trained and boarded hundreds of dogs at their Kennesaw and Canton locations. Some dogs with severe behavior problems and others with the calm personality to become a service or therapy dog to a Veteran or Civilian with PTSD.
If you have a dog and you need some help, give OTCK9 a call. With their proven training program, you'll soon have a dog you can be proud of.
We are always prepared for any pets' needs and ensure that your pet will receive the best care and love. Their happiness and care is our priority and we strive to provide a service we would want our own pets to receive.
Welcome to OTCK9 where we train not complain! We offer a variety of training programs to meet all of your families needs. We offer private lessons, board and train programs, group classes, agility training, overnight boarding, day-school and much much more. Schedule your consultation today and learn how to lead the way one paw at a time.
You must complete one of our training programs to be eligible for boarding or day-school.