Darrell Swanson, a distinguished retired Air Force veteran, brings a wealth of experience and discipline to the realm of dog training. Renowned as a master dog trainer, his professional journey reflects a commitment to excellence and a passion for cultivating the unique bond between humans and their canine companions. With a military background marked by dedication and precision, Darrell seamlessly transitioned his skills to the art of dog training, where he continues to positively impact the lives of both pets and their owners. Beyond his accomplished career, Darrell’s genuine love for dogs is evident, embodying a harmonious blend of expertise and heartfelt connection in his pursuit of canine companionship. Graduate of Jo-thor's Dog Trainers' Academy 2014-2018.
Kim Swanson is a retired service member who served 20 years in the United States Air Force and is the definition of "dog lover". Kim also has a Bachelors degree in Human Resources and is the heartbeat of OTCK9. She is from Sherman Texas and has been a dog Mom for most of her life. After retiring from the military she chose to follow her heart which lead her to dogs.
Carlos has been training dogs for over 6 years. He is a
US Army veteran and joined OTCK9 to continue his service to his community. He specializes in behavior modification, aggression rehab and community relations. He also runs his own Kennel business providing Service Dogs to those in need.
Rose has been working with OTCK9 since October 2022. Rose is the co-owner of Roman Dynasty Kennels and has 11 dogs of her own. Her expertise in kennel management helps us maintain a healthy and safe kennel environment.
Meet Nic Wiggins, a seasoned professional dog trainer and the esteemed Head Trainer at OTCK9. Hailing from a background rich in canine expertise, Nic’s journey is marked by a deep-rooted love for dogs and a commitment to fostering harmonious relationships between pets and their owners.
Meet Kelsi, a vibrant individual with a big smile and a personality that’s as contagious as her enthusiasm for dogs. As the proud owner of a German Shepherd, Kelsi’s love for these loyal companions extends beyond her personal life into her professional pursuits.
Her warm and engaging demeanor is reflected not only in her infectious smile but also in the genuine connections she forges with dogs and their owners alike. Kelsi’s passion for canines goes hand in paw with her commitment to understanding and nurturing the unique bond between humans and their furry friends.
No Dog Left Behind
For over 8 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 top 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 more.
Required shots: DHLPP (Including Lepto) Rabies, Bordetella, Canine Influenza (2 rounds) and flea and tick preventative. Please ensure your dog is current on all required vaccines before booking your reservation.
Address: 110 Dixie Woodstock Georgia 30189
Closed for lunch 12-1pm daily