Welcome to Off-Leash K9 Training, LLC
Bryan Swihart and Cassie Walsh "Your Charlottesville Virginia Dog Trainers"
Bryan Swihart and Cassie Walsh are the head trainers for the Off Leash K9 Training program in the Charlottesville area. Both are Army veterans with multiple deployments; they were impressed with military working dog’s impeccable obedience and high level of confidence enabling them to be the most well trained canines in the world. Both have degrees in business and finance giving this training team a solid small business foundation, with the precision and passion needed to transform your dog from unruly to obedient, frightened to confident, timid to content.
Bryan has a lifelong love of dogs starting with his first dog “Squeak,” who used to sleep under his crib every night. He has owned and trained a wide assortment of dogs ranging from Chihuahuas to Pitbulls; including his current comrades, a Labradoodle and an American Staffordshire Terrier. Bryan has a special love for “Bully Breeds” and wants to empower people to showcase what wonderfully loyal and loving dogs they really are. After serving in Iraq and Afghanistan, his desk job is not where his passion is. He is bringing his passion for K9 training and love of dogs to Off Leash K9 Training.
Cassie has been involved with dogs since she was a little girl on her family's farm in Minnesota. In 2010, she started using her skills to foster and rehabilitate abandoned dogs for her local SPCA and Southeast German Shepherd Rescue (SGSR). She now sits on the board of SGSR and has personally fostered over 70 dogs all with different rehabilitation needs and personalities. In addition, she has fully rehabilitated and trained her two rescue shepherds to build their confidence and help them become the breed ambassadors they were meant to be.
Bryan and Cassie are thrilled to bring Off Leash K9 Training to the Charlottesville area, specializing in the same dog training techniques used by the military and law enforcement. This style of training encompasses their core beliefs and philosophy of consistency, fairness, and crystal clear communication that will turn your dog into a well behaved member of society in any situation.
The Charlottesville location offers a full line of training packages and services for dogs of every age and training level. Information on each package is available here.
Unlike some local trainers, we do not discriminate against particular breeds - we welcome any breed, any age, any size, any behavior issues and guarantee our work!
We are AKC Canine Good Citizen evaluators. Check our Facebook page for local CGC test and practice test events held each month. We don't charge a fee for these evaluations, but we do request a small donation to a designated rescue/shelter at the time of the official evaluation.
Ask about our discounts for military and police/fire/rescue personnel!
Interested in adopting a dog in need from a local shelter?