Meet the Team
Rob ShewmakeOwner / K9 Handler
The love and affection that Rob shows to his dogs are beyond impressive. There is no better example of what a good clear-headed obedient sport dog is if you were to meet his beloved Ado. Rob has always had a love of dogs and this drew him into the K9 world. He is a good handler and takes the time to travel the country to attend as many seminars as he can to continue learning different techniques and current training methods to keep his dogs on their toes. Competing in Protection Competitions has become a passion for Rob and his dogs. Rob served an honorable 4 years in the Army as Military Police. following that Rob served an additional 3 years in the civilian law enforcement sector.
Mike HayesLead Trainer
Hanna KeithDog Trainer and Behavior Specialist
Hanna was born with a love of animals regardless of species, or size. In high school, she started focusing more on her handling skills with dogs. She has worked in grooming salons, doggie daycares, pet boutiques, and even as a puppy sitter.
Hanna has always had a passion for learning as much as she can about Canine behavior and will always strive to continue her knowledge. This led her to attend Purdue University to receive a degree in Animal Behavior and Wellness. Soon after graduating, she travelled to Starmark Academy in Texas, where after hard work and dedication, she is proud to have the title of a Certified Canine Trainer and Behavior Specialist.
Hanna has been accompanied on these adventures by her two dogs, Willow and Valko, who help push her to be the best trainer she can be!
Mykelti RhodesDog Trainer and Behavior Specialist
Mykelti grew up in the Texas panhandle and through her involvement with FFA as a child, she developed a passion for animal wellbeing early on. Mykelti’s interest in canine behavior was heightened when she adopted her beloved companion Ruca while attending West Texas A&M University.
After graduating with a Bachelor of Arts in Theatre Performance, Mykelti decided she wanted to pursue a career in the dog training industry instead. She went to Starmark Academy where she became a Certified Canine Trainer and Behavior Specialist. Mykelti is diligent about researching different training methods and is eager to share her knowledge with pet owners.
Mykelti is committed to helping owners improve their relationships with their dogs, and is grateful to be a part of the Joint Forces K9 team with the like-minded and devoted staff
Bryan GibbyDog Trainer
Bryan is an Oklahoma native who has spent most of his life in Arkansas. His passion for dogs has led him to a 5 year career immersing himself in animal health. This intense drive has only grown his love for them and has inspired him to pursue a lifelong commitment in mastering and training dogs. Bryan has joined the Joint Forces K9 team and is excited to become proficient in all aspects of training dogs for your every need.
Abigail GeorgeMaster Dog Trainer
I was only four years old when I laid eyes on an adorable stuffed German Shepherd at the store. From that day forward, I begged my parents constantly to let me have a dog, without success. For fourteen years, I occupied my desire to own a dog by caring for smaller animals: rabbits, hamsters, cats, and parrots. I had never considered animal training as ‘my thing’ until I started teaching my parrot some cute tricks. I loved the process of training behaviors, and I looked forward to owning a dog even more.
Then, when I turned 18, my parents finally gave me what I had wanted for all those years. My graduation present was a German Shepherd puppy. Chess, named after his stuffed predecessor, was exactly what I wanted… except for the way he acted around other dogs. Any time another dog came into sight he went berserk, barking and lunging and biting… I felt helpless and discouraged that my long-awaited companion couldn’t even show his face in public for fear of how he would act… It was at that point, with an unruly 4-month-old German Shepherd puppy, that I applied to Highland School for Dog Trainers.
During the six month Master Training Course, I learned how to turn my unruly monster into the perfect dog I had always dreamed of. From that moment forward, I knew that dog training was my life’s career. I wanted nothing more than to help other people and their dogs build a better relationship. I never wanted anyone else to feel the way I felt when my dog misbehaved so badly. There is no better feeling in the world than hearing from a client that their problem dog is now a loving, well-behaved member of their family.
Brad EagletonKennel Technician
Brad is a Cherokee descendent from the hills of Oklahoma. His love for all creatures began at an early age. He was born working a family ranch near the Illinois River. This passion has only grown through the years and what inspired him to this career choice. Brad also raised Bull Mastiffs and German Shepherds which drew him into the Canine development. Brad attended Northeastern State University in Tahlequah, OK. He is very excited to be a part of this team.