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.
Jason TreatOperations Manager
Jason was born and raised here in the Natural State. He graduated with a bachelor’s degree in Marketing, from Arkansas State University. Jason has spent the past 20 + years in big retail, with Wal-Mart. He brings with him a wealth of knowledge in sales, goals, operations, and people.
Jason’s journey to fulfil his life-long dream of helping others and animals led him to the Joint Forces K9 Family.
Jason is no stranger to animals either! He has four dogs of his own: Ari, Luna, Xelda, and Xena, who also acted as his personal service dog.
Jason is excited, passionate, and committed to serving and improving the lives of others and the community, along with the entire JFK9 Team.
Mike HayesLead Trainer
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 EagletonLead Kennel 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.
Tiffany WilliamsKennel Technician
Born and raised in central Ohio, Tiffany’s true love for dogs flourished when she adopted her first greyhound. She soon began volunteering and later became the Foster Coordinator for Royal Hounds Greyhound adoption in Washington. Too soon it was time to PCS again as she spent 14 years as a military wife and stay at home Mom. The military gave her the opportunity to travel and work at two more shelters. Additionally, Tiffany spent two years as the lead teacher for The Learning Farm in Alaska. Working alongside their sled dog team. Currently, Tiffany has made Oklahoma her home and is excited to continue working with the dogs she cares so much for. Tiffany has always strived to give any animal in her care the best experience possible.
Tonya HopkinsKennel Technician
Tonya was born and raised on a small farm in Oklahoma. When she was 6 years of age, she was given her first set of animals to care for. Her parents taught her the value and caring of animals and the hard work it entails. Tonya continues to carry these values with her to this day. Her search for a change of pace in a field that she can enjoy has lead her to Joint Forces as a Kennel Technician. She is shown above alongside her dog Tyler, a pup of American/ Turkish origin.