About Our Trainers

Meet The Off Leash K9 Team

Diana - Trainer

Diana is a graduate of North Carolina State University with dual degrees in Computer Engineering and Electrical Engineering. She has always loved dogs and started working with rescued German Shepherds in 2005. In 2010 she co-founded Southeast German Shepherd Rescue. Her newest addition is a Samoyed, Jojo, who she shows in conformation, takes hiking, and competes in a variety of activities such as barn hunt, fast cat, and therapy.

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Alisa - Trainer

Alisa is a graduate of Arizona State University with a degree in Business Management and a minor in Communications. Most of her professional background revolves around marketing. Alisa has always loved dogs and started working with rescued German Shepherds in 2006. In 2010, she helped co-found Southeast German Shepherd Rescue and remains on the board of the organization. Over the years she has worked with behavioral and medical cases of all types from high energy dogs to reactive dogs, to fearful dogs.

Kathryn - Trainer

Kathryn is a magna cum laude graduate of North Carolina State University with dual degrees in Animal Science and Zoology and a minor in Spanish. Kathryn spent much of her childhood riding horses, and although she did not grow up with dogs, she always enjoyed working and interacting with them. During her last 2 years of college she fostered and adopted out 24 pit bulls for the Wake County Animal Center. She continues to volunteer at the shelter in her free time. Kathryn has enjoyed incorporating dog psychology and obedience while working for Off Leash K9 Training and So Fetch K9 Adventure since December 2016.

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Kaleigh - Trainer

Kaleigh grew up in a rural North Carolina town just south of the Virginia line, where she was involved with animals from an early age. Growing up, her family helped run a 501c3 non-profit called The Eastern Bluebird Rescue group, under the direction of retired USDA damage control agent and wildlife rehabber, Frank Newell, as well as a wildlife education center that traveled to schools, Girl Scout troops, 4H groups and more to teach children about wild and exotic animals and why their protection is important. As a teen, she began helping rehabilitate up to 42 deer fawns per year in the summer, at anytime she could have opossums, rabbits, squirrels, song birds and more. Kaleigh continued her career in the animal field by working as a veterinary technician, with an interest in clinical diagnostics and client education. She soon realized she wanted to focus on animal behavior, and the “why”. Kaleigh is passionate about allowing owners to enjoy their dogs, and understand why they think they way they do, and is excited to continue her education. In her spare time loves to garden, hike, fish, and painting with her 2 year old daughter.
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Hayley - Trainer

Hayley is a Massachusetts native who is in her 10th year in dog industry. She started as a dog walker in Boston at 18 and never looked back. At 23 she added her first Belgian Malinois to her pack and was hooked. Dog training has brought her all over and has a special interest in scent work & sport obedience. Her personal dogs compete in PSA and AKC sports. Her true love lies in helping families have fulfilled lives with their pets through obedience and mutual understanding.

She currently lives out on her own farm with two babies, two goats, a flock of chickens, and a pot bellied pig named Dolly.

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Al - Trainer

Al is a graduate of Appalachian State University with a degree in English and a minor in Psychology. They have always loved dogs and entered the professional training scene in 2010 as a contracted trainer for the US Marines, where they trained off leash bomb detection dogs and their handlers. Since that time, Al has earned their Master Trainer’s Certificate, certified in Explosives Detection with the ATF, graduated from Bart Bellon’s NePoPo Gold School, and completed many hours of continuing education at a variety of training seminars.

In addition to their experience training K9s and their handlers for the police, the military, and the government, Al has experience with protection sports, pet dog training, and behavioral modification. They are passionate about teaching both ends of the leash and want success for all of the dogs and owners that they work with.

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Brittany - Trainer

Brittany is a graduate of The State University of New York College of Agriculture and Technology at Cobleskill. She graduated with a bachelors in Animal Science and a concentration in Equine studies. After college she moved to North Carolina from Upstate New York to work at a small animal veterinarian practice as a Veterinary Technician. Brittany has always had a love for animals since she was a young girl, volunteering at local animal shelters and taking in every stray she could.

She wanted to learn more about animal behavior and to create a bridge of communication between owner and pet. In her free time Brittany enjoys spending time with her Great Danes Oakley and Jubilee whether it be hiking or taking them down the river on a kayak.

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Ashlyn - Trainer

Ashlyn grew up living with dogs in the home as pets and on the farm as working stock dogs. She studied animal psychology in graduate school and found a passion for canine training and behavior there. 

Since then, Ashlyn has applied her knowledge in teaching pet dogs and their owners how to live harmoniously through training and play. She has extensive hands-on experience with basic & advanced obedience, sport & competition training, reactivity & aggression, personal protection work, and more. 

Ashlyn considers herself a ‘forever student’ and continuously improves her craft and learns from fellow dog trainers and industry experts. 

She currently trains and competes with her dogs in PSA, an obedience and protection dog sport.

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About Off Leash K9 Training

Dog Trainers that Are Recognized Around The World!

Nick White, Founder Off Leash K9 Training
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Nick White is the Owner and Founder of Off Leash K9 Training.  Nick is a former US Marine and former US Secret Service. He currently has over 130+ dog training locations throughout the United States.

Nick is globally recognized as being one of the top dog trainers in the world.  He has 2 official world records in off leash obedience, named on Wikipedia as one of the top 20 dog trainers in the world, recently named top 10 trainer in the world by bestdogtrainers.org, has been featured in many magazines and shows, and he is regularly requested by the top celebrities and athletes! He has been called upon by people such as actor Ryan Reynolds, WWE’s John Cena, MLB All Star Max Scherzer, UFC World Champion Jon “Bones” Jones, and many more!

You can visit our YouTube Channel and watch over 1500+ before/after videos of Nick and his team’s work!  Off Leash K9 Training has more documented videos than any dog training business in the entire world!