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.

Diana Hauser

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.

Kathryn Nilsson

Stefanie - Trainer

Stefanie has an extensive formal education in dog training and is a graduate of both Triple Crown Dog Academy and the Tom Rose School. After growing up on a farm on Wisconsin, she always knew she wanted to pursue a career with animals. Following graduation from Triple Crown Academy, Stefanie began her dog training career teaching group classes ranging from puppy obedience to agility, running a pet obedience program, and generalizing home obedience for personal protection dogs. Stefanie is passionate about bringing out the best in dogs and creating helping families create healthy relationships with their pets. In her spare time, she competes her dogs Ricco and Bolt in PSA.

Stefanie Suddeth

Morgan - Trainer

Morgan grew up in New Hampshire with a love of dogs and the outdoors. When she wasn’t skiing or snowboarding during the winter, she was camping and hiking through the summer and fall. She graduated from Fitchburg State College with a degree in Industrial Technology and a minor in art. However, her love of dogs lead her to study animal training and behavior from Animal Behavior College. After graduation she has continued her pursuit of knowledge surrounding dog behavior and obedience training. She loves teaching basic obedience and puppy obedience with the goal to help families meet their individual goals and help form lasting bonds between owners and their dogs. Life has been anything but a straight line for Morgan, but no matter what, her path has always lead back to her love of dogs.
Morgan

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.
Kaleigh

Ciarra - Trainer

Ciarra started her journey with dogs at a really young age when I met my mentor at 13 years old. She started by shadowing her mentor and then jumped into fostering dogs. As she progressed through her journey she started working with her mentor and worked full time for him as a dog trainer. While working with him, she had the opportunity to deal with a wide variety of dogs on a daily basis from building a puppy’s foundation to rehabbing severe aggression cases. She is a huge bully breed advocate, taking in only the worst of the worst. After recognizing how badly dogs were being mislabeled, especially the bully breeds, she has become a huge advocate that the best way to equip owners with the necessary tools is through education, obedience, and understanding how to provide proper structure.

Trainer Ciarra

Lesley - Trainer

Leslie grew up in Cary loving and working with animals. As an only child, she considered pets as her siblings and that’s where her love of animals began. 

While studying at Meredith College, Leslie got the opportunity to work at the Wildlife Sydney Zoo in Sydney, Australia. There, Leslie had hands-on experience feeding and giving daily enrichment to a wide variety of animals as well as teaching patrons about them. After graduating in 2016 with a Bachelors in Psychology and a concentration in animal behavior, she has put her knowledge of animal behavior to use as vet assistant and dog trainer. 

Leslie loves spending her free time checking out new restaurants and hanging out at the beach with her two German shepherds, Lyra and Vesper.

Ashley - Trainer

Ashley is originally from Baltimore but has lived all over before moving to North Carolina. She got into dog training after owning a dog that needed extensive behavior modification. After working through his issues and learning about canine behavior, she knew she wanted to help other owners who are struggling with their dogs.

She is a graduate of Tarheel Canine School for Dog Trainers where she obtained her Master Trainer’s certification, with concentration in the areas of obedience, behavior modification, patrol, detection, and tracking.

Ashley currently competes in PSA with her Malinois, Ronan, who also excels in human odor tracking and narcotics detection. Outside of training, Ashley enjoys learning about canine nutrition and is working towards obtaining her canine nutrition certificate.

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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!