About Your Raleigh / Durham Dog Trainers
Off Leash K9 Training Raleigh / Durham has expanded! Diana Hauser and Alisa Woodruff are the owners and head trainers for Off Leash K9 Raleigh / Durham . Our style of training encompasses the 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.
Diana Hauser 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.
Alisa Woodruff 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.
Sonja Pearson-Moyers grew up on a horse farm, riding and training horses. After meeting and mentoring under master dog trainer Peggy Davis, Sonja started to become very interested in dog behavior and psychology. While volunteering at local shelters she got her degree in Animal Care and Management with a certificate in Animal Handling. After teaching riding lessons and training horses for years she has decided to make the switch, full time to dogs. She has always had a passion for rehabilitation in dogs, and seeing what can be done to make the human dog relationship positive.
Kathryn Nilsson 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.
Taylor Pulice-Loomis is a graduate of Penn State’s Animal Sciences program. Throughout college, Taylor focused her education on companion animal behavior and spent countless hours at local animal shelters facilitating adoptions. After graduation, she moved to Texas to train rescued animals for shows highlighting the plight of rescued animals. Her background is in creating and training obedience and tricks to animals performing at theme parks and zoos across the country.
Jordan grew up in California with a great love of animals cultivated by his grandfather who trained attack, search and rescue dogs for the Philippine Military. He worked as a solar engineer for 6 years when he decided to change career paths pursue a career he was passionate about. He began working with Offleash K9 in 2016. Jordan enjoys giving dogs the freedom to enjoy life with a structured lifestyle.
Ashley Buckans is a graduate from Animal Behavior college. She started raising Guide Dogs for the Blind for her FFA project throughout High School. From there, she began working at a veterinary hospital/animal shelter, as a kennel assistant, her senior year of high school. She continued to work at veterinary hospitals for two years before deciding to start training again. She worked at a dog boarding facility learning dog behavior and body language. They eventually took her on as an assistant trainer. Ashley has been working for Off Leash K9 Training since March 2016.
Ann Quigley is a graduate of Elon University with a degree in Biochemistry. Having grown up with a passion for animal behavior, Ann began her training career working with horses and quickly progressed to sport and competition dog training. She finds nothing more enjoyable than aiding the growth of a healthier relationship between pet and owner. Ann is a firm believer that the majority of behavioral issues in our animal companions stem from a lack of understanding and breakdown in communication. Her personal interests lie in the development and maintenance of sport dogs that are willing partners in precision obedience, Schutzhund, and a variety of other dog sports.
Emily was raised in central Ohio with a passion for animals. Emily graduated cum laude from The Ohio State University in 2014 with a bachelor’s degree in Animal Science. This gave her an abundance of experience and knowledge in a variety of species and subjects, from dogs to horses and from nutrition to behavior modification. Emily developed a love for dog training in college after adopting an adult pit bull terrier, Pinky, who lacked basic obedience. Experiencing the transformation of an non-walkable dog to a happy and obedient off-leash dog is a freedom that everyone should enjoy! Currently, Emily lives on a small farm with her husband, their two horses, and their pittie, Pinky.
Stefanie Suddeth 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.
Sydney Welch began her higher education at West Virginia Wesleyan College, where she was the captain of the women’s lacrosse team. She later transferred to the University of Mary Washington, where she focused in biology and spatial analysis. While there, she led and contributed to a multitude of research projects for the biology department and was selected to present her research at the 76th Annual Association of Southeast Biologist Conference. During her senior year, she worked fulltime as an interior designer while coaching her high school JV women’s lacrosse team. Upon receiving her Bachelor of Science, she accepted a job at a 24-hour emergency animal hospital, where she gained hands-on experience working with a variety of animals. Sydney recently relocated from Fairfax, Virginia to Raleigh in order to pursue working in animal behavior. She joined the Off Leash K9 team as a way to continue her passion of working with animals.
Sammy Redwine is a graduate from Davidson County Community College with an Associates in Applied Science degree in Zoo Science Technology. She grew up riding and showing horses in the Raleigh area. In college she focused on working with primates through internships at the Duke Lemur Center, North Carolina Zoo, and Zoo Tampa. Through these internships she gained a love for training but wanted to do it close to home with a greater focus on a hands-on relationship with the animals. After moving home from college she joined Off Leash K9 as a way to continue her passion of working with animals and love of training. She now lives in the Cary area with her Australian Shepherd mix Abe who completed the board and train program back in 2016
Sarah Colón graduated from Florida Tech with her bachelors in Animal Behavior and a minor in Biology. She grew up riding horses and loving animals and always knew she wanted to be a trainer. She began her career with dogs when she started working with her local shelters and pet stores to train the dogs in basic obedience and house manners to make them more adoptable. From there she progressed to training working dogs including service, emotional support, therapy, personal protection, police, and military K9s. Her work with high drive dogs developed a passion for protection sports and she now trains and competes in IPO and PSA in her free time. She lives in Fayetteville, NC with her husband and 5 dogs – 2 Pittie mixes, 2 Dutch Shepherds, and 1 Belgian Malinois.
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