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Meet All the Amazing Dog Trainers and Staff!
Josh Wilson: Owner - Joshua Wilson and his team are some of the most sought-after dog trainers in the industry. Based out of Hampton Roads, Virginia, what started out as a side hustle in his backyard has grown into a multi-location enterprise spread across multiple states. Combining his passion for dogs along with his experience in business, finance & real estate has allowed his team to create an unforgettable experience for their clients. Josh is married to his high school sweetheart Devin and has two children Logan & Kiki. They share their home with Charlotte, a Black Lab, and Rocky their Rottweiler.
Since starting training in January of 2014 his priority has been and always will be the health and well-being of your family pet. Josh has developed systems & processes that ensure your dog is in the best of care while training with us. Thousands of reviews and testimonials from clients later and the overwhelming theme of all of them is the comfort they took in knowing that their dogs were cared for, loved and treated with respect. Hearing from us DAILY, with pictures and videos of their dogs' progress and hearing from us immediately if something isn't going well. Throw on top of that world-class training and the results are tough to beat!
We are honored to have the opportunity to work with you and your dog and look forward to providing an exceptional, obedient & confident pup for your family.
Katey: Operations Manager - Katey was born and raised in Yorktown, VA. When she isn't doing all things OLK9, she enjoys spending time with her favorite pup, Stella, coaching the four time State Champion Cheerleading squad at Grafton High School, sipping tequila somewhere warm, or being on the water. Katey's favorite part of working with OLK9 are the clients and all the different dogs we see each day.
Peyton: Trainer & Manager - Peyton went to school for psychology and photography, thinking she would ultimately have a career working with kids with various special needs. Shortly after graduating, she got a puppy and went through behavior modification courses with her - that was it. After moving to the Hampton Roads area from her hometown of Alexandria, she applied for a job as a trainer at OLK9 and hasn't looked back since. From consults and training to administrative duties, Peyton's biggest joy is providing the best experience possible for you and your family. Helping people understand how to communicate with their dogs - many of which owners think are un-trainable - is one of the best parts of her job (let's be real, though, it's not a job when you love what you do). When she's not telling your pup they are a good dog, she can be found traveling, at a brewery, or somewhere on the water - all with her best girls, the world's cutest (not biased) German Shepherds, Nelly and Emmy. She can't wait to welcome you to the Off Leash Family!
Kelly: Trainer - Kelly started her dog training career in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, 20 years ago. In addition to training house pets, she has worked side-by-side with rescues all over the country, rehabbing and placing pets in high-risk areas. As a hobby, Kelly is involved in several dog sports such as IGP and APA. She actively trains her three Belgian Shepherds for working titles. Kelly’s a current member of the American Politiehund Association. She is a graduate of American K-9 Interdiction with certificates in Explosive Detection and Patrol. One of her many passions is to watch a purpose-bred dog go to work and watching the beauty of genetics shine.
JJ: Trainer - JJ came to OLK9 two years ago from a job at the State Department in Northern Virginia. He graduated from Radford University with a Bachelors in criminal justice. JJ is known for his dad jokes and when he isn’t training dogs you can find him at a brewery with his wife and pitbull, Lyla, or at home playing video games with his cat, Logan. His favorite part of training dogs is seeing the increase in confidence and happiness of both dog and owner.
Amanda: Trainer - Amanda comes to off leash with a background teaching group fitness and personal training for adults. She has always had dogs and loves working with them. Her favorite part about training is seeing the family's live's change for the better! When she's not training people or dogs, she spends time with her two sons, her boxer pup Roxy, hiking a mountain, or relaxing on a beach.
Larry: Trainer - Larry has been a Hampton Resident his entire life. He and his wife Jessi, are raising four amazing kids and have been married since 2003. His previous careers have been varied; working in the shipyard for his families business, selling real estate, and most recently, being a part of ministry in Hampton. He has been a dog owner his whole life, with dogs including Labs, English Mastiffs, a Chesapeake Bay Retriever. Currently, he is raising a Cane Corso named "Diva." He looks forward for the opportunity to meet you and your pup, and bringing you closer together!
Caitlin: Trainer - Caitlin was born and raised in San Diego, California. She volunteered at the Humane Society and Animal Shelters when she was 15 years old, which is where she met a dog trainer that worked with pups with severe reactivity issues. She was so moved by how the dogs change their demeanor after some guidance and discipline, she instantly fell in love with training. She worked with family and friend's dogs while attending college at San Diego State University. She has a background in Business Marketing, Liberal Arts and Science and a minor in Communication, as well as a professional certificate in Meeting and Event Planning. Her previous career endeavors include wedding / event coordination and working as a VIP concierge at a hotel in downtown San Diego. When she first moved to Virginia Beach in 2018 with her now husband, she started working at a doggy daycare and realized she wanted to get back into training. She enjoys working the dogs to reach their full potential, helping them gain confidence, and seeing the bond with owner and pup!! When she's not training dogs, she can be found coaching figure skating, teaching yoga, gardening, or having adventures with her husband and Dutch Shepherd/Belgian Malinois, Whiskey girl!
Almarys: Client Experience Manager - Almarys comes to Off Leash K9 in Hampton Roads with a background in Human Rights and Psychology. Prior to working with us, Almarys spent time in the horse world, specifically rehabilitating Off the Track Thoroughbreds for their new careers after racing. She has always enjoyed working with animals since a young age, and particularly appreciates seeing the bond and trust that forms during training when there is consistency/patience. When she's not connecting clients with their specific training needs, Almarys enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as taking her best boy, Oliver, out for some off leash fun!
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About Off Leash K9 Training
Dog trainers who are recognized around the world!
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!