Meet Our TeaM!
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Meet All the Amazing Dog Trainers and Staff!
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!
Morgan: Trainer - Morgan started off working as a veterinary technician and fell in love with the working breeds that came in to the clinic. She attended American K-9 Interdiction and is certified as a Detector and Patrol dog handler/trainer. After her time at AK9I, she interned with a trainer who specializes in working breeds and behavior modification. Her favorite part of training is seeing how much happier and confident that both the dog and owner are after training! It can literally be life changing! She has two Malinois, a Dutch Shepherd, and a Labrador Retriever (who’s also her explosive detection K9). When she isn’t training, she can be found hanging out with her personal dogs and her adorable little boy Eli.
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.
Brittany: Trainer - Brittany has always had a passion for animals. She began work in 2014 as a dog trainer and fell in love with the lifestyle of helping troubled dogs. She has helped many rescue dogs who are deemed “unadoptable” find forever homes through training support. Brittany continues to work with several rescue groups as a training advisor and fosters several dogs until they can find the perfect home. Helping fearful, anxious, or aggressive dogs through behavior modification to correct reactive behavior is the focus of her training. Brittany finds great purpose and satisfaction to watch dogs transform into confident, well-behaved animals. When she is not training, Brittany loves to hike and be in nature, and of course, surrounded by her dogs.
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!
Matthew: Trainer - Matthew has lived in Virginia majority of his life. He grew up in Woodbridge, Virginia, until he moved to Yorktown, Virginia, during elementary school. He joined the Army out of high school to be a Military Police Officer. He aspires to be a Military Working Dog Handler in the Army. He loves working with dogs and loves the experience of seeing the confidence grow in both the dog and owner.
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!
Josh: Digital Marketing Strategist - Josh was born and raised in Newport News, Virginia. He recieved a Bachelors of Science Degree in Communications and a Minor in Marketing from Radford University. When he isn't at the office working on content creation or marketing campaigns, you can find him at the beach surfing, golfing on the links, or finding new ways to try and make his dogs famous.
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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!