MEET THE TRAINERS:
He graduated from the University of North Carolina at Wilmington in 2007 with a major in Criminal Justice and minor in Sociology. After graduating, Rion attended The Tom Rose School for Professional Dog Trainers, which is considered one of the top three accredited dog training schools in the nation. While attending, Rion developed and honed his skills and abilities in puppy development/imprinting (Working dogs/ Pet Dogs), Obedience (Practical/Competition), Agility, Detection, Protection, and Behavioral Modification. At the completion of the program, Rion graduated with High Honors due to finishing first in his class.
He then returned back to his hometown of Burlington, North Carolina to help as many dogs as he could. In the summer of 2008, Rion was featured in newspapers across the state as being an up and coming Trainer and Behaviorist due to his work with rescues.
In 2009, Rion became a Deputy Sheriff. He worked his way up the ladder from Detention Officer to Deputy Sheriff, and then fulfilled his dream by being hand-picked to become the newest member of the K-9 unit.
In the fall of 2014, Rion ended his career in Law Enforcement and re-entered the dog community. He started working with well-known Rescue Groups such as Great Dane Friends of Ruff Love to which he helped evaluate shelter dogs and rehabilitate dogs in their care.
As the child of a US Marine, Tiffany has lived in many locations both domestic as well as international. In 2011 she was proud to join the military as well and was stationed in Northern California. In 2014 Tiffany chose to terminate her US Air Force Active service obligation as a Medical Technician to enter the Active Reserves in order to pursue her dream of becoming a professional dog trainer with Off Leash K9 Training in California. Since 2014 Tiffany has consistently received 5 star reviews from her Off Leash K9 clients. During January 2017, Tiffany chose to transfer to her hometown in West Palm Beach Florida to join the Camp Off Leash K9 South Florida team. Her military experience has taught her the true meaning of patience, discipline, and a work ethic, all traits required to be successful in the dog training industry. Tiffany’s goal is to continually enhance the bond between an owner and their dog by teaching and creating structure, boundaries, and discipline through obedience as well as positive reinforcement with lots of affection.
Gunner is a Retired US Marine, former Iraq (Desert Shield/Storm) Veteran, and Owner/Operator of Off Leash K9 Training Sacramento California as well as a trainer for Off Leash K9 Training South Florida. After months of research, in order to master the most up-to-date training and behavioral techniques, Gunner decided to further his experience. He spent countless hours training directly under Nick White, celebrity trainer/ founder of Off Leash K9 Training, LLC, where he based out of Northern Virginia. Gunner’s passion for working with dogs started throughout his military career of 21 years and carried on thereafter. Gunner has been training dogs of any size, age or breed professionally for the past 4 years.
Katie’s love for animals started early, taking in family pets that were dumped in the empty lot down the street from her home. Even at the age of 10, she was rescuing dogs and rehoming them whenever she had the opportunity.
While it’s her love for animals that is the core of her passion, Katie’s 10+ years of Shotokan Karate helped mold her sense of self-discipline, her ability to perform under pressure and strengthened her leadership skills.
Katie holds a minor in Anthropology as well as Education and has taken her 5 years of Corporate Training experience “to the dogs,” teaching not only basic obedience to canines but coaching owners into becoming better leaders for their dogs. With her background in reading people’s body language and understanding how dogs evolutionized beside us, she believes we can better understand the canine mentality.
Katie has spent the past 5 years volunteering in a multitude of shelters and working with rescues, including but not limited to Miami Dade Animal Shelter. She has evaluated hundreds of shelter dogs for service animal work and has worked hundreds of hours honing her craft as a dog trainer. She has a working background in rewards-based training and quickly picked up the Off Leash K9 Training tactics. Her training style is a balanced “firm but fair,” mentality, and she wholeheartedly believes that a little confidence building can go a long way—for both dogs and their people.
When she’s not training dogs, you’ll find Katie out on the Ocean. She is a certified FII Freediver, and through hard work, determination, and learning to “just breathe,” her deepest dive is 58 ft.
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