About Our Trainers

Meet The Off Leash K9 Team

ALI - Trainer

Ali’s journey into professional dog training was inspired by her personal dog, Cash. When she adopted Cash at 7 years old, he struggled with severe anxiety, reactivity, aggression, and poor manners. Through dedicated and training, Ali and her husband transformed Cash into a well-mannered dog who was finally able to enjoy off-leash freedom.

Witnessing this incredible transformation fueled her passion for helping other dogs and their owners achieve similar success. Ali has been working with dogs in different settings her entire life and has been a professional dog trainer with Off Leash K9 since 2020. Her extensive experience and commitment to dog training have made her a skilled and compassionate trainer.

Ali’s training philosophy centers on the three Cs: consistency, connection, and clarity. She believes that these principles are essential for effective and lasting training results. Building strong rapport with both dogs and their owners is fundamental to Ali’s approach. She focuses on helping both parties understand each other better and identifies where any disconnects may lie.

Ali”s goal is to foster positive relationships between herself, the dog, and the owner, and to strengthen the bond between the dog and its owner. Ali emphasizes the importance of tailoring her approach to the unique needs of each dog. By spending ample time communicating with the owners, she gains a thorough understanding of the household dynamics and the specific goals they have for their pets.

Ali is the proud owner of two dogs: Cash, a German Shepherd/Pit Bull mix, and Kaia, a Husky/Pit Bull mix. Cash, her spunky old man, and Kaia, a goofy sweetheart, bring joy and inspiration to her daily life.

An avid outdoor enthusiast, Ali enjoys snowboarding, hiking, biking, camping, and traveling. She also loves reading and cooking.

Beyond her professional and personal interests, she is a devoted mom to two boys. Ali is currently working towards becoming Avalanche K9 certified and therapy dog certified, expanding her expertise and ability to help dogs and their owners in new and meaningful ways. Her favorite command to teach is “heel” because of the unparalleled satisfaction of a loose leash walk.

Ali takes great pleasure in seeing dogs walk confidently and calmly beside their owners. For Ali, the most rewarding aspect of being a dog trainer is sending dogs home to live their best lives and receiving updates on their adventures. Knowing she has made a positive impact on their lives brings her immense joy. Ali cherishes the connection to the outdoors that the Missoula community offers, aligning perfectly with her passion for nature and adventure.

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Laurie - Trainer

Laurie’s journey to becoming a dog trainer was a natural progression, driven by her lifelong bond with animals. From an early age, she found that animals gravitated towards her, and people frequently sought her help with their dogs. This innate connection with animals inspired Laurie to pursue a career where she could make a significant difference in the lives of dogs and their owners. With over 20 years of experience training friends’ and family members’ dogs, Laurie has honed her skills in various settings. Professionally, she has been training dogs for about five years. Laurie holds training certifications from multiple organizations and has a certification in behavior analysis, which applies many principles beneficial to dog training. Additionally, she is certified as a Canine Good Citizen Evaluator. Laurie believes that understanding a dog’s wants and needs is crucial before expecting the dog to understand ours. This empathetic approach ensures that the training process is respectful and effective, fostering a mutual understanding between the dog and the owner. Clear, open, and concise communication is at the heart of Laurie’s training method. She actively involves owners in setting specific goals and devising plans to achieve them. Laurie attributes effective dog training to persistence, consistency, and thorough follow-through. By maintaining these principles, she ensures that training is effective and long-lasting. Laurie tailors her training to each dog’s unique needs by asking detailed questions about their schedules, habits, vices, motivations, and goals. This individualized approach allows her to create customized training plans that cater to each dog’s specific requirements. Outside of dog training, Laurie enjoys a variety of hobbies, including reading, writing, dancing, soccer, comics, video games, and playing Dungeons & Dragons. Laurie is eager to expand her expertise and is currently focusing on certifications to help her come back into training service dogs, a field she finds immensely rewarding. Her favorite aspect of training is teaching dogs that calm behavior is what gets rewarded. She also enjoys educating owners on appropriate responses to unwanted behaviors to avoid accidental reinforcement. For Laurie, the most gratifying part of being a dog trainer is providing owners with the tools they need to save and strengthen their relationships with their dogs. Seeing these bonds flourish brings her immense satisfaction. Laurie loves working with the Missoula community and appreciates the quirky and accepting nature of Missoula, which aligns with her values and enhances her connection to the area. She can’t wait to meet you and your dog!
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Brianna - Trainer

Brianna’s passion for dog training ignited at a young age, inspired by witnessing the remarkable transformations that dogs undergo with the right guidance. She marvels at the incredible capabilities of dogs, from performing essential service work to simply bringing joy to families after a long day. This fascination drove her to pursue a career where she could help dogs reach their full potential and enhance the lives of their owners.

Brianna embarked on her training journey at the age of 12 with her first dog, a Rottweiler/Australian Shepherd mix. She honed her skills by training the pets of friends and family, and her dedication led her to start training professionally. Brianna holds several certifications, including CDT Canine Behavior & Obedience (both basic and advanced), underscoring her comprehensive expertise in the field.

Brianna believes that no two dogs are alike; each has its own personality and learning style. She tailors her training approach to meet the unique needs of each dog, ensuring they receive the individualized attention they deserve. Her philosophy is that all dogs are trainable when you discover what works best for them.

For Brianna, effective dog training hinges on understanding when to adapt techniques, combined with persistence, consistency, and fairness. She ensures a positive experience for both dogs and their owners by creating a supportive and engaging training environment.

Brianna is a proud owner of two dogs. Taz, a 7-year-old 20-pound mix, is a rescue dog she adopted at four months old. Despite being lazy most of the day, Taz has energetic bursts that send him running circles around the house or backyard. Her other dog, Nazboo, is a 2-year-old Rottweiler she has had since he was eight weeks old. Nazboo is a people-loving dog, and both of her pets enjoy hiking with Brianna.

Outside of dog training, Brianna enjoys spending her free time in the mountains, either driving around or hiking with her family. She also has a passion for drawing whenever she gets the chance.

Brianna’s favorite training activity is teaching dogs the “place” command. She loves watching dogs transform from being unsure to confident, seeing the pride on their faces when they achieve what they once thought was impossible.

The most rewarding part of being a dog trainer for Brianna is witnessing dogs become the best versions of themselves and seeing the joy this brings to their owners. Her dedication to helping dogs and their families thrive is evident in every aspect of her work.

Tyler - Trainer

Tyler’s passion for dog training stems from his childhood, where his dog was his best friend. Driven by a desire to communicate better with his canine companion, he delved into the world of dog training. Today, not only is his dog his best friend, but Tyler has also mastered the art of communicating with her in a way that meets her needs.

Tyler has been a professional dog trainer with Off Leash K9 since 2020, bringing years of dedication and expertise to the field. His experience is marked by a deep understanding of canine behavior and a commitment to improving the lives of dogs and their owners.

Tyler’s approach to dog training is coaching-oriented and dog-led. He believes in identifying and nurturing each dog’s strengths, helping them achieve their full potential. His philosophy centers on allowing the dog to lead the way, ensuring that training is both effective and enjoyable for the dog. Clear communication is crucial in Tyler’s training method. By setting clear expectations for both dogs and their owners, he ensures that everyone involved understands the goals and can work towards them together, making the training process fun and rewarding.

For Tyler, the key to effective dog training is keeping one’s ego and emotions in check to prioritize the dog’s happiness. This balanced approach fosters a positive environment conducive to learning and growth.

Tyler is the proud owner of two dogs. Kaia, a Husky/Pit Bull mix, is goofy, energetic, and full of spunk, earning the title of his “soul dog.” Cash, a German Shepherd/Pit Bull mix, was adopted at an older age with significant anxieties. Training transformed Cash’s life, sparking Tyler’s interest in dog training and highlighting the profound impact it can have.

Outside of dog training, Tyler enjoys weightlifting, playing video games, and listening to audiobooks. He also has a penchant for milkshakes, adding a sweet touch to his active lifestyle.

Tyler’s favorite training focus is teaching dogs to be comfortable and relaxed in all environments. This not only enhances the dog’s well-being but also makes life more enjoyable for their human companions. For Tyler, the most rewarding part of being a dog trainer is bonding with the dogs in his care. He finds immense joy in being loved by the most pure beings on the planet and cherishes the connections he forms with each dog.

Tyler loves how deeply the Missoula community cares for their dogs. This shared passion for canine companions makes his work even more fulfilling and aligns perfectly with his own dedication to improving the lives of dogs and their owners.

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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!