Meet Your Trainers

Cassie started her dog training career in 2010 as a foster and rehabilitative home for rescue dogs through Southeast German Shepherd Rescue. Through fostering, she gained a unique understanding of fearful and fear aggressive dogs. Off Leash K9 Training offered a way to reach these dogs when other training methods failed to build much needed confidence. After seeing the results first hand, Cassie became an owner and trainer with the organization in 2013. In 2014, Cassie brought this unique training style to back to Minnesota.  

Becca is a Minnesota native that has grown up with a passion for dogs and the outdoors. Throughout the years, she has taken every opportunity she’s had to learn about different breeds and training methods. Her drive to learn and desire to take her Australian Cattle Dog rescue, Nellie, out confidently off leash led her to Off-Leash K9 in 2016. From there, she has helped family and friends train their dogs, as well as training her second rescue, an Australian Koolie named Chevy. Having grown up surrounded by dogs of different breeds and backgrounds, she is proud and excited to help unleash the bond between you and your dog.

Don is a dog Trainer and Training Instructor who started his career as a military working dog handler in the Marine Corps from 2007-2016. When Don transitioned to the civilian sector, he completed his Trainer and Instructor certification through American K9 Interdiction. After graduation he started his path to working with canines, from drug and explosive interdiction to tracking humans, as well as protection, apprehension work to house pets. Don is also a professional decoy and has helped provide real world training to police departments and to the United States military.

Nick is an Army combat veteran as well as a former police officer with the NYPD. He started his canine career by attending American K9 Interdiction, graduating as a working dog handler/trainer, specializing in explosive detection, human tracking, protection work as well as obedience training. Nick was a member of an explosive detection K9 team at a national military convention in Washington, D. C. Nick’s love for dogs and his ability to make them well behaved members of society brought him to Off Leash K9 Training.