Meet Our Trainers

Meet Andrea- Andera’s compassion for dogs led her to pursue a different path than she expected. For years, she volunteered time with several rescue and foster groups. She found there was often a foundational problem with many dogs cycling through shelters and a lack of training. After nearly a decade working as a CPA, she left the corporate desk life and moved on to join the Off Leash K9 Training Team, where she felt she could make a true impact on strengthening the relationship and communication between people and their canine companions. Andrea wanted to help play a role in breaking the cycle many owners fall into of rehoming their dog or taking them to the shelter, or simply not enjoying their dog’s company.

Andrea is a Winston-Salem native. After graduating from Mount Tabor High School, she spent her freshman year of college at Appalachian State University before deciding to come back down the mountain to attend Wake Forest University. She graduated fr

WFU with her Bachelors of Science in Business and went on to earn her Masters of Science in Accountancy from The University of North Carolina – Greensboro. When she is not training dogs, you can find her training and coach people in fitness classes, like barre and yoga

Andrea brings a unique outlook to OLK9 Winston-Salem with her business background, rescue and foster work, experience with military personnel, and love for her hometown! She lives in Winston-Salem with her fiancé, who is an Active Duty Sergeant in the Army, 82nd Airborne. They have three rescue dogs, Sophie, Georgia, and Maverick….and they each have interesting stories that play a huge part in her passion for dog training…so be sure to ask her to share! And…Go Deacs!!

Meet Ariel – Ariel understands that only through hard work and maintaining self-discipline are you able to achieve the best out of life. Having served 8 years in the US Army where he worked as a Tactical Explosives K9 Handler during his tour in Afghanistan, Ariel knows first hand how much training can Improve the bond between your dog and your family. With experience handling high energy and high drive dogs, Ariel brings a sense of fun to your lessons and makes sure that your dog leaves their session happy and understanding where they stand in the family hierarchy. Joining OLK9 as the Head Trainer for our Chattanooga location, Ariel looks forward to bringing military precision obedience to you and your family!

Meet John- John has been a dog person all his life. Whether it be training the family pets when he was young, to his first taste of real obedience training with Dobermans almost thirty years ago, it has been one of the passions of his life.

After a career in open wheel and NASCAR marketing for the past twenty years, he decided to get off the road and pursue his desire to help owners and their dogs live a happier, more enjoyable life together. John especially enjoys helping dogs with behavioral problems that frustrate their owners who don’t realize many problems can be helped with basic obedience, structure, and impulse control. He finds working with rescued pets to be most rewarding as it truly gives a lucky dog a better chance at life.

John has spent several years learning and applying modern training and motivation techniques, along with studying dogs behavior. Understanding the signals dogs give us is key to gauging how best to proceed with their training. Being a firm believer that training should be an enjoyable, relationship building experience that helps families grow closer, it seemed the right fit to become a member of the OLK9 training family.