ABOUT OUR TRAINERS

Meet The OLK9 Team!

Evan Carson

Evan CarsonEvan Carson is the President and Founder of the Lehigh Valley, Scranton, and Bucks County Off Leash K9 Training locations. He also owns the Salt Lake City and Northern Utah locations, and is a trainer with Off Leash K9. Evan started as a client in 2010 with his Dogo Argentino, Capone. He has always had a profound love of dogs, and has never lived without them. He loved training and working with his own dogs, and had no problem doing so until Capone.

Capone had some pretty serious reactivity issues with other dogs, which led Evan to find Off Leash K9 Training and Nick White in 2011. Three weeks into private lessons Capone was off leash, healing him in complete control around and past other dogs. From there he completed the basic program and then started advanced training with Capone and then started with his Springer Spaniel, Penny Lane. He was hooked! The rest is history, as they say.

OLK9 literally “changed his life”. From that point on, Evan knew he wanted to work with dogs as a career. Over the next six years Evan worked tirelessly to achieve that goal and in May of 2017 his dream became a reality when he opened the Lehigh Valley OLK9 location in Allentown Pennsylvania. The Lehigh Valley location quickly expanded from one trainer to three by the end of their first year and in September he opened the Scranton location in PA. Since then Evan has grown the Lehigh Valley location as one of the most well-known, highest rated and most reviewed dog training companies in the state. Earlier last year, Evan opened up a new facility for his Scranton location in Peckville/Blakley Borough. His PA locations now employs six full time trainers, is still growing, and is currently hiring.
Evan took over the Salt Lake City and Northern Utah OLK9 locations in August of 2018. Later that year he opened the first OLK9 facility in Northern Utah in North Salt Lake and has plans to grow those locations as he has done in PA. Utah OLK9 currently employs two full time trainers.

During his downtime, Evan enjoys spending time with his family, including his wife and two daughters, and his two dogs, a 2-year-old German Shepherd, Arya, and Lucy, a Bulldog/Rat Terrier/ Staffordshire Terrier mix. He also enjoys being outdoors, hiking, personal defense training, dog training seminars, and working with Arya and Lucy to fine tune their obedience.

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Cassandra Wagner - Trainer

Cassie Wagner and PupsCassie Wagner is a trainer of Off Leash K9 Training, Lehigh Valley & Scranton. She offers professional training that will strengthen the bond between you and your dog. Cassie feels that the most important aspects of dog training are trust, love, communication, and mental and physical exercise. After being a client of Off Leash K9 Training herself and seeing the life-changing results between her and her own dog she wants to help others achieve those same results as well. Her greatest joy is seeing the transformation between owner and dog from the first lesson to the last.

Cassie studied Wildlife Management & Conservation at Delaware Valley University and has a background working with a variety of animals including White-Tailed Deer, songbirds, owls, and hawks. She has worked at an array of places giving her a strong background in domesticated animals; including a vet’s office, a dog daycare & boarding facility, and a whole foods pet store. Although she is beyond passionate about wildlife, dogs have always held a special place in her heart and she found herself yearning for a lifelong career involving dogs. She is thrilled to be a part of the Off Leash K9 family and believes that this type of work is her true calling.

Cassie’s favorite pastime is hiking with her dogs. She currently has a German Shepherd named Nala, Native American Indian Dog named Talcon and a Native American Indian Dog named Strider. One of her life goals is to visit and hike at every state park in Pennsylvania. The great outdoors is her favorite place to be and also where she believes her and her dogs are happiest. She also enjoys skateboarding, snowboarding, and listening to music.

Cassie wants to help you and your dog to succeed to the best of your ability and create a mutual relationship built on trust and respect. When dog and owner come together and understand one another it is a very beautiful thing. 

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Kelsy Horn - Trainer

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Kelsy Horn is a trainer of Off Leash K9 Training, Lehigh Valley & Scranton. Kelsy has always been an animal lover for as long as she can remember. She says her love of all animals is thanks to her mom’s crazy passion for animals as well, especially dogs! Kelsy has brought home everything from kittens, puppies, hamsters, rats, fish, and even chickens! Currently, she has four dogs; Suri the Border Collie, Harlow the Beagle mix, Wesson the Pitbull, and Yara the German Shepherd. Besides her love for dogs, she also has a passion for horses and riding. She has two-Quarter Horses named Luca and Senna. She also enjoys hiking and kayaking in her free time, spending time with family, and playing softball to help raise funds for the children of Make-A-Wish.

Kelsy found her passion for dog training when she was younger and her mom brought home a little stray dog, that they later named Max. Kelsy and Max had an amazing relationship and they both taught each other so much. There was an array of dogs after Max, but each one teaching her something new. She learned that every single dog has distinct needs and characteristics that make them unique. However, every dog can learn anything you throw at them given that you, the trainer, take the proper time to learn the dog itself. Kelsy knows that every dog wants respect and rewards from their owner or handler, and in return the dog will give you respect and the reward of obedience and loyalty.

Kelsy is thrilled to be a part of the Off Leash K9 team where she has found her true calling and life passion. She would like to provide professional dog training for you and your favorite four-legged friend, through mental and physical exercise in order to establish the most obedient dog you could hope for. Her goal is to strengthen the relationship between you and your companion by showing you how to execute positive communication and confidence building in your dog, while promoting playful and positive interactions.

 

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Angela McCavera - Trainer

Angela is a trainer of Off Leash K9 Training, Lehigh Valley & Scranton. She offers professional training to create a well balanced, well-trained dog. Angela feels that there is no bond stronger than that of a human and an animal that have mutual respect for one another – and that is her goal when training for clients. She wants to help others achieve success and lead happy lives with their companions.

In 2015, she graduated from Bloomsburg University with a B.S. in Photography. She took that passion for photography and went into the online e-commerce world working for large companies to help run their websites. But, after about 2 years in that industry, she decided it was not where she wanted to be. She re-centered herself and decided it was time to work with animals, something she had always had a strong desire to do. In the past, Angela has worked with animals in a variety of different scenarios. She has always had multiple pets, has worked in animal-centric locations such as in a vet’s office as well as at a doggy daycare, has volunteered at animal shelters as a dog walker, has been a foster home for border collies, and has also participated in dog sports- mainly dock diving and agility. Naturally, becoming a professional dog trainer felt right. Angela loves training her own personal dogs and also loves to see the transformation between dogs through Off Leash K9’s programs.

Angela’s favorite things to do in her spare time are outdoor activities such as hiking, and camping as well as using her interest in social media to run a successful Instagram and blog for her personal dogs. She currently has a Blue Heeler/Border Collie cross named Winston, a Red Heeler named Adelaide, and a Border Collie named Decker. She lives North of the Lehigh Valley with her boyfriend and her dogs.

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meagan samele - Trainer

Meagan is a trainer of Off Leash K9 Training, Lehigh Valley & Scranton. Ever since she was a little girl, she has had a special appreciation of animals. She grew up with a wide variety of animals from Shelties and a Newfie, to a cat named Mittens, and all the small animals you could imagine. She started off working with her own dogs in 4-H and then moved onto training and showing dogs through the American Kennel Club. As much as she loves all animals, she was always most drawn to dogs from a young age and throughout her years she has continued to learn about dog behavior and training through her time working at doggy daycares and training facilities. 

Meagan received her bachelor’s degree in Animal and Poultry Sciences at Virginia Tech with an emphasis in Companion/Lab animals as well as livestock. Through her time at school she has gained vast knowledge while working under her professor to conduct research in shelter dogs while also taking classes in applied animal behavior. During her time as a research assistant, she traveled extensively around the country to work on a nationwide study hoping to decrease the stress levels of shelter dogs in hopes of increasing the rate of adoption.  

Meagan currently has two dogs, a Shetland Sheepdog named Abby and a Boxer/Pit Bull mix named Molly. In her free time, she likes to be outside with her dogs hiking, kayaking, and paddle-boarding. She hopes to continue section-hiking the Appalachian trail like she did in Connecticut where she was born and raised. She has a huge passion for rescue work and hopes to continue to be involved with helping shelter animals any way she can.

Meagan is ecstatic about being a part of the Off Leash K9 Training team. She loves seeing the bond grow between owners and their pets as they work together to a common goal of understanding one another.

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About Off Leash K9 Training
Evan Carson - President and Founder of Off Leash K9 Training, Lehigh Valley
Evan Carson

Evan is the owner of the OLK9 Lehigh Valley, Salt Lake City, and Northern Utah locations. He is also a trainer with Off Leash K9. Evan started as a client in 2010 with his Dogo Argentino, Capone. He has always had a profound love of dogs, and has never lived without them. He loved training and working with his own dogs, and had no problem doing so until Capone.

Capone had some pretty serious reactivity issues with other dogs, which led Evan to find Off Leash K9 Training and Nick White in 2011. Three weeks into private lessons Capone was off leash, healing him in complete control around and past other dogs. From there he completed the basic program and then started advanced training with Capone and then started with his Springer Spaniel, Penny Lane. He was hooked! The rest is history, as they say.

OLK9 literally “changed his life”. From that point on, Evan knew he wanted to work with dogs as a career. Over the next six years Evan worked tirelessly to achieve that goal and in May of 2017 his dream became a reality when he opened the Lehigh Valley OLK9 location in Allentown Pennsylvania. The Lehigh Valley location quickly expanded from one trainer to three by the end of their first year and in September he opened the Scranton location in PA. Since then Evan has grown the Lehigh Valley location as one of the most well-known, highest rated and most reviewed dog training companies in the state. Earlier last year, Evan opened up a new facility for his Scranton location in Peckville/Blakley Borough. His PA locations now employs six full time trainers, is still growing, and is currently hiring.

Evan took over the Salt Lake City and Northern Utah OLK9 locations in August of 2018. Later that year he opened the first OLK9 facility in Northern Utah in North Salt Lake and has plans to grow those locations as he has done in PA. Utah OLK9 currently employs two full time trainers.

During his downtime, Evan enjoys spending time with his family, including his wife and two daughters, and his two dogs, a 2-year-old German Shepherd, Arya, and Lucy, a Bulldog/Rat Terrier/ Staffordshire Terrier mix. He also enjoys being outdoors, hiking, personal defense training, dog training seminars, and working with Arya and Lucy to fine tune their obedience.