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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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.

Allison Brennan - Trainer

Allison is a trainer of Off Leash K9 Training, Lehigh Valley & Scranton. Allison has always had a love for dogs, but that love turned into a desire to work with and train dogs as a career after she retired from the US Navy. 

Once retired, she started volunteering at dog shelters and then eventually began working at a dog boarding and daycare facility. She has a huge heart for dogs who are “misunderstood” and believes that structure and training, for both owner and dog, will lead to a quality relationship. 

At OLK9, Allison offers professional training that will strengthen the bond between you and your dog. She feels that the most important aspects of dog training are trust, communication, and physical and mental stimulation.

Allison is currently attending the Animal Behavior Institute to gain a better understanding on dog aggression. She currently has five dogs, which consist of two English Bulldogs, two Labs, and a Frenchton. In her spare time, she enjoys taking her dogs for walks, kickboxing, and watching UFC.

Cody Tolgo - Trainer

Cody Togo is a trainer at Off Leash K9 Training in Scranton, Pennsylvania. Cody grew up in Alabama, where he spent most of his days working on a friend’s family farm. The farm consisted of many types of livestock but they also bred and trained Border Collies. Training these dogs took a lot of skill, knowledge and time; the dogs ultimately assisted in multiple daily farming tasks with the main function consisting of herding livestock. This is where Cody’s love and passion for training dogs began.

At the age of 21, Cody enlisted in the United States Army as an 88M and was stationed in Washington, D.C. where he worked as a Presidential Escort. After his military service, Cody decided to again focus on dog training. Cody grew his knowledge of dogs and training skills as he worked at facilities such as Xtreme concepts, IK9 and Vapor Wake K9.

Cody currently has two dogs of his own, K9 Hardy and K9 Torra. Hardy is a 3 year old Belgian Malinois that came to Cody with extreme handling aggression. Cody has been able to transform Hardy by building trust and mutual respect. Hardy is now able to function as a family pet that shows nothing but love and affection for those close to him. Hardy is fully trained in obedience, tracking and bite work. Torra is a 3 year old Dutch Shepard with outstanding pedigree for breeding. Torra also lives as a family pet and is fully trained in obedience and bite work.

Cody has dedicated his life since 2014 to learning how to become a better K9 trainer and handler. Cody is an extremely hard worker and is dedicated to each and every dog that he has the chance to work with. Cody specializes with obedience training, military and police specialized training, scent detection and bite work. Cody is excited to use his skills and knowledge while working with you and your dog to create an everlasting team.

Caitlin McKellick - Trainer

Allentown native Caitlin McKellick was not always a dog person. As a child, she found them a bit — OK, a lot — scary, instead preferring the company of cats and special needs betta fish. But eventually, she stopped crawling up her mother’s leg when a dog came near, and here we are.

Caitlin adopted her first dog in March 2017. She had no idea that adopting Diesel, a 7-year-old Australian Cattle Dog, would impact her life in such a significant way. Diesel quickly became her shadow and, more importantly, her greatest companion. He introduced Caitlin to the world of herding dogs, with all their quirks and skills. She spent her free time training Diesel in obedience, introducing him to puzzles and interactive games, and taking him on long hikes in the woods.

Nearly two years later, Caitlin found herself looking to double the fun by adding another dog to her life. One lucky morning, a friend sent her a photo of a 2-year-old Catahoula mix with a caption that poked fun at his name, John Cusack. John was scared, but soon John was Caitlin’s and the three settled into life as a trio.

The addition of a second dog and her first “dog job” at a countryside canine camp inspired Caitlin to learn more about how dogs communicate with each other and their humans. Caitlin learned about how much of our communication with dogs is nonverbal and that they are constantly evaluating the information and signals we send them. This taught her a valuable lesson and highlighted the importance of consistent and clear communication, whether verbal or nonverbal.

Caitlin believes in a relationship-based perspective to create a solid foundation which starts with clear communication and trust. She has had the privilege of working with and fostering dogs from high-kill shelters in the Southern United States. Caitlin has seen, firsthand, the many ways in which dogs can reach their potential, regardless of their different backgrounds and personalities. She is incredibly grateful for every single opportunity to help dogs adjust to a new life in a loving and caring home.
In her spare time, Caitlin enjoys hiking and other outdoor adventures with Diesel and John. She also has a keen eye for canine photography, particularly with her two favorite models.

Elysia Wagner - Trainer

Elysia has always had a love of dogs and takes pride in her past jobs and volunteer work at dog daycares and rescue facilities where she gained bountiful knowledge in dog behaviors and temperaments with groups of dogs under her direction. She believes that any dog can be trained and rehabilitated as long as you are willing to put in the time and effort to achieve success for the dog, as well as the owner. Elysia has worked on a behavior team at a dog rescue and was proud of the accomplishment of rehabilitating dogs to be placed for successful adoptions. She has the knack of being able to read a dog most times before it can act out in aggression or even if it is timid and just needs gentle encouragement.

Elysia has been around and enjoyed many dogs while growing up and on her own, even some cats, a hamster, and an iguana, but dogs have always been the center of her life. Elysia grew up around a mixture of breeds from a Yellow Lab to a Rottweiler, a Black Lab to a German Short Hair Pointer mix, and Dachshunds. Currently, Elysia has 3 dogs: Cameron is a Border Collie/Lab mix and is her Service Dog as well. Cameron is well trained and very in tune with the needs of anyone he is around. Annie is a Treeing Walker Coonhound, also rescued and was on the last chance list before being rescued by Elysia. Elysia has worked with Annie and has made significant progress in Annie’s behavior with resource guarding and severe separation anxiety. Remy is a Chorkie (Chihuahua/Yorkie Mix) and rounds out the last of the rescues which Elysia added to her pack.

Elysia is thrilled to be a part of the Off Leash K9 team where she is able to turn her past jobs into this career path. She strongly believes in the methods used at OLK9 to achieve success and is very excited to begin working with your pet to grow the bond between you both and to strengthen the level of understanding between 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.