Meet our Trainers
Cassie Wagner is the head trainer of the Off Leash K9 Training, Lehigh Valley & Scranton locations and the facility manager for the Lehigh Valley location in Allentown. 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 and a Native American Indian Dog named Talcon. 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.
Kendall Washburn is the Head Trainer of Off Leash K9 Training, Lehigh Valley. She offers professional, personal training for you and your dog. Her goal is to build your relationship with your dog so you have a happy, confident, healthy, and obedient dog. Kendall believes every dog is unique and should be treated accordingly with patience, respect and most importantly, love.Kendall’s passion for dogs began in childhood, so it was a natural step for her to become a professional dog trainer. Kendall found her true calling within the Off Leash K9 training family. She recently completed her training in June 2017 and has already found rapid success. Kendall is interested in continuing to learn more and become a more successful dog trainer for you and your dog.
Kendall’s passion for dogs began in childhood, so it was a natural step for her to become a professional dog trainer. Kendall found her true calling within the Off Leash K9 training family. Since starting with the Lehigh Valley location Kendall has found rapid success. Kendall loves learning and takes her professional development seriously, by continually seeking out information so that she can evolve and hone her craft.
In her free time, Kendall enjoys spending time with her dog, family, and friends. Kendall enjoys the outdoors and can usually be found hiking with her beloved pup, Chase. She also enjoys every minute with her precious god-kids. Kendall is an outgoing and helpful young lady who enjoys being around people and their dogs as much as possible.
Kendall gets the most gratification out of seeing you and your dog succeed. Kendall treats all the dogs in training as if they were her own. She really enjoys the process of training dogs and teaching their owners how to communicate with them efficiently. She also loves seeing the confidence and bonding that occurs between our clients and their pets. She believes that to have a truly happy and confident dog you have to have a trained dog.
Denise VanSickle is a trainer of Off Leash K9 Training LLC in the Lehigh Valley area. She is a retired military veteran and graduated from Penn State in 2015 with a B.S. in Psychology. Denise has worked with dogs and animal shelters since a very young age. Although she has worked with dogs for years, it wasn’t until working on her Bachelors did the realized a true connection between mental health and canines.
Denise has studied and has training experience in Basic and Advance Obedience, Behavior Modification, Agility, Trick, and Service task training. She currently volunteers and works with Veterans to help their dogs become Emotional Support Animals. Denise has seen first hand the calming, therapeutic, and stress relieving effects a dog can have on a human. The bond between people and their dogs can only be made stronger when the two work together training and building confidence in their dogs.
Denise lives north of the Lehigh Valley with her husband and four children. Her pack includes a German Shepherd named Loki, a Jack Russel mix named Cappuccino, and a foster Catahoula mix named Allie.
Kirsti Smith is a trainer at Off Leash K9 Training, Scranton Pennsylvania. She has been a dog lover all her life and finally found her place in the world; working with dogs and their owners, so they can have the best life possible! Kirsti believes that the bond between K9 and human is the key to happiness. Through proper, professional training, your bond will grow and become stronger each day.
Kirsti has an American Bully named Maggie and an American Hairless Terrier named Aldo! Aldo helped Kirsti through some troubling times so she understands first hand how important the bond between K9 and owner is and how beneficial it can be for both dog and human. She lives for that moment when you, as an owner, and your dog truly understand each other.
Kirsti knows that every dog is unique with one thing in common: they want to please their humans. They thrive when mentally stimulated and can bring you true happiness as a happy, obedient dog! Kirsti wants to show you how to achieve an amazing bond through Off Leash K9 Training so you can fully enjoy your life together.
Kirsti came to us with a lifetime of experience as a dog owner. She has had German shepherds, Doberman pinschers, Rottie’s, Golden retrievers, Bully’s, Terriers, Black labs, Mastiffs, and German shorthair pointers.
She is excited to advance her career with protection work and looks forward to working with your family so you have an amazing life with your dog!
For Joe Deutsch it was love at first pet. he was walking dogs not too long after learning to walk himself. Beginning with his own but soon walking the neighborhood dogs, as well.”i got known as the neighborhood dog walker,” he says, “sometimes handling two or three dogs at a time.” Soon after Joe started volunteering at local dogs shelters, helping out wherever he could eventually taking part in the all-important task of finding each pet its best home possible. A job that was more challenging that Joe thought. “I realized how really different dogs could be,” each dog with its distinct personality that was going to need the environment to match. A high energy dog wasn’t going to be happy in a small apartment with nowhere to play. just as a low energy dog wasn’t going to be happy herding sheep. “I learned again here at OLK9, it was so important to learn and to respect a dogs basic temperament in order to get the best results from its training.
But just as each dog was different, Joe also learned how similar they were, especially when it came to being treated with love, kindness, and respect. ” we need to be firm in our training, of course, and consistent, but always in ways that respect the dog for the highly intelligent, sensitive and individual animal that it is. Any anger we convey for example, will only produce anger in the dog. Just as in our dealings with other people. what we give is what we get. By treating our dogs with the respect they deserve, we ‘ll get treated in the same way by them, with obedience included. The more I’ve been around dogs, the more I’m convinced there just like we are in preferring to take orders from people they’ve learned to love and respect, than people they have not.
This includes people who can help them have a good time too Joe says, which highlights the importance of play. the “glue” that can help training “stick.” Play is “positive reinforcement at its best,” Joe says, a way to get dogs to associate learning with pleasure just as a good soup bone would. Commands become easier to remember as well as more fun to follow. “When done right, training becomes something a dog will actually look forward to, which winds up making obedience itself the reward,” Joe explains.
It was the OLK9 emphasis on this “fun factor” that had attracted Joe to the program in the first place, he says “that and their focus on treating dogs with the love and respect I’ve always believed in,” Joe says, “whether by helping us hunt, keeping us warm, or guarding our caves at night, dogs and humans share a sacred bond unmatched by any other animal.
Kelsy Horn is a trainer with Off Leash K9 Training of the Lehigh Valley, Scranton, and Bucks County. 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.