ABOUT OUR TRAINERS

Meet The Off Leash K9 Team

Katie Cook - head Trainer

Katie is proud to be a part of Off Leash K9 Training Detroit and prides herself in helping dog owners achieve a better relationship with their canine companions.

She pursued her passion for animals at Michigan State University where she received her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science! After college, she began working at a dog daycare and volunteering for various rescues and shelters. Her obsession for squishy faced Boxers led her to Boxer Haven Rescue in 2014 but she loves all dogs and volunteers with various rescues who need her. She has successfully fostered and adopted out over 80 dogs! This would not be possible without the help of her husband, Shane and her pack of dogs, Myla the Boxer, Belly the Pug/Dachshund mix, Nova the German Shepherd and Seager the Boxer. Plus, she has a wide array of rescue critters including chinchillas and rabbits. Katie, being an advocate for 4H, is also the Sheep Superintendent at the local county fair. Her love for animals, dogs specifically, is endless!!

Outside of training, her hobbies include pet photography, volleyball, kayaking and spending time with her family and pups.

Liz Pape - Client Experience Manager

Liz comes to Off Leash K9 in Detroit with a retail and dog daycare managerial background. After successfully training dogs with us for over 2 years, Liz has merged into a client experience role. When she isn’t connecting with clients with their specific training needs, Liz enjoys spending time with her family and friends, as well as her own pups!

Jacob Pape - Head Trainer Hampton Roads

Congratulations to Jacob! After training hundreds of dogs and helping many families build better relationships with their dogs here in the Metro Detroit area, Jacob moved to Hampton Roads, Virginia to be the Head Trainer for that Off Leash K9 Training location. 

We appreciate everything you’ve done for us and our clients and wish you the best of luck in your new role! You’ll be amazing!

Scott Kelly - Trainer

Scott grew up on a small hobby farm in Ortonville, Michigan. This is where his love for animals began. As a family, they were highly involved in 4H. He showed every species of animal Including dogs and competed in obedience trials as well as in breed type showmanship.

Growing up he raised Labrador Retrievers and English Springer Spaniels. He’s been hands-on with everything from breeding to day-to-day care ever since he could walk. Dogs are by far his favorite animal, and there has been one at his side his whole life.
He enjoys helping dogs and their owners communicate better with one another so they both can enjoy their best life.

Krista Bailey - Trainer

Krista is an avid dog lover. Even as a child she was very drawn to caring for and being around dogs and knew she wanted a career working with them! Unsure of what field she wanted to go into, she began working at a doggy daycare, Dogtopia. There she learned so much about how dogs interact, about their behavior and how dogs learn. It became very clear what she needed to do, dog training! Krista could not be anymore proud to work for Off Leash K9 Training Detroit and is passionate in helping owners build a better relationship with their pups. 
 
Krista’s pride and joy are her two dogs, Frankie the pitbull and Benji the Pomeranian/ Shih Tzu. Krista has a soft spot for pitbulls and has always wanted one, so when she rescued Frankie it was the best day ever and they have been inseparable ever since. 
 
Outside of training, Krista enjoys playing soccer and volleyball, spending time with family and friends, reading and spending time outdoors. 
Trainer Krista

Chelsea Cummins-Richter - Trainer

Chelsea grew up in small-town southern Indiana where her love for animals began. Since the age of ten, Chelsea has been rescuing and rehoming animals. She knew from a young age that animals were her passion. This led Chelsea to her first ‘real’ job with dogs. Chelsea’s career started at a dog boarding facility. This led her to dog daycare where she gained four years of experience learning and observing dog behavior. She realized she wanted to work even more with dogs and became a trainer. 
 
Chelsea is proud to join Off Leash K9 Training Detroit. She loves helping dogs and owners learn to live in harmony. She genuinely believes there are no bad dogs, and every dog deserves a chance! 
 
When Chelsea is not training she enjoys spending time with her ‘pack’ – her boyfriend, Artie, her daughter, Avery, her German Shepard, Roxy, her pitbull, Sophie, and her cat, Jax. 

Emma Stigleman - Trainer

At a young age Emma learned that she had a soft spot for animals. Emma grew up in a small town with her mother, father, and 2 sisters where over time she would have the privilege of owning some amazing pets. From rabbits, to hamsters, multiple dogs, cats and an iguana, Emma’s love for her pets and other animals grew fast.

Once college came around, Emma was unsure of what to go into, so she switched from major to major, when eventually, she decided to take a break from school and get a job at a doggy daycare! Emma enjoyed the job and loved working with dogs but wanted to do more by helping the owners to make their dogs the best that they can be! With that being said, she got a job as a dog trainer with Off Leash K9 Detroit and has loved it ever since!

Outside of work Emma enjoys hanging out with her boyfriend, Bobby and their two pups, Reggie who is a pug, and her Corgi puppy, Maggie.

Emma Stigleman

Abbey Kuhn - Trainer

Abbey comes from an extensive background in dog behavior and health from working at a renowned dog daycare facility for many years. Abbey started as a Canine Coach and was quickly recognized for her amazing work ethic and attention to detail. She was promoted to assistance manager and worked directly with client communications, as well as marketing. She is currently finishing up a degree for Marketing at the University of Michigan and now that she is employed with Off Leash K9 Training, she handles all of our marketing and social media when she isn’t training with dogs. Although her degree is in business administration, she has had a strong love for animals ever since she was a kid. She new that whatever career path she chose, it had to be involved with animals. In her younger days, Abbey grew up owning Boxers, fishing with her dad and uncles, and enjoyed horseback riding.

Outside of training, Abbey enjoys painting, hiking, cooking, and spending time with her 8 year old Boxer “Bailey” at home.

trainer Abbey Kuhn

Michael Powles - Trainer

Michael grew up in West Michigan, and has had family dogs his entire life. After he finished school, he worked in multiple different fields, trying to find something he loved. After he and his wife decided to volunteer fostering dogs, he knew working with dogs was where his passion was. This led him to quit his job to pursue dog training. After working at a boarding and daycare facility, he found Off Leash K9 Training! Michael is extremely passionate about helping dogs become the perfect family pet, and bettering the bond they have with their families.

When he isn’t training, Michael loves to play disc golf, and spend time with his wife, and three dogs of his own. He will also be welcoming a new baby to the family in 2022!

trainer michael

Erika Houser - Trainer

Erika is thrilled to be joining the OLK9 Training Detroit Team! Unique to our team, Erika was a previous client. After experiencing the amazing transformation in her Golden Retriever and Australian Shepherd she knew she had to give others the same gift!!

Her love for dogs started at a young age. She has always had at least one dog in her family which included several different breeds from Yorkies to Golden Retrievers.

Outside of training, Erika enjoys spending time with her family, dogs, and live music. She loves being outside hiking, kayaking, and camping.

She is passionate about giving others the tools to communicate with their dogs and set them up for success!

trainer erika houser
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About Off Leash K9 Training
Dog Trainers Who Are Recognized Around The World!

Nick White is the Owner and Founder of Off Leash K9 Training.  Nick is a former US Marine and former US Secret Service. He currently has over 130+ dog training locations throughout the United States. 

Nick is globally recognized as being one of the top dog trainers in the world.  He has 2 official world records in off leash obedience, named on Wikipedia as one of the top 20 dog trainers in the world, recently named top 10 trainer in the world by bestdogtrainers.org, has been featured in many magazines and shows, and he is regularly requested by the top celebrities and athletes! He has been called upon by people such as actor Ryan Reynolds, WWE’s John Cena, MLB All Star Max Scherzer, UFC World Champion Jon “Bones” Jones, and many more!

You can visit our YouTube Channel and watch over 1500+ before/after videos of Nick and his team’s work!  Off Leash K9 Training has more documented videos than any dog training business in the entire world!