ABOUT OUR TRAINERS
Meet The Off Leash K9 Team
Katie Cook - head Trainer
Katie is proud to be apart 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 received her Bachelor’s Degree in Animal Science! Since college, she’s had extensive experience managing a dog daycare as well as working at a Food Safety Company. She has volunteered with Boxer Haven Rescue since 2014 and has personally and successfully placed over 30 Boxers. Which is not without the help of her own rescue pups, Ginnie a Lab she adopted in 2010, Myla a Boxer she got in 2012, Belly a Pug/Dachshund she adopted in 2013 and Rufus a Boxer she adopted in 2016! Plus, she has a wide array of rescue critters including a hairless cat, chinchillas, and rabbits. Katie is also the Vice President and Sheep Superintendent at the local county fair. She is an advocate for 4H and loves being a mentor to all young agricultural enthusiasts. 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.
Jacob Pape - Trainer
Jacob is a big part of our famous board and train program and also does in-home lessons. Jacob was a successful retail store manager at Journeys for nine years! He ran stores in all the major malls in Michigan and also the flagship store in Downtown Chicago and was an Area Manager! He left the retail world to pursue a career working with animals. He worked at a Dogtopia and held every position you can hold at a dog daycare including GM and Area Manager.
While there his love for dogs only intensified! Jacob also worked at another dog training company before joining us! Jacob has two rescue pups himself Bones a 4-year-old pit bull who was uncontrollable when Jacob got him, Baby a 2-year-old Staffy who is dog aggressive and owner protective. Jacob has worked hard to give them structure and a loving home!
Outside of training Jacob enjoys watching/playing sports, going to concerts, fishing and spending time with his family
Liz Pape - Trainer
Liz focuses on basic and advanced lessons and also is part of our famous board and train program. Liz was a successful retail store manager at Journeys for 3 years. She also oversaw 3 of the Shi by Journeys stores in metro Detroit. This is where Jacob and Liz met and started their relationship together.
Jacob left Journeys to venture into the animal industry and Liz shortly followed to try it out. Liz was promoted from canine coach to GM at Dogtopia in less than a year. Jacob and Liz have 2 rescue pups, Bones and Baby and are in the process of bringing home their first lab puppy!
Outside of training, Liz enjoys spending time with her family, photography, anything outdoors, and swimming in the lake.
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.
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!