Off Leash K9 Training Huntsville LLC. is owned and operated by Ciara Stevens with trainers Rachel Moore and Nick Sutton. Combined we have 15+ years of dog training experience and can assist families with 98% of behavioral issues experienced on a day-to-day basis.
We are located on a 40-acre farm in Athens, AL. Currently we are in the developmental stages of remodeling a 4600 sqft. building which will become our business and storefront in the future. All training classes are taught in a comfortable one-on-one setting with a gorgeous view of our pond. We have a walking trail around the property, perfect for those heel lessons!
We specialize in high level obedience training in everyday environments, behavior modification for the average pet, and aggressive dog management. We also train *service dog* and *therapy dog* work! Coming soon: Scent Detection & Protection!
OLK9 Huntsville uses marker training, but we specialize in balanced training to gain amazing obedience and attentiveness from your dog. There are a bunch of major misconceptions with balanced training, give us a call or arrange a consult with us so we can talk about it! Balanced training is more about using a valued reward, than it is about using a correction.
Give your dog the professional dog training he/she needs to be a happy member of your household! Create a more comfortable environment for your family with an obedient dog.
The trainers at off leash k9 are amazing. They took a dog that I thought was completely uncontrollable and turned him into a gentleman. I can now take him on relaxing hikes, long walks, and shopping completely stress free. He is also learning that the chickens are not toys. He’s still just a puppy so I am looking forward to a very long relationship with him. Thank you so much, Rachel and Ciara!
Ciara and Off Leash K9 were fantastic! Francie went from completely unmanageable to receiving compliments on her behavior. She did a complete 180° after just the first session. I highly recommend Off Leash K9 to anyone thinking about training their pup.
OLK9 Training is the way to go!!! I have a 2 year old Beagle that knew one or two commands... but would not hold commands, he always pulled on the leash, and he also loved to jump on the furniture/people. I chose to do the 2 week board and train, and I would recommend this training package to everyone. Ciara done so well with Memphis, and Memphis loved her. To see what all she trained him to do in only 2 short weeks is absolutely amazing. She really cares about each and every dog that comes through her training, and you can see that just by talking to her. She turned my 2 year old stubborn Beagle into a very well behaved dog... when I take him out now people are always complimenting on how well behaved he is. A big thank you to Ciara for all your hard work.
My family and I are proud to give Off Leash K9 a 5-star rating. We have a 9 month German Shepherd by the name of Klaus (like house) and wanted to give him the training that he deserved, and with 3 little boys and a new girl on the way, we absolutely needed the best there is.
After exhaustive research, we decided on Off Leash K9 because of the great reputation and amazing reviews. We met Ciara who is the utmost professional, not only does she handle herself and her business with top notch class and attention to the customer, but you can tell she has a love of dogs like none other you will ever meet.
Through Ciara we met Nick Sutton, Klaus' trainer during the 2 week board and train. I could not believe the dedication Nick gave to Klaus. Nick is kind and professional which absolutely defines Off-Leash K9 in Huntsville. His love of dogs and attention to detail truly sold us on the program.
Klaus is a 9 month old puppy GSD, and like most shepherds, he is proud and strong as well as mischievous . He had all of the typical bad dog behaviors, jumping and barking at company, pulling us all over the neighborhood on walks, not following any commands, you name it, Klaus did it.
After the 2 week board and train with Nick was finished, he personally brought our Klaus home to us. Did I mention that Nick came to our house on a Saturday night at 7pm as that was my only available time and spent well over 1 1/2 hours with us for the transition? Name another company that will do that??????!!!!!!. Our Klaus is calm and confident and every command off leash was followed to a T. So much so that I had to show Klaus off to my neighbors who were equally impressed. He is like a police dog with his commands and ALL OFF LEASH.
If you are in the market for K9 training, please look no further than Off-Leash K9 for your training needs. They will treat you and your dog like family. You will not be disappointed.
Thank you again Nick and Ciara, we are a better family because of you guys!!!!
Nick took my butthead Jasper and whipped him right into shape in 2 weeks!! I am so pleased with his results!! Prior to finding OLK9, Jasper pulled me all over the place if he wasn’t wearing a prong collar, and he jumped all over other people if they got too close during our walks. Overall, Jasper was still a happy dog, but he had awful manners. Now I can take Jasper practically anywhere AND I can run with him. Its been a great end result for everyone! Jasper is happy, and more active.
The board & train program is well worth the money and hopefully soon we’ll be sending his brother Koda!
Thank you guys again(:
I am so pleased with my experience with OLK9! From the initial call to the hand-off, our trainer (Rachel), was straightforward and understanding. She was so knowledgeable and talked me through all the details. Loki had some issues that made it hard to take him to public places. Now I feel much more confident and am excited for us to have new adventures! I could not have done it with out Rachel and OLK9!
OLK9 NAILED it! They took my boy coop, which is the world record holder in leash pulling, and made him very controllable and obedient in just 2 weeks. Coop was stubborn and just wanted to do his own thing, and now thanks to his Trainer Nick from OLK9 he listens, does what I tell him to do, not what he wants to do, and I don’t have to worry about him running far with out being able to call him back. I am very impressed with the quality of work that they have performed, and would recommend any and everyone that has a disobedient dog to take them there first! Great job OLK9, and thanks!
We enrolled our 6-month-old German Shepherd Dog, Chewy, in the Basic and Advanced Obedience Classes and I am over the moon pleased with the time and effort our trainer, Rachel, took with our dog AND us! Like all puppies, Chewy needed to learn obedience...and that he did! Rachel showed him what to do and he did it! Chewy "graduated" today from his Advanced Obedience training and I can tell you without a doubt that my boy and I have gained so much confidence, he doesn't haveto be "bad" to get my attention! This evening, we walked around the back yard, no leash, no e-collar, and he heeled as we walked (large circles, figure 8s, around the pool), he stopped when I stopped and sat, he "placed" on the diving board when I asked him to, he sat as I walked about 50 feet away and then asked him to go down and then to sit again (puppy push-ups!). Chewy came when I called him and heeled and sat on my left side. We practiced our "through" command (between my legs and sit). He's a great dog, but Rachel and the entire OLK9 Huntsville team made him an AWESOME dog! OLK9 Huntsville has my highest recommendation for anyone with a new puppy who needs to learn the ropes or a dog who has "issues"! Can I give more stars than 5???!!!
I am a medical student on student loans. I also happen to be a dog owner (who loves her pup more than anything). A few months ago, Molly ran outside at a friend's house and ran around a moderately busy neighborhood area in Birmingham until she allowed me to catch her. I immediately started researching dog training. My biggest fear would be her getting hit by a car or running away. I was skeptical because Molly was extremely timid. I knew she was smart, I easily taught her a few very basic commands, but she would only perform them in the comfort of our apartment, when she wanted to. She is also a stubborn pup.
I found OLK9 online, and emailed Ciara. I got a response quickly with a detailed explanation of services, videos of dogs she has trained, and more information. The cost is a big investment, and it sounded incredible, but I wanted more information before I made a commitment. I brought Molly out to Ciara’s land and spent almost an hour talking with her and having her show me the training facility and explaining how she trains and what she guarantees. I put a deposit down that day.
Fast forward to today: I am absolutely THRILLED with OLK9, Ciara, and my incredibly well behaved and trained Molly. I cannot say enough good things. It was worth every penny and more. I didn’t know that being a dog owner could be more fun and truly stress free.
I went on a 4 mile hike yesterday with Molly, and didn’t put the leash on her once. (Keep in mind that 2 months earlier I ran a mile down the side of the same mountain -not on a trail- after Molly). Even when I wasn’t keeping her in a heel command, she would wander up ahead a little bit but stay within eye sight, all on her own accord. She is such a happy pup with her new freedom and is having a BLAST. When I think of having Molly for her lifetime, and the fear that is now gone of her being hit by a car or not coming when called, I would do the same thing over again in a heart beat. I wholeheartedly recommend OLK9 (and in particular Huntsville) to anyone who is a dog owner and is considering training. Molly is thrilled with her new freedom. I am ecstatic about the quality of her training. And it is so apparent that this is not just a job for Ciara. She truly cares and has a passion for what she does and the dogs she trains.
TLDR: do it. You won't regret it.
The Two-Week Board & Train Program takes the legwork out of the training for you. Drop your dog off for two weeks at “Doggy Boot Camp” so he/she can learn the seven basic commands and at least two of the advanced lessons of your choice! By the time we bring your dog to you, he/she will be flawless with these commands, off-leash, and with distractions!
We can offer lifetime support with this package!*
Our Aggressive Dog Package aids in the stabilization, management, and control at home and in public of aggressive dogs for re-entry into the family unit.
This package includes seven lessons with the final eighth lesson being an optional in-home based lesson.
Payment Arrangement: Four monthly payments of $262.50
Our Basic Obedience Package is $600.00 and will give you everything you need to have your dog off leash, with distractions, completing these commands:
Don’t wait for the problems to start! Off Leash K9 Training Huntsville offers puppy obedience training with our AKC S.T.A.R. Puppy Classes.
We cover topics relating to health, nutrition, vaccines, first aid, and all the basic commands a puppy needs to thrive! When your puppy graduates class, they leave eligible for their S.T.A.R. certificate from AKC.
Payment Arrangement: two monthly payments of $200